Wednesday, July 28, 2010

DIY Club August 2010 Project: 3 Projects in One!

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Medical Tray Magnet Boards

Domino Magnets

Inspirational Poster


    PROJECT 1: Medical Tray Magnet Boards

    I had a collection of four vintage medical trays stacked up on a cabinet. One day, I thought, "Hmmmmm..." I wonder how these would look on the wall? I've seen people hang them before, BUT they had always drilled holes into them. I didn't want to ruin the integrity of the pieces, so my mind went to...

    ...DiscHangers! They were designed for plates, but could they possibly hold up the weight of these trays? I went to their website and looked up the weight limits. Man, these things can hold some heavy objects! I weighed the large tray, and it was within the 6-pound limit for the large size DiscHanger, so I decided to put them to the test! I used the 4 inch DiscHanger for the smaller trays and the 5.5 inch DiscHangers for the larger trays.

    I laid out the trays in the pattern I wanted.

    I followed the handy dandy instruction sheet and let the adhesive dry as recommended.

    I eyeballed the location of my wall hooks and hung them up! Voila!! And they've stayed put. Way to go, DiscHanger!!

    PROJECT 2: Domino Magnets

    I went to my Gorilla Glue guide (as I always do) and decided to go with the Super Glue for this project.

    I grabbed my Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler Woodworking. I can't say enough about this bad boy! It makes sanding a breeze! I lightly sanded the back side of each domino and one side of each magnet.

    I applied the Gorilla Glue Super Glue to the magnet and simply stuck it onto the back side of the domino.

    I used the magnets to create an arrangement of vintage math flashcards.


    PROJECT 3: Inspirational Poster
    I wanted to add another special something to one of the other trays. And, if you know me, you know that I love inspirational words, quotes, images, music, etc. There's something about them that challenges me to reflect on my life and make it better.

    When I saw Olive Rue's free French-inspired iron on transfer image (yes, it's free to all of you, too!), I was inspired to do something different with it. I loved the little birdie perched on the chair, so I searched the web for a bird quote and found the one you see. Then I used my computer to create the above design.

    I printed it off (note to self: get colored printer) and clipped it to one of the medical tray magnet boards.

    Medical Tray Magnet Board Display

    Here it is all put together! As you can see, I also used the remaining domino magnets to spell out "DIY." A fun way for kids (and adult kids) to practice their alphabet!

    A happy little kitchen corner.


    So, who is ready to link up
    to the August DIY Club party?

    DIY Club

    If not, get on it! There is plenty of time. The DIY Club August linky is up starting the evening of Thursday, August 5, and is open for an entire week. That gives you a total of two weeks from now to show off your creativity! Use ANY product from ANY of our sponsors (Gorilla GlueDecoartDiscHangersRocklerP.K. GlitzOlive RueCutting Edge Stencils) and get to gettin'!

    It doesn't have to be earth-shattering to be wonderful! Seriously! The perfect example: using Gorilla Glue Super Glue to stick magnets to dominoes. Instant impact but sooooooo easy peasy, people! Or order up some DiscHangers and be creative with what you can hang!! Or go try out the free image over at Olive Rue on an iron on transfer project...there's even a demo video! And, if you need to do any sanding, I highly recommend that Norton Sanding Bug from Rockler

    Or...guess what! You can link up an old project that uses any sponsor product! Just include a photo of the product with your project and include the DIY Club button in your post or on your side bar.  If the August event doesn't work for you, starting planning now for September! We want you to be part of the club!!

    The Boathouse, Beach & Pier at Glensheen

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    We're continuing our tour of the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN. If you missed the Flower Garden, Grounds, and House, you might want to check it out. Here are shots on the Lake Superior side of the property...

    The Boathouse

    The Beach

    The South Shore. Canal Park and the Lift Bridge in the distance.

    Perfect for a bonfire.

    The North Shore.

    Lake Superior looks very daunting and ocean-like...that's why it is called a Great Lake!

    The Pier

    Getting brave.

    Being silly.

    Love this patina.

    The color palette is so inspiring!

    Nature is the best artist!

    The Characters

    Getting a nice photo of this crew... like herding cats.


    Followed by Dinner

    We had dinner at the revolving restaurant on the top floor of Radisson. Yes, it actually rotates 360 degree while you eat! The fish dishes are delicious! And so are the homemade fries. Highly recommended!!

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Monday, July 26, 2010

    Tours Start Here: The Garden & Grounds of Glensheen

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    Ready to tour the WhisperWood Cottage garden & grounds?

    Pah-lease! What you are about to see is sooo not my yard and/or garden! The only thing I can do with plants and flowers is to photograph them. Nature makes the best models! Now, I hope you'll join me for a stroll. I'll tell you a bit later where we are...

    Let's head this way toward the Flower Garden...

    Some stately pines welcome you.

    This shack? Just the gardener's cottage.

    Come on up! Enjoy the blooms!

    So where are these lovely grounds? They surround the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN. RJNJ and I toured it with his parents this past weekend. Now, let's take a look at the actual mansion...

    It's right this way...

    Ta da! 39 nine rooms of ta-da to be exact!

    Stunning architecture!

    Now what is around through this gate?

    It's the fountain! That body of water through the trees is Lake Superior.

    The lake side of the house...

    Many people have their weddings here.

    Oh, there is more to see! They wouldn't let us take any photos of the interior of the home, but I have some fun beach shots to show you. We'll head down the path to the Boathouse and Pier...