getting dressed

I've been slow in the craft department this week. Clothespin Oscar did get dressed:

The rest of the topper is still in the works. I have painted the base 4 different colors and am yet to be satisfied.

I also made this fabric covered bulletin board that I am on the fence about. Maybe it is the white frame, or maybe it is the lack of items actually pinned to it, but I just am not in love with this. What do you think?

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45 comments:

maryanne said...

I think the white frame is a little awkward against the cream fabric background. Maybe paint the frame to match the darkest color in your fabric print (is it brown? Hard to tell in the picture...)?

maryanne said...

Also, your cake topper is adorable, what a cute idea!

Cissy said...

Even if you don't love it, could you still give quick instructions on how to make the bulletin board? (I think the pattern is a little dizzying for this particular project...but it is really great fabric.)

I always enjoy your creativity.

jackie said...

I was thinking of a brown frame just like Maryanne!

Jenny said...

I think it's the white frame---too "stark" for the fabric maybe?
I made one of these before (not as cute as yours) but I use it for hanging my necklaces. I use pearlized push pins and hung it behind my bedroom door.
Did you use corkboard that you cut to size, like on a roll?

Laurie Anne said...

I agree with the other Ladies...a darker frame would be perfect!
Your cake topper 'clothespin Oscar' is looking adorable...what a fantastic idea. x

Bonnie said...

The white frame is a bit much but maybe just sanding down the edges and putting a brown stain on it would soften it up.

I like the pattern and it won't be so busy once you use it.

Bobbi said...

I think it would be great on one of my gold walls!

J&E said...

Brown Frame for sure and I think once you get your items posted on it it will take away from the busy-ness of the fabric.

Jess @ Floralshowers Craft Blog said...

I agree, brown frame is the way to go. Still very cute, though!

sb said...

I agree about the white frame. Between its starkness and size, it seems to overpower the bulletin board area and makes it look small. I do like the fabric.

Kent and Katie said...

I say definitely a dark brown on the frame, I love the fabric that you used. I have a charm pack for that line and am trying to decide on a quilt or a quilted bag hmmmmm....Oh, and BTW, your Oscar is quite adorable. I'm digging the 4 teeth. Seriously. So cute.

Natalie said...

I think the frame would be fine as long as you put it on a wall with a darker paint color, otherwise, probably to switch to a darker brown - as others have said - would work fine. I like the print!

Please post instructions!

I LOVE the little Oscar doll. So cute. He's lucky to have you as a mother. :)

Liz (Loving Mom 2 Boys) said...

I agree with everyone else...its the frame.

I absolutely love the clothespin oscar - very very cute!! I wish I could paint - those would make great little people for my boys!!

Vanssmomc said...

Love the cake topper, lucky Oscar, but the fabric is a little too busy for the frame. Cute fabric but just not in a bulletin board.

Eva said...

I was totally thinking of brown too! If it was me I'd paint the outer and inner ridged edges brown.. and try leaving the part b/w that white or maybe making it blue.. or maybe that would be too busy? OR MAYBE- the outer and inner edges blue and the part b/w that brown? or maybe all brown would suffice haha

e.c said...

I think that the white frame is perfect and that putting a dark frame around it would be more busy-ing. The white tones it down and makes it peaceful I think. Try adding some white ribbon across the fabric, or some matching aqua paint on the raised portions of the frame to tie it together. Is the dark color a burgundy or brown? You could add a splash of that color to the white frame instead.
If I didn't do that I may try painting the frame an ivory or antique white instead of bright white.
I love the Arcadia fabric tho... definitely not too busy. :)

jill (smyth) said...

I concur. Paint it sand!

Natalie said...

Whatev! I totally think it looks awesome. I mean, I'm sure you could make it look even better, however, I would TOTALLY hang that on my wall. Also... I LOVE the cake topper! Did you make that stand or did you get it somewhere? My husbands birthday is in a couple weeks and I think that would look terrific on his cake! (I know... he isn't turning one... but still!)

nicole said...

i like it but know what you mean...i would go with a brown or blue from the fabric for the frame, esp if it will be on white walls. LOVE bday oscar

Shannon & Eli said...

