DIY quick fix: Travel necklace holder

December 16, 2011

Between making gifts and wrapping gifts, it has looked a lot like Santa’s workshop around here lately. I’m looking forward to sharing some of those DIY projects with you after the holidays (since most of them are gifts for friends and family and we wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, would we?), but in the meantime, here’s a quick DIY solution for those of you who, like me, are getting ready to travel for the holidays are aren’t sure how to fit 18 days worth of clothes and accessories into a suitcase and decide at 11:15 p.m. on a Thursday night that it’s time to fashion new travel storage solutions for that trip you’re leaving on the next day.

When I travel, I usually take all of my delicate necklaces, wrap them in tissue, and put them in a pouch. That’s fine for short trips — long weekends, quick jaunts to the coast, a few days in the mountains. But when I’m gone for, say, two weeks, those little pieces of tissue are folded and unfolded and refolded so many times that they’re falling apart by the end of the trip.

There’s also the straw method, but I’ve never found that particularly elegant, and I never know how, exactly, to transport all the straws.

I’ve been planning to make a necklace roll or wallet for quite awhile — possibly out of pleather or recycled leather, with little ribbons for attaching the necklaces — but in the meantime, I had a fleece remnant, a pair of scissors and a crop-a-dile (although a regular hole punch would do).

In five steps:

  1. Trim your fabric to size. You want it to be wide enough that your necklaces fit on the fabric. (Mine is just shy of 20″.)
  2. Punch adjacent holes at the top and middle of your fabric scrap.
  3. Thread necklace chains through the holes.
  4. Roll the fabric one necklace at a time, ensuring that the chains don’t touch.
  5. Tie with a ribbon.

Scarves and sales

November 25, 2011

There are lots of tutorials and videos about how to tie your scarf. Many of them are five-minute tutorials just to tie your scarf two ways. The darling and beautiful Wendy shows us 25 ways to tie a scarf in less than five minutes. And the video will make you smile. (Thanks to Jessica for the lead on the video!)

I know you all have serious Black Friday shopping to get back to, but in case you aren’t one of those people who draws up battle plans for a strategic Black Friday attack, a few notable sales that you can enjoy from the peace and crazy-people-less comfort of your living room…

At Anthropologie, all sale items are 50% off from 6-11 a.m. online. Hours vary in store.

American Eagle is offering 40% off plus free shipping through Saturday. Use purchase code 72429831.

Crystalyn Kae handbags are 15% off through Monday. Beautiful hobos, clutches and satchels made right in Seattle from vegan materials and recycled leather.

Smashbox is offering 20% off plus free shipping through Monday. Use offer code SBXFF11.

And Amazon has a bunch of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals — clothing, electronics, movies, tools and just about everything else.

Anthro kids

November 18, 2011

Anthropologie recently debuted children’s clothing, and it’s a good thing I don’t have any little ones because if I did, my bank account would be empty and my baby’s dresser would be full.