I finally accomplished something! One thing! But it's something! I finished organizing all my and my mom's jewelry. I now have a designated "jewelry closet." And before any of you start plotting on finding my house and snatching up all of these fabulous jewels, I'll let you know that all of it is costume jewelry!
The first picture is the only jewelry that isn't in the jewelry closet. This is a drawer that my mom had painstakingly fitted with handmade little dividers for her earrings and pins. Over the years, of course, the jewelry collection outgrew this drawer. I decided to put mom's and gramdmother's vintage earrings in here. My grandmother was quite the jewelry collector as well, apparently.
The second and third pictures are of the closet itself. All necklaces are on hangers so that they won't tangle and are clearly visible. The drawers and cases hold all the watches, earrings, pins, pendants, bracelets, and rings.
Those eleven cases on the top are all earrings! Well, one case holds daddy's cufflinks and tie bars. The top case holds the pendants, pins, and miscellaneous jewelry that is so campy or out-of-date I would never consider wearing it. The middle case has the watches, the rings, and other miscellaneous items, like shoe and scarf clips. The bottom two cases hold bracelets! I had so many, I had to divide them up: vintage, chains, stretchy, cuffs, and link.
Boy, it feels good to have at least one thing accomplished! Only 9999 more to go!
I did the unthinkable tonight: I took pictures of the things above and then threw them away! They were on mom's vanity. The first was a kitty that held perfume. The perfume has long since dried up and, well, I just thought I could probably do without it.
The "flower pot" was a gift from me in 1971 or 1972. If you can't tell, the centers of the flowers are lipsticks. They are completely dried out and discolored, but mom hung on to it.
I winced, but tried to remember that I need the memories, not the things themselves. Sigh...no wonder people end up on Hoarders.