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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

pinterest challenge time!



i'm participating in the (unofficial) pinterest challenge, thought up by none other than the fabulous katie and sherry!  following their blogs and seeing that 'diy' is not only possible, but it's possibly the most fun way to make your house your home is super inspiring!  i can't wait to have a house to get all crazy-diy-blogger on it.  this challenge is a perfect opportunity to get our butts in gear and actually make something we've pinned on pinterest!  (if you're in need of an invite to the addictive world of pinterest, email me here.)

i love being creative, and making unique things is an awesome way to use my skills or learn new ones.  it's also a great way to fill my home with handmade items that really reflect who i am.

one thing about me that i love to share is that i'm from new hampshire.  gotta love our 'live free or die' state motto, right?!  well, there's also the beautiful birch trees, fragrant lilac bushes, and purple finches.  okay, what's with the state facts, jeez?  well, it's all part of my pinspired project!

first, i saw this (originally from curiously wrought on etsy that someone else had pinned as inspiration) and literally said out loud, 'i can make that!'  (maybe not as good, but i can!)

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then i clicked through to cathy's blog...she had been inspired by the  curiously wrought piece to make her own (arizona)...

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then i saw these awesome house numbers from amanda at our humble a{bowe}d...

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then i saw this to-die-for nursery art from dina at honey & fitz...

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and, after pinning and pining over these lovely nail and thread art pieces, i knew it would become my official pinterest challenge contestant!

so, i went out and picked up my supplies.  i thought about the colors of thread i wanted to use ahead of time, green and lilac.  i wasn't sure what to use for a board, but i thought i hit the jackpot when jo-ann's had a lovely piece of pine with a nice framed edge.

i got home and painted my board white.  i let it dry and lightly sanded it to remove any of the excess paint and/or pine dust.  i put the board down to organize the rest of the stuff i needed and the next time i looked at the little piece of pine...




womp womp.  =(  the board cracked before i even put any nails in it!  (it wasn't actually broken like the photo shows...i finished it off by breaking it in half and called it a day.)

i wasn't sure the cheap-o pine board i had picked up at the craft store would be capable of withstanding the pounding of the nails, but i knew i wasn't going to make the same mistake twice.  so, the next day i sent mike out to home depot to pick something up for me.  i wasn't sure if he was going to come home with plywood or another piece of pine or something different entirely, but i knew he'd get something that would work.  (as long as he couldn't easily break it in half with his hands like my failed piece of pine.)  i also had him get white stain while he was at it.  =)  (maybe the paint i used wasn't a good choice either.  oh well, live and learn.)

i came home to a terrific piece of pine that he cut into three pieces.  (now i get to make two more of these things!)  i stained it with one coat of white stain and let it dry.  after a light sanding i decided i liked the 'practically unfinished' look to it.  

i had my handy stencil of the state of new hampshire with a big red dot over my town.  i centered it on the board and taped it down.  (this is where i would've followed dina's instructions more carefully.  she had her stencil cut out and put the nails around the outside of the stencil.)  and i started pounding nails in about a quarter of an inch apart...right into the paper.  



i made my way around the stencil in about thirty five minutes, which was actually faster than i thought it would be.

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then i had to rip out the paper.  it was kinda annoying.  because i hammered the nails right into the paper, there were little shreds of paper sticking out with the nails.  it was nothing tweezers couldn't handle, but it was a few extra minutes of ridiculousness.

then i had to start with the embroidery floss.  i wasn't exactly sure where or how to start, so i just did...at the seacoast.  i used green thread for the state and lilac thread for the heart...now see where i was going with those state facts?! =)  (i don't have any in-progress photos of the threading part because mike was down for the count on the couch with a spasming back, so bear with me.)

like i said, i didn't have a clue where i was going or how it would look when i was done, i just kept going back and forth and across in different ways to create a neat look.

and you know what?  i think it looks pretty neat!







i made the heart a little more concentrated with the tread, just to make it stand out over the green (and in that tiny little heart!).  i think it turned out so great!  =)

and...you know what?  it's not done!  after thinking about it, i wanna jazz it up a bit.  for one, we live in an apartment, full of white walls.  (i wasn't really thinking when i stained it white, was i? at least it will stand out on a painted wall...eventually!)  so, i need to figure out exactly what i'm going to do to jazz it up...but i know it will make my awesome project even better!  maybe something involving birch bark.

and i can't wait to do more!  my bff is already in line for one of these new hampshire love pieces, but i was thinking of making one for my work too!  i work at a honda dealer and i think displaying the honda 'H' would be appropriate and i could see my artwork on a daily basis!  (and maybe get people to come visit mykindaperfect or ask about my creations!!)

check out what katie did over at bower power and what sherry did at young house love! and if you got here by clicking through from them...thanks for visiting! =)

what's next on the pinspiration list?  oh, so many things!  can't wait to share what i do next.

=) andrea

p.s.  go on over to facebook and like my page!

14 comments:

  1. Hi, I found you from Young House Love and this is a really cool project! I homeschool and now I'm thinking this would be a fun art project to do with my kids while learning about our state. Thanks for posting!

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    1. hi alicia! thanks for visiting!

      i love creating projects like this that not only make me gaze at it lovingly, but also that it represents my hometown/state and i'm proud of that! it would definitely be an awesome way to have a lesson around state facts! (and i love my state facts!)

      =) andrea

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  2. I love how your city heart is a different color! So cute!

    Nikki

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    1. thanks nikki! i'm kinda a new hampshire dork, so i had to include a lilac color. i figured that was the perfect way to have a cute (and kinda heart-appropriate) color and use one of my nh colors! =)

      thanks for visiting!

      i (of course) had to go over and check out your blog. LOVE your plant holders!!!!!! now i'm gonna have to try that! i've got a few too many plants, but hanging them certainly frees up some shelf space!

      =) andrea

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  3. I've been wanting to tackle this but I've been too afraid. Glad to hear it's not too difficult!!

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    1. i was nervous (especially after my first failure with the cheap-o board), but once i got started, it was fairly easy! i'm glad i didn't psych myself out!

      i highly recommend giving it a whirl. it was surprisingly simple and hard to actually mess up! =)

      thanks for visiting!

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  4. This was one of the things I've pinned, but not tried yet...so glad you put together such a great tutorial. I'm definitely going to try this!

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    1. after reading through all the tutorials, dina's (from honey & fitz) was the one with the biggest clue -- to get your nails outside the stencil! i should've listened to her. that's the only thing i wish i'd done...rather than nail right into the stencil on the paper.

      thanks for visiting! =)

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  5. Well done!! I have this pinned to, but haven't tried it yet either. Yours looks amazing and I'm definitely inspired to give it a go now :)

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    1. thanks! you should totally try it. it was easier than i expected, and even with my challenges, it was well worth it!

      thanks for visiting! =)

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  6. Saw you on the pinterest challenge-- are you in the Upper Valley?!?! I love the same area of NH that you do! (Grew up there).

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    1. hi braelin! thanks for visiting mkp! yes! other than college, i've lived in the upper valley my whole life! =)

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  7. Love this! I've got this on my brain for our house, but I haven't figured out exactly how I want to do it. Great job, and thanks for linking up with the Winter Pinterest Challenge!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

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  8. Hi! I just saw this and had to see how you did it. I worked w/ Autistic kids & he did this technique for Mothers Day in regular Ed. 4th grade! It was amazing how he really got into it & the other kids got to see him excel. I.m inspired.

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