Good morning, hows things? All good here, thanks for asking. Now before I get going can I just say a warm ((thank you)) to you for calling by the Attic to see me, I am always so pleased that day after day you choose to stop by to see what I'm up to. I do enjoy having visitors, even the silent ones amongst you, my stats tell me you are there, and I am glad.
So :: pretty things today. See those magnets up above there? Aren't they the most gorgeously beautiful and desirable magnets you have ever seen? Aren't they just? Of course when I was browsing my local shops the other week, I wasn't in any way looking out for magnets. I was actually in the shop to buy soap, but you know how it goes, you go in looking for handmade soap and come out with delicious but expensive magnets and approximately one quarter of the weeks grocery money suddenly spent. I simply could not walk away and leave these beauties behind and oh the joy! YEs! They are worth every penny and I do adore them wholeheartedly.
So what to do with these delicious magnets? They are too pretty to be put on the fridge and quite frankly cost too damn much money to be placed at a level accessible by Little Fingers.
So I decide on a magentic notice board (a high up out of reach notice board), and go forthwith to our local DIY store to spend more of the weeks grocery money. And some paint. This is fast becoming a chain of expensive events, but no matter :: the outcome will be both pretty and practical :: a winning combination. Actually, the notice board and the paint combined costs less than half the price of the magnets, so I am quite pleased.
The notice board, as you can see, is plain and functional. It is no match for the gorgeous, desirable magnets, so I set to work giving it a suitable makeover.
I paint the wooden frame of the notice board using a small tester pot of sky blue paint. I choose pretty fabric, sweet ribbon trim and some old vintage buttons to cover the magnetic bit. And I also employ this marvelous invention, of which I have a stash left over from my textile art days.
Its a little tricky actually ironing the fabric to the notice board, but I manage, I am determined.
I am really thrilled with my new magnetic notice board. I know the ribbon is a little wonky, and one of the pearl buttons fell off during the tricksy and rather brutal ironing process, but hey, it's got that authentic handmade quality which i find appealing.
And this is where the notice board now lives :: a little corner of the hallway reserved for "being organised". Note the calendar with vital dates and reminders, the hooks for keys, the wire heart which usually holds the days in-coming post. And on the shelf is a little shoe box I covered in pretty wallpaper (a rather large sample I managed to "aquire"), it holds shoe polish for that inevitable last minute pre-school removal of scuffs.
And while I had some paint to hand, I also gave a few wooden pegs a makeover, and strung them up on ribbon to make a small gallery for current Little People Artwork.
The noticeboard is currently doing sterling work and is already pretty much hidden behind school letters, reminders, party invites, business cards, telephone numbers.
Oh I do enjoy a pretty makeover, makes me feel all industrious and proud of myself.