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Picture Perfect

Sorry folks!

I meant to have this post up yesterday, but time just slipped away from me.  I'll start by wishing you all a happy Memorial Day weekend!  I've spent most of Day One-of-Three (three-day weekend for me) writing, writing, writing!  I had a Sheknows.com rush assignment due today, and when that happens everything else gets put on hold.  

The good news is these articles were super fun!  I can't wait for them to go live on the site so I can share them with you all!

I did manage to slip in some time today for a little project I'm calling "picture perfect."  It took practically ten minutes to complete, yet it's something that's been on the to-do list for quite some time.

Perhaps you remember last August when found oodles and oodles of items at Savers on a 50% off day. Well, if you just clicked over to that link-up, then you just saw a photo of what all of my finds looked like on the day that I bought them...stacked like merchandise on my $7.50 bookcase...displayed there only so I could take photos to show you the items here on the blog.


I'm embarrassed to say that the photo you just saw is exactly how the bookcase has looked since last August.  That is, until I finally hung the two ledge-shelves in the master bath...but still, not much to brag about.

Well, today I decided enough-is-enough.  I'm better than that!  And I don't mean that in a conceded way, I mean that more like, "how the heck did I let it go this long?" kind of way.  I mean, I won't be too hard on myself because I have been quite busy...but still...no excuses!

So here's where I started...

This cork-board was one of my super finds that day at Savers ($2.00! Woot! Woot!), and other than a few missing corks it was in pretty good shape!

Even though it was a great deal, I'm not going to lie...I actually only bought it because I wasn't sure what size of picture frame would work best for the top portion of my chandelier project.  I thought if it was the right size I could remove all of the corks, drill some holes, and viola!

Well, it turned out that the other frame I bought that day worked perfectly for my chandy project...so there I was...stuck with this cork-board...wondering what the heck to do with it.

The good news is there are definitely worse things to be stuck with than a cork-board!  I mean, at least cork-boards come with an obvious set of rules, right?  But I was trying to break the mold...be unique...and think of something outside of the box.  I thought, do something people will want to pin, something they'll want to hold onto, something they'll want to replicate!

I thought...and I thought...and I thought...............and there it sat...and it sat...and it sat!

It made me realize, that sometimes the most simple solution is actually the best solution.  And so, I resorted to putting the cork-board to use as a...

...wait for it...

...wait for it...

...wait for it...

...as a cork-board, of course!

At first I pinned a few of Mark and I's engagement photos to the board...

...but that was too boring.  It was missing something.  But what?

I felt like it needed something white.  Something to tie in with the other accents that I was going to place with it on the shelf.  And then I had an idea...since I was using my engagement photos, I thought it might be cool to also pin a copy of our wedding invitation.  I knew that I had a few copies stashed away, hidden in a box with other photos, cards, and trinkets.

And then, I had another idea!  Remember my Nana's skeleton keys?  Well, I had a few of them left, so I figured I would see if I could tie them in somehow.

I'll let the photos say the rest...

So at the end of the day, the bookcase that had been a fossil since last August, had finally received a much needed style-makeover!  Plus, my cork-board-without-purpose was finally given the treatment it deserves!

The styling is not 100% done.  I still need to change out the photos on the upper shelf, and someday...yes someday, I may actually get around to finally refinishing the bookcase itself.

Baby steps, Kelli...baby steps!

I'm curious to know what you guys think.  Is it too simple?  Should I have gone for something that was a bit more out-of-the-box?  I guess the great thing is that I can always change it up down the road if I want to, but for now I think I kinda love it!



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