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Just when you thought I was gone for good I am back with something cute.
There are a lot of changes coming up in my family’s life this summer and I am planning to sit down and tell you all about it. Don’t worry, I am not braking up with you. In fact the news is good, but I cannot really find a category to squeeze it in so I will need to sleep on it before I announce it to the world. You want a hint? It has a lot to do with my blogs name…
One of the things I have started doing lately is purging, reorganizing and preparing for the future. Hence I decided to make a wall to display all my favorite Instagrams. The kind I can take on and off whenever I need to. I initially thought about getting a stick on white board but after some googling around I found a lot of advice on how to create one on my own for a fraction of a price that actual white boards cost. I then decided against the white board part of my white board. I want it to be magnetic but I have no plans to write on it. So I kind of modified this fab tutorial by Jenny Komenda.
I am pretty chuffed how it turned out and I wanted to share it with you. Before you get all excited I have no plans on doing DIY around the house in the future. Manly because as it turns out I am rather rubbish at it. But also because of my dogs. Let me explain:
First I bought Galvanized Metal sheets from Home Depot. It’s the only store we have on the island for this kind of stuff. They also let us bring our dogs along when we shop. Take it from me, you will not be able to self checkout with a child, two huge dogs and 4 big metal sheets. Perhaps this is one of those time you might consider leaving your dogs at home. Hence no photographic proof of step one.
We also picked up RUST-OLEUM Latex Aluminum Primer and slapped one coat on the sheets:
What I learned is that it’s all in the wrist and that dog hair sticks on fresh paint. And no matter how much you try picking it up as you apply the paint you will end up with at least 5 hairs per square inch.
Leave it to dry overnight. Vacuum the floor really well to remove all dog hair before proceeding to paining the metal sheets white. Apply nice thick coats of paint. This is the one I used:
Be generous and don’t worry about bubbles. What I learned is that painting is very much fun and relaxing and that dog hair is everywhere. In the end all the vacuuming did nothing because as I left the sheets to dry for 24 hours wet paint attracted an equal amount of hair as primer did. Come to terms with hair, have cake, move on.
I then attached 4 Velcro strips to each metal sheet. I used these:
Next you print your Instagram. I was send a whole lotta prints and magnets by the fab people at Sticky9. You can use this code to get 20% off your order: 20OFFIG .
Then get a cute kid to help you put them all up. We got Neodymium Magnets to attach the paper prints. The little magnet prints of course stick to the surface by themselves.
And there you have it. Here’s Max modeling in front of our DIY Instagram wall. As you can see although at least 200 pieces of his hair are stuck on my magnetic boards he is just as hairy as ever.
You know those people that do their research before buying something? The ones that walk into the car dealership with print outs of all the models and ask the salesman about how many screws hold the engine on the lefthand side and after test driving it return four more weekends in the row before finally deciding to just get a season pass to the railway instead? That’s my son!
He doesn’t randomly ask for things or sees something in the story only to demand it immediately. NO, no, NO! He will first form an interest, fueled by dedication to the particular hobby or topic or thing. He will then research it inside out. After he is convinced this interest is here to stay he will decide what he needs to be able to incorporate it into his play or everyday life.
Take Star Wars for example. He recently showed great interest in the saga so we decided to watch the movies together as a family. It all started with him playing with our neighbor’s son who introduced him to it. Then he asked for a small LEGO set to be able to build and has since chosen some more now that he has seen the movies. But they are not just random sets, he maticiously reads the catalogues and watches You Tube videos to determine which sets will give him the best value for money and the most playability. Honestly, I am not making this up!
Unlucky for us most of these videos are old and mention sets that have since been discontinued and can only be bought as collectibles. Fair warning to Santa: he has his eyes on a box of LEGO’s that is topping $800 mark on Ebay at the moment. Better get those elves to work double shift as Chippendales of something…
Anyways the other week we were all relaxing after a hike with our feet up and Julian declared he will go upstairs and review his LEGO set. I did’t even realize what he meant until he returned downstair a few minutes later, handed me his iPod and asked me to post this on You Tube please:
Beside his sniffles and my not so white carpet I believe this is a masterpiece
Speaking of reviews in the coming weeks I will be featuring my top picks for Christmas gifts this year. Over the years I have met some incredible, passionate, innovative businesses and decided to tell you all about them. Stay tuned!