Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Breaking TN....

I am the #1 Craft-Challenged Blogger in the Universe.  I've proven it time and time again.  I wear this banner proudly and am the President of the Craft-Challenged Bloggers Support Group (CCBSG, if you will).   If you don't believe me, go back and read The Stool Pigeon post, the Glutton post or The World is Imperfect post.  These posts are the exhibits I present to defend my position.  I have a "Nailed It" Pinterest board so that my failures can be passed around.  If you've got something worse, bring it on sister!

Unlike yesterday, you don't have to comment on prior posts (unless you want to share a comical comment). That was a post so that I could give you something for free (be sure you have entered, if not, click here to do so).  Fortunately, today, I'm also giving you something for free....my expertise on a project.  Stop laughing....pick yourself up off the floor and stop laughing.  Have a little faith people!  

The something I have to show you today was not an epic failure!  I did it all by myself and didn't have to ask the 4-year-old next door to help me.  Nor did I make him cry when I showed it to him.  Hey, I had to get his approval so that I could share it with you!

Since I've not done very well trying to create my own craft projects, I decided to give it a go with a "hack".  I found this item at World Market for several different states and thought they were just the coolest thing....a Periodic Chart for a state or city.  World Market calls it "Breaking (insert city or state) Wall Art".  Unfortunately, they are always priced way above my budget....so I decided to break it (get it, "Breaking" Wall Art....again, a tough room). Moving on...

This is their version....


This is my version....


This was the only frame and mat I had on hand, but I will get a mat with a black inset later this week.


If you can use these 2 items...a computer...



...and a printer...


....then you too can make this little piece of wall art.

I chose Tennessee because that is where we are currently living.  You can use any city or state in the US or you can choose another country...there is no right or wrong to this project.  I Googled some facts about Tennessee and used that information to complete the Periodic Chart.  Again, you can use any information you want, make it all up or have "just the facts".  It doesn't matter.  It doesn't even have to be in black ink.  You can have purple polka dots with a magenta frame if you so desire.  The sky really is the limit with this project.

The best part is that I didn't screw it up and the only cost was 1 sheet of paper...well, actually 2 sheets.  I'm OCD and wanted it symmetrical!  While I may have absolutely no crafting skills, I've got the computer skills in the bag!  ;-)







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  1. Benita I love this! I made a periodic table art sign for our family name, but never thought about making one for a state. Great hack. Ill have to make one. Pinned it!!

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    1. http://www.casawatkins.net/2015/04/periodic-elements-family-sign.html

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    2. I love yours! How awesome! I will need to see if I can work one up for us. I pinned yours also...great project! Thanks so much and have a great day!

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  2. You are funny-love this idea and I think my daughter would love it too!

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    1. Thank you so much! It's a great hack and there was no way I was going to pay what they were asking....much, much cheaper to make it myself! You know, you could probably make one using her name and have all of the details indicating how much she weighed, birthdate, birthstone, etc. or some other fun facts about her! :-)

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  3. Hi Benita.....I am doing this project asap, love it. Thanks for sharing. BTW love your photography. Awesome work!

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    1. You are quite welcome and thank you so much! I thought it was cute when I saw in the store and knew that it was something I could handle! :-) Have a great day!

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  4. Fabulous! I love this project. See it's all about finding the right medium for your talent. I think you should stick with humor and the computer. I predict success every single time! ;)

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    1. Thank you so much! It's sad that computers are my best craft outlet...LOL You would think the least I could do was glue something, but I screw that up..LOL. I guess I ate too much paste in kindergarten! :-)

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  5. Astonishingly perfect! I did go to your Pinterest boards to see the Nailed It one, but got caught up for 15 mins on your other wonderful boards. loved them.

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    1. Thank you so much! I love Pinterest and get caught up also....for days....LOL. I'm checking out your boards as well...love what I'm seeing and I'm pinning! :-) You know where to find me if I don't show up here at the blog! :-)

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  6. Great idea. I think I will do Wisconsin.
    :-)) And good job you rocked this project. ;-)

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    1. Thank you so much! I can do computer stuff, but not much else...LOL. I usually end up glued to something if I use Super Glue, so I try not to mess with that! :-) Be sure to post Wisconsin...would love to see it!

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  7. You go girl. This is awesome. Love it.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks so much Kris….I’ve been doing my little “cabbage patch” dance….LOL

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  8. Okay, I am pretty computer challenged so I will just admire yours! I have been enthralled recently with all things NY (not sure why, other than I live there) so it would be a nice project for me. My husband is good at that stuff. I'll have him do it!!!

