Posts Tagged ‘frames’

  • A spot (or four) for our eyeglasses!

    Date: 2014.05.09 | Category: crafts, home improvement | Response: 1

    I got my first pair of glasses about a year and a half ago- 40 is creeping up on me faster than I can believe!  I actually like wearing them, my headaches have decreased… and hey!… I can see!  Unfortunately, my kids have not been gentle with my new glasses- I’ve taken them in at least 3 times for repair because the kids have a way of mangling them.  The last time I brought them in the optician warned me that they would probably break the next time (they can only take so much abuse) and he recommended I go for spring hinges with my next pair.  Chris and I discovered Coastal.com several years ago and he’s gotten several cheap/free pairs of glasses through them, so that’s where I ordered my first pair.  I didn’t invest a ton of money in those- free with $17 shipping- and didn’t want to invest several hundred dollars in my next pair either… so I started researching cheap options again and found ZenniOptical.com.  I ordered a pair of everyday glasses and a pair of prescription sunglasses (with the upgraded coating) for $56 shipped!  But now I have two pairs of glasses and I wasn’t sure where to store them.  I had just been keeping them on my bathroom counter, but the kids tend to mess with my stuff and now that there was always a pair sitting there, it was becoming a problem. I was just asking for scratches and more bent hinges.  I did a little etsy and pinterest searching for a good way to store and display them, but couldn’t really find anything like what I was envisioning.  I wanted some way to keep them safe, easily view them, and quickly tuck them in or pull them out as needed.

    Finally, inspiration struck- use a picture frame and some fabric to make a wall mounted spot for them!  I popped into Michaels and found that they were having a huge frame clearance sale.  I wavered between my favorite frame (mirrored) and a more practical option that was deeper and would help protect the glasses (they would be set back rather than sticking out from the frame).  In the end I went for practical… I brought my frame home, popped out the glass, cut up a pair of flannel pjs that had ripped after years of wear, and hot glued a piece of batting under the flannel to the cardboard backing.  I decided to sew pockets into the pouch to help keep the glasses separated- my 8×10 frame could easily hold 3 pair- so I still have room to grow!  I didn’t even have to add that cute contrasting fabric- the jammies already had it.  Yay for easy projects that turn out great!

    I hung it on my wall- and I loved it!!!  A couple of days later Chris casually asked if I would mind making him a couple of frames to hold his glasses.  I asked him how many pair of glasses he wanted to store, so he counted how many he owns… 9 pair!  What?!?  That is so typical of my hubby- he has several pairs that are scratched, out of style, outdated prescriptions- that man holds on to everything!  In the end we decided to make 3 holders for him, and I wouldn’t sew in the dividers so he could maybe fit 4 pair into each frame.  I ran back to Michaels and discovered that they only had two more of the frames I had used for mine.  Oh well, that just meant I would swap mine into the mirrored frame- which I had secretly been kind of wishing I had chosen anyway!  I came home with 3 more frames and set to work- I moved my flannel into the mirrored frame and then made three frames for the hubs.

    Isn’t it so cute?  I’m so glad I ended up with the mirrored frame in the end, it’s much swankier, just like me.  😉

    I love this little “dressing area” in my closet where I keep all of my jewelry and a mirror for last minute adjustments.  The glasses fit in perfectly here!  Now my kids can’t reach them and mess with them.  They are still at risk while they’re actually on my face, but at least no one is grabbing them off the counter anymore.  And isn’t that sign up above the glasses just perfect?  My girlfriends call me “Make it happen Melody” because I tend to get things done.  I love this gift from a friend and I love that I see it every day.

    We hung Chris’ holders out in the hallway- one for sunglasses and two for everyday glasses.  They are right between his closet and the bathroom, so he can easily grab a pair as he’s getting ready in the morning. (sorry, it’s an awful spot to take a picture!)

    I cut up two more pair of flannel jammies for Chris’ holders.  I used the elastic waist band for the shorter front piece and contrasting fabric from the legs for the back piece.  I think they turned out super cute!  And I love how practical they are.  I ended up hotgluing a dot of glue to the bottom of each of Chris’ frames to help hold them level- when you put glasses in or took them out the frames tended to move alot- a nice dab of hot glue between the frame and the wall holds them steady now!

    Feel free to use my idea to make your own… and send me a picture. I’d love to see how they turn out!

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