Holiday announcement

Hi All!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

My shop will be partially closed starting November 29th to January 2, 2014.

I will not be taking custom or rush orders during this time.

All items in stock and visible in the shop on Etsy will ship out within 5 business days, but if you are returning to my shop looking for items that are usually available other than the ones in stock, please come back in January.

Thank you so much for your understanding!
Please feel free to message me with any questions or concerns 🙂

 

 

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Gold framed Cork Board Tutorial- Seating Chart Display

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Happy Friday!

Today I want to share with you a pretty easy DIY project I recently did to glam up my “ordinary” cork board that was laying around in my house not being put to use.
I have several cork boards in the house that I have no idea where they came from. But I don’t know what to do with them since they’re so bland and boring,  and don’t really add to the decor… so I finally decided to do something about it.

If you have a large cork board, this can be used as wedding / event seating charts as well. It’s so easy to make and even durable and portable so I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for ways to display their seating charts.

Play around with your own paint colors, fabric, and decorations, and have fun!

What you need:

  • Simple cork board
  • Paint (in the color of your choice -I used the Martha Stewarts  metallic paint)
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Piece of fabric big enough to cover the cork board
  • Fabric scissors
  • Credit card or some kind of thin plastic
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Razor blade

Instructions

  1. Measure the inner dimensions of the frame using a ruler. Write it down.
  2. Line the inside of the frame with masking tape (razor blades helps make clean corners).
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  3. Paint all the visible parts of the frame. Wait to dry, and do as many coats as you need to make it look pretty 🙂 (it took me three coats)cork6
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  4. Cut the fabric to the size of the inner frame plus 1/2 inch on all sides (so if your frame’s inside dimensions are 12″ x 16″, then your fabric should be about 13″ x 17″)
  5. Lay it centered on the frame like below, and put push pins on two corners.
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    At this point, it would be helpful to cut the corners of the fabric like this:
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  6. Lift up the fabric on the side that is not pinned down, and put a little bit of glue all over. (be careful not to use too much because you don’t want excess glue to show through the fabric and make ugly marks..)cork10Then smear it with your fingers…. cork9

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    I used aleene’s Tack it over and over glue because I had them and it works on fabric, but I’m sure this isn’t the only one that would work well.

  7. Then bring the fabric back in place and smooth out the surface and try to avoid wrinkles. At this point, you can remove the pins.
  8. Use the credit card to tuck in the extra fabric under the frame. This step requires some elbow grease:) 
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When all the loose ends
are tucked in, you’re done!



corkboard11Enjoy!

Birthday creations…

Oh my, where has the time gone? It’s already November?!
As always, it’s been super busy here, but thankfully marching band season is over, and the shop is slowing down as the wedding/event season comes to an end. But now, I get to plan two trips coming up! EEK!

In a month, we will be in JAPAN!!! But as of right now, we don’t have any hotels booked… and honestly it’s starting to freak me out. Until now, thinking about the trip made me excited, but now, it makes my heart beat faster (in a bad way). Oh boy. We gotta get to work. More details to come:)

For today, I want to share some pictures from Josh’s birthday which happens to be on Halloween:)
I found the quilted wrapping paper at albertson’s (who would’a thought?) and have been waiting to use it for some occasion… SO cute!
Gift Wrapping
I didn’t have anytime to make a cake so I went and purchased a tiramisu (yumm) and dressed up with some berries:) I thought of writing happy birthday on the plate with some chocolate, but I didn’t trust my handwriting and skills in chocolate decorating, so I decided to decorate it with what I excel at. Craft vinyl! I’ve found that these work fine on plates, and don’t even come off in the dishwasher! AND they peel off really easily.
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The banner I made last year, and re-used. I wanted to do a little more this year, and thought of easy ways to make the wall festive. So I cut two colors of wall vinyl into simple circles and made polka dots. It turned out pretty well 🙂
Polka-dot-vinyl-decor

Hope you had a good halloween!