I rang in the first day of 2013 by spending seven hours painting trim in my almost-office. Seven hours. I’m pretty sure there are people who have birthed children in less time, but what I have to show for my efforts is just a lot of no-longer-oak trim. To give myself a little sanity break between the hours of painting and caulking and repainting I did this:
I jumped on the Instagram bandwagon last year, and it has been a fantastic way to capture little snippets of my life and work without taking the time to hunt down my big camera and actually edit my photos. So basically I’ve gotten lazy with my photography, and of course I wanted to celebrate that by creating an Instagram shrine on one of my office walls. So this is either a testament to my laziness, or to all those fun little moments that sometimes slip by without us even realizing it… you decide.
I actually had my instagram photos printed through Prinstagram a few weeks ago (it only cost $12 for 48 of their mini prints) but I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with them. Then I came across these bird clips from Urban Outfitters while Christmas shopping, and it just all kind of came together.
Well, actually, that’s a lie. The idea came together, the execution of it hit just a little snag when my mailman decided to exact retribution for my inconsistent mail gathering by doing this…
I felt like this was the human version of one of those dog bones you put the treat in and keeps them occupied for like fifteen hours while they try desperately to get it out. Which worked, by the way.
So getting the box of clips out of the mailbox was the hardest part of this project, and after that I just drove some 3″ nails into the plaster, stretched a little nylon cord between them, and clipped away.
There was exactly zero pre-planning that went into this. I just whipped the tape measure out, put one of the middle rows in first, and then worked out from there, spacing the rows every 8″ until I liked the size of it.
Even though I still need to paint the baseboard heaters, build a desk, and replace the light fixtures, I think this room is showing remarkable improvement already.