A cheap and convenient way to store earrings

Happy New Year! I hope you had a fanstastic festive season! Mine was blissful. I spent my time with family, swimming, watching too much Sons of Anarchy and eating too much Christmas treats.

I was doing some Spring cleaning over the holidays and found myself wanting a convenient way to store my earrings. I can never keep my earrings in pairs and that just does not work when I am in a hurry. I came up with this easy method. Here are the steps:

    1. Find a shoe box lid (any piece of cardboard will work but shoe box lids are usually easy to find).
    2. Pierce holes in the shoe box lid and insert your earrings in pairs.
    3. You could decorate the shoe box lid by painting it or using wrapping paper. I left mine as is.

My new earring holder has been working out well. You can even mount it to your wall as a decoration. I hope you found this useful! Please let me know if you have any storage tips for me.

Embracing Style, earring holder

Embracing Style, earring holder

DIY: How To Remove Shoulder Pads

I recently bought a bargain coat that I love, but when I wore it I realised that the shoulders of the coat looked too big. Power shoulders don’t always work for me so I decided to remove the shoulder pads . Naturally, this all turned into a blog post.

What you need: Some cotton, a needle and a pair of scissors.

DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

1: Turn sleeves inside out and find the sleeve with the stitching that is on the outside like the picture below.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

2: Use your scissor to unpick the stitches that are on the outside in order to make a hole in the sleeve.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

3: Pull the jacket through the hole you just made until you reach the shoulder pad.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

4: Use your scissor to cut out shoulder pad and repeat step 3 and then cut out other shoulder pad.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

5: Push shoulders of jacket back in and then use your needle and cotton to sew hole closed.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

That easy!

Admittedly my before and after picture doesn’t show much difference but I can definitely feel the difference. I’m much more comfortable when I wear the jacket now.
DIY Remove Shoulder Pads

DIY Chain Bag

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a second-hand leather bag that I bought for R5($0.13) at a flea market. I was shocked when the seller told me the price, so that is not what drew me to it. I really liked the colour and patches. It’s not a perfect bag, but I think it has character. I was thinking of a way to spice the bag up and came up with the idea of turning it into a chain bag. They’re extremely trendy right now and I have been meaning to buy myself one. Here’s how I did it:

1. Take bag that has loops for a strap attachment.

DIY chain bag

2. Get some chain and some ribbon or any other string or thong you wish to use. I got these at a haberdashery near my work.
DIY chain bag

3. Pull ribbon through entire chain.
DIY chain bag

4. Attach chain to bag. To do this I opened up the last loops of chain, attached it to the bag’s loops and then hit it closed with a hammer. You could also buy some kind of fastener for a more elegant solution.
DIY chain bag

And there you have it. I think the chain transformed this little bag into something current and it’s also a cheaper alternative to buying a new chain bag.

Have you done any DIY lately?

Finished product

All the sweet comments I received on my scarf post motivated me to finish the scarf I’ve been knitting. I am very happy with the end result. It’s very bulky and warm which is just what I wanted.

Image: Finished product

This scarf took me very long to knit! I kept on forgetting about it and picking it up for about two years. I became so used to knitting it and now I miss it! I will now move on to a needlework project that I have been neglecting for some time. Hopefully that won’t take as long.

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