Monday, June 20, 2011

Frame Re-do

 I bought this frame at the thrift store, intending to make into a chalkboard for the kitchen. I like the nice wide moulding, but didn't like that it said family across the top {to trendy for me}. So I knocked them off with a putty knife and sanded the glue down. But I couldn't match the paint color or the finish or ever sand it smooth enough without messing up the surrounding areas.

Then inspiration struck! make something to cover the areas up. I originally thought of ceramic flowers, since I could make them it at work, but I would have to paint them. And then I remembered my Sculpey stash. I couldn't find chalkboard paint in a color I liked, and though I had a recipe to make some, tracking down 2 tablespoons of unsanded grout {I didn't want to buy the whole bag and then have to store it}proved difficult, so I put the glass back in with some scrapbook paper, bought whiteboard markers with an office store return, and hung it in my laundry room {the kitchen didn't have enough wall space}.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


About a month ago, I heard about Pinterest, an online "bulletin board" and got my invite from a friend. I love saving pictures (one of the causes of clutter in our house: unfilled magazine tear-outs) and my computer is choking on all the data stored on its hardware. Enter Pinterest.

No, it won't scan all those magazine pages for you, but it does save and organize pictures from the web or already on your computer. You can also easily grab pictures that other people have posted. You can create as many boards as you need, and pin as many pictures as you want without worrying about taking over your computer's space. I have a board for clothing ideas, a board for home ideas, boards for pretty pictures...

Currently I am working on a baby shower for a co-worker, so I have a board just to save all the ideas for her shower. The theme is rainy days (shower) with lots of clouds and rainbows.

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Most of the photos are from Bump Smitten
The rest are from various sources cataloged through Pinterst. All photo sources can be found by going to