Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Chicken wire memo boards

I wanted to share with you some memo boards that I made last year as gifts for some of my family members.  I know these were all the rage last year, but I never posted about the ones I made, and maybe someone is looking for a Christmas gift idea.  Plus I'm just feeling a little down about the hurricane that went through last night.  I don't live on the Eastern Seaboard, but my heart has been breaking and worrying all day and night for them.  I pray that everyone is OK and that not too many precious memories and antiques were lost.  Is that weird that I feel sad about the history of that area that might have been lost?  Weird or not, it's on my mind, not to mention I keep wondering about if people are finding sea life in their houses and streets.  

Anyway, I've been busy working on updating my bedroom and painting a custom bed and cedar chest for a customer.  The painting is turning out to be much easier than the bedroom.  

The bedroom is a slow work in progress, but I am very excited about how it is coming out! Slowly I am finding the things that I need to make it my own.  I'll share that at a later date.

These boards were made out of old frames, which I hand painted and then distressed.  Chicken wire is stapled to the frame.

And then fabric was stapled on last.  

I used a variety of establishments to add some whimsy.

 Buttons, sequins, and some stickers.

It was a good way to use up some of those last stragglers you have lying around, and you are thinking you really don't have enough left to do anything with.

It's fun to be able to personalize them for the people you are going to give them to.  Each board seems to have a personalty of their own.  Funny thing is I remember feeling rushed to finish these in time for Christmas, but looking at the date, I'm thinking I had it in total control.  

This Christmas I am already done with my presents for these same people.  Can't say too much since they may (or may not) be reading this!! 

Tomorrow is finally Halloween, and I feel like Christmas is going to explode on November 1st.  Seems everyone is busting at the seams to get started.  I can't believe the amount of bloggers who say they have finished their Christmas mantels.  I can't go there yet, or for another month.

Hope this day finds all of you safe, sound, and in a warm place.
We'll pray for the others.

Take care and never forget how fortunate you are.


Where I'm Partying at this week:

The 36th AVENUE


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