Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Next Project Please!

If there’s one thing that this lousy weather has done, it’s force me to stay at home and create.  I’ve gotten more done since last Thursday than I have in a very long time.

This project is a variation of a theme which I have seen several places across Blogland.  There is just such amazing talent out there.  How can we NOT be inspired to create?

As I stated before, I am presently CRAZY for burlap.  Even my hubby just today commented on my current obsession.

So……burlap is the background for this project!

Let me just say, before I show you some pics., that I had every intention of painting this frame cream.  But my impatience, as it often does, got the better of me!


This project was soooo easy!  If you can sew, even a little bit, and use a glue gun, you can make a memory board like this one.

Using your frame of choice, cut your burlap to fit, leaving about an extra inch all the way around the back.


Using your fabrics of choice, begin making and laying out your pockets.  I used all neutrals on this board because I knew that I had a lot of black and white and sepia toned pics. that I would be displaying.

The two smaller pockets are pieces of hankies with the edges folded over.


This was actually a little vintage towel that I cut to fit.


This was a piece of lace, probably from the bottom of a slip, that I sewed on loosely so that I could insert goodies between the sections.


This was a piece of a newer cotton lace table cloth that I cut following the pattern and sewed on.

Select your materials for your pockets and lay them out on your burlap.

All pockets are sewn on and then buttons were hot glued where I wanted them.  Don’t over do with the pockets, leave plenty of space to pin on bits and bobs here and there. 

When you’re done sewing on all of  your pockets, hot glue the entire piece to the back of your frame.  Stretch your burlap tightly.  This will probably cause your pockets to look a little misshapen but that’s okay!  Imperfect is perfect!


This has turned out to be the perfect place to display some of my family heirlooms like these cameos.


This one is just beautiful, look at the tiny necklace she’s wearing.


A vintage broach that belonged to my Nanny.


A 1917 pic. of my PaPa when he was in the military. 


An old pocket watch that belonged to my great grandfather.


A picture of the grandfather that I never knew.  He died when my father was nine.


Little bits and bobs.  I gave one photo a jeweled crown and displayed vintage pins, or pins with special meaning.


And other goodies just ‘cause they were cute!

About two hours total!  FUN!



  1. Just beautiful, love everything about it. What a wonderful idea.

  2. How fabulous is this and I just love that photograph of your grandfather! How KEWL!!

    And I am so glad to hear that I'm not the only one who is impatient when working on a project! I want it and I want it NOW, LOL


  3. You have a wonderful imagination and are very creative. Don't you just love it when you have time to start and finish a great project within a day or so.
    I love the photo of your Grandfather.


  4. Denise,

    This is way cool!! I love it. :0) Burlap is such a good can be dressed up or down! Keep up the creating!!


  5. This is such a clever idea. I like they way you have put eveything together and I love the little crown on the old photo. It is a really nice way of displaying mementos that would otherwise be kept hidden away.
    Susie X

  6. WOW!!! This is fab, thanks for sharing.

  7. This is fantastic!!!!! I love all the "bits and bobs". Are you still going to paint the frame cream? Just wondering!

  8. Your project turned out great. I just love how you pulled all those things that are important to you, together in this project.
    Thanks for sharing and have a blessed day.

  9. Denise this is absolutely wonderful!!! I am in the process of looking for ideas to make a frames art board and you have given me some great ones!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    My Desert Cottage

  10. Fabulous! I must get some burlap. Wonder if I can buy it here ?? I love that you have used all sorts of bits and pieces and lots of treasured family memorabilia rather than hiding it all away in a box. It seems that you are making up for lost time with all thise creativity. Blessings, Tammy

  11. I love the pockets. Couldn't you just see vintage, lacy (gasp) brassiere cups as pockets? No? oh. Well. Carry on.

  12. Denise this is stunning girl! You have done such a beautiful job. Everything displayed here would make me smile everytime I looked at this piece of art. LOVE IT!

  13. Denise,
    I love the memory board! I love the newly painted chairs! I just love your whole blog site. You inspire me!

  14. What a great way to display the memory milestones of your life. I am currently working of a visualization board and I did it on foam board but I may do another one like this. It would be fun to post and then repost your creation. Is that what they mean by track back or whatever it is called? I am one of those learn as I go bloggers :) Yikes.

  15. Great pictures of your projects and ideas I luv the black and white picture of cupid.

  16. OH Yes! thank you for your comment on my blog have a great day...

  17. I wanted tos top by and thank you for following along. So glad I came by, you have a beautiful blog. This project is marvelous, I love how you filled it with so many cherished heirlooms, how very special it must be.
    I'll be following along and will be back soon!

  18. Denise.....You are so talented! I love that you used precious pieces from your past. Love all the little pockets full of goodies.

  19. You are so creative! Your memory board is beautiful and I know so meaningful to you. I'm so glad to be back in computer was out for a bit. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  20. I love how this turned out. The vintage look is beautiful and all the personal touches are wonderful.

  21. I LOVE this project but can I get burlap at a regular fabric store? I just love the pix and jewels that were passed down to you! The chair covers -in the other post- is just gorgeous!

    Sandy xox


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