The Twelves Days of Purpose: Day 9 & 10

To finish up my Twelve Days of Purpose posts I will be combining the days since they have taken place over the holidays without a chance for me to blog about them. First I’m going to show you the jewelery organizer made from an old shutter. The shutter itself isn’t necessary to the design of the organizer, but it does add a vintage look to it.

This is the original shutter that we got from my in-laws. We cleaned it up and took it into the garage to spray paint it. It was wonderful to do this with my husband, we’ve had fun doing projects while he has been off work!

Ok so just to clarify, although I realize this isn’t a fashion blog, I don’t usually wear black socks with brown flats! I just threw them on to run to the garage. Anyway, we decided to paint this white since the trim in our room is white and the walls are dark brown. I enjoyed spray painting. Andrew was astonished to find out this was my first time doing it (besides when I clear coated my coasters). This is where the two say part of the project comes in. We had to let the paint dry overnight.

We purchased a set of these large coat hooks from home depot for about $2.50. We screwed the large ones in on the top for my scarves and belts.

We bought two packs of eight long neck hooks, perfect for hanging earrings, necklaces and bracelets on! We varied the hooks in lines of four and three. Andrew put one on each side up high for my long necklaces.

You can see the hooks on the outside edges are below the screw holes for mounting the organizer to the wall. We ended up moving them above the hole so that when the necklaces are on they cover it.

I thought I was going to be able to fit more scarves on this, but they covered up my jewelry, which I suppose normally wouldn’t matter, but I wanted you to be able to see the whole organizer to get the full effect. I chose my three favourite scarves as of right now, two of which I just got for Christmas! I still haven’t figured out what to do with my studs so I just have them sitting on the ledge, which actually is working quite well!

I am really happy with how this project turned out, and I am enjoying picking out what jewelry I want to wear now that I can see it all.

Our purpose statement has been coming together, but I need to make time to sit down and write something out. I have noticed that people love to live by sayings. You can walk into any home decor store and find some catchy phrase about life. One thing I have noticed however, is that a lot of the time they are not biblical at all! I personally have a problem with the statements that talk about always following your heart or “find the courage to follow your heart”. I realize that God does place desires in our heart, but in Jeremiah 17:9 it says,

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

Instead we are to follow God as Matthew 6:33 says,

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

So as we talk and pray about our purpose statement, I want it to be a statement that is true and sound. Not flowery words that don’t really mean anything, but something of substance that our family can hold onto and declare that we are committed to.

Anyone else have any imput on our purpose statement? If you don’t remember what the values were that we hold dear you can recap here.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend ringing in the New Year!


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