T-shirt corkboard

I had this office drab cork board by my desk in the library that fortunately has a good frame on it, actual wood instead of that cardboard-y stuff that I broke off for this cork board makeover.

I also had an old gray t-shirt of husband’s in my stash that had gotten some holes in it.  A match made in heaven, I thought.

So here’s what you’ll need for this project (and yes, most of it’s not pictured in my supply picture… it’s late, I have a five month old, sue me):

  • a cork board
  • an old t-shirt or two depending on the size of the t-shirt and the size of the cork board of course
  • glue gun
  • glue sticks (mine took about 1 1/2 of the long ones)
  • jute twine
  • paint
  • paint brush
  • hammer
  • nail
  • cup hooks (4)
  • Scissors

If desired, sew the pieces of the t-shirt together before gluing to cover the board. I didn’t because I didn’t think of it till after I’d started gluing one side of the shirt.  But it’s not that big a deal.

I used these little angled wood things to push the t-shirt fabric into the glue and under the edge of the frame.  I confess that though they come with some of the art canvasses I buy, I don’t know what they’re for, but they came in handy for this because I could get the angle nice and tight in the corner.  You could also use a popsicle stick or the edge of a ruler.

Glue around all sides and trim fabric leaving just a little hanging off to roll up (knit fabric like this rolls by itself if you leave a raw edge).

And paint! To get this shabby chic look, use layers. I had leftover Ivory Black and Dioxane Purple mixed and wet from painting the final edge of my last painting, so I watered it down and glazed the whole frame with it.

Then I took a piece of sponge and dabbed white acrylic craft paint over the whole thing and wiped it partly off with another sponge as I went. The idea of course being to see the other layer of paint through the white so it looks like it’s been painted and repainted over the last 50 years or something 😛

I also randomly smeared paint on the canvas as I went, then used an angled brush to decorate with the last of the white paint.

I like paint on my fingers :-)

I then took a nail and drove it part way in and removed it four times to create small holes in the frame for the cup hooks. Remember to only hammer in part way so you don’t nail into your wood floors on the other side like I did (just kidding, honey!)

Then screw in the cup hooks. I use a pair of pliers to get them all the way in, and bonus, it takes a little of the finish off of them, so they look a little shabby now too 😉

Cloth Diapers and Wet Pails

Yes, that is a picture of my dirty diapers… Well, not MY dirty diapers, but rather Eli’s. Okay, glad we clarified that one!

I’ve been asked a few times lately about how I liked cloth diapering and what I was doing so I decided to post my thoughts and such.  I love cloth diapering. It’s one of those things that I think is better for my baby, better for the planet and better for our budgets, a great win-win-win scenario that only makes you spend a bit more time doing laundry, but as it gets into the routine, it’s not bad. More on that later.

So first up, we’re using Thirsties Duos with some of the Thirsties inserts and some prefolds.

Inserts vs. Prefolds

I like ’em both.  Prefolds, even the good diaper service quality ones like these are less expensive, about $20 for a dozen whereas the Thirsties inserts are about $7 apiece.  Now, even a full supply (about 36) of inserts will cost you less in the long run than disposables.

The prefolds are all unbleached cotton and the only negative I’ve noticed is that if he’ssleeping really good and pees more than once, they can get so wet that they wick up and get his onesie as they’re a tad taller than the wrap the way we have it adjusted right now and a little of the top of the diaper sticks out the top.  They are, however, super absorbent.

The inserts fit perfectly as they were designed to go with these wraps, so that doesn’t happen, but they hold stains a bit more than the prefolds.  They are also very absorbent and feature two separate layers that snap together. The top is fleece, to wick the moisture away from the baby’s skin, and the bottom is hemp, the super absorbent layer.

Wet Pails

So, I didn’t try anything else but wet pails because I liked the idea of them when I read about them and I still like them.  Basically, it pre-soaks the diapers and wipes in a vinegar and water solution.

Instead of buying a diaper pail to try this, I simply grabbed a couple of five gallon buckets from Lowe’s (because they went with the house better than Home Depot’s orange) and I pour in about a quarter inch of vinegar into the bottom, add 4 drops of tea tree oil (it’s a powerful anti-fungal) and fill about 1/3 of the way up with water.  If I need more water I add it, but I try to keep it from getting too heavy.  We have two of these, one for upstairs and one for downstairs.

In the mornings, I dump both pails, water and all into the washer and put it on a rinse cycle.  Then I do the wash cycle.

And then most days I hang the diapers out on the clothes line to sun bleach, which really does do wonders for the stains, but if I’m in a hurry, got a late start, or it’s raining, then they get thrown in the dryer.

So that’s my two cents worth… if you’re going to do this, or hey, even if not, get some of these wet bags. They’re awesome, and come in handy for everything from diapers to dirty clothes.

And once again, don’t forget to vote for the giveaway! It’s coming, folks… this Friday!