Chop your own wood…

“Chop your own wood, it will warm you twice.” ~ Henry Ford

Indeed Gadora is chopping at her own wood these days. Powering through plug-in sanders, and nouveau spongy rollers, and the Internet for projects to tackle and ideas to bring to my very own table. Whilst making the most of room for the final prep of the shabby chic table and chairs, Gadora found a piece of wood wanting purpose.

New use for 2 by 4s.
New use for 2 by 4s.

In the new space, Gadora casually strung her jewels across door handles. Wear something out, dangle it on the door. Always close by, and ready to wear. But with each passing through the doorway, my beloved jewels would clang and jingle and quietly weather. Way too fussy for a Girl on the Go.

Scrap wood jewelry organizer.
Scrap wood jewelry organizer.

“Rotten wood cannot be carved.” ~ Chinese proverb. And so it is that this small scrap of wood became something else. Temporarily, the wooden plank rife with holes makes a perfect jewelry display. It sits perched atop two smallish planks used for a few of my favorite things…


Maybe an easy project for Eco Deco—a read I discovered last week that has sparked great interest in the simple things around me? Perusing the Internet for  the best wood ending, I waver on two by Robert Frost:

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Those words speak for themselves.

StripeSupplies: scrap wood, sandpaper, a hammer and nails

How To: sand pieces of wood so each side is free from splinters, hammer nails into wood at various spots leaving room for shorter and longer necklaces, hammer nails in top for rings and things and along sides for bracelets and watches. Prop your new jewelry display on a surface near where you’ll access it best.

Time it takes: 10-15 minutes. Soup to nuts.

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