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Commenter #4 was April, who said:
Organizing my craft stashes. I have enough stuff- just going through it gets me excited about working on a project. Collecting too- being at the beach or hiking and finding nature's treasures.
I had a busy but productive weekend! I didn't get the Halloween decorations out yet (still waiting for a few more messes to be cleaned up first) but I did manage to makeover two cardigans, two tank tops, made five flower pins, a headband, a cuff bracelet, remade necklace, painted a chair and recovered the chair cushion. Whew! I was totally on a roll yesterday; I haven't finished that many projects in weeks so this was a big accomplishment for me. I'll share pictures later this week.
When I got married, like many of you I registered for a set of beautiful china. It is displayed in my china hutch and although I've mused about using it more often, I've still only pulled it out for holidays and special occasions. Last week I found a fun new use for my china: I hung some of it on my wall. Plates on a wall--very original, right?
It all started when I got these darling silhouette coasters designed by John Derian for Target:
I've been looking for some silhouettes to complete a wall grouping in my front room and these were inexpensive so I bought them with big plans. When I got them home, I realized they were really too small on their own and they got lost on the big wall.
I was pondering what to do when my eye caught on a stack of plates in my china cabinet. I pulled out four of the saucers (pieces I will never, EVER use since I don't drink tea or coffee) and found that they are the perfect size to act as frames for my silhouette coasters! Even though I'll never use the saucers, I didn't want to mar them so I used poster tack to adhere the melamine coasters to the plates.
I purchased four plate holders from JoAnn's but I accidentally bought white and I didn't want to go all the way back to exchange them, so I used a can of silver spray paint to spray the tips silver so they would disappear into the platinum band around the edge of the dishes.
To hang the plates, I wanted to try a trick I read about somewhere to avoid making numerous nail holes in my wall and to avoid measuring because I'm lazy. :) I made a little roll of masking tape and stuck it to the hanger where the nail would be, then I just pressed the plate to the wall. The tape came off the plate and stuck to the wall and I hammered the nail right through the center. It worked like a charm! And then I realized that I was going to have to measure anyway if I wanted the plates on both sides to be symmetrical. Drat!
I managed to get them up with only one erroneous nail hole in the wall and I like how they look (although now that I see this photo I think I need to move that top oyster plate up a scooch--one more nail hole in my wall, sigh). They fill up the space well, I like the glint of silver on the rims of the plates and I finally got some more use out of my wedding china--a successful project all around!