A quick, happy project

Sometimes you get an afternoon when you could probably be doing something useful ……. but don’t want to. I had one of those yesterday. I had also been dredging around a dressing table drawer and regretting that I couldn’t find a brooch I wanted. I confess to owning a lot of brooches so this is not a rare occurrence.

Flash of inspiration! I would make a gizmo that could be hung on the wall that I could pin all the brooches to do that they could be seen and enjoyed – even when I wasn’t wearing them.

It probably took less time to sew the piece of velvet onto a calico backing, stiffened top and bottom with a couple of flower canes cut to size, d-rings as hanging loops, than I had spent searching for that elusive brooch.

The whole thing is now on the wall and I have enjoyed looking at each individual brooch and enjoyed remembering it’s history. Most have been gifts over a very long time, some from dear friends who are no more, some were my mothers, others given for birthdays or Christmas from The Management or my daughter – but all very precious (though not necessarily valuable).

The very best thing is that now that they are visible I am so much more likely to wear them. Isn’t that good use of an hour on a Sunday afternoon?

Lousy picture taken on my Kindle. Sorry.

I have finished the other project I was seeing but that needs to have photos taken, and it needs to be cooler! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

14 Comments on “A quick, happy project”

  1. Fadanista says:

    fabulous! I have the same problem so should do this too. It’s a lovely way to enjoy brooches when you’re not wearing them.

  2. What a good idea! I find the problem with accessories is that if I canโ€™t easily see what I have I donโ€™t wear them at all.

  3. SewRuthieStyle says:

    That’s a simply but really great idea. The velvet is like a very sumptuous jewellery box!

  4. Roxane says:

    Excellent solution! And you get to see your pretty sparkles, and be reminded to wear them!

  5. tialys says:

    You can take photos on a Kindle? Who knew?
    Great idea and, if I wore brooches, I’d rig up a similar gizmo.

    • Kim says:

      It’s a Kindle fire – and the photos seem to be really diff at the moment. I probably need to clean the lens or something.
      I’m really happy with this – way more than the effort justifies ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. Tia Dia says:

    Fantastic! I remember my grandmother having a collection of brooches that I was forever noticing and marvelling at. My mother would wear a favourite two or three occasionally. Great use of an afternoon, and how lovely to have them all out where they will not be forgotten.

  7. cedar51 says:

    the same idea can be kind of applied to anyone who knits or crochets and has lots of different sized tools – knit or crochet a length and thread the tools through it…I do like your idea for the brooches and I guess it would would work for earrings as well…

    as you can see, I just found your blog – crossed over from another blogger…

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