DIY: Jewelry Organizer with Flower Wall

One day while shopping at Ross with the Lil/Big Sis, Ulise, we stumbled across a wall organizer. It had no knobs, was an unattractive color, no price listed, and I was drawn to it. I thought maybe with all the issues it had Ross should sell it for $5.  When we got it to the register the cashier requested a manager who quoted a price of $12. He was very clear that normally a piece like this may cost around for $40. So Lil/Big Sis had to talk me into buying it… I have a $5 threshold when it comes down to certain things.

So this lovely monstrosity sat in my living room doing absolutely nothing for a few months. I would randomly stare at it knowing that it had some use. It would be a useful thing of beauty, but I didn’t know what it would become. While recuperating from my surgery it came to me that it needed to be painted a beautiful shade of yellow and the cork board would become a flower wall (thanks YouTube). So this is how it went down:

 

Step 1: Find The Right Color

There are many shades of yellow. Rust-Oleum Lemongrass Yellow spray paint was my first choice at AC Moore. An older gentleman at AC Moore informed me that Wal-Mart sold Rust-Oleum for almost $3 less. After two quick calls to Wal-Mart and Home Depot, neither had the color. Still determined, I decided to check at Wal-Mart to see if they had anything comparable with Lemongrass Yellow. In Wal-Mart’s paint department I met Richard who offered to mix paint samples and he told me I shouldn’t settle for a color I really didn’t want. After one bad batch of Lemongrass that was more green than yellow, I decided to purchase Glidden High Performance Semi-Gloss in Buttercup.

 

Step 2: Paint the Darn Thing

Who needs to drop cloth when you have an old torn up laundry bag to cover your surface. We, my Bagel and I, painted the organizer and even my shoe cubby.  I set up a paint station outside and we put on two to three coats of paint. Attempt to allow each layer to dry before applying another.

Learning Lesson(s): Make sure to put painter’s tape on the inside of your drawer over the knob hole. It keeps the paint from dripping inside.

 

Step 3: Be Patient

My Bagel suggested we give the paint 1 – 2 days to fully dry.

 

Step 4: To Line or Not To Line

Though I didn’t care for the muted grey color all over the organizer; I did like the color inside the drawers. I chose to keep the interior of the drawers the original color and brighten it up by lining the bottom with Contact Quick|Cover in Talisman Gray from Dollar Tree.

FYI:  We did find three out of four of the original knobs inside of a drawer. I purchased this complementary antique brass finish knob to accent their beauty.

 

Step 5: So Many Flowers

The Dollar Tree Flower Center is the perfect place to find bouquets and bushes of fabric flowers. Choose an array of flowers (roses, daffodils, petunias, etc) that you think will look good together. I spent around $15 and I have enough flowers leftover to do a second project. The number of flowers necessary depends on the size of the project; it is hard to predict how many flowers you will need to fill the space.

Gently pull flowers from the stems and trim any excess material from the bottom of the flower. Be aware cutting the bottom too short can compromise the structure of the flower making it likely to fall apart.

 

Step 6: Glue, Glue and More Glue
While spinning my Saturday Night Fever album and Live Streaming Instagram, I started gluing the flowers to the cork board with E6000.  This is industrial strength glue takes a while to fully dry, so two heavy books (Old School Bibles) were placed on top of the flower wall. I allowed the glue to dry overnight in my guest room with the window slightly opened and the door closed. 

Learning Lesson(s):  E6000 glue has cancer causing chemicals and the directions suggest using a ventilated space and to not get it on your fingers.

 

Step 7: Measure and Make It Fit

I knew I wanted to hang the jewelry organizer at the entrance of my room. With my trusty leveler, measuring tape, calculator and pencil I marked and measured the space. Rather than using nails, Monkey Hook from Wal-Mart were used to hang the organizer. 

 

Step 8: Happy Dance

I introduced my jewelry to its new home and gave it a place to thrive with vibrant colors. I am ecstatic to have beautiful flowers in my bedroom.

