What do you do when you own approximately a trillion pairs of earrings? …When they’re getting all tangled, mixed up, and separated from their twins in your otherwise trusty jewelry box?
Well, this of course is a very tragic problem and one for which there are only two solutions. 1) You can go out and get more piercings in your ears (or elsewhere on your body) or 2) You can build your very own “Earrings on a Wire” display case, as pictured above. I recommend the latter, especially if most of your earrings are of the “dangly” variety, because wearing more than one set of danglies not only looks strange, but could turn you into a human wind chime as they bounce off of one other.
I got my ears pierced when I was 13. My mother wouldn’t allow me to do so earlier despite all my whiny begging. In order to ward me off of the concept, she assured me that the process would be VERY painful. She said, and I quote, “You know that they’ll have to hang buckets from each of your ears to catch all the blood, right?” This sounds evil, but my mother has always been a jokester, so I knew she was joking. Kind of.
Once I got my ears pierced, on my 13th birthday (no buckets needed), I felt that I had officially become a woman. And I started amassing The Collection: most earrings weren’t all that expensive, didn’t take up that much room, and I derived an inordinate amount of joy from coordinating them with each day’s outfit. I still have most of them, and I am proud to say that my earrings from high school still fit (hey, just humor me – I can’t say that about much else from that time…)
Recently, Rob has turned out to be an excellent curator of The Collection, adding stylish silver danglies on my birthdays and on Christmas from The Clay Pot in Brooklyn. And when he was traveling to Seattle for work he’d often reward all my lonesome pining with some super-cool ear candy from Fireworks Gallery upon his return. Another boon to the collection has been my friend Sara, who is a fabulous jewelry designer here in Nyack. Check out her stuff at SWeiss Designs on Facebook.
Okay, so I have too many earrings. I can admit it. I really needed a way to keep them all straight. When we were living in the South Bronx, we rigged up a wire across a window sill for them to perch on, which worked out very well:
Note that, to avoid adding any more furniture to our bedroom, I further maximized the window sill by storing the rest of my jewels in those skinny olive dishes (great for rings!)
In our new house, the window idea wasn’t going to work, so I picked up a wooden tray from Target (I think it was about $12) and a little mirror from there as well. Rob strung some wires horizontally and connected them to the inside edges of the tray with screws.
And voila! Now I can see my earrings, even if I can’t begin to wear them all. If you are experiencing a similar embarrassment of riches, I recommend that you try this easy DIY project. It would work well with round trays, different colored-trays, and probably with wooden picture frames, as well.
Do you have any other suggestions/solutions for this pressing issue? And on a related note, do you also think that seeing birds resting together on a wire is pretty much the coolest thing ever?
Thanks to The News Journal of the Lower Hudson Valley for doing an article on our house and my new humor book, The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness! To see some fab photos of our house and an extremely dorky, psychotically-happy photo of me, click here.