My mom was fiercely patriotic. I mean, I am too!
But if you were to give me the choice of flying somewhere in Canada or the US, I’ll always pick the US. Probably because you guys have palm trees… Sorry Mom!
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My first thought? “My mom would be so proud!”
My 2nd, 3rd and 4th thoughts were, oh my goodness… what special thing could I make with it once it arrived?!
I told her I loved coffee, bean sacks, junk, and antique red.
And goodness… did she deliver! To the ultimate T. Aren’t these colours and patterns stunning?! Mind blown.
I was also told the map would arrive with a few wrinkles from shipping, but a quick iron would take care of that. And she was right. They came out with no issue, on the steam setting. Check!
Hey, at least I found my iron!
And then I raced this beauty around the house, visualizing what it could become.
It looked beautiful as a pillow for the sofa! I nearly went for it, but that would have entailed me to find my sewing machine under the stairs first.
Effort range? 10+ x 2 trillion. Forgetaboutit.
But I loved my 2nd option even more… and it was EASY!
You are right, Girly Girl. (Skye really, but we all ruin our cats with silly names, no?)
And I’m also a cheater of sorts. I wanted to do this in such a way that I could use the map for other projects if I changed my mind.
1. Pin the map to a 24″ x 36″ bulletin board, (Amazon affiliate link) with frame intact.
2. Flip it over, and staple the top and bottom into place.
3. Using packing tape, grab the edges of the burlap on the short sides, and attach to the back.
Yes, it held awesome!
The edges are beautifully surged together, so you won’t have any fraying issues.
Master sewer, remember?
Missy, could you please come to Canada and sew me some slipcovers?
4. Hold board against the wall, and insert two screws along the top, and two along the bottom. No need to puncture through the board nor burlap. It will stay.
6. To hide the gap between the burlap and the wood, attach another board on top of the first board, overlapping the gap.
Remember that massive old fence wood haul taking up house and home in my driveway for weeks on end? I used those chippy white boards to contrast, and bring out the white of the map.
And I LOOOOVVVEEEE IT!
I fell so much more in love with the map than I ever thought I could.
It’s staged in my photo studio because the light was much better than in my cave of an office this time of year.
And you know I couldn’t not stage it all cute like, with some cool, repurposed ideas, yes? LOVE this part!
As I was working (playing) away, I really realized how much I love staging things.
It’s easier in my studio, because I can make things become whatever they want to be. A house restricts you moreso because of space and light issues.
I think everyone that creates needs an empty room to play in.
Seriously, it isn’t that hard. Just do without a room (insert hysterical laughter here) that gets great light, and gut it!
You can read more photo studio posts HERE.
I totally need this coke crate turned message centre upstairs pronto!
Sigh… I love Canada even more now.
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I am so glad there are Missys in the world! Thanks girl, I ADORE MY MAP!
And now my sewing machine can safely sleep for another 10 years… that was close.