Thursday, November 17, 2011


Recently I've received a lot of complements on a few of the craft projects I have around my house, so I thought I'd share them with you.  Plus I've been seeing variations of some of them on Pinterest and in most all of those cases, I like my version better {so what if I'm biased!}

1st I have my photo clock.  

I've been seeing the scrapbook paper version on Pinterest
Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

I originally saw this one in a magazine years ago, done with a child's school photos {1st grade:1 o'clock, 2nd grade:2 o'clock, etc.} and decided to display our wedding photos this way.  I bought the frames for cheap at Walmart and the clock piece I bought on EBay.  {the clock part of it was actually pretty difficult to find} It is NOT easy to put this one up and when we moved last time, my husband said if I wanted it up, I had to figure it out.  All the angles are slightly off where you would expect them to be because of the location of the holes in the frames but IMO it's totally worth all the effort.  It's great for taking up a lot of space on a large wall.


Next is my travel map.

I saw this one on another blog a few years back but for the life of me cannot remember which one!  {If it was you, I'm so sorry I'm not giving you credit!}

There are also versions of this one on Pinterest

I ordered my 36x24 inch map from Map Center {they will ship to APO just FYI} and glued it to a piece of foam board with spray adhesive.  I took it to a craft store and had them frame it WITHOUT GLASS so I could put the pins in it.  I have intentions of using different colored pins for my, my husband and our mutual travels and extra large pins for places we have lived but I haven't ordered the extra pins yet. {I'm going to do that RIGHT NOW!}.  We chose a world map, but you could use any map of your choice.


My most recent addition is my family scrabble board

Here is one version I saw on Pinterest

My aunt and uncle have had one of these in their home for many years and I love it, so I copied it!   We play a lot of board games, including scrabble, so this is perfect for us.  I used the names of all our parents, siblings, and siblings spouses {technically fiance's since none of them are actually married yet}.  I wanted the old style board, so I ordered that and 2 packs of letters on EBay. If you do this, I would recommend writing out all the names you plan to use and counting out all of the letters you need.  Between Jason, Jes, Jamie, and Jeff, we needed at least 2 J's which meant 2 packs of letters {I didn't want to use any blanks}.  I hope when my sister finds a man, his name fits!  Then I have to figure out our children some day...but for now, it's perfect!

If you have any questions let me know and I'll do my best to answer them!


Kara said...

You've given me hope! These are ideas I can actually do without screwing up! Except maybe the clock. I would love to put a map up. Hubby and I have been to completely different parts of the world, so it would be neat to show it with different color pins.

Lindsey said...

I love all of these things!

And yes, there will be a shopping trip when you're in town. You name the date and I'll clear my schedule!

Chantal said...

I've been meaning to make a travel map!! I'm just so lazy lol. I love the Scrabble board too.

Mrs. Duh said...

I love the photo wall clock!! I may have to try that one out!

Fly The Friendly Skies said...

Those are awesome! Love the photo clock!!!! :)