Wall hanging decorative earring and jewellery holder

My eldest got her ears pierced last summer and has amassed a significant earring stash. A couple of months ago she mentioned making a holder of some sort in a picture frame with net to hook the earrings through.

The idea stayed lodged in the back of my brain until I noticed an embroidery hoop in one of my favourite haberdasheries. In that moment the Wall hanging decorative earring and jewellery holder was conceived.


For this project I used;

* 3 x 15 cm embroidery hoops,
* 2m ish of 2.5 cm wide ribbon,
* 20cm from a 1.5m wide roll of netting ( lace or some kind of holy fabric Batman would also work ) I doubled up as the fabric was flimsy, I think two layers will be sturdy enough,
* paint, black acrylic mixed with a very small amount of water,
* a small metal ring 2 cm across.
* hot melt glue and super glue.

I started by separating the hoops, painting them black and leave them to dry.

I wanted the screws to be hidden behind the ribbon, and a glimpse of shiny brass would just be distracting, so I painted the screw heads but not the threads at this point, black as well. On the one I’m planing for myself I want to see the screws, I think there’s something quite beautiful about them.

I cut the netting so that there was some excess and placed it inside the embroidery hoops. As I doubled up the netting I cut two pieces for each hoop I was using, I lay one piece of netting on top of the other and from then on held the net together and treated it as one piece.

I then tightened the screws on the hoops just enough to hold the netting firmly.

I turned over the hoops and once I was sure the netting was tight in the hoop, I glued the netting to the inside hoop with hot melt glue  (inside hoop only, this was important as I was going to separate the hoops again).

I just glued the sections where the ribbon was going to run through the hoops at the top and bottom. I only glued down the netting for the same width as the ribbon I would be using.

Once the glue had set I trimmed off the excess netting, but only trimming at the top and bottom where I had glued it.

I was leaving the sides that were unglued, untrimmed. This makes it a lot easier to pull the netting tight when I put it all back together again.

Then I threaded the small metal ring through the ribbon before starting assembly.

I found one that looks like brass in the bottom of my craft box, no idea where it came from. It was perfect and makes the hole thing so much easier and neater to hang when finished. This is not essential, the loop of ribbon work also work.

Putting it all together took some time, it was more that a bit fiddly.

This is were pre- gluing parts of the netting really helped.

With the embroidery hoops back together, but very very loosely, I had to thread the ribbon through the back and keep the netting on the front.

I then tightened the screws again, just enough to hold everything in place.

Next I hung it up, adjusted the spacings, pull the netting tight, and made sure the ribbon was tight at the back. Once I was completely happy, I tighten the screws off and then rechecked.

Gently I took it down and placed it face down on my work surface.

I then ran a thin bead of super glue all the way around ( where the two hoops come together and the netting is sticking out ) once it was dry I trimmed off the rest of excess netting. I touched-up the paintwork and painted the screw heads again and the threads this time.

To finish I added a bow on top of the metal ring it was to hang from.

I hope you enjoyed my  guide to how I made my daughters earring holder.

I’ve got to make one for myself now, I will defenatly post some photos.

Any feedback on the tutorial is very welcome, especially if you have a go and make your own, I would love to see it.



Spiral wool decorative eggs

I’m loving playing with egg shells, husks, casings? Shells sort of implies they’re fragmented, note to self, find proper name for egg casing (ooh ooh… pod, I like that, egg pod).

Anyhow, I’ve been wrapping egg pods in wool and I think they’ve turned out really well, this is how I made them.

If you wish to hang the eggs once completed, then I found a neat way of creating a loop.

Start by selecting the opening  (made when you blow the egg, egg blowing link here,) which you would like to become the top of your finished egg.

Choose two colours of wool, don’t cut lengths of, just unravel some of it. Make a loop in one of the ends of wool and then tuck both ends and the knot (having covered the knot in PVA glue ) into the opening.

Now spiral the two lengths of wool around the egg. I use PVA glue as it’s viscous enough to hold the wool in place as you go along. Glue small areas of the egg and work your way down.

When you get to the bottom cut of the wool and your done. If you get a little hole right at the bottom after you cut the wool of, it can be filled with a small off cut of wool and becomes almost invisible.

The eggs also look great on a table piled up in a bowl. If this is your preference then just tuck both ends into the opening at the beginning, no knot needed and spiral away.

Great fun with quick results, the way all home made projects should be.


Truly inspirational colour boards

If you are looking for inspirational colour for a room design or just some eye candy then pop over to design-seeds.com

I could have spent hours Ooing and Ahhing. I really liked a lot of the colour combinations but I really really liked this one.

Have fun.


Pretty spring egg with a bow on top

I did say that I would let you see the fruits of my egg blowing labours. So here we are.

To start I used a small jewellery eyelet in the top of all the eggs, these are just glued in place.

For the pink eggs I used hen’s eggs. I filled and sanded the hole made from blowing them. I painted them with Liquitex acrylic in Medium Magenta with a very small amount of Deep Magenta and a tiny splash of water added. It only took 10 thin layers of paint to get a nice finish.

The ribbon on this egg was from my collection of saved pieces, I think it may have even come around an Easter egg I received a couple of years ago from my mum (thanks mum). A bit of cutting and gluing, and here we are.

The small eggs are Quail’s eggs and they are beautiful as is. I filled the hole made from blowing them, sanded and touched that up with acrylic paint. Liquitex, Burnt Umber, to match the brown markings and then varnished them.

I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I really hope they will keep for a good few years, we’ll see.

When it’s hailing outside, Yes Hailing, these are a beautiful reminder that spring will return.


Egg Blowing

This is such a great way of making spring decorations.

So let’s get cracking! sorry.

First step, wash your eggs, we all know where they’ve been.

Step two, making some holes. You can use a large pin but my weapon of choice is a pair of very sharp nail scissors, it gives me something to keep hold of and I feel a bit more in control of egg-sactly how much presser I’m using.

Eggs can be surprisingly hard to puncture. You need a small hole at the top and a slightly larger one at the bottom. Egg-speriment with the size of your holes, start small and make them a little larger if you can’t blow out the egg.

Step three, blow through the small top hole and the contents will empty out through the bottom, make sure the have a bowl underneath to catch the eggy innards so that you can cook it later.

Finally, step four, gently wash out your empty eggs and leave to dry.

Now the eggsciting bit, deciding how to decorate them. I know I know, I just can’t help myself when it comes to egg yolks, I mean jokes.

I’ll be back with some of my finished and decorated eggs soon.

Can I just say a big thank you to my eggscellent assistant Ian, beautifully blown man, beautifully blown. Thanks.


Simple spring table decoration

My very simple spring table decorations make the most of some vintage willow pattern tea trios that I’ve collected.

I blue tacked a small pot in between the side plate and the saucer to make room for the eggs and feathers and also to give the hole thing extra hight.

I left the band around the daffodils but moved it towards the flower heads to help keep them in shape and added some small pebbles from the garden to the cup to keep them central.

This makes a very cheerful centrepiece, great for afternoon tea this Easter and a good excuse to buy more tea cups.