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DIY Cornice Board, Part 1

So, I have decided that the two best things that happened to me in 2011 were: 1) finding out that we are having a bebe, and 2) discovering Pinterest. Yeah, there may have been a few other notable notables sprinkled throughout the year, but these are my top two. Definitely.

Are you guys on Pinterest? Oh my gosh. You need to be. If you don’t know what it is, I can only describe it as a magical and addicting electronic paradise chock-full of recipes, craft ideas, fashion trends, home decorating tips, and just about everything else imaginable (no, really, EVERYTHING you could possibly think of categorizing is available on the site). Think of it like your internet’s “Favorites” bar, but even more customizable with pictures, comments, links to favorite blogs, and more. Let me know if you need an invite and I’ll shoot one your way.

Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but I consider myself a pretty good cook (blog devotees will remember that I am not the best baker, however). I love poring over cookbooks, meal-planning, and using my husband and friends as guinea pigs with new/experimental recipes. Pinterest has given me dozens and dozens of meal ideas, including oodles and tons of ways to use one of my all-time favorite kitchen gadgets: the crock pot. I’ve also attempted to make amends with my frenemy (baking) and have tried my hand at several sweets and treats recipes from the site, too.

But most importantly, Pinterest has turned me crafty.

I’ve never been a crafty person. I do enjoy knitting, but other than that, I’ve always tended to steer clear of anything revolving around arts or crafts. I’m just not that creative, and I’m pretty darn impatient (which is why I could never scrapbook). Enter: Pinterest, beckoning me with her golden hands as if to say, “It’s okay, I still like you! And to prove it, here are 14 billion different crafty ideas that I PROMISE you won’t screw up too terribly!” And so, I dove in and never looked back.

Among my latest projects: a do-it-yourself cornice board for the baby’s nursery. I found a few easy-to-follow tutorials on Pinterest, and decided it was just the ticket to sprucing up our panel of bare nursery windows. Last night, KJ and I headed up to Home Depot for lumber, then scooted over to Hancock’s for batting and fabric. Expected costs = about 40 bones, which is definitely cheaper than having one custom-made, and more self-rewarding to boot.

Here are some pics of our shopping adventures:

Lonely windows, begging for a cornice board

Hey, it's a piece of lumber!

This is the screw aisle. I had no idea our choices were this endless.

Olive: 0, lumber: 1.

Here’s where a nice shot of us buying fabric should go, but a small, itty-bitty spat went down at the fabric store and it just didn’t feel right to capture that moment. So…you’ll have to imagine it instead.

And finally, here’s the husband demonstrating how the cornice board will be placed once its all complete.

Getting an idea...

That’s all the progress we made for one day, but stay tuned for more cornice board adventures to come, and in the meantime, be sure to hit up Pinterest (but don’t blame me if you turn into a hot-cooking-baking-crafting-mess).

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