Never overlook your collections of maps, which can bring your many unexpected excitement rather than only being used as travel guide. It’s time to stop putting them around dusty corners. Try these creative ideas to use the geographic artifacts in an interesting, historic and beautiful way, which you will surely treasure and feel proud of. It can bring you heartfelt contentment as well stunning visual effect definitely.
Map Pattern Pot Project. Decoupage torn pieces of the map paper, paint the inside with color coordinates with the map patterned paper. You’ll finish off this pot project of map pattern with its fantastic outlook.
Map Covered Candle. Wrap up your candle with a piece of map from the atlas your collect. You may not burn it for a long time, but it would be super chic to set up a tone for a farewell party.
Map Wall Art. Print map tiles with places your often go to on card stock and put them in Ikea frames. Use wax pencils to mark off your favorite places. It serves as a stunning decor to enhance the aesthetic sense of your room decor.
Vintage Map Bangle. Cut maps into strips, line them up and make the edges overlap, glue them on the bracelet and you can glue something unexpected on the inside to finish off this interesting vintage map bangle.
Faux Vintage Pull Down Map. Glue the edge of the map paper to dowel rod. Put nails in each side and twist wire to hang the map. This vintage piece of art can be hung as wall art or even a window shade if it’s large enough.
Map Wallet. Sew map paper along the outside of the wallet to secure, use adhesive Velcro and put it on the closing of the wallet and the little pocket inside to secure. You’ve got the whole world in your hands with this nifty work of art.
Map Feather Ornament. Cut out narrow strips along the edge of the feather shaped map paper. It’s fantastic to turn the frayed pages of an old atlas into funny feather decorations.
Map Lampshade. Wrap up the lampshade with your favorite atlas. It’s fantastic to turn a bedside lamp into your personalized glowing globe to invoke adventurous dreams.
Map Fan Art. Fold the map paper in a fan shape, cut the excess part and glue it on wooden stripes. Use a nail to fasten the overlapped wooden stripes. It’s super easy to DIY this map-themed fan for travelling.
DIY Iphone Map Case. Cut the map the same size as the case of your device, make sure you leave a bit so it won’t come up short. Personalize your ideal one with the map pattern you like the most. It’s fashionable to decorate your device with this beautiful map case decor.
Map Shoes. Add mod podge on the canvas shoes to glue and seal the map pieces. It’s really eye-catching if you wear this pair of shoes full of artful sense on the street.
Place chandelier bead over the map paper. Paint the back with silver leafing paint to hide the back side. Bead the head pin through the front and attach a jump ring, string on a chain to finish off its cool design with map pattern.
Map Covered Shoe Boxes. Wrap up your shoes boxes with map paper to transform it from the plain look into a trendy one. This creative idea suits not only for shoe boxes, it also applies for gift boxes as well.
Initial Letter Map Decor. Wrap up the initial letter with map patterned paper to transform it into a super chic outlook for trendy decoration.
Map Votive. Rinse out jars and remove labels, glue map pages onto jars with mod-podge, place candles inside to finish off this piece or art to offer a beautiful decor especially for your dinner party.
Jenga Keychain. Screw eye into the block, apply mod-podge to the map paper and place on the Jenga block, attach the key ring to finish off this gorgeous artwork for beautiful decor.
Map Serving Tray. Spread layer of decoupage medium on the glass plate and glue the paper map at the bottom. In this way, the map pattern is visible through the glass. This tray must be a focal point on your party.
City Lamp Map Art. Add mod-podge to map paper to make it stronger and more transparent. Use the treated map paper to wrap up the lampshade. Place energy saving bulbs in the lamp to finish off this unique and lush lamp which is perfect for dining table lighting.
Heart Shaped Wall Art. Cut out your map into a heart shape, frame it up to hang in the room for an elegant decor full of artful sense.
DIY Map Pendant. Glue dozens of cut-out circles on the white plain paper lantern. At night time, you’ll be amazed at the soft light a
Glass Marble Magnet. Trace the marble onto the map paper, cut it out and apply Mod Podge to the front. Place gorilla glue to the magnet to the back of the marble to finish off these adorable map magnets with fantastic outlook.
Map Bunting. Glue map triangle on the thick cardstock. Attach bias tape to both sides of the triangle, use a zig-zag stitch to sew it up to from a loop for hanging the bunting. This serves as a perfect outdoor decor with the travelling map theme.
Vintage Map Packaging. Wrap up your gifts with vintage map. Tie the string and mark the coordinated labels to finish off your eye-catching package for your gift in this vintage style.
Map Patterned Envelope Art. Use the open envelope as the template to cut the shape from the map paper. Fold it in the same place as the original one and glue together. It’s super chic to turn the dreary map page into this lively and cool map patterned envelope.
