Sunday, August 23, 2009

My New BB......


What do you get when you mix a frame, remnant fabric, and some MAC-BEAU-TI-MUS trim together? Why a beautiful work of art of course. I had been carting around a frame for several years waiting for the perfect opportunity to create something usable and here it is in all it's glory, "My Bulletin Board". I know, I know you've probably seen this done on other blogs a thousand times already....well here's 1001...he he!!

What a great way to display all your must see on a daily basis, projects waiting to happen, doctors appointment reminders, and let's not forget kid's weekly schedule calendars (you know....soccer practice, piano lessons, cheer leading...and on and on). I love mine. So beautiful, so magical....just waiting to have a ga-zillion pieces of papers, swatches, cards, and notes attached to it.

Oh!!...and please don't let the smooth taste fool you....that sweet puppy right there won't last a week without turning into a war zone of activity, but that's okay, I think that's how most of us work best and I also believe that's when my creativity juices really flow.

Here's a quick and simple how-to to get you started:

*Simply clean your frame so that it's free of any dust or loose paint or stain. Now would be a good time to fix any small imperfections, such as chips or cracks....mine was all busted up!

*Use paint or stain to give it the special touch that is uniquely you. I choose to leave the existing finish on mine

*Measure the inside of the frame for a lovely piece of MDF. I prefer MDF over real wood because of it's weight (wood can sometimes be a little too heavy)

*Now comes the fun part...at least for me it was....finding just the right fabric to use to cover your MDF. I simply looked around my little office and concluded that with all my tone on tone colors going on what I needed was a big POP of color to really make that baby stand out! Remember this is the most important part of the entire board, this is what will shine and show your personality...so don't go choosing the fabric out the remnant bin, just because it's dirt cheap....I KNOW...as tempting as it may be. That is unless you find some Robert Allen beauty in that bin...then I say GO FOR IT!! I choose this beautiful Ikat Medallion fabric courtesy of my local fabric store {also available online at Ballards Design}.

*Don't forget to cut yourself a piece of batting a tad bit smaller than your piece of fabric to soften the edges of the MDF.

*Lay your fabric, "pretty side" down on a flat surface, center the batting on top of it, then your MDF...now pull the fabric taunt to the back of the MDF and staple it with a staple gun....watch those finger tips!!

*Take your trim and staple it diagonally from tip to tip. Do this four times, criss-crossing the frame and straight up the middle and from side to side....ohhh sounds like you're doing the hokey poky....don't it!! he he.

*When you're finished stapling take the board and fit it within the frame....if it's a little snug, just keep wiggling it until it slides down in the frame....DON'T SNAG THAT FABRIC!! I used a picture hanging kit to hang mine, it all depends on how you want to hang yours. Anyhoo.....flip that baby over and "VIOLA!!" you have a Bulletin Board of your very own...custom made by you! Now wasn't that easy??

So don't be afraid, go on out there and scour those flea-markets, garage sales and thrift stores looking for the perfect frame for a creation of your very own. It's not hard to assemble and what I like best about each and every one I've seen so far is they are so unique to the person who created it and oh so easy to assemble.

A TALE OF TWO FRAMES
I'm sure you're wondering by now why there's no frame around that beauty of a board.....Okay...here's the skinny I wasn't going to share with you guys but in true...blabber mouth blogger fashion, I'm going to blab it anyway.....I purchased two pictures from Kirkland's many moons ago to use for that project. They were identical pieces of art, one with a beautiful frame and the other one with a beautiful {yet slightly damaged} frame.

I purchased them in the hopes of re purposing at least one of them into a bulletin board....well, after they sat in the closet for about three...uhhh make that five years, I finally took my little tushie to the store and purchased that beauty of a fabric you see above. I had a template from the "damaged" frame so I used that as a guide for the mdf needed to create my BB, however what I did not realize was that the template I had for the "damaged" frame was not the same size as the "good" frame...AUGGGHH! Did I mention, I didn't notice this until AFTER I had stapled my beau-ti-ful fabric to the mdf??? Well....what was a girl to do???Hmmmm

I charged into my office/craft room and held it up to the wall to try to gain some inspiration and suddenly realized....I really didn't need a frame at all....Ha! It's funny how sometimes even our mistakes seem to work themselves out.

**Go check out DIY day at A Soft Place To Land....


Lisa


Thursday, August 13, 2009

{Ignorance}



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{ig·no·rance}
n. The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.


