In Milwaukee, we lived downtown in a condo where, for 3 years, I rarely (basically never) had to deal with a bug. No spiders, no lady bugs, no flies, no gnats, no ants. Just me and Brad…just how I like it, with no surprise visitors from the insect world.
And then I moved to Iowa.
Now, we live in a house with a pond right behind us…and we are definitely a little closer to nature than we once were.
Case and point:
I woke up this morning to find this on my window (outside, thank God):
Yes…that is a Praying Mantis. I woke Brad up to inform him that the biggest bug I’d ever seen was living on my window. He told me that it was a Praying Mantis (though I had already made that assumption). Once I determined that it was outside and was NOT going to eat me, I decided I kind of liked him.
Then it started storming and now he’s gone. I’m hoping that he is still alive…and wasn’t washed away somewhere.
In other news, Brad and I spent the whole weekend working our tails off to finish our house. I left for Canada about 4 days after we moved in, and was gone for 8 days, so we’re a little behind schedule. However, we got a lot accomplished this weekend. Everything is unpacked and put away, and I finally have a desk to sit at and an office to sit in…an office that I LOVE, by the way.
I know I’ve mentioned the obsession I have with decorating my office, and that has not died down whatsoever since I’ve been home. On Sunday, while Brad was drafting his Fantasy Football team, I went to Michael’s to prep for my newest craft: A homemade bulletin board!
Here’s how to make your very own prettified bulletin board:
They sell 6x6 cork boards in packs of 4 for $5.99 at Michaels, so I bought two packs. And then I bought 4 pieces of 12x12 scrap paper (though two would have worked…but I liked the color variety):
I cut two squares out from each piece of paper (tracing the squares with a pencil onto the back of the paper first)…
Then I glued the paper squares onto the corkboard using Rubber Cement…
…and attached them to the wall using the little sticky squares that came with the corkboard (I tested a sticky square on the wall in the corner to make sure it came off easily and didn’t peal the paint off when removed…it didn’t).
P.S. Please excuse my pictures. I lost my camera connector in the move, so I’m having to rely on my Blackberry for my photo documentation.
The only problem is, they’re so pretty that now I don’t want to stick them with pins! ;) Guess I’ll have to get over that!
I’ve been finding a variety of crafty ideas for scrap paper lately (other than for scrapbooking). Have you heard of any fun ideas for repurposing scrap paper? If so, do share! :)