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Funky Necklace Storage and a Realization

 

When I showed you my easy craft scissors storage on Monday I promised to share what I did with the necklaces that were hanging where my craft scissors went.

Now before I continue I have to say that I loved them hanging on the side of my computer armoire. They were pretty to look at, but they were taking up way too much valuable storage real estate.

I should mention that I rarely wear necklaces. I buy them for crafting, and for using in my wind chimes. I usually get them for 50 cents to $1, and sometimes in bunches for a steal.

I’ve had this necklace storage idea for years but finally decided to do it because I just realized why my past reorganizing efforts in this room have always been temporary, and I can’t believe this never occurred to me before.

 

scissors storage 8b

It’s because I  was always more interested in pretty rather than practical. Oh yes… most definitely… count me guilty.

That’s not to say  I don’t want things to be pretty. I love pretty!

But this is a work room and if things don’t function in a way that helps me to work all the pretty in the world isn’t going to make up for that.

I always thought it would… but turns out it doesn’t… not for me anyway.

Who knew?

From now on in this room practical comes first with pretty as a very close second.

So I finally decided to go ahead and start storing the things I want to have handy in a functional way that makes them a part of the decor as well.

 

cake server tie back 8

This is what the window beside my desk looked like after I added my funky pink beaded curtain.

It was pretty, but I quickly found out that I had to have the beaded curtain pulled over to my silver cake server curtain tie back most of the time because it was tinting all my photos pink.

So it was totally not practical.

Now in my mind practical is not a bad word… and does not have to be boring. To me it means purposeful… serving a function.

And practical can definitely be pretty at the same time…. and pretty funky too.

 

necklace window valance

So here’s this window now. (Very hard to get a good pic with the winter light of a snowy day streaming in.)

This has got to be the easiest necklace storage ever. I just took necklaces and hung them on the curtain rod. Nothing to it.

For the ones that didn’t have their own clasps I used some of those simple loop-type shower curtain rings.

 

necklace window valance

Now my necklaces are nicely organized out in the open… they’re practical and pretty… they’re safe from the paws of several feline mischief seekers and, most importantly, they’re not taking up any extra space.

 

necklace window valance

I said I loved my necklace display before, but I love this one even more.

The necklaces are so easy to remove when I need to use one for a project… or shocker of all shocks… if I actually want to wear one. lol.

 

necklace window valance

I’ve already added a few more since these pics were taken, and there’s still lots of room for more.

You’ll notice a few other things as well. I put my roll of bubble wrap up on the side of my bookcase because this keeps it out of the way, but it’s very easy to roll it out and cut what I need. It slips on to a simple 12″ shelf bracket.

Also, I’m keeping my collection of wooden rolling pins in the green bins. One of these days I’ll get around to using them in a project that I have in mind. You’ll notice that one has even been painted white already. It’s one step closer than all the others,

So what did I do with my pink funky beaded curtain?

 

silver plate tray window valance

I moved it to the other window in the room where it can stay hanging down all the time.

It’s much better here.

I pulled a bunch of my silver and silver plate trays and hung them on the curtain rod as a valance. I still have a few to dig out of my greenhouse that I can hang here too.

I’m using those metal shower curtain rings again here, and any trays that didn’t have cut-out designs in them are hung from the rings using binder clips.

You can see in the above pic that I still have some work to do in the lower regions of the room. I’m working my way from the top down. lol.

 

silver tray window valance

Before these trays were piled on top of each other on a shelf. This way I can see them when I’m making a garden plate flower or a wind chime or whatever other project I might want to use them for.

So again, I think this is practical and pretty… and pretty funky too, which totally works for me.

John keeps joking that I’m using every square inch of this 8′ x 11′ room… and I’m trying to do just that. In a small room like this it’s a must to find creative ways to store things.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.

XOX

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  1. Oh, my! I absolutely love both those windows! Great ideas! I have a gauzy fabric swept over an ornate rod for my sliding glass door and I hang little sparkly doodads and whatnots using fishing line. They fall just below the fabric but not so low we have to dunk our heads to go out the door. Privacy isn’t an issue so there’s no need for full-time drapery. You’ve really got me thinking now. Might be time for a change up. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much Debbie! I’m so glad my windows have inspired you. It’s fun to change things up every once in a while.

    1. Thanks Cecilia! I’m really loving my funky windows. I think I’ll start hanging my different collections in windows all over the house. lol.

  2. Okay, I knew I’d be amazed and I am AMAZED! A valance out of necklaces is just too fabulous. And then one out of silver plates is definitely funky! I showed my husband and told him I just don’t have a creative brain or imagination like that. I am a good copier though!

