July 25, 2012

DIY Necklace Holder

I was getting sick of my T Bar necklace holder, and always having to take half of them off to get to the necklace I want. I wanted a more practical and visually appealing holder, and I wanted to clear up some space on my dresser, so a hanging holder was what I was going for. I've seen some DIY necklace holders that looked fairly easy. Well I found out it took a little more work than I thought, and I'm glad I had some help.

I found this interesting shaped piece of cedar wood at my mom's new house, and thought it would be perfect for a necklace holder with some fun knobs.

A while back, I bought some knobs at Anthropologie for my dresser, and knew I didn't want to spend that much money on this project. I checked out Hobby Lobby's knob selection and I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did they have a great selection and were cheaper than Anthro's,  but they were all 50% off! So I got each knob for about $3.

What you will need:
*A piece of wood- if you don't have one, you can have them cut you one at pretty much any hardware store.
*Stain or paint if you don't want the natural wood color
*Measuring Tape and pen or pencil
*Regular Drill bit
*Paddle bit
*Needle nose pliers
*Hack Saw
*Sawtooth picture hangers

See the full instructions after the break

Roasted Potatoes with Lemon and Arugula

We love everything that comes from our garden and this year we have the peppery-ist (if that's a word) arugula of all time! It is just like nothing you can find in the store.  It is growing like wild so we have been coming up with all kinds of ideas of how to get arugula into each meal.  Roasted Potatoes are my weakness and this dish is so fresh and clean tasting. 

fresh arugula from our garden

Ingredients :
1/2 lb. Fingerling Potatoes sliced in half
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 1/2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice (fresh or from the lemon bottle)
1 cup Arugula 

Directions : 
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Toss the Potatoes with Olive Oil and Salt & Pepper.
3. Spread onto cookie sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile wash arugula and julienne.
5. When potatoes come out of the hot oven toss with lemon juice and arugula, arugula will wilt from the steam. 
6. Enjoy! 

julienned arugula