Miss me? I've been enjoying summer and have just returned from two weeks in Texas with my short people. And we have returned just in time for our town's annual Swedish Days Festival, which I love! (For all of my local readers: Come out and join the fun tonight! Last night we camped out on the courthouse lawn with several hundred other festival revelers and danced to the sweet tunes of Mike and Joe. So.much.fun!!! We will probably go back tonight, but tonight is a tribute band called ABBA Salute, and I am not quite sure I will enjoy it as much as I did Mike and Joe, but everybody loves a little "Dancing Queen" and "Mama Mia", right? Plus, the people watching is FANTASTIC, so I am sure I will enjoy myself no matter what! Come join us!!!)
Okay. Enough about summer. I have been dying to show you this project that I FINALLY completed! Check out this memo board that I created for my sister!
I started with some reclaimed barn wood, various findings, chalkboard paint, and some chain.
I painted and distressed the little wicker basket and was going to use it as a catch-all for mail, etc., but I ended up not using it at all, so you won't see it in anymore pics. ;) I painted a section of one board with some chalkboard paint. I glued some cork board onto another section. And I started attaching my findings here and there.
I painted "keys" above the hooks. (I know. You're like, "Thank you, Captain Obvious.") I probably should have used a stencil, but since I was going for a very rustic and ecclectic look, I decided to freehand it. Eh. It'll do.
But, it looked too new, so I sanded it a bit. Much better.
Then it was time to start attaching things! I embellished some tiny close pins so my sister can clip notes and photos and such to the wire.
I used some scrap fabric and old book pages to make a little rosette and banner for another section of the memo board. I attached old, church pew bulletin holder to the bottom of the panel. Two down and one up so that she can attach lots of goodies! Right now there is a picture of my sister and I in our flowergirl dresses at our parents' wedding.
Cute, right? I am on the left. ;)
On the last panel, I decided to add a bunch of very small, randomly placed nails below the cork board. This way my sister will be able to hang all kinds of little lovies on her board. I started her off with a felfted "F" since that is her last initial. I also added some of my favorite tin tags. There is a fantastic store in Geneva called Cocoon. They have such yummy items, and a DELICIOUS sale room! These little tags were only $0.50 each! I bought every number that they had, knowing I would use them for SOMETHING at SOME POINT. ;) But, the only numbers they had were 5, 6, 8, and 9. Weird. Lucky for me, my sister became my sister in 1985, so I was able to use a couple of my tin tags!
One more beauty shot.
And that's it! What have YOU been up to?! Whatever it is, I hope you are enjoying the Son!