Monday, April 16, 2012

No Sew Map Bunting


It's official I've gone map.  But you probably knew that anyway!!!!  In the execution of this project, another fact was revealed to me today too.  I love pegs.  Love them!!!!  I don't mean the kind that I often find myself clutching or biting on under the clothes line, for yes ladies, if I said I loved those kind of pegs, that would mean I really was a sandwich short of a picnic.  No, I mean the artsy crafty ones, which allow me to produce art work, simply and effectively with no sewing or glue gun required.


The half dead flowers and Easter eggs had to go.  They have been driving me crazy all week and today was the day.  We are a week into the school holidays and this cruise director decided she need a day at home to regroup.  Read here, that I should be standing under said clothes line making like the hired help, but frankly I felt like crafting instead. And as we established several posts ago, that, I am the reluctant CEO of the Beach House, that's what we did. 


To complete this project, I used an old frame, some maps, string, pegs, tacks, a saucer, a texta and of course a little help from my friends.  


I decided on circles because well you know, the planet is round, but you could do stars, butterflies or whatever you wish. I even thought about cutting out each country, but in the words of Paul Keating, 'when they were giving out countries, not everyone was as lucky as Australia'.  Not everyone got an island continent that is easy to cut around.  I looked at the atlas and all the shared borders rendered the country idea a fizzer. I mean, I've got laundry to peg out, so it had to be quick.......circles it was.  


This project is not about the shapes at all really, it's all in the pegs.  They make it quick and if unlike me, you are more vigilant about your laundry and actually don't let it pile up to resemble a small mountain, time is important.  Maybe it's because of school holidays and the lack of pressure on me to man the relentless school uniform production line, that I have been so recalcitrant with the laundry this week. Anyway as you can see, on days like today we hang out in our PJs, so who needs clean clothes anyway?  


So once you have hung your maps, throw a few shells in jars around and you have a coastal world traveller thing going on.


The other side of my living room has had a world map theme for some time now.  I really like it, so I guess that's why it's been this way for so long. I am a world traveller deep down, but without the funds to follow through.
So I have to be content at this stage of my life, gazing in awe at the places I would like to visit.


Enter Mr Beach House, straight off the water after a day out sailing.....Er Hmmm yes I thought the sailing season was over too.  He snookers me everytime.  Anyway I showed him my creation and he said .  'What are they, have you had the water colours out?'
Whatever!!!!!  But he did take us out to dinner last night though, which was very much appreciated.  He's good like that. I have been dropping subtle hints that I needed a break....I don't see how leaving me alone all day with the Beach House Brats after a week of school holidays, while he goes sailing fits the bill, but he did come to the party on dinner, so I'll take what I can get.


Upon our return from dinner, when we were sitting on the couch watching New Tricks, Mr Beach House commented again....no he never quits while he's ahead.  He said 'You can't tell they are maps, oh except for the Australian one'  Must be the island continent thingy.


So ladies, if you would like a quick and easy weekend project to put together between laundry loads, I think you've found it here.  Have a great week people. And to all my new face book likers and google and linky friends I appreciate you and welcome you into the Beach House fold.  May we have a long and happy love in.


Today I am partying here

37 comments :

  1. my girls too love to hang out in Pj's during the holidays and weekends if they can! your bunting is just great! your home is looking so lovely too :) Kate x

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    1. To me a day in PJ's means R&R and there should be more of it.
      Carolyn

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  2. What a cute idea, if only I had any maps at home :)

    It reminds me of seeing magnets shaped like the states (here in the US). Mr. R. thought that Colorado and Wyoming got the raw end of the deal because they're just rectangular shapes unlike, for example, Texas, which is an awesome shape, but I might be biased :)

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    1. Hi Sysan

      No maps no problem. I bought the atlas at the Red Cross shop for $1. I felt bad cutting it up but then I thought it's so out of date anyway. World mapping in such a moveable feast.
      Carolyn

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  3. Charming map craft but I'm loving the driftwood star today! Miss Sunshine(Beach House Brat #2) looks adorable.

