I love me some rickrack. Especially the big stuff, which is why it’s on these birthday cards I made the other day. Because it’s beefier than typical ribbon it can handle tacky glue, which is what I use to adhere it to my card stock. I brush the cut ends with some tacky glue to prevent fraying as well.
Here’s a close-up of the card I made for my Mom. I decided to add dimension to the floral paper by popping in some coordinating brads. Very spring-y! As for the ‘birthday’ typography, I used my favorite ‘no word stamps’ method explained here. And, yes, I’ve never bought another ‘word stamp’ since I wrote that post! As a matter of fact, I recently sold most of my ‘word stamps.’ Not only do I not miss them, I’m glad to have the room their absence has created.
I first saw a nautical door stop in the flesh about 2 months ago at a boutique in a local up-scale shopping mall. As soon as I it, I was reminded of a how-to I once saw on Design Sponge that recreated the pricey item ($50) for peanuts. When I returned home from that shopping trip, I found the tutorial and got to work.
The Design Sponge tutorial (here’s a link to it), pointed to several videos on YouTube that explained/showed the procedure . The only one I needed is the one entitled “How To Tie The Monkey’s Fist.” Yup, it seems that cool sailor’s knot is called a Monkey’s Fist, which, when you look at it, is apropos.
Ultimately, it took about 20 minutes to make mine, pictured above, and all of $12 (for the rope I bought at my local hardware store). Sweetie Pie refers to it as “the Monkey Knot” and not a “door stop,” which makes me love it–and him–even more.
Gah…electrical cords. We go through the fuss and trouble to pick those things that make us love a room and then, when all is said and done and plugged in, our decor visions are tarnished by electrical cords. Take my new ‘studio’ space for example. I wanted the room clean and uncluttered, but the cords screamed just the opposite. And now, with a table versus a desk in the room, the dastardly cords were even MORE noticeable. Once again, 3M to the rescue. I picked up a set of medium cord clips thinking they might address the issue. They did!
But instead of mounting them on the wall, I adhered them to the back of the table and wound up the cords in the clips.
And now…cords? What cords??