Map Pattern Nail Art. How cute are these nail art inspired by map. It’s time to show off your beautiful map patterned nail to your friends.
Over the past few days I’ve been reading some blogs and all the fantastic things parents have been doing with their kids. My time with Sylvia is often limited to evenings after school and weekends and is then determined by how my health is each day.
To make sure we have lots of family fun despite being ill I have to plan. This is where the quote above comes in. I can dream of having more fun with my daughter and set a goal to spend more time with her but if I don’t plan anything, it wont happen and will just be a nice thought.
So after sitting down together we have planned 15 things we want to do in the lead up to Christmas. This is our Christmas Bucket List.
Go to a Pantomine
Make some Christmas Decorations
Make a secret santa gift
Make our Christmas Hampers
Read ten Christmas Books
Have a Christmas Movie night
Visit Santa at a Grotto
Make some Reindeer and Snowman Poop! (with marshmallows and chocolate raisins)
Make a Christmas present for Grandma
Write a letter to Santa
Do some Christmas baking
Create some Christmas outfits for Sylvia’s dolls
write Christmas cards for Sylvia’s school friends together
Make a Christmas parcel for Sylvia’s Cousins in New Zealand
Here are the things I’d realistically like to achieve by the end of the year. This is my Blogging Bucket List.
By December I would like to have 500 followers on Facebook. This is the one social network I struggle with and have not even attempted to try and build yet. My FB page is growing slowly and organically and 500 is a nice figure in my mind!
By the end of my first year of blogging, I’d like to have 8000 followers on Twitter.
I would like to change my blog template before my one year anniversary. (Start of January)
I hope to have the illustrations completed for my first book. Yes, I’ve not mentioned it up until now but I am working on a book which I hope to publish in 2017.
I hope to have grown my Instagram to 1000 followers.
I hope to have written an additional 4 Guest Posts. So far I have done two.
I hope to be contacted by a PR/BRAND (and get a christmas gift for my daughter).
I hope to have made my initial contact with Medtronic (The company- I need to impress in order for them to miraculously agree to giving me a free Adrenal Pump in 2016) You never know! They just might if I keep growing my following and doing my best. It’s worth a shot!
I hope to have received the money for two posts I wrote in August that I’m still waiting to get paid for.
I hope to get published on THE MIGHTY- a popular website which posts articles written by people with chronic illness, health conditions and or disabilities. This may be very difficult to achieve but I’ll try
I hope to find the time to have a media pack made. Yep, I still have not done one but I hope to have this sorted by December at least.
To have found a sponsor to help cover the costs of attending the MumpreneurUK Conference in November. I just found out last week that I am a finalist in the Voice category and so it would be lovely to attend and stay in accommodation close by so I can split the day up and rest part way through and have somewhere to get ready for the awards etc.
Well this is quite a lot and as Debbie who tagged me said in her post, some things may take a little longer or may run over into next year but that’s okay. If i have goals then I have something to look towards.
A few weeks ago I was tagged by Laura from Laura’s Lovely Blog to write this post, 8 Photos of Happiness. I was really excited to be tagged for this one as I love sharing photos and it’s an opportunity to look back on happy times.
Thankyou Laura for the tag and I hope you enjoy my pictures. Angela xx
This is me with my parents, my sister and her husband and my two brothers. I live far away from my family as we migrated to New Zealand in 1995 and I returned to the UK in 2010.This photo makes me happy and is a nice reminder of those that I love and miss.
Next is a photo of my daughter Sylvia when I still called her peanut. At the time i did not know whether i was having a girl or a boy so peanut was the name.
This was Sylvia’s first Christmas. It was a sad time because it was when I separated from Sylvia’s birth father and took out a protection order but it was a happy time as I was on my own and always listened to Leona lewis Song Happy which made me happy.
This was on tour in Paris with Sylvia. When Sylvia was 18 month, we went travelling to different countries and this was a great experience full of happy memories.
This is another travel Photo. This time we were in Amsterdam and had just been on a boat ride which was very cool.
This is a picture of John and I taken around the time we got engaged. We were both so excited and happy to have found one another.
Here is a lovely wedding photo. This was the best and most happiest day ever and a week before I collapsed and was diagnosed with Adrenal failure.
This is me at my daughter’s school play. I don’t get out much due to illness and it was wonderful to be able to go and see Sylvia perform as an angel. I loved it.
These photos make me happy but it also makes me really sad because I see my life and how different it is now I am unwell and on steroids. Not wanting to put a negative spin on it but I really do hope to get better treatment one day so I can feel happier about myself once more and go places and do things like I used to. No matter what though, I’ll always try to be happy and positive no matter what life throws at me.