Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Look what I made! I love it!

I have been dying to share this cute little project with you.

I got the inspiration from Ballard Designs magazine when I saw these cute little magnetic boards hanging above a desk.


I thought they definitely looked like a project I could create without the expensive $39.00 a piece price tag! (That’s $120.00 for the set, ladies, ouch!)

So I stored the idea in the back of my head.

This past week at work, my sweet boss, Mandy, asked me to help her re-do her office.

I teach music for a wonderful Mom’s Day Out program 2 days a week. My boys are there with me, and I absolutely love the chance to get out of the house and do something “different”. I have been blessed to work there for 4 years. It is at a wonderful church, and I truly love working in God’s house. I have never considered it “work”, but an honor to serve those precious little children and their families!

So when Mandy asked for my help, I was thrilled. Of course, she was thinking I could help her organize her materials and supplies, but I was thinking of painting the walls, hanging pictures, lamps, rugs, etc.! Oh the places my mind goes…

Well, I did talk her into painting the walls (since 3 of the walls were beige, one was blue, and there was a hideous flower border on top!)

Now I immediately thought about those Ballard’s Designs magnetic boards for her walls. It was a great opportunity to try out my idea.

I went out and got my materials and look at the result…


I LOVE THEM! And so does Mandy!


I’m going to add a cute little monogrammed “M” to the middle board.


What do you think?


They’re magnetic, so you can hang cards, notes, or pictures on them!


I had so much fun making them, that I decided to add these to my Etsy store. Do you think they will sell?

So I will be making lots of different kinds for my store in the next couple of weeks. Of course I will have to find some great PINK material for little girls (or big girls!) to add to my shop. I also want to make one covered in burlap! Love it!

Wouldn’t these be great for offices and dorm rooms?

I will let you know when I get them on Etsy to sell.

I will be selling them for less than HALF of what they sell for at Ballard Designs!

Leave a comment today and your name will be entered in my 4th Christmas in July giveaway for one of these…


Click on my “Christmas in July” button in my sidebar for more information about how to win.

***I am linking this post to DIY at A Soft Place to Land. Go over there to check out other great projects.

Have a blessed day!



  1. That is an awesome idea! They turned out really good! Now I've got something added to my many wish lists! LOL. Have a blessed day and thank you for sharing this! :)

  2. Yes, those are indeed adorable!! Great job...they look so nice!


  3. Cute idea...I think they are very marketable. Good job on recreating them.

  4. Those are really cute! Great job!

    ~ Sarah

  5. I love the idea and they look so sweet on the wall. You should do good with them. Best of luck.

  6. It is so great when you can take an idea and run with it, especially if you add your own little "mark". These boards are great! What did you use for the magnetic part? Duh, sounds like a dumb question, but I am curious!!

    And hey!! Thanks for your visit! :-)


  7. Super cute! And I love that they are magnetic instead of say cork board, so the fabric isn't ruined. I definitely think they will sell!

  8. I love these. I think they will sell. Very impressive.


    Way to go,

  10. These are great! Have I told you about my GIVEAWAY? If I did, I'm sorry to repeat it. But if not, visit my blog and enter! Great boards--you did a nice job!

  11. I linked to you today:


  12. That's a lovely idea brought to fruition Traci! Very cute!

  13. Cute and clever, too. Yeah, I think they'll sell. :)

  14. Hey Traci! I love them all! Yes, they will sale! Very nice! Have a wonderful day!

  15. Hello Traci - what a great job you did on these! I saw them in the catalog too and admired them. I would love one of yours! I think my fave is the plaid one. Thank you for sharing!


  16. Those are great. You are too creative!

  17. Love these! Are you going to be sharing a tutorial? ;)

  18. So cute. What a wonderful idea. They look beautiful.

  19. They are terrific! I'd like to see how you did it too?!

    Please stop by The Old Parsonage anytime, I love company!


  20. These are too cute! What a great project!

  21. Stopping by via ASPTL. Love these! I don't have an office, but you could make them for me anyway. ;-)

  22. If you do a link back to me, let me know and I will be sure to do a post about everyone who did a link back (more coverage for you).


  23. These are really great! I love that you can go whatever style route you like just by swapping out the fabric.

  24. Tutorial please... They are adorable.. I didnt see them for sale yet.. ttys Kath'

  25. Wow! They are incredible. I'm thinking about making some for my classroom! Thank you for sharing this today!!!

  26. Nice! They look just as great as Ballard's! Yes, OUCH - $120?!

  27. LOL, I have these on my try to recreate list too. LOVE how yours turned out! :)

  28. I'm thinking these are tooooo cute! I saw them in the Ballards catalog too and thought maybe I'd try my hand at making one (or a couple) but let me know when you get them on your etsy site.


  29. So pretty and what a great idea! Love it!

  30. Traci,
    These are so wonderful! I love how you did them, the material you chose is just the cutest! You are one talented girl and I love my gingerbread family ! Hugs, Cindy

  31. So super cute!!! Don't you just love when you see something that's way overpriced and automatically know you can make it yourself? :) Love 'em!

  32. Oh Traci!
    These are just beautiful. You did such a wonderful job. The colors are so beautiful, and they just look to pretty to be functional. Thank you for stopping by. I just love to meet new friends. I'll definitely be watching your blog as you have so many beautiful crafty and fun things to do. Country hugs and love, Sherry

  33. I am a Kentucky blogger and found you on Sherry's blog. I only have one other blog buddy from Ky. Stop by my neck of the woods and I would love to take a better look at your blog and I love that idea. Blessings

  34. A D O R A B L E!!!

    Thanks for sharing the idea.

    barbara jean

  35. I LOVE these! I came across your blog when I was reading the feature from "The DIY Show Off". I'm so excited! I LOVE every single craft you've done! Now I have a renewed itch to go craft myself!

  36. Best of luck with your selling project. They should do really well...they're simply wonderful and would look great anywhere.

  37. I'm loving those! They are so cute!


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