    1. Thanks AnnMarie! Don’t sell yourself short… you definitely have an imagination. I remember that framed tree you did at Christmas time. It was fabulous! It’s so much fun to think outside of what is normally done. We just have to give ourselves permission to do that. I’m so glad you like my windows. 🙂

    1. Thanks Gail! I’m actually started to think that I’m almost finished. That said… the last time I thought that one thing led to another and… well you know how it goes. lol.

  3. Love these ideas! I think it’s fun to use the “supplies” we have for decor too!

    Tania

    1. Thanks Tania! I’m trying to think of ways of using things that I would have to store anyway. This way I save space and it’s fun.

    1. Thank you so much Mary!

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–you are SO clever! And you’re totally right–practical and pretty. I feel there’s no hope for my work room, so it’ll never be as cute as yours. (sigh) Keep up the good work, Tuula 🙂

    1. Thanks Diana! This craft room redo is really stretching my imagination. I need to get as much in as I can while taking a little room up as possible. lol. Sounds impossible I know. But there’s always hope. lol.

  5. I love the look of your windows! Beautiful and practical! Now you have me eyeing up my giant box of metal plates and looking at my windows ?

    1. Thanks Kelly! Metal plates would look wonderful as a valance. Why not? If you try it the worst that can happen is you don’t love it… but you just might too.

  6. It all looks so great and creative, I wouldn’t want to use any of it for projects, lol. Terrific ideas Tuula!

    1. Thanks Pam! Some of them will get used sometime, but right now I’m just enjoying looking at them.

  7. Brilliant! I’m seeing new window treatment in my sewing/craft room in the future!!! Thanks so much for this idea!! Dona

    1. Thanks Dona! I have to say that I’m loving my new window valances. They make me smile. 🙂

  8. Wonderfully creative ideas! Love the colorful beads, but the silver valance is my favorite! Thanks for sharing your amazing ideas with us at Talk of the Town.

    1. Thanks Betsy! I love that my valances are my supplies and as I use some things I’ll just add more… and they take up no room.

  9. I love this idea and the necklaces look so cute over the window. I’m working on organizing things and I need to think practical rather than pretty.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

    1. Thanks Carol! That is actually what’s helping me. I’ve changed my whole mindset when it comes to my craft room. Thanks for the party!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Oh Tuula, I love, love, love your necklaces! What an incredibly clever idear, my friend. Did I mention I LOVE it?! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your talent with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! I love that they’re out of the way, but I can still enjoy them. It’s a win win.

  11. Hi Tuula…I’m visiting rom Roses of Inspiration and your feature was the first thing that drew my eye! What a completely wonderful idea to hang your necklaces as a valance! And then I saw your silver platter/trays…OMGosh!! Truly the coolest way to make very unique and easy window treatments! I have quite a few vintage necklaces that are hanging on the back of my door. This is just fabulous!

    1. Thank you so much Debby! Get those necklaces off the door and add them to your decor. 🙂 I’m sure they’ll look fabulous as a valance, and they’ll make you smile every time you look at them. I love mine, and because I use them in projects it’s easy to remove them, but also to add new ones as I find them.

  12. Great idea, the necklaces make a wonderful valance. Bet it’s pretty when the sun shines thru the window. Like the trays too, a wonderful way to display them and it helps with storage too!

    1. Thanks Mary! I do love my funky valances. I was trying to think of ways to help me store things without taking up room and this did the trick. Plus they make me smile.

  13. This so rocks! I currently have vintage, rusted farm implements hanging in between other pieces of more traditional decor in my bedroom, hall, and bathroom. Those old pitch forks, hoes, rakes, shovels (make great shrine like shelves) and some unknown dangerous looking tools make a wonderful juxtaposition against pearls, rose quartz…I also use a necklace or two on all lampshades throughout the house to showcase special talismen or brootches. My favorite shade has glass pearls wound around the top, a Cookie Lee amber drop necklace and amber glass crystals on fishing line adhered with magnetic findings amongst the shade’s original fringe. All that said, I have piles of necklaces residing in a lovely suitcase. Like you, Tuula, I love necklaces, especially thrifted ones, but seldom wear them. Your valance thrills me. Now I just have to decide whether to use it over a mirror made from an old window casing or as a change for a headboard. Your ideas knock me out! Hats off.

  14. LINDA N. SCHRADER says:

    Love the valance ideas…..just about anything is worth trying.

    1. Thanks Linda! Absolutely. 🙂

  15. I’m moving house soon with my mum and I don’t know how big my crafting space will be but you can bet it will be smaller than it is now! This has been the worst time to get into upcycling and junk journalling!! (oops) It’s great to see your ideas and will have me thinking about ways I can maybe store things in full view, even around the whole house to make the most of the space I have! So thank you so much for your ideas, stored in my brain for future use!

    1. Thanks Teri! Good luck with the move, and I’m so glad my projects have inspired you.