DSC00761I love brooches.  I LOVE BROOCHES!  I have a lot of brooches.  I HAVE A LOT OF BROOCHES!  I get tired of digging around for the one I am looking for and sometimes I tend to wear the some ones over and over.  Enter my new display solution.

I had a picture frame that I hated the picture so I took it apart, took out the glass, covered the backboard with a layer of thin quilted batting and placed a piece of a barkcloth tablecloth on top of that.  I then hot glued the fabric to the back side of the backboard and then put it together. 

Add my brooches (and there are a few more, too) and I can easily see them and choose the one that I want for a certain outfit.  I stick the pins into the batting and through the fabric so they hang and I can easily slide them out. 

If you try it I would love to see what you create.  I also have another for my necklaces.  I covered a bulletin board with fabric, stuck some button pushpins into it and then hung my necklaces on it.  Once again, jewelry at a glance. 

DSC00758I also received some other Etsy purchases. 

The Queen made this lovely bracelet.  Go check out her Etsy shop for other treasures. 

Vallen makes the most whimsical things and she packages them well, too.  She makes receiving them like a present. 


DSC00759Next, is the charm bracelet I bought from Sue.  Her Etsy shop is filled with her jewelry creations.  Most use vintage game pieces. 

It is kind of neat that parts of this bracelet have come full circle.  The dice on it are ones that I sent to her in a 1:1 swap we did at Christmastime.  It is almost like they are the prodigal dice returning home. 

Make sure you check out Sue’s blog where she freely shares her technique and her shop for the treasures she creates.

And lastly, since it is Leap Year and today is the 29th here is some English/Irish Folklore on how Leap Year came to be:

The dominant belief about leap year is that it is the only time that a woman many propose marriage to a man, rather than what was considered to be the natural order of things: the other way round. This was often called ‘The Ladies’ Privilege’. At the time of writing, it is probably true to say that younger English people would not be aware of the belief if the media did not run features on the subject every fourth February. In previous times, when relationships between the sexes were more rigid and formal, there were a number of subsidiary beliefs surrounding the Ladies’ Privilege. Some said that it was only on Leap Year day, that is 29 February, that it was valid, while others believed that a man proposed to in this way could not refuse, except on substantial payment—a silk gown, or £ 100, and so on. Indeed, it was widely reported (erroneously) that there had been a Scottish Act of Parliament in the 13th century making this legally binding (see N&Q 7s:10 (1890), 188), or that it had passed into English Common Law (Courtship, Love and Matrimony (1606), quoted in N&Q 4s:8 (1871), 505). One story about the origin of the Ladies’ Privilege is set in Ireland: St Bridget met St Patrick one day and complained that women did not have the right to propose. He offered the opportunity once in every seven years, but she bargained him down to one in four (quoted in Word-Lore 3 (1928), 51-2).

Let’s try not to leap into anything today except a crafty project.  The weekend is HERE!