The Hubs was blown away by my craftiness the other day. As you may already know, I have Mondays off, so I enjoyed that special day this week to prepare some “wall jewelry” for our freshly-painted-and-soon-to-be-redecorated-home-office. Weather permitting, we will be driving up to my grandparent’s in Montgomery to get our ‘new’ antique office furniture this Sunday. I can’t wait!
Anyhoo, I have some habits that The Hubs despises. First, I write little notes and lists to myself and leave them all over our desk. Since our new desk will be half the size of our current one, this will not do. Second, I put things in boxes and pack them away, saying, “I’ll do something with that soon.” I never do….
Ladies (and gentleman), I took one measly little unused picture frame that has been taking up space in our closet for years, and turned it into 3 important objects for our office! How freakin’ awesome is that? Not to mention good for the environment. Just sayin.’
Object #1: Corkboard (to take care of the notes all over the desk)
To make the corkboard, I used the frame, a piece of foam poster board (to keep from sticking pins straight into the wall), and a thin sheet of cork from the craft store. All I did was attach the cork to the foam with hot glue, cut it to the exact size that would fit into the frame, and insert it into the frame. The foam was so thick that the back of the frame wouldn’t go back on, leaving me no way to hang it on the wall…so I improvised….
…with a paper clip. A-to-the-MAZING!
Object #2: Memory Collage (to take care of the Italy memorabilia that I crammed in the closet)
After making the corkboard, I had the back of the frame left and a whole lotta maps, tickets, and pictures from our trip to Italy stuffed in a box in the closet. As I sat on the office floor, staring at this perfectly good frame back, I had a epiphany: cover this with Italy memories and hang it on the wall! Duh! I meeeeean, it already has wall hanging thingamabobs, so why the heck not?!?!?!
For the background, I attached our map of Rome that helped us get from place to place for 3 days. This map is fan-freakin-tastic. It has all of our writing on it, like circles of certain sites to see, lines on which roads to take, bus routes, metro routes, etc. Then I placed various tickets and whatnot on top of the map. Top left is a train ticket from Florence to Venice. Top right is a ticket into the Vatican Museums. Bottom right is our Roma Pass, which gets you on the metro and the buses. And bottom left is a ferry ticket to get from our hotel in Venice to the Venice airport….which is a whole other blog entry…fun times. Fun. Times.
Finally, in the center of all of this Italy goodness is a collage I made on Picnik of our fave pics from the bunch. There are 36 pics in all. You have to get really close to see them all, but I plan to put this in my new reading area in the new office, so the memories will be right next to me when I relax every night with a glass of red and a great book. The Hubs loved this. LOVED it. I’m glad. I did it for him.
Object #3: Book Table Top
I don’t have a picture of this yet, but as soon as our office is put together, you will see what I’m about to explain. I love to read. LOVE to read. It can sometimes be difficult to get my read on when The Hubs is lounging on the couch. So I will be setting up a nice little reading area in the corner of our new office. Check it! The area will consist of a recliner, a lamp, and a stack of large books acting as a table. That is what I will be putting the glass piece from the frame on top of, to protect the books. I cherish the books I will be using for this table. The stack includes my grandmother Algie’s old dictionary that she passed down to me (that happens to be the size of a small child), my new and antique bird identification books (also huge), the world’s largest bible, and some more dictionaries. Oh, I can’t wait!!!!!!
So, have you gotten your craft on lately?