Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stud Holder

I swear I'll get to the stud holder. But first, some gloating: I have this beautiful set of ombre shelves that I made (I measured, cut and painted the wood and installed the brackets for them). They go wall-to-wall over a recessed window and provide all the shelf storage in my room.

Including a pristine hook display that I implemented (bought a box of hooks from ikea, drilled a ton of tiny holes and screwed the hooks into those holes) to display all my necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings....well...my hanging earrings.
All those studs can't easily be hung from hooks. The super large ones you can kinda squeeze so they sandwich the hook..but they sometimes fall down.
So I set out on a journey to get my studs up on a display. I googled and pinterested until my fingers wearied and my eyes fell out. Then I utilized a piece of stryofoam that I got from a shipment of nuvarings.


And for the past 2 years that piece of styrofoam has been laying on its back on the bottom shelf. But this week I got poster tack to get all those "must do this" papers off my entry table and onto the wall where I can see them (in hindsight a magnetic board probably would have worked, but now I can use the tack anywhere in the room! glory!...or so I thought).

So I embarked on a heroic saga to mount my studs to the wall. I looked at my nuvaring foam holder and while it had served me well I really couldn't cut the back of it at an angle and if the studs are in a vertical piece of styrofoam they just heed gravity. Not good. So as I was thinking I decided to take out my trash and in the refuse room (in NYC apartments there is a teeny room on each floor with recycling and a trash shoot) I found exactly what I needed! Angled pieces of styrofoam! One person's trash really is another's treasure. So I mocked it up into a shape that would sit flush to the wall but let the studs sit at an angle antagonizing gravity with a lip below just in case.
Glueing this together without epoxy was kinda awful...hot glue just melts the styrofoam...so I had to let the glue drip from above - that way it cooled a little before it hit the styrofoam. then I flipped the joint upside down so the glue would stick to both slabs of foam instead of settling into the first piece. Yeah, not optimal.
Then I got to mounting. Remember that poster tack? Well it hates styrofoam. I originally combated this by gluing strips of paper to the back of my foam. I then put it on the wall for a day with no earrings..it eventually fell. Turns out poster tack is really just for paper.

So I decided I should just suck it up and screw it to the wall...what's two more holes when there are 15+ in that wall already? I think it looks quite nice with the earrings:
 
and next to my other jewelry but to be fair it is kinda too large for my existing studs..maybe I'll move more stuff onto it? Maybe I'll paint it? We'll see!
 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sticky socks: Not everything should be DIYed

So I was doing Pure Barre 6x a week for 3 months. And the only real required gear for barre is a pair of "sticky socks" also known as yoga socks or hospital socks, etc. They are socks with grip stuff on the bottom so your feet are covered but not slippery. And - this should bring you no shock given how expensive barre is, $350 a month - they are about $15 a pair; more if you want a snazzy pair with top of foot cutouts (maryjane style) or other exciting patterns. I had one pair of toe yoga socks from Santa years back...but I couldn't wear the same socks 6x a week for 3 months. ick. And I'm averse to paying crazy prices so I decided: hell, I can make these! I thought about three ways to execute:

1) Caulk. Why not? it's stayed permanently embedded in my jeans from my years of home improvement. Unfortunately I then promptly and stubbornly messed up my caulk gun so it's now stuck with a hardened tube of caulk inside it. Oops. Next plan.

2) Hot glue. Duh - it's sticky/ grippy. So I broke out my early model glue gun
 
and two pairs of ooooold socks - look they have not one but TWO holes. and the stains. Ugh, girrrrl get rid of your ancient socks. Anyway - they came in handy for this. I stuck some flip flops inside the socks to hold them in position.
 
and then squirted glue on the bottoms in whatever pattern seemed good. I used the flat edge tip to smear the glue on the first sock. But that was so hard! and it seemed like it wasn't the most sticky?
 
So I just left the latter three more three dimensional.
 
They weren't awful in class, but then they went through the wash and the three dimensional stuff just basically fell off. And the stuck down one just became sloughy and gross.
 

3) Puffy Fabric Paint. So I then went for what the interwebs said! I bought some fabric paint and then set to work on some not-as-old-socks. Fabric paint is not as easy to use as they make it out to be! But I did what I could as a first draft. Look at that color coordination. Damn, I'm good.
The lines and dots I made didn't quite line up where I wanted them. Figuring out the exact position of your foot in a sock that's not on your feet is super hard. The puff paint takes hours and hours to dry so using your own feet as models is a bad idea. But maybe I should have put the socks on my foot, marked them and then put them on the flip flops and used the markers? Oh well. I knew from the first class they were taking damage. The green ones started almost flaking off and I would see small chunks of green puff paint in the carpet at the barre studio. The pink ones were applied thinner and so they just got less sticky. Also the non-uniform thickness of the applied paint kinda hurt my feet, especially my heels) in class. Like having a rock in your shoe.
 
I did also win a free pair of sticky socks from Pure Barre. So all of my socks have been worn about the same number of classes. And the Pure Barre socks have held up so much better. Even my from-Santa Namaste yoga toe socks didn't hold up super well to the 90 second planks. The ball of my foot on my DIY and my yoga socks are worn to almost nothing.

The moral of this story is that you should just buck up and buy sticky socks. DIY was not effective. Wait for a deal and buy a couple pair of good quality sticky socks!