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« on: February 02, 2008 08:24:54 PM »

I was so excited about this challenge that I finished this 3 days after the announcement was posted  Grin


Ok, so 2008 is my 'Year of the overhaul'. It's time to get everything sorted out....

1. Lose weight (*sigh* such a cliche  Undecided, but necessary)
2. Spring clean the house - this means everything useless gets chucked (I am a hopeless hoarder)
3. Decorate the house - mainly the lounge room and nursery at this point
4. Find a new hairstyle - I would like something that actually looks like I have a style  Embarrassed
5. Craft my endless projects in transition - all those ideas in my notebook, jotted down sketches, unused new patterns and endless good intentions must be achieved - and bust my stash at the same time
6. Learn new cooking recipes
7. Start and maintain an edible vegetable garden - boy I need to learn how to keep plants alive
8. Buy a new car - OK by 'new' I mean new for us  Tongue. Our old one is staggering on her last legs
9. Save money - I would love a holiday this year and I'm hoping my DH will make an official wife out of me too  Grin
10. Start my own website - the time has come my little friends to talk of becoming financially successful, or at least try
11. Open a virtual or physical shop - still deciding between etsy or a stall at the ritzy craft and art markets in Surfers Paradise
12. Sell $1000.00 of my own work....... Undecided
13. Enter a judged art competition

So, how to craft something to help me achieve these goals? I wanted a pinboard/whiteboard to keep all those little pics that inspire me, I wanted to chart my weightloss but not have every visitor looking at my numbers *shudder*, I wanted a calendar to keep track of my appointments. In addition, I wanted a new piece of art for the wall.

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I had a nice square canvas laying around so i got a 3mm sheet of MDF and cut it to the same size. Made a frame out of pine offcuts and attached it to the front of the board. I added elastic trellis at the top and cut some corkboard to size and attached that to the bottom.



For the canvas, I removed the fabric and lined the whole front with cardboard, then reattached the canvas. I made two whiteboards out of heavy card and clear contact and glued them in the spaces at the back of the canvas, attaching them to the cardboard lining. A piece of cardboard covered in colourful paper was glued to the bottom support and that made two pockets to slide my ideas notebooks in to and doubles as an additional pinboard.



I attached both parts with two large hinges, screwed 3 eyescrews into the top of the pine frame and screwed the frame to the wall with screws and wall plugs. The canvas 'door' stays closed with a magnetic latch recycled from an old door.

The image on the front was painted by me in 3 colours only, similar to a screen print but with acrylic and brushes. Medium tan, maroon and black. I painted the sparrow in the middle colour (maroon) to place him in the middle distance.



All in all I am quite pleased - I would like to redo the painting of the frames but I ran out of paint, couldn't match the colours and just got sick of doing it  Tongue.
I apologise for not having any 'in-progress' pics but they were all on my old computer that died without releasing any of my old files

An here is my newly decorated ideas notebook, I have a very old clipboard that is decorated in fabulous images so I scanned it, added a few new images and words and printed it out on computer paper. It worked really well and that's why it looks like there is bubbles in the contact, the original has them so they scanned through  Embarrassed.



One of my favourite quotes is at the bottom of the female devil image: "In all the debate about the idea that God may be a she, few have suggested that the devil may be a woman".[/i]

Hope you like it guys, I'm off to decorate some thumbtacks for my board.....
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2008 08:35:58 PM »

I <3 this soooo much!! You did an amazing job Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2008 08:36:20 PM »

this is super fab.  the bird artwork is stunning-  and i LOVE the hidden away little compartment with the low-down on your progress. 
My husband has a mantra that I'm thinking of making a nice bumper sticker of that says
PRESENCE COMPELLS.
and your entry is what its all about. 
having it hanging on the fricken wall. 
anyway.  i love it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2008 08:52:22 PM »

Thanks guys, both your replies just gave me a lovely warm feeling  Grin. Such fast responses! wow!

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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2008 09:57:50 PM »

what a great a idea!! a hidden little achievement box?? i love it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2008 10:04:09 PM »

Okay, I would love to hang this on my wall even if it didn't have a nifty hidden compartment!
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2008 10:48:05 PM »

The image is beautiful and I love the hidden secretiveness of it all...btw great quote! I was giggling
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2008 10:50:17 PM »

i love it! you really put everything together! the problem i would have is that i would never want to open it  and not be able to see that amazing painting on the front!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2008 12:28:37 AM »

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i would never want to open it  and not be able to see that amazing painting on the front!
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btw great quote! I was giggling
Thanks bugaboo, I really like that one which is why I have never thrown out the original clip board that it's attached to.

I love having the pic showing but since the whole thing opens flat and has lots of great pics of other people's projects that I use for inspiration and to get me in the mood, I really enjoy having it open too.

Thanks for all the great replies!
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2008 07:46:30 AM »

this is incredible! what a great way to have all your goals organized in one easy place, but not have it be an eyesore! i am so thoroughly impressed, i'm totally going to try and make one of these! or something similar anyway, i'm always coming up with new resolutions for myself all year round. Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2008 09:17:44 AM »

I love your "year of the overhaul".  That's close to what I am trying to do but haven't figured out what it was called.  For nine years, I've devoted my life to wifery and mommery, to the detriment of being me.  So now I can give it a name!  Thank you!

I love that quote about the debate over God as a woman but never as the devil.  Hmmmmm.  Lot more to that than meets the eye.  Your journal cover is a beautiful work of art. 

Everything you've done is great, good luck to you, I'm sending success thoughts to you.

