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June 28, 2009

Eye spy ... something I made for a small person

I am playing along with Cindy's Eye Spy meme each Sunday. This week Mary-Jane, author of the delightful Sweet Emmelie, asked that we show something we have made for a small person.

My something is a photo board that I made a little while ago for Argy. I made it after having a bit of a ICMTFML (I could make that for much less) moment, at a children's boutique. The photoboards were fun, but elegantly simple and the better part of $100.

Now I don't know about you, but my success in the ICMTFML project department has always a bit hit and miss. There is often a very good reason for the $100 price tag. A reason which doesn't become evident until you have made a right royal mess of the project. Or spent $110 on the materials.

On this occasion, though, the construction was simple and the materials, cheap.

I purchased a large low profile canvas from a craft shop and gave it a couple of coats of blue acrylic paint. Next I stretched several stripy grosgrain ribbons across the width and secured them, using a staple gun, at the back. To decorate the board I painted some MDF letters (to spell out Argy's real name) and a car in nice vibrant glossy red and glued these on. The final touch was to add some miniature wooden pegs for holding photos and artwork.

Very easy, very economical and a hit with Argy.

Thank you to Cindy for hosting Eye Spy and to Mary-Janes for the great theme. To discover more creativity, head over here.


  1. That is RFN !

    ( really f.. err.. freaking .. nice! :)

    May steal this..

  2. I have that same ICMTFML disease... which is why there is a neverending list!
    That is very cute by the way!

  3. Oh, what a perfect idea, and I have most of the materials in my house RIGHT NOW. But, I must not take on any more projects. I'll add it to a list somewhere.

  4. What a great idea! looks fantastic :)

    I have the ICMTFML gene also, and one sorry result is often a pile of materials that did NOT work out properly, but I can't bear to throw them out because IPTMFT (I paid too much for them)!

  5. Wow. It looks really good and is a fantastic bit of wall art for the little man. I'm sure it was more satisfying than buying it when you did make TFML! :)

    I don't think I have spent $100 on anything for our little man... Cot $30 ebay, curtains ICMTFML, change table Ikea, clothes from baby shower and the fill a bag for $3 at our local op-shop. The pram and car seat our family brought for us. Even his sheets and quilts were made by my mother. Yep, pretty sure the only ones that have been getting big wads of my cash are the chemists!
    Who does spend $100 on a photo board?!

  6. That is really cute! I've made some memoboards before, but never saw one with something like that little car on it. Nice!

  7. I've been meaning to make one of those for Master J too. Looks great!

  8. Fantastic! Love it, well done, so super duper cool!


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