Pin Display Project

I like decorative pins — artists all over the internet are making really great designs! But I always worry that if I attach them to a jacket or bag they’ll fall off and I’ll lose them forever. If you saw my Desk Tour post, then you’ll know I found a solution for that! It was very simple — nothing more than an embroidery hoop and a piece of cloth.

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I don’t know the artists for all of these, but I’ll have links to all the pins I do know at the end of this post!

However, this first attempt was far from perfect. I cut the fabric quite short around the back so it wouldn’t show at the front, but I don’t own a hot glue gun, so it wasn’t terribly secure. Adding or removing pins would cause the fabric to shift or lose tension. I do have a friend with a hot glue gun and I always meant to fix this up, and also make more hoops, but I kept forgetting. Until recently!

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Awhile ago I got two new hoops at a craft chain called Michaels (the little one and the biggest one). The fabric I picked up at Walmart. The label on each bit of fabric (the colors were sold separately) said they were “fat quarters” which makes me giggle for some reason. Apart from a hot glue gun, to make these you’ll also need some nice sharp scissors and maybe some string depending on how you plan on hanging them. And also some kind of flat piece to press the fabric into the hot glue — I used a disposable chopstick for this.

I don’t have any progress pictures because I needed both hands to work on these and I didn’t want to ask my friend to stop playing Dragon Age, because it is a very important game that we both love, lol. But here are the steps of my process:

  • Load the fabric in between the two parts of the hoop and tighten the screw at the top so the fabric is taut.
  • Cut the fabric short until it is close to the hoop, but still long enough to tuck around inside. (You could also measure the fabric around the hoop and cut it before putting the fabric in, but I couldn’t be bothered.)
  • Apply hot glue to the hoop, going little by little, and press the fabric into it somehow (fingers are not recommended for obvious reasons).
  • Optional: loop a string around the screw at the top to help you hang it. I discovered when I was taking photos for this post that my hoops will fit over my hook of choice without string, which I didn’t realize with my first hoop. (For the record, I’m obsessed with all things Command Strips/Hooks for hanging things in my room.)
  • Ta-da! You’re done!

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To be honest, my hoops are kind of a mess inside. I didn’t cut the fabric very carefully — I probably could have cut it closer so it would lay flatter.

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This excess fabric/my sloppy mess is super visible in the yellow hoop (which formerly held the gray fabric, hence the string). On the darker colors this doesn’t show much or at all. So maybe I wouldn’t recommend light colors for this if you’re not prepared to be super precise, but the fabric I bought is also cheap/thin so if you had thicker cloth you might also be able to get away with a light color. My friend suggested getting some nice beads and gluing them around the edge so you can’t see the ugliness.

My only other regret with this project is that I didn’t take better care lining up the creases in the fabric. (Because, let’s be honest, who is going to iron the fabric for a little project like this?) If I make more of these, I’ll do a better job at lining the creases up horizontally or vertically, because looking at the crooked creases kind of irritates me. But again, this is something that shows less on darker fabric.

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I haven’t entirely decided which pins of mine are going on which hoop, but I know I want to bring the little one to my cubicle at work. The big polka dot one will hang in my room, and I can expand to the yellow one once I fix it up/need more pin space.

I’m very excited to collect more pins now! Are there any artists you recommend? And if you have any questions about this project, please let me know.

Pins Featured In This Post (That I Know The Source Of):

 

CD Organization!

As the world has become increasingly digitized, I’ve become increasingly uneasy. Yes, it’s convenient in a sense to have my media collected in a computer instead of taking up space in my house. However the idea of my favorite movies, music, or video games existing only on hard drives, where something can go wrong and everything can disappear at basically any time is terrifying.

Enter my CD collection.

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I was given my first CDs when I was in elementary school, and as far as I know I still have every CD I’ve ever bought, and I still have many (if not all) of the mix CDs I made back before iPod times. Needless to say, this all takes up a lot of space. You might be alarmed, but actually one of those two disc cylinders is actually mostly filled with blank CDs. But maybe you should be alarmed, bc after dragging all of this out of its shelf I remembered something.

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In the spare room I had stored two more boxes of CDs. Whoops. It hit me all at once a few weeks ago, that I should probably do something to organize this mess. I wasn’t even fully sure of all the CDs I had, and whenever I wanted to find something in particular (like when I loaned my My Chemical Romance albums to a friend this winter) it was a huge hassle. Enter my new best friend.

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This is a 136 slot Case Logic CD Wallet, which I bought from Amazon. My plan was to put all of my CDs in here (except for mix CDs) and then send all the plastic cases that were clogging up my life off to the recycling bin. I put the CDs in alphabetical order by artist (or play name for Broadway soundtracks). Artists with multiple albums were arranged in chronological order.

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Alphabetized from left to right, up to down, but not chronolized yet because that was too much of a hassle at this stage.

I also went off my rocker and decided that I would also tear up the album booklets and put the covers into the CD slots, which greatly increased the amount of time the whole task took. An wrinkle in this plan were the cardboard CD cases that have become a bit of a trend — those required a bit more cutting to size, and in a couple of places, I couldn’t get them to fit without totally ruining the album art. But I was able to preserve the album art for almost all the CDs. Nearly every disc has a cover in front of it, except for a few where I didn’t have the booklets anymore, and the second disc of any album that has two discs.

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There was no way this was going to fit.

Even when I got tired and didn’t feel like doing it anymore, I kept going because I was afraid if I didn’t do it all on one sitting I wouldn’t finish it at all. Altogether, from alphabetizing to slotting in all the CDs and covers, the process took about 4 hours. I threw on a couple of Harry Potter movies to entertain me, and got the job done.

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I did wind up leaving a few CDs out. I couldn’t bring myself to tear up these two signed albums, and The Light in the Piazza is super special to me, so I didn’t want to take it apart. I knew I had a lot of CDs, but didn’t think it was quite as many as it is. Towards the end I started to get scared I was going to run out of space. I only have 28 more spaces for CDs!

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I’m glad I got this little task done. It’ll definitely make my life easier in the future. I’d been meaning to do it for awhile, so now that it’s done it’s like a little weight off of me. And it’s definitely very aesthetically pleasing when I flip through and see all the album covers instead of just the discs.

My next big project will probably be to print up some photo albums of my favorite pictures I’ve taken because I’m super worried about them disappearing too, even though I do have a backup made. Also, probably I should finally sort out my iTunes library on my iTouch, because god is it an unholy mess because of some weird choices Apple made.