Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! Our weather is cooperating and being very pleasant at the moment, so I am very thankful for that! I hope you all have some great weather going on as well!
A couple of weekends ago, my dear hubby helped me move some things into our extra room so that I could have a sewing room. I know, I know, I already have a craft room, so why on earth do I need a sewing room too? CUZ I HAVE A LOTTA STUFF! Ok, I'm calm now, just got a little excited there. Really, I do have a lotta stuff! I was sewing and quilting long before I ever started stamping and scrapbooking, so I have quite the accumulation. Now I can actually leave a project out (in EITHER room) when I'm working on it instead of having to put it up when I get the urge to start another (ALL crafters know that it is absolutely and unequivocally illegal to only have one project going at a time - it puts a bad slant on everything we all stand for).
While I've been spending time organizing and decorating my sewing room, I've also been thinking about the things I need for it. One of those things is, of course, a bulletin board. Not only to hold little odds and ends, but to hold my pattern instructions so I can just look at them and not fuss with the turning of pages, folding, trying to find my place, etc. Yeah, I know, I'm a baby. But it's ok, cuz I can be a baby if I want to! I'm big now and it's my right.
I had this super great idea (well, it WAS super great) for an inexpensive bulletin board, and my mind had it all planned out - how it would look, what I would use, how big it would be, etc. Well, the only thing that actually came to fruition was how big it would be. My mind is really good at planning things, but it sometimes forgets to tell the rest of me how it's going to turn out. And this is one of those sometimes. Sigh.....
I did manage to eke out a couple of the things (well, ok, one and a half things) that were in my plan, but other than that...well, let's just say...hmmmph.
I got some foam board (free, from exhibits that were going to be destroyed at work) for the base of the bulletin board. I actually got two sheets...my plan was to double them up for a more solid board, along with the fact that some of the push pins have long pin ends and may go through just one sheet. Instead of gluing them together as I had originally planned, I used foam mounting tape to double them, leaving a bit of space between them for extra long pins. THAT was the easy part. The next part was really hard; I had to choose the fabric to cover it with. Going into my trusty toy box (yes, I said toy box, and it's BIG) full of fabric, I envisioned a super cute, bright, cheerful fabric to cover my board. Oooookkkkkkkkkk, not happening. Every single super cute, bright, cheerful fabric I brought out had Addisyn written all over it. How could I possibly use that on a measly BULLETIN BOARD when my adorable little GRANDDAUGHTER would look so much better in it? Sigh...there went that idea right down the tubes.
So, I chose a remnant I had of a nice sort of light sage color and proceeded to attach it. Now, when I say "attach" it, I really mean glue it with the wrong kind of glue. Yep, really. I had left my glue gun down at my daughter's about a year ago (yes, I know, very lame), along with all the glue sticks, which, by the way, her cat Jula promptly ate. So not thinking that double sided tape would really hold the fabric the way I wanted it to, I used tacky glue. BWAH HAHAHAHAHAHA Yeah, that's how that went. While it did hold the fabric, it was much wetter than I would have liked but, of course, that's what it's made for. I used it anyway, not liking the results (like anyone's actually going to see the back?). I had really wanted to use a tape measure to make a cross-hatch pattern on the bulletin board (it IS a sewing room, after all) but I only found one that would work, and it wasn't quite big enough for what I wanted. Well, I did find part of an UGLY blue one, but that WAS NOT going on there no matter what! So, to my disappointment, no tape measure cross hatch. Besides, really, what the heck was I going to attach it with anyway? I set the board aside to dry, and promptly started to pout. THEN, it hit me...HOW THE HECK AM I GONNA HANG THIS THING? I don't have any hooks to attach and, if I did, I don't have the proper adhesive to attach it with. AARRGGGHHHHHHHH!
BUT, never fear, after the initial "WHAT AM I GOING TO DO BECAUSE I WANT THIS DONE NOW AND I'M NOT WAITING UNTIL TOMORROW NO MATTER WHAT!" moment, I went to my amazingly clever hubby and asked him for input. His response: "I don't know." WHAT?!? That is SO not what I was after here! So, after staring at him for a minute and wondering if he was an alien (he ALWAYS has good ideas, so what was up?), I took matters into my own hands, er, craft room. I went digging and looking and this is what I came up with:
BINDER CLIPS!!! I had purchased some cute binder clips about a year or so ago when I was doing some rearranging and reorganizing in my craft room. I knew I had some left so I thought, "maybe I can hang the board with those." I know, a strange idea, but hey, it might just work! The issue was figuring out where I had put them. Did I mention there's a lot of drawers in my craft room? hee hee hee Eventually, AHA, there they were, still in their little container, all ready for me. :) I was so happy. Well, I took a binder clip and clipped it on the top of the board, with the little handles (is that what they're called?) facing up and hung it on the wall. AWESOME, IT WORKS!
So, now that the binder clips have saved my life, I was feeling pretty good about things, even though my board looked a little ill. It was kind of pale and lonely looking so I set out to figure out what else I could do. AHA, binder clip again!! I got that one trusty tape measure (no, not the ugly blue one!) and folded it in half, attaching it at the top of the bulletin board with the binder clip that I was using to hang it. Then I wrapped it around the bottom and attached it on the back with push pins. While it wasn't the look I had wanted (remember, cross-hatch), it certainly livened up the board a little bit. A very little bit. I was ok with it, but not in love. Hmmm. What to do? Well, this is a bulletin board that will be covered with things, so I tried to comfort myself that pretty soon it wouldn't be so blase' looking. Hmmm. It wasn't working.
I figured it was time to try to put something on it, so out the pushpins came. And as I started to put them on, thinking about the things I wanted this board to hold, it came to me...BINDER CLIPS! The push pins I have are the kind with the longer stems, so it would be reasonable to hold scissors (although I don't want to hang my scissors there) and things like that, so push them in I did. And then I got some of the smaller binder clips out and attached them to the pins, the same way I attached the one to the top of the board to hang it. Yay! I could now take off the clips if I wanted to, while leaving the pins in the board. Pretty genius, I thought. I know, I know, it's MY thought, not everyone else's. But, you have to admit, it's clever.
Now everything is or can be hung, and I am as happy as I can be with this project. Even though it didn't turn out like I had planned, it's usable, sturdy, and MINE. And the best part...if I want to disassemble, everything can be taken off and used for something else! Did I mention it's MINE?