The New Earring Organizer

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Do you remember the Earring organizer that I had made a while ago? Read more Here.

Unfortunately When we moved to our new place, that became obsolete, as I could not dedicate   a shelf for my earrings and accessories. I could however dedicate a door. I Had seen a few hacks online using a baking cooling shelf.
I did not want to buy something new. I did however have this metal trivet that I had purchased years ago  for about Rs 25 a pop. Over the years I stopped using them and were just floating around.

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Using a craft knife, I cut a Slit in the rubber bush and reattached it to the top of the trivet. This created a barrier and prevents the earrings from falling off.

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Also It left the flat portion free to be attached with some wire organizers.

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I also used some of these hooks to hold my necklaces and even an organizer and sometimes a 3X mirror.

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Cool Right?

New Charging station

Couple months back (Ahem.. in February of 2013) on a generic “because i felt so” trip to staples, I came across this filing unit. It was displayed  sideways and then it hit me.. it could be an amazing charging station for my phones and my iPad.

Then it sat in my craft room for a few months (ahem… 8 months) till the stars aligned one Tuesday evening when I decided to watch the FOUNTAINHEAD.

What you need.
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One Corner File unit.
(4) socket power surge protector and Power strip
(4) 1 inch eyelets
(2) 1 inch Curtain eyelet
Attractive Paper
Felt pieces

The How

I started with placing the filing unit sideways and decided the position of the strip on the side. This is where the wire and plug would come out and get plugged into the electricity source.

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I started by placing the 2 inch curtain eyelet on the side and marking the circle . Using my jewelers pliers, i cut open a circlish hole.

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After which, I fixed the back and front parts of the eyelet. I had already determined how the three pin plus will pass through the  eyelet as it had to be angled in.

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The next step was to determine where the power strip would go. I could not have it attached to the wall as there would be insufficient space  to actually plug in the chargers. I needed a shelf that hoovered above the floor. I was stumped! This is where the brilliant hubs stepped in and asked me to weave a net like structure that would bridge the gap and act as a shelf for the power strip.Perfect. Using Some Flower making wire, I simply strung the wire back and forth till a bridge like structure was constructed. The power strip sat on this bridge.

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I then added A piece of felt before placing the power strip. This way when viewed from top the wires were not visible.

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Now for the sections where the phones get charged. I followed the same idea as the side eyelet.

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I did not like the look of this, so i decided to add some handmade paper . I like how this looked. In retrospect i should have added the paper before fixing the eyelet, any ways….Last I added bits of felt to all the surfaces, to prevent any scratches .

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This is the final charging station, all loaded up.

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Love it!

PS : If you are looking to buy the corner unit Look HERE HERE  HERE and i am not getting paid by any of these guys.

Cost Break down

The Corner Filing unit Rs 300 (original Rs 600 Got it at 50% off)
Curtain Eyelet Rs 5
Small Eyelet Rs 12 (Rs 3 X 4)
Jewelry Wire Rs 10
Felt Rs 75 (Rs 25 X 3)
Power strip Previously owned

Total  : Rs 402 .

Chalk board for Maya

Over the months that we have lived in our new Home, I have oscillated a lot with decorating and designing decisions, But this one was a doozy . I first saw this idea on where else PINTEREST . I promptly pinned to my board for the new house which had great ideas but i was not sure of where to execute them
Inspiration
Original Source – http://asoftplace.net/2011/04/kids-art-gallery-wall-the-reveal/

I had the perfect Place for it , In the passage way . I could see my future where maya and her gang of friends would be huddled and create art , while the mothers would chill .

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Luckily for me I had a piece of False ceiling Board left over measuring 4′ X 2′ and was a perfect size for the project . I did have some roughed up ends which HAD to be taken care of .

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I started with painting the board with Chalk board paint ,two coats. I used a local brand called Surfa . and while painting my foam brush broke! so me being the cheepo Jugadu person that i am used a pliers to hold the brush and paint.. but ultimately i had to throw that brush and use a new one

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Now was the Challenging part, Fixing on the wall. The easiest would have been to just fix the board on the wall and Calling it done, But due to the beat up edges, we needed to frame it.

To start with, We cut out some 1/2 X 1.25 ” wood strips so that a frame is formed around the board. To get a feel of how it would look we placed it around the board. We did not use Meter joints.

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I then marked three spots 50 cm from the floor and fixed the bottom board using 1.5 inch screws. Then we fixed  the other two sides on the wall.

