This is what our dining room table looked like this weekend, because we accidentally lined up a series of projects, and got them all done in record time. Sewing, stapling, hanging, stuffing and sleeping on the ground instead of the bed. The sleeping on the floor part was because I somehow pulled a muscle in my back, somewhere between carrying a piece of homasote to the car, and picking out fabric at Fabric Outlet. I didn’t feel a thing until I got out of the car, and felt a little pitch or pull in my back, then the intern bumped into me as we were opening the front door to our apartment, and trying to maneuver three large pieces of homasote into the house. When he bumped me I felt a big big pinch in my back, that felt more like a stab. I slept on the floor Saturday night, and missed a good birthday party, because I could barely move without stabbing pains in my back.
Anyway, now that I am old(er) I guess this is what I have to look forward to. Back pain, and old lady feelings. But back to the projects!
For months now the Intern and I have been in need of a bulletin board in the office. We wanted something to fill a large portion of the wall, and we didn’t want something pre-made and ugly. At the suggestion of our friend Tomas, who happens to be pretty clever about these kinds of things, we bought a 4′x 8′ sheet of homasote to make our own bulletin board. Homasote is compressed recycled paper, intended for use in soundproofing, and other types of projects. When we bought the homasote, we had it cut to fit in the car, and fit our wall- so the piece we used is 3′ x 5′.
The Intern measured the board and the wall, he installed metal interlocking hooks on the back of the board, and the wall, so we could hang the bulletin board securely. While the Intern worked, I stitched together our two selected fabrics for the board. We picked one yard of avocado/olive green cotton, and one yard of a two-toned gray and black linen.
Then we stapled the fabric to the board, stretching it as we worked to smooth out any wrinkles or puckers in the fabric.