Ready For School - Fabric Cork Boards

The second half of summer has been a whirlwind! I can't believe that school starts for BOTH girls in a week and a half. Two preschoolers in one house, life is going to be different.

To get ready for school and the impending amount of artwork that will be coming home, I wanted to get a bulletin board or two ready. The fridge was so overloaded with art after summer camp that I could barely open the door without something falling off! I saw fabric covered bulletin boards on Pinterest and decided I had to try to make one.

I started out at Walmart to find a super cheap bulletin board and walked out with one of those, plus a set of 4 cork square tiles. Then off to Joann's for fabric selection. This was by far the most time consuming part of the whole project (thank goodness I did it while the girls were in camp or it never would have happened). I had planned on the boards being in the kitchen, where I have a blue theme, so I settled on the fabrics below.

I used this tutorial to make the boards, following it for the larger brass thumbtack board and modifying it for the small cork tiles. Before starting I was a little apprehensive about using the spray adhesive, but it was so easy! I can't believe it scared me. A little fabric cutting, spray adhesive to keep the fabric in place, thumbtack pressing, and voila! Five cork boards complete and ready for art instillation.

The brass thumbtack board is now the home to the house Rules and the girls' Chore Charts. Two and four years seem old enough for them start pulling their own weight at home (some times). Plus, they're so excited to do most of the chores, it would be a shame to not have them help.

To hold up the charts and art, I hot glued Dollar Store gems to the left over thumbtacks to make them a little fancier. I also glued on mini-clothes pins that I had leftover from another project for those art pieces that I didn't want to poke holes in. 

I have to admit, I absolutely adore the cork boards! Don't mind the slight imperfections, but all in all they add a little something to an otherwise blank space. I probably love them so much because of what is hanging on them.

And if you don't have kids artwork to hang, the cork board squares are great as wall art on their own. Add a little pattern to your space in an incredibly cheap and easy way!

Back in the Game (with Marble)

Since spending the last few months crafting, I've been feeling like I'm out of the design game. I've spent so much time Pinning and looking for fun projects that I can take on myself that I haven't spent the time to see what's been going on in the bigger design world outside my home. 

That being said, I've now assigned myself "homework" - catching up on reading my design magazines to see what I've been missing. It's quite a daunting task when there's a stack of magazines a mile high and two little girls constantly pulling at my attention. Either I have the two neediest children in the world, or they're just normal 1 and 3 year old's - but by the end of the day all I want to do lately is lay on the floor and stare at the ceiling. They're taking it all out of me! Gotta dread when a 3 year old will no longer nap and a 1 year old is trying to drop her second nap by napping only 45 minutes a day, yikes!

But as I carve out some time to myself - thank you, Sesame Street - I've been finding an endless source of marble and marble-patterned decorative items. From fabric, to lighting, to the typical furniture, marble is making a HUGE splash right now.

When I think of marble I always remember my grandmother. She loved all things fabulous and marble was one of them. She was such a stylish woman, that it may be misleading when I say marble reminds me of her - its actually a really good thing for marble!

But as I look around my home there is a remarkable lack of marble. I guess I'll have to stock up on some of the great products I've found, or undertake the two DIY projects I had to throw in (can't get crafting out of my system no matter how hard I try):

Do you have marble in your home? I'd love to hear how you're taking on this trend!

Happy marble-ing!