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    1. 'Miss Sunshine' I hadn't thought of her that way, but you are right there are lots of explosions on the sun. No she really is a delight most days!!!!! And she so loves getting involved with all my projects.
      Carolyn

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  4. Very clever indeed! Easy craft is what I love and quick too. Have a great week! Leahx

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    1. Yep it has to be quick and easy. Kind of how I like everything
      Carolyn

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  5. These are so unique what a great idea

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  6. I love making things with maps, never thought of doing circles but it does make sense!

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  7. What a cute idea. The room is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

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  8. What a great idea! Your home is lovely!

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  9. Wonderful idea!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  10. I love your bunting!! Here is Market Yourself Monday post-- http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-tuesday-bunnys-birthday-dress.html

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  11. I am a sucker for all things maps and globes!
    Great idea! Love the whimsy and the color.
    xox
    A

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  12. What a cute idea! I love your nautical themed home- so gorgeous. If you have some time I'd love it if you'd stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I'm having for a Ramsign Home sign!

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  13. Hi sweet- loooove this- as a fellow map lover I am taking this idea and running with it before the school holiday week is out!

    Can't thank you enough for this little inspiration- as I have maps hanging in all shapes but round!! Globes yes- round maps no...!

    House looks lovely as usual!!

    Have you been lunching at that gorgeous *Beach House* at Palmy lately?? Looking for a new lunch venue for us!

    Melissa - Miss Sew & So x

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    1. The Boat House at Palm Beach is so gorgeous.... My second home. But best avoided on weekend as it's way too busy. Weekdays are great though.

      Glad you liked the inspiration. Will be interested to see what you come up with.
      Carolyn

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  14. I know a missionary that would love this.

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  15. How fun and so creative. I love the look. Your home is stunning and this is just the perfect accessory. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  16. Fab idea! I've had a thing about map crafts lately so it's awesome to see your no-sew bunting! Your living room is looking fabulous :)

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  17. What a beautiful home!!!!!!! And such a great idea for a bunting banner!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! xoxo

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  18. I love this, such a neat idea!

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  19. I love this banner and this room is just AMAZING! Looks great! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I would love if you stopped by to link it up to my party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  20. Very cool. Great idea. Found you at Shine On Fridays. Just became your newest follower! Check out my blog when you get a chance!
    Blythe
    www.thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.com

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  21. This is a fantastic project! I would love it if you would consider sharing it at my Pinworthy Projects Link Party over at Just Us Four!

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  22. What a great idea, I love it!!

    Thank You for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful night!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  23. Hi Carolyn, When my kids are home from school (even now that they are in college) all chores go on hold and I just enjoy being with them! Your project is clever and looks so artistic in the frame and draped on the clothesline. We call your pegs clothespins here! Have a wonderful day with your little ones. Linda

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  24. So pretty and cheerful. Love the lightness of your home and the welcoming feeling of your decor.
    Cindy

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  25. How fun is that! Look at that kid cutting up the map. Delightful. Love that whimsical travel/beachy/vacation look in the home.

    Thank you for linking it up with us at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/

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  26. Love your entire room! and I really love the globe bunting, its great for Earth Day. I shared this on my COM-FB page. Winks, jen

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  27. How fun.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays. Be sure to check out my recent post and GIVEAWAY announcement.

    - The Tablescaper

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  28. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/04/pretty-packages-party-14-highlights.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  29. That is an awesome project and so simple (easy for me to say huh?). Hummm, might have to fight the hubby for his old atlas from his truck driving days. I love making banners. I also have a frame (not as nice as yours but useable) from a yard sale to use for this besides the banner. I don't have a mantel but I'll find something to hang them all on. Love the colors of maps.
    Your home is beautiful.
    This is my first time on your blog and I love what I see, will be back lots, seeing what you've been up to. Your daughter is adorable but then you knew that didn't you? I miss having little kids around. My
    brats (4) have brats (6) of their own and getting bigger every day. Even the one granddaughter that's a crafter is getting too big to spend time with Grama. Ah well, happy day to you. Until next time.

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