Oh, the things I could accomplish if I’d get off of Pinterest. I just see SO many good ideas on there. I have to check in often, so I won’t miss anything. Howevah, I’ve been pinning all of these ideas to my boards – you know, things I thought I might do in my house, but I just couldn’t pull myself away from Pinterest long enough to try any of the ideas I was pinning! The other day, I said, “That’s it Laurie! You are going to take action! You are going to actually DO some of these things you’ve been pinning, and you’re going to do them NOW!” Yep! That’s the way I have to talk to myself when myself gets engrossed in a new addiction.
One of the things I had pinned was this piano from Make and Takes blog. It was like a V8 moment. Slap my head and, still talking to myself, “I have a piano. Why haven’t I ever thought to decorate it with a banner for a holiday?” (I didn’t answer myself. I’ve always heard that’s a sign you’re going crazy, and I can’t afford to get any crazier than I already am.) So, I got out my supplies and made myself a little banner for my piano.
I didn’t stop there! Someone had pinned this next photo from The Savvy Shanty blog. I’m working into this crafting phase very slowly, and this looked easy enough. She bought the blocks at Target for $2.50. I may not be much of a crafter, but I’m a great shopper, so I went to Target and bought some of those blocks.
I already had the clothes pins, so after gluing them onto the backs of the blocks (I covered my clothes pins with polka dot paper), I found a postcard graphic from The Graphics Fairy. I added a little heart in the corner with Photoscape, and I clipped it to the clothes pins. How easy was that?
Okay, now I was on a roll with this crafting business. I think I had become a little too confident when I decided to tackle something similar to this cute sheet music ornament someone pinned from Katie Rose Cottage Designs Blog.
Isn’t that pretty? But I needed something bigger, and mine was for temporary use, so I only borrowed her idea of glitter on the sheet music (and I was in too big a hurry to even do a very good job with that. I needed to get this crafting bug out of my system, ‘cause I was probably missing some great ideas on Pinterest.) So, I went to my trusty Photoscape, where I printed a shadow of a heart over a music sheet I found on line. Then, I glued glitter around the edges. (“At Last” is a favorite of mine. You may have noticed, in the picture of my blocks “craft”, that there is a photo behind the blocks of me and my sweetheart dancing at our daughter’s wedding reception.)
Okay, after cleaning up red glitter EVERYWHERE, I knew I needed to move on to a less messy project. I must be the only person in Blogville who had not discovered Mamie Jane’s blog. I don’t recall what photo on Pinterest took me to this amazing blog, but I stayed there for days! What fabulous ideas! She embellishes old keys, then puts them on a magnet to use for photo holders.
After my “embellishment” of the sheet music, I decided embellishing might not be my “thing”, so my magnet keys aren’t nearly as pretty as hers. Prior to this “piano crafting spree”, the top of our piano held a collection of framed photos (of grands, of course). I stuck a Valentine image to one of the frames with an old key on a magnet. Mamie Jane glues buttons to some of her keys, but not wanting to tackle the bottle of glue again, I found a metal button that could adhere to the magnet through the hole in the key.
I did break down and get out a little sticky dot to stick a paper heart onto a magnet, so this little Valentine girl could be supported by the lid on my covered (tarnished) butter server. (I should be polishing silver instead of trying my hand at “crafting”.)
Mamie Jane finds old padlocks to stand on tables with photos attached to them with decorated magnets. I know my sweetheart misplaces keys to his padlocks frequently, so I was so excited to find a use for those old keyless padlocks. Guess what I discovered (to my horror) -- That silly guy throws them away when he can’t find the keys! I did find some hitch balls in his garage (at least I think that’s what they are), so they became my substitute for padlocks.
The next pin I had found on Pinterest was a copy of a Joan Walsh Anglund paper doll sheet from an old issue of Better Homes and Gardens. That pin took me to This is Ann of Paper Doll Land. I simply printed some of the Valentine paper doll sheets from the site to add to the top of the piano – I didn’t even have to pretend I was crafting. I intended to distress the edges a little to make them look old, but by the time I got around to that, the crafting bug had flown my coop.
Oh look! I didn’t embellish that key at all – just plopped it on top of the magnet! I’m such a lazy “crafter”.
When I was a newlywed, I bought these two little pictures of houses at a yard sale for twenty-five cents each. I love that the prints are recessed, and I often use them kind of like shadow boxes (you may have seen them in one of my Christmas posts with Christmas figures in front of the houses). For years, I have had some sheets of paper with cute little children printed on them. (I must have had a crafting bug when I bought these sheets, but by the time I got home, the crafting bug had disappeared). I dug out those sheets (can you believe I knew where they were?) and cut out some of the children to stand inside the frames, so my house pictures could be part of the Valentine décor. Doesn’t take much to make me feel crafty!
At this point, I had reached my limit. The crafting bug had finally crawled out of my system, and Pinterest was calling my name, so I put a few other, non-crafty, items on top of the piano, and took some pictures to prove that I did attempt “crafting” for a little while one day. I stuck a sheet of crafting paper with a collage of old Valentine cards over the glass on a framed piece of sheet music that was already on my piano.
Oh wait! That was crafting. My definition of crafting includes making a Wordels sheet on line! You know, that site where you just type in words, and it randomly places the words on a sheet! (I told you, it doesn’t take much to make me feel like I’m crafting!)
Just think what I could accomplish if Pinterest broke down for a week. Heck, I might even get bored enough to clean up my house!
If I borrowed a photo from your blog, please feel free to take my “borrowed” button to display on your blog. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks for indulging me while I pretend to “craft”. Is that “faux crafting”? Now I’ve gotta go see what I’ve missed on Pinterest. laurie