Every Picture Tells A Story

November 16, 2012 7 Comments

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…

Mahin (121 Posts)

Professional instructor and performer of Middle Eastern belly dance, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and author or the “Daily Bellydance Quickies”. Belly Dance Artrepreneur, Workshop instructor, performer, event producer, and bellydance writer.

  1. Bonny Fotia Whiteford
    November 16, 2012 at 10:04 am

    LOVE IT!!!

  2. Taji
    November 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    very cute!!

  3. Najma
    November 16, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Both creative and functional–I love it! 🙂

  4. Evelyne
    November 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    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
    November 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    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!

    1. mahinbellydance
      November 16, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      That would be cute – don’t forget the fallen hip scarf coins!

  6. Anne, Jersey, UK
    November 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    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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