Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Making It! - Raking in the Jewels

A few years ago, I asked for a jewelry chest for Christmas. I don't have that many jewels, but there is something magical about a jewelry chest. I had always wanted one and now I had one. I began sorting all my jewelry (mostly junk with a few nice items peppered in for spice) into the four drawers down the front and cozying my rings into the little velvet rolls in the top compartment. What I had left when I was done with a huge pile of necklaces and I realized a very important part of the jewelry chest.

For years, I've kept my necklaces in the drawers and untangled them once or twice a year, when the situation got unbelievably desperate. And there were a few drawbacks to the situation:

  1. The perma-knots that I know have in two or three necklaces with wispy chains;
  2. The out-of-sight-out-of-mind quality of having to dig through two inches of sterling silver to find anything that matches; and 
  3. The rush in the mornings trying to un-knot something to wear.
But really, I didn't think too much about it until this Christmas. Brynna got a jewelry box from Santa. A nice one, one that will hold all her jewels (and also her camera because she thinks that's where it goes). And it has necklace hooks. Just a few little pendants hang on those precious eight hooks and I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that I couldn't live like this any longer.

I had, at some point pinned this and I decided that I had to have it. I immediately started begging people for broken rakes. Not that I couldn't just buy one, but you know, it seemed a pity. Finally, my dear, sweet brother broke a rake and handed the head over to me.

One picture hanger later and Voila!

I hung the rake right over the jewelry box (and unfortunately, my light switch) and untangled and hung my necklaces. It's been a couple of months since I got this brilliance mounted and it has solved every last problem listed above, mostly by keeping the tangles out and making everything perfectly visible. Also, I think it's super-cute. 

Now, to get those ugly tan walls painted...

*Also, I realize this wasn't Making It! so much as Hanging It! It's okay, I still love it.


Suze said...

That is really, really cool. I may have to copy it, though I'd probably have tines to spare (I don't own much jewelry. at all.) I'm wondering, though, did your little bro break a rake just to give it to you, or was it all a happy accident??

Jessi said...

Suze- I have a total necklace addiction. No, little bro didn't break it on purpose, but he would have just put it on a new handle if I hadn't begged for it.

ann said...

I love it, too. One thing I love...making it happen! See it on pinterest, and make it happen in your life. How often does that happen? Go you!

Jessi said...

I actually added a new Board to my Pinterest to chronicle what I actually accomplish. The idea is that perhaps the paltry number of pins there will help me get more done.