It has been a LONG long time since I was crafty for the sake of just being crafty. Not something for my business. Not something for the kids' school. Not for holiday or birthday gifts. Just "over indulgent hey I wanna make something funky" crafty. As it happens every January business slows down a bit, I find time to breathe, I feel a need to write, organize, read good books, cook, and craft. I find the need to put some me back into my life. Now don't get me wrong, I'm the luckiest woman alive in what I get to do with my every day life - I'm home with my boys and have a career that I created and can tailor to our family needs, and have a husband who supports all of the above. So yeah, I'm a lucky duck. But August through December is brutal around here. Work and the boys pretty much take over and doesn't leave a lot of time for me to explore my crafty side.
So here's my latest craft. We drink a lot of wine in this house, and with that comes lots of corks. I save the corks in a large vase just for looks. But I was wanting a new jewelry box (my past jewelry box was a shoebox covered with fabric), but I didn't want to pay for it. I scoured pinterest (my new addiction) for some fun ideas and threw a few ideas together to come up with the below project which uses up some of our many corks AND creates jewelry storage as well. I'm so happy with how it turned out, and best of all it was FREE! Gotta love free!
Drawer (this was from the boys' dismantled train table)
Corks (lots of them)
Jenga blocks (I took 10 of them -they'll never miss 'em)
I first painted the drawer black. After it dried I created a cork pattern, putting the champagne corks upright to I could hang necklaces, and the other corks were laid flat in a random pattern. I then used the Jenga blocks to create little cubbies at the bottom of the drawer. Glued everything into place with hot glue. Turned the drawer upright and loaded up my jewelry collection. Earrings can stick into the cork or go into the little cubbies. Necklaces and bracelets can hang from the champagne corks. Rings can go on top or in the cubbies. You could hang it from a wall but I just put it on a shelf in our closet. I don't have a ton of jewelry so it doesn't take up much room - you could go with a bigger drawer if you had a lot of gems.
Forgive the quality. I just grabbed my iPhone for these captures. Maybe this whole thing will inspire me to pay a little bit more attention to this blog vs. my business one (which is undergoing a transformation this month, too!)!