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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2008 09:29:26 AM »

Gorgeous and very clever.
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2008 03:49:06 PM »

This is an amazing idea!  I really like the front, and I like even more that all of that stuff is tucked away neatly.  Great work! Grin
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2008 04:11:30 PM »

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love your "year of the overhaul".  That's close to what I am trying to do but haven't figured out what it was called.  For nine years, I've devoted my life to wifery and mommery, to the detriment of being me.  So now I can give it a name!  Thank you!
Thanks Butterbean. I am a wife and mum too and I always seem to put off the things that I aspire to and that are good for me. I like who I am, but I can see my own potential and as an eternal procrastinator I needed something to give me a kick in the rear so I can rise up.

Step one: I am joining a short course that teaches silversmithing. A few years ago I embarked on an arts diploma and it was so much fun, but sudden unemployment and a broken car got in the way and I had to leave before I even got to make my first piece of silver jewellery  Cry. Now I am trying again, and since it's just a short, night course it's much cheaper and only just around the corner! Woot!

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i'm totally going to try and make one of these! or something similar anyway,
Please do Jessiemocha! I would love to see more interpretations.

So to all of you with resolutions, be they big or small; may you find the strength within yourself to embark on your journey and the endurance to fulfill those dreams to the brim. Happy New Crafts.
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2008 05:40:54 PM »

I love how you disguised it but it's out there in the open so you wont forget them either.
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« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2008 11:39:20 AM »

I love that you were able to turn all your resolutions into something beautiful and functional. I think this is fantastic!
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« Reply #16 on: February 05, 2008 04:18:59 PM »

This is one of my favorites.  Art and mindfulness, all wrapped up together, so efficient!
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« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2008 05:16:05 AM »

This is a great idea, and very well done. For sure this will keep you on target for your goals. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2008 06:27:58 AM »

Yay, more replies! Lol, I thought I'd been forgotten....

Thank you for your kind words everyone. Next on my list is spring clean  Shocked, boy that's not going to be fun.

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« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2008 04:58:52 PM »

That's fabulous! A great way to keep organized, and no one would know your plans looking at your awesome wall art! Wink
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« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2008 08:32:51 PM »

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« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2008 09:43:17 PM »

I love this idea! You can keep all the mess hidden when you aren't using it.

Best wishes meeting your goals.
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2008 10:23:29 PM »

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Thank you! I need all the help I can get. I am a notorious procrastinator.

Also, having a 65 rogue in World of Warcraft and seeing level 70 in my sights is not helping me find time for chores  Roll Eyes.

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« Reply #23 on: February 08, 2008 12:30:27 AM »

dude this is AWESOME!!
dang, i just spent $20 on one of those dry-erase 4 month calendar things from my college in an attempt to keep myself organized... it takes up a huge portion of my bedroom wall, and it is not a pretty sight. you're creation is genius! hurray for aesthetically pleasing organization.
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« Reply #24 on: February 08, 2008 07:30:54 PM »

Okay, this gets my vote cause it's beautiful, yet functional, and seems to best suit the challenge theme.

GREAT work!  And good luck on all your goals!
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« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2008 05:19:16 PM »

Oh my goodness, I adore this!

The art on the front is fantastic and the fact that you have such great stuff hidden away inside only makes it better. Lovely!
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2008 04:56:13 PM »

Ah this is a really cool idea! Nice work!
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« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2008 08:06:27 PM »

i would totally buy one of these from you.its awesome.Now I'm sorry that I didnt get to vote.
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« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2008 01:43:53 AM »

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Awwww, thanks  Kiss

One of these days I hope to win a challenge, but until then I'll just have to keep entering my random craftiness.

Thanks for all the lovely replies guys.

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« Reply #29 on: February 16, 2008 07:17:22 AM »

That's really cool... such a great idea! and i LOVE that quote!!!!!!!!!!! Grin
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« Reply #30 on: February 19, 2008 10:57:56 AM »

Congrats!! Grin http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=217317.msg2481137#msg2481137
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« Reply #31 on: February 25, 2008 10:04:06 AM »

This is downright ingenious!  I love the outer painting, and love even more the fact that it stores all of your important dreams, ideas and goals!  Fantastic.  And best of luck to you on your endeavors! Smiley
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Oh wow, this is so awesome! The outside is beautiful, and I love the inside. That's such a wonderful idea! Good luck with all your goals.
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i so want that picture.  i just love creepy trees
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« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2008 07:36:31 PM »

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That made me lol  Cheesy

I love creepy trees too, and I like the fat little sparrow sitting in a creepy bare tree just waiting for spring to arrive.

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« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2008 11:53:46 AM »

I wish I could be this organized!  Sadly, it is not meant to be for me!
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« Reply #36 on: March 03, 2008 03:56:43 AM »

omgosh, wow, i love this!!!! i so need to make one! a slightly simpler one, because i am considerably less talented than thou, but, wow! just fabulous!
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« Reply #37 on: March 04, 2008 07:13:26 AM »

I'm really inspired by this; I usually keep everything in a handmade journal, but your idea is a great one!
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« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2008 05:34:04 PM »

I love your artwork. I want that bird pic hanging in my bedroom......
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Aww thanks  Embarrassed.

I really appreciate all the kind sentiments.

Also, I am in the process of a personal swap right now and would be happy to discuss further swaps too. I can post a rolled up painting anywhere I just can't post a 1m squared wooden bulletin board  Cheesy. Too much weight and too many quarrantine restrictions. However I am in the process of writing up comprehensive plans...

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I absolutely love this! The painting is wonderful but the fact that it's functional art, is amazing!
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