I’m completely and utterly over-excited at the moment! Aside from the fact that I just played Truffle’s favourite game (which is pretending to tiptoe out of the room, at which point she legs it at you and you have to run around the circular room system in our house trying to outwit her as she goes the other way…) *out of breath still*… I’m constantly buzzing with creative projects and ideas. This is my favourite time of year – the summer holidays, when I’m not bogged down with essays (let’s just not talk about the dissertation, agreed? Agreed) and can catch up on the things which make me happy.
One such sadly abandoned-for-more-important-things project, was an old frame which about two years ago I adorned with smashed up flowery plates in a mosaic style. I was really pleased with how it looked, but it needed sanding down (the grouting is very messy!) and I wasn’t sure what to put in the middle. After all, I have mirrors. Mirrors are boring.
The solution came from a gorgeous shop, in which I could spend my entire savings (ok, so… not that much then…) in Oxford called “Arcadia” – filled with vintage style objects, flowery prints & papers, scrapbooks and postcards. I noticed a frame which simply had a papered board in the centre with hooks screwed in. I suppose you could hang what you want from them, and it inspired me to make my own one as an earring organiser/display.
So here are my tips on putting this together… though I have to admit that a father who frames pictures as well as painting them for a living is a useful asset!
First, with a piece of board thick enough to screw hooks into, cover it with some quilting fabric and double-sided-tape/hot glue into place.
Next you want to cover the quilted rectangle with your desired fabric and glue that into place too on the back. I got this fabric from Lexi Loves when I got the ribbon for my last notice-board project – its so pretty! I’m happy to have found something to use it for! If your piece of board was just a little smaller than the space it needed to go into, with the fabric on it should fit snugly into the frame. Then you simply screw in your picture hooks!
It’s fun! And really satisfying to finally finish off some things which have been lying around. I’m sort of preparing ideas and things to put in my new bedroom when we move. I’m going to keep the coastal theme. You can see some of the other things I made for that theme here. For now, I’m exhausted! Time for lemon and ginger tea. And popcorn. 🙂