There are two types of people this time of year: those who hold onto the slippery fingers of summer for as long as humanly possible, and those who kick it off the edge of the cliff at the first mention of the word pumpkin. As for me, it mostly depends on what i’m wearing as the breeze turns chilly. In other words, if I’m dressed appropriately with jeans and a long sleeved shirt, then i’m all about the new season, but if 8pm rolls around and my legs are still exposed because midday was a heck of a lot warmer than the early autumn evenings, then you’ll definitely hear me longing for those 80 degree nights.
One thing’s for sure, things have slowed down a touch with the impending official end of summer. While I still seemingly always have more things to do than I have time, just knowing that vacations are over, students are heading back to school and there are no more wedding presents left to make, a different pace is certainly refreshing.
I’ve shared a few of the projects I worked on the past few months with you guys and there are some more coming that I’m looking forward to telling you about soon, but the biggest one is coming at you right now, and it involves a 50lb bag of corn, so brace yourselves..
For one of the weddings Kurt and I attended this summer, we built a cornhole set! While it took longer than we expected, cost a bit more than we had hoped, and we gave it away as our gift, it was actually super fun and decently simple to make, and now that we have the know how (and 42lbs of leftover corn) it’s definitely something we would like to do again at some point.
The board itself was pretty straightforward once we gathered all of the pieces. I’ll mention too that it was quite helpful to have Kurt’s engineer father and his garage full of tools nearby We didn’t have enough time to go too crazy on the design, so we went with a really cool blue stain with white borders and grey sides. The paint, as well as the fabric for the beanbags, were from this beautiful, beautiful store called the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. It’s the best place ever and what’s even greater is that there is one in Lancaster too! So regardless of which home i’m at, there’s always one nearby!
But what is it??
So sorry, I just get really excited about that place! Essentially, it’s a room full of trash, and I’m not exaggerating about that. People donate the most random things and then other people, such as myself, go there and buy said random things for art projects and whatnot. There’s anything from fabric and sewing supplies, old vases and paint to vhs tapes, used postcards and corks and literally everything in between, for really really cheap. Again, it’s the best.
Here’s what we did!
I promise I did some of the work too!