Marrying Elements for Display Props

I had to put my thinking cap on recently to figure out what kind of display I wanted at the Corner Nest for my jewelry. And being on a budget I  really didn't want to spend any money. So I began to scrounge to see what I already had.

I had this plastic bust from Barr Display.

 Of course you know I couldn't leave it alone right?

So, some vintage book and ledger paper, vintage sheet music and some dyed scrim later, this is what I had. But she is only good, at most, for a few necklaces.


I scrounged in my stash and found this tray which I, of course, painted and distressed. I chose this tray for the holes in the edges...nice and lacy looking, fits right in.


Out in the barn was this large left over part of a table leg. It was dirty, dark brown and had been sitting out there for years, patiently waiting for me. More paint treatment and I had this.


My idea was to marry them all together .

I had Mr Shabby screw them to one another so she won't tip..


She is now a beautiful display in our booth and can hold quite a bit of jewelry.


But still I needed yet another way to display the necklaces and bracelets.

So I turned to the basement this time and found this frame.


I thought it needed to tie in with the other display so I did a similar distressed paint treatment.



I antiqued the distressed treatment, had Mr Shabby cut a piece of thin wood to fit in the frame opening and glued cork to that.

Then I scrounged again. I pictured burlap but alas I only had a small scrap left and I was intent on using what I had. One more dive into scrounge land and I found a piece of drop cloth with a printing experiment. Just the right width but not long enough.

Then the lightbulb went off. And I just love how it came together!


Then I was ready to add my baubles.


I took some photos of the booth and the jewelry corner.

So here you go...





Green bee pendant2

Memorywire bracelets

I've just started with the beaded wrap bracelets and have added more to the display since this photo. They all look so festive together!


Tomato cage Christmas "tree". :)




And then after all that hard work, two days later we sold half a dozen large pieces, and had to come back and re-do the booth.  Which is actually a good problem to have, but left us scambling to find filler before the open house (which btw was yesterday) lol And I got to string my white showflakes on the lighting wires which I forgot to do earlier. :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing how the display pieces and the jewelty corner came together in our booth.

Have a wonderful week friends! xxoo Gail



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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.