Bejeweled lacquered boxes

Hello!  Long time, no blog. We've got to stop meeting like this.

I imagine summer is flying by in a flurry for you like it is for us.  We've been enjoying all the quintessential summer activities: pool time, al fresco dining with friends, & eating our weight in ripe berries, watermelon, ice cream & popsicles.  We're also having lots of fun hosting visiting family members!

Amongst all the buzz, our mudroom reno is, well, buzzing along.  We're currently in that limbo stage where plans are being drawn & permits are being worked on.  Our contractor will be doing the structural stuff; we'll be doing the finishing stuff. This permit phase is blah in my mind; I'm quite looking forward to the 'finish work'.  Perhaps even losing sleep over it. I know, first world problems.

Enough about that. On to bejeweled lacquered boxes.  Do not worry.  I didn't break out my Bedazzler.  Besides I no longer own one (if you do, let's be friends).  I'm a fan of these affordable lacquered boxes as evidenced here.  I've since moved those green boxes to my closet to hold my baubles & bits (lol), so I scooped up a couple more for our entryway credenza.  They're great for corralling odds & ends.  

Quinn & I were at Target one day when I let her loose in the accessories department (they must love us).  She recently learned to say "frog" & her toddler eagle-eyes zeroed in on a pair of bejeweled frog earrings.  I was too busy checking out the scarves praised her & started to ask her to please put them back (tangent: "back" is a word she's added to her vocabulary which is her synonym for "clean"....usually preceded by her declaring something a "mess". My child, indeed.).  But then I took a closer look at the earrings, liked the whimsy of the bejeweled creatures, & thought they would make fun embellishments for something somewhere.  Into the cart they went.  I also added a pair of similarly bejeweled peacock earrings from Old Navy to the family.  

I'm the furthest thing from a hoarder, but sometimes I see things that I have to get that make no sense to anyone else.  All this to say, I eventually bejeweled some lacquered boxes with those earrings.

How long before the Mr. whines that these are too sparkly & replaces them with something wood-paneled? 
Until then, I'm enjoying them.  A bit girly, a bit whimsical, a whole lotta useful.
Yep, useful.

This vignette is temporary.  I intend for the boxes to sit on our credenza, but it's currently covered in a dropcloth as I'm sanding & painting these battered bannisters (opting not to restain them since they're in pretty bad shape & will likely be replaced).
More to come!
I hope your week is great!



* The mirror is an old Pier 1 charger on to which I glued a cheap craft store mirror a couple years ago.  It's what happens when you want to do crafts at 41 weeks pregnant.
* The gold faux croc tray was a HomeGoods purchase circa 2009.


P.S. Thanks a million to Best of DIY/Centsational Girl & What To Expect for featuring my version of onesie/sock cupcakes!!!

34 comments:

  1. I ADORE this idea. And will probably knock you off eventually. But promise to give full credit :)

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    1. By all means! If I had even an iota of your mad furniture building skills I'd knock off your creations. Until then, I'll just stick to good ol' arts & crafts. ;-)

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  2. That is so freaking cute and such a good idea!! Of course now i need to run to Target, because my ears need a pair of frogs on them :) :) Oh yes they do! lol :)

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    1. Thanks, friend! If there's anyone who could wear these earrings well, it's you! Me, well, someone might inquire if I was OK because I had frogs nibbling on my earlobes. ;-)
      xoxo

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  3. Super cute. Of course I wonder how you took the picture with both of your hands in it :-)A talented chin?

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    1. If you knew the things my chin could do. #toofar? #thisiswhywe'refriends I usually use a tripod but was lazy this time & snapped the pic whilst the camera hung from my neck on it's strap. Heh!

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    2. Forgot to mention that I set the camera on its 10 sec timer mode! My chin isn't THAT talented.

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  4. Genius, dude! I never, ever would have thought to do that, I love it! I'll never look at earrings the same again.

    Also, I'm with Janice, totally impressed with your photo taking skills! How on earth did you focus with it around your neck??

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    1. Thanks so much, dude!!

      Bwahaha! It was all about setting the camera on self-timer mode, waiting for it to stop swinging on my neck, & holding REAL still. #soremusclestoday

      xoxo

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  5. Amazing, amazing idea. Girl, you are on fire with all of your nesting. You're like the MacGyver of decorating! :)

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    1. BWAHAHA! I love that, should be my new tagline: Freckles Chick: sort of the MacGyver of decorating

      (I owe you a long email, my friend!! It's been far too long!! Love you!)

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  6. Great idea! But we need a full chin photography tutorial now stat! #bloggerproblems

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    1. LOL! Close-ups of my chin would not be a pretty sight ;-) #Photoshopproblems

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  7. Wow, this is brilliant! And so easy! Seriously, those boxes looks awesome with that bling! Such a great idea.

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  8. Such a great idea! I think I may have to copy you!

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  9. I love the boxes, neat idea! I'm probably late in saying this but I love your new header! I hadn't seen your normal blog since I follow on Bloglovin but I like it :)

    Nemixtli

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    1. It's always awesome to see a comment from you. It never gets old! Thanks, friend!
      xoxo

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  10. These are beautiful!! Thank you for showing me these boxes, too -- newly obsessed.

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  11. That is freaking cute! And original! Your photos are amazing too! I have got to find the timer on my camera!

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    1. Aw thanks, my friend!! That means a lot coming from you!
      xoxo

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  12. You ooze great ideas! Love the touch of class this adds.

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    1. That's not all I ooze.... (too far?)
      xoxo

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  13. What a cute way to incorporate new or old jewelry. I love the little bit of sparkle. And the sideways earrings don't scream "We're earrings!".

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the bit of sparkle, too. The husband? His idea of sparkle is a geode or a shiny rock. #wifeofageologistproblems

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  14. so so cute! I love the added sparkle!

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    1. Thanks so much, gal! I love the added sparkle, too! We shall see how long the husband can tolerate it ;-)

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  15. Love the addition of the earrings - here's where most people leave off and you begin! You have such a great eye, FC. (Also, remember when I read blogs everyday and commented in a timely fashion? Ha! What happened to that Emily?)

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    1. Thanks so much, old pal! I vaguely remember when we used to read blogs every day, comment, & such. Hey remember when there was no Pinterest or Instagram?! Or kiddos?!

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  16. That sparkle really makes those boxes and who would have thought to use earrings? Or a self timer to get process pics? So crafty that FC....

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    1. Who knew I could be crafty in a GOOD way?! ;-) Thanks so much for dropping by, gal!!
      xoxo

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  17. SO gorgeous! I am totally in love!

    --Sayeh, The Office Stylist

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  18. amazing! now i wish i didn't throw away all my costume jewelry in my recent decluttering session. i had the cutest purple rhinestone beetle earrings that would have worked great for something like this!

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Let's get weird up in here.
xoxo
~Freckles Chick~