On Monday I posted about a wonderful bag of vintage lace and trimmings that I found at a thrift store for $1.00. The lace was thrown in the bag and pretty unorganized.
I knew I needed a system to organize the lace and I wanted to have it visible so I knew what I had on hand when I started a project.
Rulers to the rescue. I have a large number of rulers in my studio.
I grabbed several rulers and began wrapping the lace pieces around the rulers. I was able to fit several pieces of lace on each ruler.
I also found a couple of paint stir sticks and found that they work great for this too.
I drilled holes in the top of the rulers and stir sticks because my original thought was to hang them on these two vintage file holders.
I love these file holders and have had them hanging in my studio holding stickers and rub-ons. Since I don't use my stickers as much as I used to I thought they would be better utilized for the lace covered rulers.
But all that changed when I found this at the thrift store today.
This oak spice rack was $6.50 at my local thrift store. It is pretty good sized (about 18" x 19") and was too big to sit on the work station in my studio. The wall space that had been previously used for the file holders was the perfect spot for my fabulous new spice rack. I already had all of the bottles (another thrift store find) and so now I have a wonderful organized system for the odds and ends that I use in my projects.
So what did I do with the lace? I found a round vase in my stash of "stuff" and placed the rulers in the vase. I decorated the vase with one of the vintage lace pieces and added a flower brooch for a little extra bling.
The vase will sit on my work station and the laces will not only be pretty to look at but easily accessible for my upcoming projects.
I'm linking to my two favorite Thursday parties....Thrifty Thursday with Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville and Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne @ Coloradolady.
Happy Thrifty, Vintage Thursday.