Before and After: DIY Romantic Style Jewelry Board

The other day I came across an old picture and frame in a box of trinkets I had gotten from an auction some time ago. As you can see below the design of the frame is a beautiful french style– but the color and picture are hard on the eyes if you ask me. I knew this frame had potential, so here’s my take on sprucing it up and making it rather useful.

Jewelry Board Before

Frame + Picture Before = Drab. Even your grandmother probably wouldn’t like it.

I decided I wanted to transform this frame into the romantic look it should have been given in the first place when it was manufactured.

I started with a coat of metallic silver spray paint and let it dry for a few hours.

Afterwards I added another coat of ivory spray paint.

Why bother with the coat of silver in the first place you ask? There is a method to my madness, I promise!

I like that slightly scuffed and ruffed up look commonly termed “Shabby Chic” (which, for the record, I despise) and I came across some great tips on another blog how to achieve this look on frames. I found the best method was using sand paper. So the purpose of the initial coat of silver is so when some of the ivory paint is scuffed away some of the silver will show through and glisten!

It already looks better without that 'work of art' in it...

It already looks better without that ‘work of art’ in it…

It's subtle, but the silver changes the whole look of the frame.

It’s subtle, but the silver changes the whole look of the frame.

I’m going to add a more in-depth tutorial on how I made the board, but for now, here is the finished product.

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

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Craft Blogs- Presentation, Style, Communication.(Topic 3)

There was a time when I associated the word “craft” with activities like knitting, needlepoint, and rug hooking. Those are all fine forms of crafts but they’re personally not my cup of tea. At one point crafts’ seemed like daunting and boring activities to partake in. But then I discovered DIY crafts, an entirely different medium of creativity. Simple DIY crafts caught my eye because they used simple everyday items and maybe a few other cheap supplies. I stumbled upon them online through various sites and blogs. Through my surfing I’ve developed a preference of how I like craft ideas and tutorials presented. In this blog I hope to achieve the structure, presentation, and effective communication of crafts that make it inviting, fun, and personal. First off, the audience I’m geared towards is a younger generation that wants to do fun, simple, and cheap projects that are really just about ‘personalizing’ things. So grandma probably wouldn’t be interested in the hip galaxy sweater I show how to make.  I say a younger generation also because, as a younger person, I don’t want, nor have the fiscal means, to be spending a ridiculous amount of money on a hobby.

Crème de le Craft is a perfect example of a blog that clearly communicates instructions and has a simple easy-to-read layout. Depending on the level of complexity the writer uses either step-by-step picture instructions or video tutorials. She takes into account which medium will best communicate her message. I find sites like The Dollar Store Crafts have too much going on; it’s busy and sometimes confusing. The easier it is to understand a craft, the more likely someone is going to try it. The goal of my blog is to achieve this simplicity that still effectively communicates the message or idea.

The layout and organization of A Beautiful Mess is anything but a mess. Like the Dollar Store Crafts, it has a variety of crafts and other projects, but the Beautiful Mess’s layout and organization is much easier to navigate than the Dollar Store Crafts design.

Another goal I hope to achieve in this blog is sharing crafts that are truly unique. They should be personal and quirky; something that could not be store bought. Ironically, Free People (as in the clothing line) has a unique DIY section on their blog. The crafts are simple but fun and really cool. The photos are not the most instructional, but they do provide a pleasant way of showing the materials and final product.

Lastly, I find crafts tend to be associated with a stereotypical “domesticity”, and that’s not what I want this blog to be about. The projects don’t necessarily have to serve a function or make life easier. My audience also doesn’t need fun crafts for the kids, or a chic way of organizing spices. A blog like How Does She? is a perfect example of this. It’s an entirely different community of DIY crafts (and more) that is geared towards a very specific audience.

I think blogging is a refreshing way of explaining and sharing crafts compared to books and magazines. When you go to a craft store, the isle you never see anyone in is the book isle. I find books and magazine’s are impersonal, not direct, and don’t clearly communicate for the most part how to make the project in question. Blogging allows you to take your audience step-by-step through a process, and also share a personal experience, additional tips, and ideas as well.