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Maya HAD to make sure that we were doing a good job

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Then we placed the board inside the three sided frame and fixed the forth piece of the frame. Since the frame was snug around the board, it did not fall down.

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To beautify (Ahem hide the uglies) I used a 2″ X 4 mm beeding and made another frame using meter joints. This frame was fixed on the surrounding wood frame with an over lap on the board. This hid away all the uglies.

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Ps – please ignore my unmade bed in the Master bed room . It was a Sunday morning after all!

Finally to finish this off, Using two modified hooks we attached a small metal bucket to hold the Chalk and the duster.

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And Here its is being used.

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She Just Loves it!

The little thing called Maya

Last march I had written a very personal but sad post on my life then. I mentioned about my struggle with weight and the empty child shaped hole in my heart.

A year later. Things are much different. I am still over weight , however the hole in my heart is filled by my little angle Maya.

It all started a little over a year ago, when we applied for adoption at a local charitable trust in bangalore. Adoption in India is a long drawn process and has known to take up to three to four years. We went through the motions of filling out the paper work, social worker visits and attended some parent prep workshops. Then we started the long and uncertain wait for a child. I was losing hope by the minute and by December beginning , it was all but over in my mind. I was moving on and planing new things, A life of being childless but successful in “something”.

It took a phone call to change it all.

On 12.12.12 me and my good friend decided to celebrate the day by going shopping. Nothing like a good dose of retail therapy, right? So we hit the shops, grabbed some lunch and came home for some rest before we started round two in the late afternoon. At around 2.15 , I picked the phone to make another call when it rang. The conversation was something like this.

SW : hey rashmi , it’s SW here.
ME : hey…. How r u?
SW : So there is a child available , it’s a baby girl , she is is 8 months old. When can you come and see here
( By this time , I froze, I mean hot and cold at the same time, going crazy, cant think, going mad kinda state )
ME : aaaaa. Ok. I’ll just talk to my husband and get back.
SW: ok sure . Please get back soon.
Me : yeah yeah. Sure.

I made frantic calls to my husband… And as luck would have it … The calls would not go through… So I sent an SMS asking him to call me back . He called and we rushed to the trust office.

To cut a long story short. We met our daughter at 4 30. Pm. In the matter of minutes , my life changed. I was a mother. We were parents and we had a daughter.She was Maya. That’s that.

We brought her home on the 14th, and our lives has never been the same ever since.

Maya is our joy and fills our hearts with her toothy smile and giggles. She keeps me on my toes.

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At almost 11 months , she is walking with support , teething some more and babbling away to glory. She has a preference of eating sweets and love pealing onions and eating onion peels. Trust me , that child is funny. She is always upto some mischief and is on the look out of one.
She loves her blocks and my kitchen utensils. She sleeps through the night and waves her daddy TA TA.

We just lover her

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In other news. We purchased a another flat in the same building we live. It’s a another bedroom and just perfect.

I’ll be sharing more about it on Monday. Yes, that means, I am back to blogosphere. In the next few months, I will be sharing my DIY projects and how I plan to make this our home.

Before I wish you folks A happy weekend here is the pic of my two favourite people.

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Love
Rashmi.

Washi tape dispencer

I Have been a huge follower of the washi tape trend that has swept blogland and rocked the crafting world. Unfortunately washi taped were prohibitively expensive to import from abroad and were not available in India, until recently. Many independent blogshops and online Indian crafting stores have started stocking Washi tapes at very affordable rates.

Now! now! I am not endorsing any one here but am just sharing that F.I.N.A.L.L.Y ,we get the “Good stuff”.

So I ordered some online and it came, Six lovely designs of fresh washi tape that my hands were desperate to craft with. These beauties lay on my craft table and the abyss that my table it it got sucked in till the big clean up happened..you know how it is!

I was very keen on making a dispenser for my washi tapes like this

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However my woodworking skills are zilch!

I did have foil dispenser and box so i thought .. well its a box that has a tube in it, It has a built-in cutter and it closes, so it will keep off dust .That was it!

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I ripped up the cutting mechanisim from inside and hot glued to the outside of the box.

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I then covered the box with some fabric and lace

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For Good measure, I covered the inside tube as well

I loaded it all up

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It looks and works lie a charm!

And see how pretty it looks ]

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I love it !
Thanks
Rashmi

UPDATE : Great minds do think alike. I found that some one had beat me to this idea Here is another take on the Foil box washi tape dispenser