I’ve been itching to get back into the crafting zone so I set my sights on creating a memo board for my crafting conservatory. I thought it would be a great way to set 2013 off to a good crafting start as I could pin up project idea lists, inspirational pictures, patterns etc.
I saw a show just before Christmas of one of Kirstie Allsopp’s Home Made Home type programmes and she made a board on there which reminded me that I’d always wanted to give it a go.
Inevitably a shopping trip was the way forward to get things going. On my list was…
1) Deep edged canvas (mine was 20”x16”)
3) Material (as pretty as possible)
4) Ribbons (more than 3m as I found out later…)
5) Staple Gun (good investment…I asked the guy in the shop for a staple gun and he asked me what was I going to use it for…I said fabric…he looked at me weirdly…I didn’t think he looked like he wanted to know about my project so I re-thought and said walls…that, to him, sounded equally as bizarre!)
I did look at a few tutorials on-line but just decided to free-style in the end.
I wrapped the canvas in wadding and pretty fabric and staple gunned into place. Staple gunning I feel is more suitable for use by a man…my man obliged, and I think he felt using the gun outweighed the floral fabric and ribbons in the masculinity steaks…
Hospital corners on the wadding and beautiful floral fabric. I remembered to iron my fabric and pulled really taught to make it look good.
Now 3m of ribbon I thought would have sufficed… Apparently not…all but one last strip on the bottom right! I was so excited about completing this project I couldn’t wait to go and buy more ribbon. I searched high and low around the house to see if I could salvage any to match…not a thing. I couldn’t just leave it and wait for more ribbon to be bought!
So I started trying out various ribbon combinations until I settled on one that I thought would do. I don’t think it was too much of a compromise and I think it looked good in the end. I made self covered buttons (fiddly little blighters…) and sewed them into the inter crossing points to secure.
And there it is… A beautiful memo board for all of my lists and inspirations to be pinned. My man has the job of hanging it up tomorrow, on New Years Day. A fantastic start to 2013!
I am now going to wait up to dutifully watch the New Years fireworks on the Telly Box before retiring to bed. I will wish you all a Happy New Year and I wish you all health, wealth and happiness in 2013!
Love from me and my little man x
PS…he’s started to walk….!