Paint the frame burgandy! I think it would be beautiful!!!

Shannon & Eli said...

oh something else you could do with the frames...I did it with my white cupboards. Rub a really really dark stain over it with a paper towel and then rub it off. It gives it an antiquey not solid color of brown and cream. it would match great as well!!!

Tina said...

I wish I could give you all the cans of antique white warm)spray paint in our garage since we are about to move across country. The coolness of the white isn't working with the warmth of the print.

Suzy D. said...

Hi Jill,
I think that if you put a light cream color that goes with, but dosen't quite match the background color of the fabric. The fabric will stand out more! Nice fabric. Adorable Oscar statue.

Lena said...

I love them both! The little guy is adorable and that board is something you could find at Antro. I should look in to that!

Lori and Matt said...

Can you distress the edges of the frame? I think that would help!

Joy said...

I am thinking the frame needs to go darker like brown...maybe distressed a bit? I like it though. Needs some great ideas hanging on it:)

Wendy said...

OK - THAT is adorable!

I think darkening the frame as well.

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CORMELS said...

Paint it the blue/gray color. I think it would set the pretty color off. It would also help with keeping the print less "busy"! It is a really great board though!

Random Chance said...

I think its the white frame too.. I think a darker color would be good.. otherwise, I love the fabric

Random Chance said...

I love the little oscar. Where did you get the base for the clothespin? did it come with them?

Carrie said...

I would paint the frame the dark brown. But if your decor for your space is more light and airy I would go for the light blue color for the frame.

For the base of the cake topper, what about painting it that same bright mustard as the candle?

Amber said...

Jill,

I love your blog. So inspiring. I wanted make those baby shoes you made: the denim ones with the button on the side. I wondered how you made them. Do you have a pattern? Thanks, Amber (amberpitt@gmail.com)

Bry and Rach said...

love the fabric, but not for this project. I think this fabric is great in smaller doses (I have some actually :) A different fabric, and maybe even a diff. color frame? Where would it be going? When you know where it is going to go, then you can get fabric and paint to match! Love the idea though!

lifeinredshoes said...

The Little Oscar's are darling, may I suggest red shoes?

And the bulletin board, the color of the pushpins would look great on the frame!

nljc said...

I love your Oscar cake topper!!! I wonder if you could paint the base to look like shoes?

Linz said...

As usual, I absolutely LOVE it!

I concur with most comments that you could use a darker frame...I'm thinking a dark brown, even deeper than the brown in the fabric. So you can paint the frame you have or get a new one and keep the white frame for another project.

And please provide a quick tutorial for the rest of us! Thanks!! :)

Pretty Little Things for Home & Life said...

I'm gonna make a different suggestion- you could try adding a dark ribbon trim, or even criss-crossed like those ones you could buy...

I used two different patterns on my own and the trim divided them, covered edges and was the perfect finishing touch!

stgraham said...

What size ball did you use for the Little Oscar's head? I just think it is adorable, and I love all of your projects.

foobella said...

I say a sand color for the frame, or as one other poster said, sand it down a bit and wipe on some stain to antique it a bit. That is, if you like the antique look.

As for Clothspin Oscar. he's freaking cute. Love those little baby teeth. He's just a bit too matte for me, though. I think he needs a sheen on him, especially his hair.

Theresa said...

Maybe a mustard color frame?

Can you please post the instructions? I'd love to make one of these for our new office. Thanks!

Adrienne said...

I like the pin board, however I would paint the frame cream, or make it look distressed somehow.

D and A said...

LOVE it! Just do white pins to stand out and match the frame

Amanda Pedro said...

maybe a few bold, solid pieces of ribbon on a diagonal or criss cross to slip things into?