The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Friday 21 February 2014

My mantlepiece and jewellery clean up!

Our bedroom has a beautiful fireplace and mantle piece. After making my dressing table look nice and sorting out all my makeup I felt "what next?"

I'm pretty sure even though I am busy working on things for the wedding I am filling every moment with extra activity so I am not worrying/stressing. That's me. I am better busy and active or I will start to dwell on things to worry about and then I will tend to not sleep so well. 

My jewellery was a mess. Some was dusty, a lot not worn and some needed cleaning. Over time I've made it my style to wear pearls most days as they suit me and I love them.

So I have arranged things so I can see the things I wear almost every day and have placed other things I should wear so that I can see them and might make better use of them. 

Plus this is a major part of the room, it needs to look nice.

My friend Shell made the lace bunting for me as a gorgeous gift. I love it. The fire screen I found on the side of the road. I am hanging my long pendants from it. The wrought iron fire surround I found in an old cottage on the farm. It is beautiful and I treasure it. The little shelves were from an op shop. I use that for evening purses and bracelets/watches.

Just to show... the left of this are shelves with my pictures etc and the right Andy keeps his hats. He is a hat man. Never leaves the house without a hat.

Seriously again I had a big mess to get to this stage! A whole heap of jewellery is now in my craft room to be re made, re used somehow in crafts. I have a few things that if hung on a nice chain would make great pendants so I will have a bit of a re make.

My candle sticks are lovely to hang the pearls I mostly wear everyday. When not worn they look beautiful just hanging there!

Knowing I love pearls my family have given me these as gifts which makes them even more special.

Going through everything, cleaning and re arranging makes you think "why haven't I worn this in ages?" and is a good reminder. We forget things. Good things get drowned out by stuff that is really junk and we don't wear anyway or no longer even like. Cleaning things and thinking how to wear them again, maybe in a new way, is like having new things almost! 

I will have to wait until after the wedding to go through my wardrobe but I will be doing a "shop my wardrobe challenge" and seeing how many outfits that I love I can create from what is lurking in their. At least I have my jewellery sorted out!

I posted onto the fb page a link to a wonderful Flylady article. It is called "The cheapest remodel of all" Really wonderful. It is about making the most of what you have and it applies to everything else too other than your home, your wardrobe, your jewellery and so on. If you need a boost or motivation read that article.

If you have some stunning jewellery that you don't wear consider wearing it! Otherwise maybe gift it to someone who might enjoy and give it a new life. One beautiful piece of jewellery can make you feel a million dollars and turn jeans and a top into something stunning! Vintage styles are beautiful, a good clean and great grandmas brooch or ring might be your new heirloom accessory. Absolutely make the most of what you have!


  1. Annabel, simply gorgeous. I love how you repurpose objects and I particularly love the screen and the candlesticks are a great idea for holding necklaces. Inspiring! xo

    1. Thank you Kaye! In this I was so wishing I had a candelabra to hang jewellery from. I will be watching out in the op shops! I really like making pretty things into something useful. xxx

  2. You obviously have some nice jewellery. But please be careful. I do not know where you live, but if a burglar or drug addict did, they now know what to get and where to get it. I was burgled many years ago and it was devastating when my jewellery was stolen. Protect yours. Do not tell compete strangers what you have and where to find it. You may have other pieces, maybe rings, that you did not show here. Good. When I read your blog you sound so nice. I do not want you to suffer because somebody took advantage of you. Perhaps you could change the photos in this post so you only show a few pretty things.

    1. Thanks Louise but nothing is worth enough for anyone to have much satisfaction reselling. My rings never leave my fingers, they would be the only things of real value. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! xxx


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