When you fall in love with screw back earrings…

…time to pull out the pliers.

The school where I teach uses navy and orange for its colors, and the principal loves spirit days. Occasionally I’ll spot little treasures that function with both my personal aesthetic and are school colors, everyone wins.

So when I spotted these awesome geometric creamsicle bakelite earrings, I snapped them up…even though they’re screw back.


I wore them a few times as-is, because I was too lazy to pull out my pliers, but tomorrow is “homecoming” and it’s going to be a long day of wrangling students. So I decided to pull out the pliers and swap the findings so I they’d be more comfortable.

I prefer round tip needle-nose pliers for working with jewelry, they seem much less likely to damage old metal.


It’s really just a matter of opening the hoop on the earring, taking the original hook out and putting a new one in.


Et voila!

DIY Sunglasses Organizer

Inspired by a post I saw on pinterest (which links to this blog post) I decided to make my very own sunglasses holder/memo frame.    I have a bit of a sunglasses addiction and they all end up in my car.  When I cleaned out my car to hang them on the frame, there were 5 pairs in there.  I never need 5 pairs of sunglasses in my car.  My car doesn’t even seat 5 people!


I found the frame in the basement of Decatur Estate for $5!  I took tiny hooks that I had leftover from another project and screwed them into the frame in regular intervals.  Then I laced them up like a corset…or like a shoe…whichever…with garden twine.  Et-voila.  Sunglasses holder with plenty of room if my problem continues to grow…and spots to clip cards and notes if I want!

Now that I think about it, I’m missing at least one pair….hmmmm.