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Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

A few weeks ago my friend Jess gave me a pile o’ frames–crafty love. I passed most of them on to my roommate when she moved away so she could decorate her new apartment with them, but one was the perfect size to make a jewelry holder that I had in mind. This project turned out to be super quick and simple–my favorite kind!

Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the original frame, but it was all gold, with different treatments on the two levels of the border.

I taped off the inside because I liked the way it looked and decided to paint only the outside border. Remember that gorgeous plum color I used for my lamp redo? It strikes again!

Rockin' the painter's tape

I then cut out foam board to fit into the frame. It was much too stark as plain white, so I mixed cream and brown to make a more muted background. From there, I simply hung up my jewelry using pearl-headed pins (of course)! Voila!

'Ello there, 'Arry!

And again!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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Lamp Lovin’

I have been crafting up a storm the past couple of weeks! While it’s fantastic, it also means that I’ve neglected Pearls. To whet your appetites, here are some pictures of my latest completed project.

Every year, my family heads down to Hill Country to a little slice of heaven known as Wimberley. For the past few years, my sister and I have been meaning to pay a visit to the thrift store that is right by the place we stay, 7A Ranch. This past May we finally made it in.

Lo and behold, I found this rusty treasure of a lamp. I’d never seen a lamp that was also a table–tacky fabulous–and it was still in working condition.

In all its tarnished glory.

It has such a great, unique shape, and I could just see (despite my dad’s doubts) the potential for a beautiful transformation.

I started by deciding the original lampshade just had to go; it had a rough life and the drive back to Dallas in the bed of my boyfriend’s truck didn’t help its rips and tears. After this, I cleaned and sanded the body of the lamp to ensure that the paint would go on smoothly.

I originally planned on redoing the lamp in a rich, creamy yellow, but when I got to Home Depot to check out their spray paint collection, this beautiful plum color called my name. And I’m so glad it did. After three coats, it turned out even better than my original vision.

Isn't it a beautiful color?

Once I had that chunk of work out of the way, I headed down to Target to find a cream/white lampshade. I kept it circular to match the table–a squared shade wouldn’t have fit the feel of the overall piece. I completed the project by putting a coat of polyurethane on the table to protect the paint.

Ta-da!

What do you think?

Linked up at What I Whipped Up Wednesday!

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Building Suspense . . .

. . . is an integral part of any publication.

I had a wonderfully craft-filled weekend, and I’m proud of everything that I accomplished (or started working on).

Preview! Preview!

More (better) pictures to come . . .

(See? Suspense!)

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The Beauty in Books

Issac Salazar Book Art

I think it’s safe to say that you all know at least this one thing about me by now: I love books. My love for all (almost) all things crafty has yet to be showcased much on Pearls, but I promise it’s right up there with books. So imagine my delight to see how popular book art is becoming!

I’ve made one book craft in the past few months, which is nowhere near as advanced as the gorgeous works of art that I will showcase in just a minute. I got my inspiration from a tutorial over at Recovering Craft Hoarder. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make my own; it was love at first sight. So the boyfriend and I made our way over to Half Price Books and went straight to the clearance section. I found the perfect book, Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure (Harper, 2008), for one dollar! Rather than straight text, this book has pages and pages of—you guessed it—six-word memoirs, all in different fonts, all on different places on the pages. Some of the pages are a natural color, some are black, some are gray with a dotted pattern. All this allowed the look of the finished project to be that much more organic and unique. (And it was an entertaining read!)

I set about folding all the pages in half, which didn’t take nearly as long as I feared it would, and then I cut the pages from the cover. We glued a piece of scrapbook paper to the backing of a shadowbox (for the record, I tried my hardest to find a page that wasn’t red so I didn’t seem like quite such a copycat, but in the end this paper just looked the best–you can’t quite tell in the small version of the picture, but it has a cracked texture), and set about gluing the spine down flat on the paper. To be on the safe side, we also glued the first and last folded pages down as well. We knocked the glass out of the shadowbox frame and placed the backing in its rightful place. Voila! Book art! I won’t lie; my guy and I were pretty proud of ourselves. For more detailed, visual instructions, click here.

The finished product!

And again!

I had a lot of fun working on that craft, and I love the way it turned out. However, these next two artists totally blow my measly folded pages away.

Issac Salazar (also made the piece photographed at the beginning of this post)

Brian Dettmer [The Book Surgeon]

{This is truly some of the most amazing art I’ve ever seen. Hauntingly beautiful.}

Amazing.

Awesome.

Fantastic.

What inspiring art have you seen lately?

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