Friday, March 25, 2011

Divine Inspiration

I'm not sure if it is proper antique shop etiquette, but I have been known to discreetly snap photos of inspiring items ( usually out of my price range ) while my partner in crime acts as a lookout.  The church window pictured below was part of a storefront window display in an antique shop in Canton, SD.  Since I have 2 old cathedral church windows in storage for which I would like to someday create stained glass panels , I took the picture for design inspiration.

The idea for my latest project came from the Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors.  Donna at FJI hosts link parties on her blog with a different theme each week, and I found a bulletin board idea from Lindy at Cottage Hill Blog.  Shown below are the before and after pictures of a church bulletin board she purchased for $1.00!!!  Holy cow!

Since Julie has quite a collection of classroom bulletin board words and sentences I thought this would be the perfect way to display them in baby P's nursery.  Here is a photo of one of them I borrowed from her blog.

Obviously, I would not be able to find a similar bulletin board for a measly $1.00 , but I knew it wouldn't be hard to replicate for under $20.00.  The backboard is cut from 1/2 inch birch plywood, and the "shelves" are made by gluing two wood moldings together, one an "L" shape and the other a 1/4 inch square molding strip.

I decided to space the display ledges further apart than on the original piece to provide a little more versatility, after I found these charming books at L&M Supply of all places! 

I simply drilled holes in the trim and used wood screws to attach them to the backboard.  Julie chose a weathered white finish, but can easily paint the piece a different color later.  I couldn't just post a picture of the piece without accessorizing it, so I did a little shopping in our basement to find some appropriate items.

1945 crayon box with crayons still inside!

To go with the religious theme, Bill's 1st grade class picture.  He is next to the nun....hmmmm.

 I am praying for inspiration for my next project.  :@

Here is the finished piece ready to be delivered to the P baby's room next weekend.

I didn't have any lullaby CD's, so I printed the do-re-mi letters on posterboard and inserted them into CD cases.  The miniature books were given to me by my friend Margo, but I thought Julie would like them because she loves small things.

I got an unexpected day off today, so on to my next project!  Only 9 more days 'till the baby shower, so I'm trying to finish everything this weekend.  See everybody next Sunday!

Peace be with you.


  1. OMG, MOM!!!!! That is SO adorable! Wow! The way its set up, it looks like it should be an antique store display (your true calling).

    Love it, love it, love it. (And so does Jeremy!) And so will P-Baby. :)

    Thank you, thank you!!!! See you soon!!!!!

    No planning. :) Let's just do a simple shower. Love you!

  2. I WANT ONE!!! the do re mi is very creative...and reminds me of one of my favorite things...The Sound of Music.... The HIiiiilllls are aliiiiiive....with the sound of music! ;0)

  3. What!? No comments on my dorky picture. :@ Really, was I EVER photogenic. I guess not.

  4. Oooh! I thought you looked so cute!!!

  5. This is wonderful! LOVE your pic too... looks like you may have been at your bangs with the scissors from an early age. :) Awesome woodworkin'!


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