Remember how I mentioned I’ve been on a DIY kick lately, brought on by my illness-induced antsy-ness and disinterest in food? Well, one night recently it drove me to the internet, where I got stuck for hours on a single website. (I fell way down that rabbit hole!) I bookmarked tons of projects, but the one that compelled me to actually make something right away, was a pattern for a bean bag chair. (Do you ever find that while the internet is a great resource, you often have time to either do a project or read about one, but not both? I hate that. I wish we could buy an iTunes gift card for our own time.)
Anyway, the pattern was designed by a sewing blogger. You can find it here. She calls it a Rollie Pollie, and it’s marvelous. It does cost $8, which gave me pause. I have grown accustomed to getting things for free on the internet, but I eventually realized that I wouldn’t bat an eye at a corporation charging for a pattern, and I was actually much happier to support an entrepreneur instead. So I ponied up the money and am so glad I did.
I’m back! I’ve had a cold for four weeks now (remember the one that took me down and required homemade soup?). Two and a half weeks in I got stomach flu, too. Needless to say, I wasn’t up for much blogging. Nor cooking. My sense of taste and smell have been seriously diminished. So even after I regained the ability to eat normally again, I haven’t had much interest in cooking or eating. (Gasp!)
However, I have a new (old) love. A lovely morning spent perusing a DIY magazine generated a spark that lit a crafty fire. I have been on a roll, my friends. I’ve got numerous projects to tell you about, but I’ll start with a brilliant DIY bulletin board. It’s quick, easy, inexpensive and really beautiful. It requires no special skills or tools to assemble (although it does require a power drill to mount), and it is completely customizable to your taste.
I’ve been wanting a giant bulletin board for my office for a long time. You see, I’m a visual person. Out of site, out of mind. So if I can’t see my notes, bills, project materials, inspirational and educational what-nots, I tend to forget about them. No bueno. To avoid that, I keep all those papers spread around my desk. Also no bueno. A huge board is a perfect way to convert empty wall space into an organizational system that works for me.
Initially I thought I wanted to make a cork board. But the raw materials cost a fortune. And I worried about hanging such a heavy board given that our walls don’t take kindly to screws. A quick internet search yielded an ideal solution. Continue reading DIY bulletin board→