This week I took a lot of time to try & organize myself. I had little pieces & baubles rolling around my work table & it created a space of minor chaos. Instead of heading to the Container Store, which I’m sure could have solved my problems, I hit the local antique stores. I found some old metal tool/fishing boxes that are just perfect for both storage & display. I also cut strips of very heavy paper to create bracelet storage in my old leather briefcase. The muffin tin was a genius idea from a friend. It’s amazing that when your space is tidy a person can think so much clearer… at least that’s the case for me.
I have completely fallen in love with the antique shirt studs. It has become an obsession of sorts. I am all over the internet looking for secret stashes as I keep thinking of so many things I can make with them! After researching them, I’m finding that many of the ones I have could be way over 100 years old. A lot of them are gold plated & were manufactured between the 1880′s & 1930′s by an American jewelry company called Krementz. I’m making headway with bracelets but can’t wait to apply it to bags in some way.
(There is always the prerequisite out of focus shot that I attempt to take with my left hand while standing in front of a mirror in low light…. I will eventually learn an easier way- but at least you get the idea)