Binding a Book

Today we are going to talk about #5, which I first showed you here. This little gem was given to me a few weeks ago by my Grandpa. He wrote various books/articles/journals in his day (Here is his latest!) and would bind the documents himself using this contraption. 

COOL HUH! So, I made a little calendar for some friends for Christmas and thought i'd bind her myself! BUT JENN, how do you have time? Multitasking whilst listening to Lecture?! #thankgoditakeclassesonline

First things first, Kinkos needs to figure out full bleed printing. It's their job to print things, so you'd think they'd have it figured out. But they don't. After 10 minutes of the rude lady behind the counter telling me she wouldn't be able to get the cuts right on the line (again, isn't this your job?!) the perfectionist in me cut them myself #stickittotheman

Then came the fun part, binding them. I'll let the pictures take ya through the process...they are better with words than I am...


Then you can hang it on a light switch! haha, I didn't have a nail dug yet for my copy...still working on a little room decor in the 'ol chambers gimmeabreak.


Which means: craving to travel. Since it's Valentines day, I thought i'd talk about something I love. I love being home, but I think what makes that so great is traveling. Being taken out of your comfort zone. It is only then that our limits are tested and truly see our passions. Since I began traveling I have become so intrigued by maps, which is the ultimate survival tool while abroad (except in Venice, good luck there!). I have saved maps from all of my journeys and can't wait to finish start that project. Until then, I wanted to create a map to document the various places I have been. A reminder of how blessed I am to be able to travel, and to dream of the places where I have yet to go. Below is a picture tutorial on how to make a display map. My plan is to make little flags to nail in each location I have been. Still debating on what sort of flag (nails/tacks/needles?) system to work into this.

Without further ado, how to make a vintage map....more vintage!

Once it was all assembled and dried, I attached the beast to the wall using D-ring hooks (and of course, toothpaste :)).

There you have it! I wanted it to look like I found it on an abandoned ship...think I accomplished that?!

Anywho...Happy Thursday everyone, I hope you are having a great Valentines day and Galentines day (Parks and Rec anyone?!)

This weekend i'll be rockin' up north with the women of my family, doing women things. Like face masks, pillow fights, and CRAFTS. Here is a little teaser of what I have in store...we'll see how they turn out after a few glasses of vino :)

Cross Cross Apple Sauce

Apple sauce has nothing to do with this post. Unless it's your crafting snack of choice, then perhaps it can be involved. OR we can get theoretical here, where apple is the project at hand, and sauce is the final display in which the project is implemented?

Too far?

I suppose it's only Monday.

Let's start over. This past weekend, I needed about 13,892 study breaks. Writing papers has gotten torturous, in order to complete an entire paragraph, I have to bribe myself with a craft after it. I'm basically a 5 year old with math homework on a sunny summer day.

Study break #1 began when I woke up Saturday morning and saw this:

No, not the dying plant. I can handle that, its basically expected of me when I buy plants these days. I guess my fortune cookie was wrong #nogreenthumb. The blank, boring, hurts my eyes so much I can't study, wall. SOMETHING had to be done, and soon. Because this wall wasn't going to decorate itself just like my paper wasn't going to write itself. 

I had most of the supplies to shnaz up this wall, but I wanted to make a little letter/picture holder. 

-Wood (stained or painted)
-Twine (thicker the better)
-D-Ring hooks
-Hot Glue Gun

First, attach the D-ring hooks onto the back of your wood piece

Next, you'll want to start your twine at the top or the bottom, super glue the end in place and allow the glue to set. 

Once the beginning of the twine is set, wrap the twine around taught to the board in a random fashion. Glue the bottom in place and cut the twine. I added glue to each end of the twine to make sure it didn't stretch. 

To attach this to the wall I used my tried and true method. I put a dab of toothpaste onto the D-Ring hinges. Use a level to make sure it would be straight, and press it to the height desired. The toothpaste will stay on the wall depicting where the screws should be attached.

But that's still a boring wall, so I added a few things to spice it up. 

So there you have it, how I got through the first paragraph of my paper. Stay tuned later this week for a little vintage mademorevintage map project! Happy Monday peeps!

Day and Night in Uptown

 This past weekend was my favorite weekend activity in Uptown, in the winter. Events like these encourage us freezing Minnesotans to enjoy the winter just as we enjoy our summer. If only the lakes looked this beautiful all winter long...and REI had a constant flow of hot coco out there. The Loppet, a cross country skiing event, took over the uptown streets. A block of Hennepin and a few lanes of Lake St were covered in snow for this event. Ice sculptures illuminated with candles filled the lake at night. Last year, uptown didn't have enough snow for the event so it was moved off site. The year before I participated in the event, but found it more enjoyable to walk the course with so many participants. So, we put on our long johns and headed out to see what was going on.

Right outside of Calhoun Lake was an ice sculpture contest...Above is the one that St.Johns made...looks like they gave up right away, but left a sign saying "we tried" with the design on it-- typical Johnnie! ;)

There were heats of races throughout the day which they closed down Lake and Hennepin to host them on...sucky for drivers, awesome for walkers :)

I will never understand why cops insist on running their cars all day during events like these...

Once the sun set, we headed out to Lake of the Isles for the luminaries. The track around the lake is lit with small ice sculptures with candles in various shapes

Flame throwers drew quite the crowd

Our favorite Luminary

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and relished in the slight hope that Destiny's Child is getting back together! Oh yeah, and the Camel was totes right!