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Midweek DIY: Thrifted Fancy Bulletin Board

I’ve been promising myself since November that I will redo my office. Right now it’s a color that looks like Pepto Bismol watered down with chalky water. Not pleasant*.

Now, I haven’t quite gotten to the part where I open the can of gray paint that is waiting on the office floor. But I have made some progress with what will go ON the pretty new walls when they’re newly painted!

This project takes 5-10 minutes, and only cost me $5.25 – $5 for the frame at a thrift store in Salt Lake City, and $0.25 for the bulletin board at a thrift store here in Albuquerque. Not bad, eh?

YOU WILL NEED:

– An old bulletin board, big enough to fit your frame

– Any picture frame you think is interesting or beautiful (NOTE: make sure it has a front-to-back depth large enough to contain the thickness of the cork board you will be using.)

– A tape measure

– Pencil

– Some kind of cutting device (I ended up using a bread knife.)

1. Measure the inside of your picture frame. Give yourself more room to work with than the tape measure says: for example, if one length of the inside of the frame is 10″, actually use a measurement of 9 3/4″ or something of the like.

2. If there is any kind of border around your bulletin board, snip and pull it off.

3. Using a ruler, trace out the (adjusted) dimensions of your picture frame onto the bulletin board.


4. Cut along the lines you drew. You may have to shave off a bit more from one side or the other if it doesn’t quite fit into your picture frame. Once you get it in the frame, fold down the metal flaps (or staples, etc. – whatever would usually hold the glass, photograph and backing into the frame) to hold the cork board in place.

Et voila! You’re done! And I’d better get painting soon…

 

( * Note the gross wall color in some of the photos. Understand my desperation?)

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Local Happenings: Creepy Stroll in the Consignment Shop

On Saturday afternoon, I took a field trip to one of the many indoor flea markets in Albuquerque. (Aside: what’s up with this “indoor flea market” thing, anyway? Why not call yourself a consignment shop and be done with it?)

Every time I go to this particular store the sections have completely changed. The music never does, though: there’s always corny funk music playing through the ceiling speakers.

As I look back at my photographs now, I realize that I am inexplicably drawn to things that a) have faces, and b) have creepy faces.

 

 

 

Maybe I’ve just been watching too much sci-fi, but the objects in these images seem ready to come to life and declare war on the human race. Since they’re so small, I’m quite positive that they could slip thumbtacks in our shoes while we’re sleeping and we’d never know a thing.

Ignoring reason, I brought these porcelain beauties home with me. They’re sitting on top of the piano, watching me reproachfully with their eye-less faces as I practice. Poor little things. They must be so bored. I just will have to keep a close watch on them for any signs of movement.