A Haven for Vee

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Favorite "Bulletin" Board

A week ago, I was feeling much less than enthusiastic about blogging. Today I am positively giddy about it. The joy of blogging, for me, really depends on whether systems are up and at'em. I am sure that all those who read and love blogs appreciate Blogdom for the tremendous bounty of ideas. Creativity thrives in Blogdom.

I find plenty of material to think about and lots of ideas at WindLost, one of my favorite blogs. And it's not because Terri and I share similar tastes either. In fact, her taste is much more elevated and sophisticated than my own. Spending time there is a delicious escape, which I tremendously enjoy. But don't let that fool you as she can write with such poignancy that she'll break your heart. That's how I first found her when I read of her experience on a plane in danger of crashing. (See September 26, 2007)

Lately, Terri's been doing a series on office makeovers and she's working on her own home office, too. You'll find the above photo on her These Are a Few of My Favorite Things post on January 2, 2009. Well don't you know that this idea just kept spinning around in my old head until it finally resulted in my going to actually look for the wonky old frame. I knew I already had one, but where?! Found it in the basement in pretty tough shape and home to a spider or two.

This is where John came in..."John, this old frame...can you fix it?" (Course I know that he can fix anything!)

I didn't think much more about it until a few days ago when I visited John's house where I thought he'd be working on ceilings or something. No, poor man had taken the frame all apart, recut each section, and glued it all back together using some special exterior framing to hold it together. Until today, I didn't even realize all that he had done for the sake of my request. I feel so loved...

Yesterday morning when I propped my "new" frame up in the bay window, I was so happy with how it looked right there that it almost didn't make it the rest of the way to the sewing room wall, but it did and I just love it! It's the best bulletin board I've ever had.

The rest will be a little picture story — simple and sweet.

(First bulletin photo allowed to stand after much consideration.)


  1. I love this story on so many levels.

    Bloggy inspiration, your sweet husband's desire to help and please you, and the sheer joy of a project turned out well!

    Have a great day, Vee!

  2. Beautiful Vee - the post, the man and the frame! Now..... I want to know about the little thing underneath your frame. It looks stunning. What is it? Not that I am nosy or anything.....

  3. Vee!! I LOVE this idea!!! I've seen it before but so love your version of it!! What a sweetheart that John is ~ he does love you so...have a wonderful day, xxoo, Dawn

  4. What a sweetheart you have, lady!

    I love it! I have an old greenish square frame that I might do something with. I've had it for nearly 2 years and have just been waiting for something to do with it!

  5. It looks as if John pounds nails into the wall with his bare hands. Wow - what a guy! =)

    Such a cute idea, and it turned out so neat!

  6. Oooh, he really does love you! It looks great.

  7. What a neat idea and what a thoughtful gesture! Isn't it wonderful to be so loved! I love the frame both ways you had it.

  8. I am going to do this! I have the frames already!

    Neat idea. I am going to visit Terri, if nothing else, because she has a beautiful name!

  9. Vee,
    I love that idea! It looks great and the little hooks under it are so neat too! John did a great job with the repairs.

    Well, I confess being less than enthused with blogging myself lately but I keep plugging on. I considered pushing the "delete this blog" button but I am sure this is a phase. I think I have spring fever and need to get out of the house.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!

  10. Ooohhh I want to make one too! I loved the aged look of you frame an of course the cherished momentos look wonderful.

  11. Very cute! I'll have to go check out her blog - maybe I'll get some ideas to straighten out the mess of my office! What a nice hubby (but you know that)!


  12. What a clever idea! I need something above my kitchen sink...you've given me an idea! Thanks!

  13. Good Morning Vee,

    I have enjoyed catching up this morning, I have missed our daily visits :). You have been a busy lady. John did a wonderful job on the picture frame, a true craftsman would take the whole thing apart and put it back together.

    I am looking forward to meeting Terri :)

    Thank you for your thoughts and words while I was ill, they mean so much to me.

    Hugs & Blessings,
    Kathi :)

  14. I love your bulletin board. What a great idea!
    So nice to be loved by a handy man! :-)
    I have one of them too!

