It’s been a rough week or so but I’m such a baby to complain. My mom was stuck in a hospital bed (which is far worse, by the by) and I was trying to hold down the fort with their 3 dogs, 3 cats and my 2 dogs and 3 cats with my Mr. Rob. That is, until Mr. Rob had to go back home for work. Then it was just me running to the store to buy whatever needs came up for the day, rushing home to feed the puppies and all of that good stuff. The dogs get up around 6:30-7 and I’d stay up with them until around midnight because they spent so much time in their crates when I was at the hospital. If I only had one word to describe myself right now it would be: exhausted.
If I had a secondary word it would be: stressed. Keeping up with work properly has been impossible. I’m missing deadlines despite trying so hard to keep up. The thing is, when I get like, stupid stressed out, my health goes straight down the tubes. Up at the hospital my dad pushed my head to the side and asked what was up with my face? Well, it was a brand new, never seen before patch of psoriasis and it was right there on my face for all to see. My scalp had been going nuts for a few days but I was able to keep that from everybody because I have hair that covers it, but right on my face was a totally different story.
But the stuff on my scalp was way worse as far as bothering me. I have this aversion to sunlight, almost to the point you’d think I was a vampire :) I’m normally quite pale and I wear sunglasses all of the time, even when it doesn’t look like I’d need them. And with all of the running around to get drinks from Sonic or to pick up yarn to make pompoms on my mom’s hospital room sofa I’d push my glasses up on top of my head while I did my inside running around. And that was aggravating my already irritated skin.
I tried to toss my sunglasses in my pocket but I lost a pair that way and then I tried to toss them in the purse but I lost a few bills from my money area when I put them in the wrong part once. So I decided to try and figure out another way to keep up with my sunglasses while running around like a crazy person. And when I saw something similar to what I made in my email last week to purchase (but could never get here in time) I decided to run out and grab the stuff to make my own instead.
In truth, I didn’t actually get to finish making this thing up until after all of the hubbub started to slow down and I haven’t used it yet BUT I think that it’s going to be such a huge lifesaver for me in the future. I’m quite happy with it!
For this project you will need:
- Medium rings (mine are large chain rings from Michael’s)
- Cord ends
- Jump rings
- Heavy duty glue
So these are the pieces I found for the center ring of my c0rded sunglasses holder. The smaller, textured rings are closed which is why I decided to use them. That is to say that the larger rings are made like jump rings and they open. With as many pairs of sunglasses as I’ve lost this last week I figured solid would be better!
Now just about any kind of cord likes to unravel so I’m going to give you a quick tip here… take a piece of clear plastic and wrap it around the area you are going to cut. LEAVE the tape there and make your snip and the cord will hold together and you won’t have to try and frantically keep it together.
Also, cord like mine was so wonky from being wound up on a card for so long. I wound up taking my cord and tying it onto the bottom of my parents’ entertainment TV stand as tightly as I could manage. This helped to straighten out the kinks as it sat tied up for 2 days (where I forgot I put it and couldn’t find it until I was all, what’s that down there?What can I say… I’ve been dang tired! :)
Now my cord ends should have worked really well for my 3mm cord but it was too tight of a fit. It most certainly did NOT work but that’s just the way things go and it’s easy enough to make it work. With the tape still wrapped around the cut end trim away a small amount of the cord at an angle to make it thinner at the end. You’ll likely need to make several cuts to be able to get it to properly fit in your cord end. Just make a snip, give it a go and snip some more if it is still too tight of a fit.
Once you get that sucker in there properly you can glue it in place and leave the glue to set as long as the packaging requires. I used this new brush on Gorilla glue they sent me for another project and it dried within about 15 minutes to being completely ready to rock. Pretty nifty!
Using pliers open your jump rings and attach the cord end to your larger ring on both sides.
Though fairly unimpressive looking this guy right here is going to help you out immensely when running around town.
Simply run your sunglasses through the ring while the cord is around your neck and you’re set. Your sunglasses will hang from your neck until it’s time to put them back on again.
Now you might be wondering, why not just put those cords on the ear pieces so that you can drop them around your neck? Well those things bug the living daylights out of me and I feel like a real ding dong walking around with the cords jutting off of the sides of my glasses. It works, it’s easier and probably a bit cheaper but it’s just not my jam.
In the end I’m quite happy with my little project and I’m quite looking forward to getting some use. The past few days we’ve all been a little holed up with my poor Momma stuck in bed. Daddy and I are trying to get some blog stuff done and keep her taken care of and the animals as well but tomorrow I head back home for him to take care of things on his own. I know it will be hard and I feel awful that I need to leave. But everything will all be alright because that’s how we Murray’s roll. We get it done.