Hi all! I've been a bad blogger! I've been gone over a month! EEKS! And I have so much to share! Easter stuff(is it even worth sharing?) Some trips(I've been out of town the 3 weekends out of the past 4!) So a lot of catching up to do Man-friend and my mom have let me know-the ball that I was carrying, I completely dropped! UGH! But I can do it! :) I have a pretty cool project to share today that I am doing in honor of the Spring Pinterest Challenge dreamed up by Sherry and Katie! Nothing like this challenge getting me moving!
A long time ago I originally pinned this beaut:
Isn't she nice? I thought i could totally manage it. So I headed over to the local Home Depot got a chunk of wood, had them cut it down to approx the size I wanted. I printed out my home state and cut along the borders. I was careful to do it perfectly, but next I'll know it doesn't really how carefully it is cut out.
In my inspiration, I think they used a foam board covered in cloth with pushpins. Looking back, this probably would have taken significantly less time. But I wanted the gritty details of the wood. Because I wanted a little bit of the grain to show, I spray painted my wood(after a light sand on the edges to get them smoothed a bit). I centered and taped the state down and then I got to work:
Manfriend made me work in the kitchen while I was hammering along the borders. It was a bit of a work out. And some of my nails got a little wonky:
I think it adds a little character:
And it was actually really hard to get them perfectly straight. I started on the top thinking the straight part would be the easiest, but I think that was a misstep. Oh well, live and learn.
Then I got to work with my stringing. I used embroidery thread. I've seen this done with yarn and I've seen this done with thread. I thought this was a nice middle of the road material. And it came in a nice warm color that will work well with colors I have in my bedroom.