Something old turned into new

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Do you ever get tired of getting the mail each day, opening it and feeling lazy just leaving it on the counter top of your kitchen? If you are one of those people that are like my husband than I get it.  I on the other hand have OCD (obsessive Compulsive disorder) I have to have my house nice and tidy, clean. It drives me batty when I see my house get cluttered, or just disorganized. I usually have to go behind my husband and clean up what he leaves around the house which I know drives him nuts, but hey happy wife, happy life right?

So where am I going with this well I went shopping the other day and just could not find what the heck I was looking for . We had a bare wall in our kitchen and for the longest time I did not know what to put up on that wall till I came with an idea to put something up there to hold our mail so it would no longer have to be piled up on our kitchen counter.  I decided to finally go into our local town Sutter Creek and shop at our wonderful antique stores. If you have never been into Sutter Creek please come visit the best little shabby Chic town with B&B’s, antiques, consignment stores, and great little restaurants. Oh one thing I forgot to mention this town is in the heart of wine country, or I would like to call it little Napa.  The wine country is a hidden gem in Northern California, trust me my husband and I lived in Rancho Murieta for three years and stumbled across the wine country one day, and never went back to the crowded Napa.  Next door to Sutter Creek is Amador City small quaint little town with a wonderful bakery, and my favorite store Bellflower garden store. They have so many unique things in that store from garden stuff to in door decor. I went there and found an old antique rod that had hooks on it with the old tag holders attached. I fell in love with it and looked at it for the longest time, and realized I can make something out of this!  bought it for 18 dollars and took it home to get started to design what I wanted out of it.

When we bought our house, the people who lived in our house before us had left a lot of reclaimed wood downstairs underneath our deck.  I had kept all of it and put the wood in our shop to dry out and just to sit there until I was ready to use for what ever projects I could think up.  So I had found a long piece of wood that was a perfect length for the rod.  I then took that wood sanded it down a little around the edges. I didn’t want to sand it down a lot because I wanted that old rustic look for my  project. After I had sanded it down I then painted a clear coat over the wood to bring out the beautiful color of the wood.  once the wood was dry I then put on the back of the wood wall hanging wire to hang it up , and then drilled the rod into the wood.

once I was done doing all that I kind of got stuck was not sure what to do with the hooks.  I thought maybe I can use little baskets, but could not find anything to use. All the baskets that I found were like wicker or the wire baskets were to big.  Then I came across burlap bags, and once again light bulb came on. When I got home with the burlap bags I realized they needed a little oomph so I then stenciled the word mail, and added a flower to the last bag. To hang the bags on the hooks I then tied twine to the little hoops that were already on the bags.  Ta da the finished product is now hanging on my wall in my kitchen!  I love it and I love the fact that my mail no longer sits on the counter top everyday.  of course I think it is funny that my husband forgets it is up there and does not check the mail I have to remind him you have mail up on the wall.  The other day he said to me it is kind of cool because it is like Christmas you go to your stocking .  I honestly never thought of that, but of course if you won something in the mail and it was in your mail bag that would be more like Christmas.

With this whole  idea I wanted to really share to others out there to let your mind be creative.  We sometimes forget that old stuff out there can be used over and over with time.  we tend to want what is new or what is the trend, but I believe unique styles and ideas that you never find out there always are more valuable.

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Diamonds are a girls best friend

Diamonds are a girls best friend

I love that  saying Diamonds are a girls best friend. I recently saw at a local craft store a unique Jewelry holder of a frame with some lace attached to it and then it had Jewelry placed on it hanging up on a wall. I thought how cool is that, but I think I can make something similar  or close to it.  I had already had some eyelets at home, and left over burlap from another project that  I came up with this cool idea. Why not buy canvas wrap it in Burlap, paint it add the eyelets to it and there you have it a jewelry holder. The only problem was I could put the eyelets in the canvas, but once you put Jewelry on them the canvas is going to rip.  I thought hard and remembered some corks that I have been saving for other ideas.  So I put corks on the back side of the canvas twisted a cork on each eyelet and Ta da it worked held the eyelet tight in the canvas. Plus the corks prevent markings on the wall.  It seriously is not hard to do, and you can decorate them whatever way you want to. Right now I am making another one to sell at a upcoming Holiday Bizarre. Jewlery Holder