It's 2009 and there are still those among us who would rather listen to hearsay than gain information directly from the source in order to have a better understanding and awareness of what is factual.

I received an email today from The White House regarding Health Insurance Reform. In it we were provided with a clear and concise Q&A on ALL the issues surrounding this subject, in it they were also forced to challenge all the false information showing up on the internet and yes....even in the newspapers. I signed up last year to receive emails directly from The White House because I want to be aware of the decisions that are being made about me and my family, that way I am truly informed. When I sit down to write a post or discuss anything regarding our Country and the direction we are going in, I can base my understanding on ACTUAL FACTS that are given in PRINT and can be referred back to if necessary.

It is no secret that I support The President and all that he is trying to do for our country; however just as we are told in The Bible, we need to refer to The Word and study to show ourselves approved. {II Timothy 2:14Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17Their teaching will spread like gangrene.} In understanding that, I feel I would be remiss if I did not refer to and study what is TRULY being said and done, before judging and commenting on any of the issues at hand. It's that simple.

I believe many allow their feelings for someone {President Obama} to guide their thoughts and words. Those that truly concern me are the ones who claim to be Christians yet they slander him at every turn. {Proverbs 13:13 He who scorns instruction will pay for it, but he who respects a command is rewarded. 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts out of knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly.} Regardless of how we feel about our leader, we have to base our decisions and understanding on FACT. Again, it's that simple.

The reason why I love blogging so much, is that it gives ANYONE a platform and a voice where we are allowed to say exactly how we feel about any given subject; however it's really sad when there are those of us who use it to spread malicious and sometimes very damaging lies. Be careful of your words. Think about how what you are about to say could possibly affect EVERYONE involved, whether it be about someone you know {family members, friends} or even those you only read about in magazines and see on television. Your mere words could really hurt someone's career, bring shame and cause pain to those that are in their family and cause damage to their self esteem. Words are very powerful. {Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.}

Many of us have heard our entire lives the eighteenth-century proverb, derived from an English Poet "Ignorance is bliss".....Ignorance is just that Ignorance. {Ephesians 4:18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.}

Please take time to read the FACTS about the propossed Health Insurance Reform for yourself at the following link www.WhiteHouse.gov/realitycheck
That way you too can be informed.

Blessings

Lisa

Friday, August 7, 2009

{I'm Gonna Show a Little Leg}





Not THAT leg......here's another one of my wonderful Craigslist finds. I was blessed to get this beautiful 60's french dining room set for only $75. A young mom and her army hubby were being deployed and she needed to sell pretty much all her furniture to keep from paying for storage.....what a sweet deal. I love it. After painting it black and recovering the chair cushions with this fabric




I think it fits in really well with the rest of the room.

I've got to tweak this area a few more times before revealing it......soon.....soon!!!


Go check out Rhoda's Thrifty Monday!



Lisa



Thursday, August 6, 2009

Isn't She Lovely

Head on over to Kimba's for DIY Thursday.....I'm a little late ;)

I found a pair of these beautiful 60's French Country end tables at a local antique shop and knew they would be a perfect fit next to my Craigslist Ikea two cushion sofa. The sofa is on a small scale and sits kinda low, which I love, so all the end tables I kept seeing in the furniture stores were just a tad bit too tall and cumbersome to place next it.

When I happened upon these beauties I knew they would make a perfect fit.

Can you believe I actually thought about painting over the marble pieces that fit in the center of each table, but once I got them home and cleaned them up I realized just how beautiful that marble really was.

After giving them a few coats of black satin paint, and a clear coat of poly to protect them from scratches. I think they turned out beautiful. What do you think?


Lisa

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Laci

Today is a very special day....it's Laci's birthday! Three years ago today was a bitter sweet day, we were blessed to meet a very special little lady, yet we had to say goodbye to one of the best friends I've ever had...her mama...Keri. Keri Rose Matthews passed away giving birth to her sweet angel Laci. She left behind her loving hubby and her beautiful eleven year old daughter Kiera.
Keri and I were instant friends from day one after meeting at a youth meeting when we were just kids. She was a beautiful person inside and out, who loved her life, her family & friends and more importantly the Lord. I miss her every day and feel blessed to have known her.







And now....three years later....look at the Birthday girl!! Happy Birthday Laci we love you!