Fabric covered bulletin board

Fabric covered bulletin board

I promised Elise a bulletin board for her room more than a year ago. She always wants to hang things up, but we really don’t have a good place to display her artwork and such. When it came down to it, this project probably took me less than an hour to execute. Woo, go mom. Teaching the kids patience, for sure.

Basic boring cork board

The basic cork board came from Dan’s grandparents’ house, but it needed some dressing up.

Fabric to cover bulletin board

I dug through my fabric stash and found remnant that barely fit the dimensions I needed. It’s like it was meant to be. I painted the frame with some craft paint, then hot glued the (well-ironed) fabric to the face of the board around the perimeter. I can tell you, the old me would have never gotten paint on the cork as shown above, and would have made sure those fabric edges were a lot neater. But lately, I have thrown out the pursuit of perfection in the interest of saving time, and it’s a change for the better.

Fabric covered bulletin board with edges trimmed

I was going to use some ribbon or trim to hide the raw edges of the fabric, but my coffers came up short. Then I remembered I had some of these bamboo slats leftover from when I shortened window shades. They are thin enough to cut with scissors, so I trimmed them to size and hot glued them in place. And done.

Fabric on bulletin board

Everything for this makeover was free/reused/leftover, which gives this project bonus points. Always love to use stuff already in the house.

Bulletin board in kids room

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My home printing studio

My Home Printing studio

Welcome to my print studio! This space is also in our basement, but it’s a finished room (the only one in our basement). I’ve shown this space here a few times before, but it used to function more as a straight-up office and sewing space (hence the thread in the photos below), but I have not been sewing very much as of late.

Home printing studio with drying rack

The desk is taken up by my large archival printer. The literature sorter is a relatively new addition. It’s a cardboard shelving unit meant for a classroom, but I use it as a drying rack for prints. (They actually are dry to the touch out of the printer, but need several hours to dry fully.) Just like the shelves in my painting studio, the rack is working really well to free up surface space.

Home office studio

This table surface is where I do my trimming and print packaging. I also write, design, and do other computer work here on occasion.

Home printing studio

This is a “clean” space (as opposed to my messy space), so there’s really no glue or paint in here. It is a total luxury that this is also a kid-free zone, but in truth, it kind of has to be so that I don’t end up with crayon or stickers on everything.

Print packaging area

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My home painting studio

My home painting studio

I kept thinking I was going to “decorate” this space, add art on the walls or something on the floor. Well it’s been months since I set out to do that, and it hasn’t happened yet. But there are reasons I haven’t prettified things. Big art would interfere with the areas I have designated for picture taking. Plus this is a painting studio, so a rug or something on the floor would likely be a mistake from the get-go. This space is what it is. Undecorated.

Painting studio drying shelves

So welcome to my studio! This is where I create. This is my workspace. It’s raw. It’s a basement. This is not a craft room. It has an uneven concrete floor and drywall walls that haven’t been finished or painted. It is not magazine perfect. It is real and ever-changing, growing organically all the time.

Works-in-progress at my work table

But you know what? This space is great. This space allows me to spread out, to make a mess and leave it until the next day when I can continue making a mess. There are no kids allowed. This space allows me to store loads of raw materials and supplies and bits of junk and shipping boxes. And in that regard, it is perfect.

Photo area and drying shelves

I’ll point out some of the more subtle areas here. The wood panel to the left you may recognize as my photo background, if you’ve ever glanced at my Etsy shop. This is where I take all of my product shots. Strange facts: it is actually a door to another small room, and it was already here when we moved into this house.

The drying racks/shelves you see in the back I found at an antique mall a few months ago. They were just what I needed, and this works-in-progress storage system has been working so great.

Work table for packing and shipping

I have a second work table that I primarily use for packing and shipping (hence the postal scale and the boxes underneath), but it’s also often covered in whatever I’m working on. I have a hard time keeping surfaces clear for long. Just ask my husband. I also abhor a vacuum, it seems.

Not pictured, I have a couple of bookshelves for storing finished goods. I didn’t take a photo of the fourth wall for some reason. Some things will remain a mystery, I suppose.

Coming soon: Some shots of my print studio. Stay tuned!

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DIY Craft kits for kids: Felt pennant banner

Felt Pennant Banner - DIY craft kit for kids

I started making these DIY craft kits for my daughter as an alternative to the pre-packaged kits from the craft store. This post is the fourth installment in the series. See more here >>
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Felt pennant banner

Felt Pennant Banner - DIY craft kit for kids

This craft kit was really easy and inexpensive to put together.  I’m thinking it priced out at around $2 or so? Felt is cheap! Typically only around 30 cents for a 9×12-inch sheet.

I trimmed the felt into triangles (approximately 2.75 inches wide and 4.5 inches high) and cut small slits in the upper corners. A 9×12-inch sheet could yield more than 14 triangle flags in that general size, so if you are being extra thrifty, you can get by with only one or two pieces.

I got the plastic needles at Jo-Ann for a dollar or so with a coupon, and the twine was something I already had in the house. Thin ribbon or the like would also work well.

Felt pennant banner - Kids sewing activity Felt pennant banner - Kids sewing craft

Sewing with a large plastic needle is a great fine motor activity for kids. Elise really loved it, required minor participation from me, and it kept her busy for a quite a while. That kind of thing is golden around here.

Felt Pennant Banner - DIY Craft Kit for Kids

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