I’m the Map!

“If there’s a place you got to go, I’m the one you need to know, I’m the map…

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[Sing it with me, parents!]

I’m the map, I’m the map…”

Ok, sorry…I’ll stop. Good luck getting that unstuck from your head now 😉

But get this: Missy went above and beyond the call of duty with her Valentine’s Day gift to me and I still cannot get over how awesome it is; I just had to share a few pics with you.

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Quick back-story: we made a deal to cut our spending way back this year, including holidays, which has forced us to get a little more crafty with our giving. Knowing our love of travel, and knowing that actually getting to travel was out of the question (the cost plus the kiddos), Missy came up with the next best thing: an oversized dream destination map to hang above our bed!

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Plus, it’s completely customizable with push pins to document where we’ve been (white), where we want to go (brass), and of course where the ones we love the most (red).

(The pins are actually tiny heart brads that work perfectly for puncturing.)

But best part is how our tiny budget forced her to get extra creative. The first problem: acquiring a cork board that size would set her back a pretty penny. So she came up with an ingenious solution…

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A sheet of rigid insulation! Less than 10 bucks at Home Depot at that.

Speaking of the HD, Missy said that she received some pretty strange looks carrying around this massive 4’x8’ sheet of pink board around the store…and then again while having the orange-vested magician trim it down to size. It was worth it, honey 😉

As for the frame, it’s just two long strips of angled trim cut to size and painted glossy black to match the rest of our room.

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Add some Modge Podge…

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…lots of Modge Podge…

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…let it dry, and boom sauce. Destination Map: complete.

Ok, in full disclosure…the modge dried and severely warped the board, so much so that it spend the night weighted down with all pile of shoes and laundry in hopes that it would straighten itself back out. It work a little, but we ended up using an entire pack of command strips in hopes of getting it to stay attached to our wall. So far, so good.

Oh, and we still have to touch up paint where I mitered the corners of the trim…

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…but you’ll never be able to tell once we’re finished.

Pretty cool, right? Now we lay in bed and stare, day dreaming of where our next adventure will take us. It’s the next best thing to being there!

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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