  15. Your John does wonderful work! And I giggled at you saying that he can fix anything. Same here, with 'Uncle A.' I think they came out of the same mold. :-)

    Because they not only fix things - they have to take them apart and fix them, better than they ever were! Which sometimes is a bit irritating to me, because I like things "done yesterday." Shame on me, I know.

    Oh please, do you have another such old frame lying around somewhere?!? This one looked sooooooooo lovely, in the window. Please look for another one, so you have one for the window too. {But don't tell John that I suggested that you do this! -grin-}

    Aunt Amelia
    "Love doesn't make the world go 'round.
    Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."
    ~ Franklin P. Jones

  16. Vee,
    I am glad you are back to being inspired. I think we all go through that!
    Love you frame and that your hubby helped you!!
    And, love that Terri is still inspiring great ideas. She is so wonderful!

  17. What a great way to use an old frame...and how nice to have an in-house carpenter! I repurposed an old barn window...to frame some antique linens.

    Glad you are back...and inpsired once more!

  18. Awww.... Your John is such a sweet guy. My hubby is a fixer too. Sometimes I feel like I don't tell him enough just how much I appreciate him. Your story has inspired me ♥ Beautiful frame! I love your new bulletin board.

  19. Oh how lovely! Thank you for sharing such a great idea and so simple at that. Your hubby is so sweet to give you a hand.
    Wishing you a beautiful Valentines weekend,
    Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

  20. You're right, Vee, it did make me smile.

    Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

  21. What a lovely idea! And there is no doubt you are loved by your kind husband, who (I have a feeling) truly enjoys serving you!

  22. Great idea for a bulletin board Vee!

  23. Oh Vee, it looks remarkable. I love all the little bits and things you can put on there - anything really. I love it (maybe I should make one?). And I love that John took the time to make it perfect. WHat a doll he is. And what a doll you are for mentioning me. I feel so loved. : )

  24. I loved this post on so many levels. First, I too adore Terri. Even though she lives on the other end of the country, I somehow feel like she is a friend. Also, I remember her story about that terrifying flight. I remember feeling so grateful that she lived to tell the tale...

    Second, that is one beautiful bulletin board! But it is made all the more beautiful because it was made by that sweet man of yours. I am so happy for you, Vee. I mean that...

    Now, go give that man a big kiss of gratitude. I think he'd do just about anything for you! Reminds me of my own handyman, although I would bet mine protests more!

  25. Hi Vee!

    Oh how wonderful! I love the frame and what you did with it! And John is THE MAN!! We are so lucky to have hubbys that like to help us create. I don't know what I'd do without Wes. He's always right in there figuring out what I need him to do.
    Well that's a project I sure could use so I'd better see what I have in the line of frames! Thanks for the great idea Miss Vee!

    Big hugs, Sherry

  26. Oh my...I love it! It is so cute and handy...and so is that husband of your's. Wonderful that he could do that for you ....Now...I am off to look for a window frame! Great idea!

  27. Vee...thats a neat idea...I may have to borrow that one too. Love the inspiration I glean from Blogland.


  28. Catching up on your blog this late evening, oh my it's midnight, I'll make this short...

    You are so darn crafty my friend, your cute ideas are amazing and John just joins right in with all the fun. He's the best, isn't he?

    I love seeing the white snow through your window. What can I say I miss my New England roots, and a real winter. Can't wait to experience it in MT.


  29. Oh gosh, I think I have the very same frame in my garage! I'll have to dig it out in the spring when I take out all my flower pots.

    I love reading creative and decorative blogs because I live vicariously through them ..lol. I use to make a lot of things when I was younger, but now I just like to look and pretend I'll make them. I seem to have reached a craft saturation point of some sort. Maybe when my grandson is older I'll be inspired to break out the paints begin again so I can make things with him? :)

    Going to check out Teri's blog..thanks!

  30. I do like your unusual bulletin board.

  31. Great idea. That sewing room is really starting to look cozy now!

    So what kind of sewing projects are you up to?

  32. Vee...I love your board. Any chance I can borrow John to make one for me? What did you use for the string attached to the frame?
    Hopefully I can convince my DH I really, really need one of these. Afterall it is Valentine's weekend!! Do you have an extra frame laying around. I have my checkboook ready to go!! LOL
    Thanks for he beautiful inspiration.


  33. I love this project. It looks beautiful in your room!


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