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Thursday, June 21, 2012

"Wine Cork" Cork Board

Dan and I love and miss Europe, so to make ourselves feel a little closer to "home", our bathroom is French themed, and we're making our kitchen more and more Italian themed.  Wine is a huge part of Italian cuisine, and we're always looking for a place to pin important things, and Dan has a wonderful wife who pins amazing ideas on pinterest... so we found this very creative idea to reuse old wine corks. Dan's Aunt and Uncle enjoy a nice wine, and so they've been collecting corks for us, and mom cooks with wine sometimes, so she's been setting aside some Hungarian corks for us.  
We found an old frame at a neighbor's garage sale, and got some ply wood from our pastor and a glue gun.  First Dan nailed the ply wood to the back of the frame, placed all the corks in the pattern he wanted, then picked them up one at a time, and glued them to the back.  He also nailed two frame hooks on the back.  And there you have it!  I love it, and think it looks great!  Can't wait to hang it up.

Thanks to Bella, the right bottom corner is a little more "worn" than originally. :)
So, here's what you need:
One frame
1 piece of ply wood, sized to fit the back
Different kinds of wine corks
Hot glue/glue gun
Frame hooks

Have fun creating, let me know your crafting turns out!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Pinterest Inspired

So, I'm sure most of you have heard about/use pinterest.  Lots of people complain that though it makes you feel artistic, crafty and creative, all you're doing is sitting at a computer looking at pictures.  While that sums up a lot of it, I actually have used some recipes I found on there, as well as some general household tips, and over the weekend I (we) finally made a couple of the items on my "DIY Ideas" board.  My husband and I had ourselves a Pinterest day!  I'll be posting his creation in another post.  My main item was a jewelry display.  I have a lot, and I mean A LOT of jewelry, and am always looking for ways to store/display it.  Also, with the addition of a poppy to our family, I need them to be in a place she can't get to them.  So, I saw this idea on that I liked a lot.  This lady used drift wood, which I liked the look of, but didn't know where I was going to get from.  And she used... knobs.  I LOVE KNOBS!!!  There's a whole isle dedicated to them at most Hobby Lobbies, and I have a really hard time deciding where to start shopping; there, or in the scrappbooking section.  My mom bought me my knobs on vacation together.  If you're a garage saler, I'm sure you can find fun ones that way.  But, I got mine at Hobby Lobby.  Their price ranged from anywhere between $3.99 to $5.99.  So, I got 5 that complemented each other (I went with grays, whites and blacks, so it would go with any room's color scheme)
Our senior pastor makes things out of wood, so I got a piece of distressed looking wood from him.  Then, for extra display space, I got ceiling hooks and frame hooks at ACE (the helpful place).  I measured out where the holes should be, then drilled the holes (with some help from the hubby), and voila...!

So, just to recap, here's what you need:
1 Piece of wood
5 (or however many) knobs
Ceiling (or cup) hooks
Frame hooks

So, have fun pinning as well as creating, and let me know if you have any suggestions, or pinterest inspired crafts you think I should try out!