Here's what you'll need:
An embroidery hoop (I use a 10 in. hoop from JoAnn's - less than $2)
Window screening material (I use aluminum screen like this. Depending on roll size, you can probably find some for $5-10 at your local hardware store and have plenty to make several.)
Some strong scissors or shears (I use my kitchen shears)
Okay, first off you separate the two pieces of the hoop, then lay the unrolled window screen across the bottom hoop.
Next, use the shears to trim the screen to within a few inches of the hoop. This will leave little wire scraps and threads so be sure to clean those up before the kiddos get them.
Now you just place the top circle of the hoop over the screen and push down. This is the only slightly tricky part. Open the top circle as wide as it goes, wedge it over the screen as tight as possible, then tighten the little screw on top until it's nice and snug. You'll have to do a fair amount of wiggling and tugging on the back part of the screen to get it all lined up nicely, but once you do just tighten it down.
Now that it's nice and tight, use the scissors or shears to trim the screen to within an inch or so of the hoop all around the back.
Last but not least, bend the screen back under the lip of the hoop. Careful not to poke yourself - those wires ends are sharp. Maybe use work gloves if you have sensitive hands.
Voila! Finished product!
Now it can just hang on the wall wherever you need it! This one was sent off to Lesley's house. I have one that hangs in my bathroom and holds earrings. You could also use it to hold pins or broaches pretty easily.
I also wanted to share a cool Portland thing with you guys. Last weekend we took Max to the opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center which is down near OMSI.
There are 3 steam locomotives housed down there, once of which we toured. There were also some diesels there being restored, some coach and sleeper cars to tour, and a seriously awesome Lego model railway running. That's a lot of serious train love, especially for a free event! The Center is run by the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, which is raising money to build a more permanent Train Center. Go show them some love! They're open Thurs - Sun, 1 - 5 pm. They also run the Holiday Express train, which you can bet we'll be on!
|Max and Dad looking at an awesome 110 ft steam locomotive! Max even got to sit in the driver's seat!|
Lastly, did you guys see how close we're getting to giving away a Tansy Doll? Go enter the giveaway if you haven't already! And if you have, keep sharing the page! We can't give away a doll until we hit 500! There are also lots of was to get extra entries, so check back often!