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    1. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can do it…you’ve seen my craft projects…LOL. I love all things NY and have always been…don’t know why. I want to live there someday! :-)

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  9. Brilliant, a fun easy DIY!! You did awesome! =) I love this, Benita! No gluing, cutting, sewing, stenciling or painting required! and you are an amazing photographer, with a great eye for design!

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    1. Thank you so much Christine! It was easy and on my KDS (kindergarten difficulty scale) it rated a 1....LOL. You are so sweet and I appreciate it very much! I really try to stay away from glue...I tend to glue myself to stray objects...LOL Hugs!!

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  10. I really, really, REALLY like this. Kudos. Will be making one for the great state of Alabama. Roll Tide. ..

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    1. Thank you so much and RRRRoooollllll TTTTiiiiidddeeeee!!! Send me a pic when you get it made! I may have to create one that includes Sabin and the Bear! :-)

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  11. Cool! Thank you for linking up at NanaHood.com Do come back!

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  12. You have one up on me girlfriend , I am not tech savvy at all :(( I love the idea. My snowboarding son would love one done of Colorado. I will have to figure out how to get this done, I'm on a mission now!!! You go girl !!! Hug's, TT

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    1. Thank you so much! For me, this stuff is the easiest in the world. I can do computers, but not gluing or stenciling! How crazy is that! You should definitely do Colorado…he would love it! Or tell me what you want it to say and I can email it over and you can print it out! :-) Hugs!!!

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  13. Pinning, sharing and loving. Probably doing. Just plain stealing the idea. I am so proud of you!

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    1. Thank you Donna! You are so sweet! It's super easy and right up my alley. Makes me feel better about my other horrible projects! :-)

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  14. I just read your blog! Loved the idea! Good job!

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    1. Thank you so much Kay! These crafting things are something I have continuous struggles with! :-)

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  15. I love it. I'm all for making your own creative art work...

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    1. Thank you Petra. I'm not really good at creating anything other than photographs, but knew this was in my comfort zone. :-)

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  16. Very cool! Think of the money you could have saved TN taxpayers if you had done the new TN logo for us instead of what taxpayers were charged for the work done!

    I would have loved to have been at least once to NY, my son lived there for several years right in the East Side, paying an arm and 2 legs for an apartment about the size of my bedroom. He loved it.

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    1. I should have moved sooner! :-) I love NYC....it is such a wonderful place, full of energy and always something to see or do! Living spaces are outrageously priced, but well worth it up there! :-)

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  17. Very cute! See... you have talent :)

    xo

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    1. Thank you! I have a small area of talent...very small....LOL Hugs!!!

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  18. Woohoo, you did a great job...baby step, baby steps. I always enjoy monochromatic artistic pieces. Thanks for joining the #OMHGWW linkup this week!

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Shellie, thank you so much! Finally something that I didn't totally ruin! :-) Have a great day!

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  19. Benita, you did good girl! lol! I love how it turned out! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you Jann! I'm glad I finally got something right! :-) And thank you so much for hosting! Have a great evening!

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  20. Benita I am not sure what I love more the periodic table art or your post which made me giggle - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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    1. Amber, thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly and I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! :-) Have a great evening!

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  21. Great hack idea! You could do so many different things with this!

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    1. Thank you! You are right, the possibilities are endless! Have a great day!

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  22. This is awesome! Can I join your support group??? I love this so much that I'm featuring you this week at Friday Favorites. Thanks for linking up and sharing! See you on Friday!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes all are welcome! LOL The more the merrier and maybe we can all train each other. Thank you so much! I appreciate it greatly!

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  23. I like this a lot. It might be fun make one for each state for those of us who have lived in several states. One change I will make ( sorry I am wearing my science teacher hat now) is to make the second letter lower case. That is the way it is on the real periodic table of elements and on the Breaking Bad show.

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    1. I've lived in a few different states also and thought about making one for each state. You know, I've never seen the Breaking Bad show, so I'm not sure what their props look like....lol...guess I need to Google it. I've just seen these at World Market. The "n" is actually lower case, it just doesn't look like it because of the font I used. When I make it again, I will be using a different font so that it looks lower case like it is supposed to be. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope you will visit again! :-)

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  24. Really cute, Benita! Thanks for linking up your project at Best of the Weekend!

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    1. Thank you ma'am. It is my only successful project so far...LOL

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  25. Great job, I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks so much and thank you for hosting each week! Have a great week!

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