Every Picture Tells A Story

This spring  I looked around my bedroom and decided that it had reached critical mass – something had to be done. I was getting ready for a gig. I pushed aside a pile of clothes on the floor and sat down on my pillow in front of the lighted makeup mirror perched on top of a foot locker and started my stage makeup. Yes, this had been my makeup setup since I moved into my tiny 1928 house four years ago.  One tiny closet built in an era when people likely had 2 work outfits and a set of church clothes just doesn’t cut it these days.  It’s even worse when a not-so-tiny costume collection crowds out the un-sparkly wardrobe.

For weeks I ruthlessly cleaned out boxes, getting rid of clothes and books and other what-nots that I could do without. I even decided to let go of some costumes. It felt good to downsize. My room feels SO much bigger, I can move around without picking my way between piles and I can even do my morning yoga  in there now!

I knew all along that a proper makeup space was going to be the reward. I set up two drawer stands and went to Home Depot for a finished board for the top. As I walked out to the car with a fresh looking white melamine shelf, I thought about hanging pictures… then I had another idea… and my dream of a makeup table got that much better.

My new makeup table is covered in a collage of fond dance memories and the fabulous women I’ve shared them with, surrounded by fallen costume coins and of course…. GLITTER!  I arranged them all on the board then covered it with a piece of glass for easy cleaning.

Here’s what it looks like. If we’ve ever met it person, you just might find yourself on my new makeup table 😉

A close look…

I know you’re a creative bunch! Have you done anything fun and creative with your belly dance mementos? Tell us about it in the comments below…


7 Responses to “Every Picture Tells A Story”

  1. Bonny Fotia Whiteford Says:

    LOVE IT!!!

  2. Taji Says:

    very cute!!

  3. Najma Says:

    Both creative and functional–I love it! 🙂

  4. Evelyne Says:

    Great idea.
    Now if I could only cull my costumes and fabric stash I’d have 2 rooms back. However I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon.
    I know I’m not the only one and maybe we need a show called Bellydancers Intervention to cure us of our addiction for all things glittery and sparkly. lol

  5. Patricia Says:

    Love the photo idea! My mother made a Christmas tree ‘picture’ from old costume jewelry when I was kid. She took a fancy picture frame,covered a thin board with velvet to fit the frame and glued all the costume jewelry on the velvet covered board in the shape of a tree. I thought I’d do the same except make a genie lamp. Not only would it be a great way to recycle broken necklaces, bracelets, earrings that have missing mates, etc.I have worn at different shows and events, but also would preserve memories as well!. Now if I can only find the time to do it!

  6. Anne, Jersey, UK Says:

    Nice dressing table. I made flyers from workshops I’ve attended into a fab dance bag! I can’t bear to throw these lovely flyers away. It’s a journey through my dance life. (I adapted the ‘packaging tote’ in Clare Youngs’ book ‘The perfect hand-made bag’)

    Love the BDQ

    Happy dancing, Anne

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