 

 

Thank you L Boogie, Lil/Big Sis, Richard, and my Bagel for documenting and physically assisting me with this project.

 

 

What do you think of our Jewelry Organizer? Let us know in the comments.

My Screen Pass Life, Exposed

Good Day Lovely People!

Thanks to my extended family I have entered the world of Movie Screening Connoisseurs.  In the span of five months I have attended twenty-nine pre-screenings. My gateway into this lifestyle was through receiving extra tickets from family members. They would offer any additional tickets they could not use on social media. Soon I began inquiring about how they received passes so they sent me links to websites offering screening passes. I keep a list of most of the websites, subscribing to their newsletters, email notifications, creating an account and/or following them (slight stalking) on social media. To stay organized I created a folder on my cell phone called Film & Fun housing all the websites.  

 

My four ways to procure screening passes are through movie studios, screening outlets, station contests, and/or memberships.

 

  1. Movie Studios allow the general public to set up an account and receive an email alert when screening passes are available.
  2. Screening outlets are websites used by movie studios to distribute screening passes to movies and television shows.
  3. Film Society/Association Membership guarantees you screening passes for nominal yearly fees.
  4. Television, radio, and newspapers hold contest, giveaways, and redemption codes for screenings (concert tickets, plays, etc).

 

Below are all the websites I frequent in category order. Now it’s your turn to invest a little time and reap the rewards of what my family calls Free99!

 

Movie Studios:

www.lionsgatescreenings.com

https://www.sonyscreenings.com

https://www.wbtickets.com

 

Screening Outlets:

http://advancescreenings.com

https://www.gofobo.com

http://hotchka.com

http://www.tinseltine.com

https://musicmoviesthoughts.com

https://broadgreenscreenings.com

 

Memberships:

http://reelblack.com

 

Station Contests:

http://957benfm.com

http://www.iheart.com

http://6abc.com/promotions/

What Can’t I Do: Quit

On Tuesday, March 15th a question was posted to me by Michael Jackson of MJM Photography Group… What “Can’t” You Do?

What can’t I do?…. Quit. I may take a breather yet I will never quit!  When what you do is truly your passion you will fight to see that doll created, that stitch mastered, and/or that cake fashioned.

I’m a Crochet Artisan/Craft Maven so learning is what I know how to do. An artisan is constantly learning as they craft. A maven is a person who has a wealth of knowledge of a particular discipline. Mavens and artisans are constantly learning something new about their medium/discipline. Yarn and synthetic fibers are a few of the mediums I use to create items.

I can honestly say, I never thought that half the things God allowed me to create were possible. I had a limited scope of what crocheting was because of the items I saw. Yet when someone, namely Renée, challenged me I would never say no. Did I want to say no? I sure did, yet there is no growth in staying complacent and with every challenge I said yes to I grew.

Saying yes to a challenge doesn’t mean you can foresee the outcome. It means that you are willing to follow a path to see a vision manifest in the material.

You can see the growth from our first popcorn stitch name blanket to our Kente themed blanket.

Anthony Josiah Popcorn Stitch Keepsake

Anthony Josiah Popcorn Stitch Keepsake

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Shaka Kente Cloth Keepsake

Each time I said yes to a challenge the Creator of the universe showed me how crocheting has limitless potential.

I want to encourage all of you to never quit honing your craft, skill, and passion.

Creatively yours,

J. Monroe

Fear Be Damned: I’m Doing It Anyway

To be totally transparent I have not blogged for fear that my writing is subpar and what do I really have to say. Sometimes I feel all over the place because I have several passions not just one lazer focused interest to share. I have spent most of my life perfecting many skill sets rather the investing exclusively in one.

 

I have almost failed my first quarter goal of blogging every Wednesday because of constantly questioning myself. Well here goes nothing… I am going to blog anyway. If you like it, love it, or abhor it; I hope you experience my growth as a writer and see my confidence grow. That’s all I got.
You grow by stretching. So for 20(Sweet)16 I am stretching myself like never before.