Saturday, March 20, 2010

Crafty Overflow

I've been sick the last week, and completely unable to do anything I wanted to do. I settled for sleep and video games, when really I wanted to be baking, drawing, knitting, crocheting, running, ANYTHING but lying in bed. Today is the first day that I've actually felt about normal and I seized it. Quiet vigorously.

It all started with my shower, which has been in need of a cleaning for awhile. The constant cycle of vacuuming dog hair and cleaning cat boxes has left me little patience to do the required abnormal chores, and this one was low energy so I figured it was safe. Boy was I wrong. There I am in grimy clothes, scrubbing the floor of my shower, considering how to best tackle the mess on the bathroom sink, when BAM! I'm struck with creative genius.

There's been a miniature binder clip on my bathroom counter for at least a month now. Why? I have no freaking clue. But as I was cursing downtown water I remembered my love of clipping things with binder clips (why I have it in the first place) and that you can attach the clips to things. One mental flash of the array of random junk my roommates and I leave around for each other.. and I was off to the sketch book. Hour and a half later I've got a finished project on my dining room table. Oh ADD.. I'm so glad you survived the flu.

I give you, the message board. Look, Ma!

I used a broken IKEA frame, minus the glass, as the base for the board. The top is painted with chalkboard paint and the bottom is covered in some scrap fabric with scrap fleece under it for some padding. I used thumb tacks to attach the binder clips to the board and frame body, as well as just to attach the fabric to the back of the board. Aside from the thumb tacks, all the materials and supplies for this project were found in my stash. Yay for finally having a solid stash!

Oh. And my shower's still half cleaned.