What I actually did was to grab an old Stazon ink pad in dark green, stamp a border and swipe ink over the frame to give it a 'shabby' look. I scanned two sheets of patterned paper, the only two of these designs I have, mirror imaging one copy of each. I peeled off the calender image on the old board and using double sided tape, simply adhered the paper to the board. This will be easier to remove in the future plus of course I can't use glue because it will buckle copier paper..... I glued a piece of semi-transparent gold ribbon over the webbing on the hinges, which were originally bright blue, and wrapped coloured cord over the original blue hanging cord, securing it with sellotape at the back and a little glue along one edge to keep it in place. A few hand decorated magnets and voila! A cheap, makeshift, will-do-for-now magnetic board.
Finally some photos of the beautiful and noisy carpenter bee/ abeille charpentiere, (Xylocpa violacea), on our sweet williams. Total length around 25-30mm, the males have no sting and although the females can sting, they are fairly docile.....just loud! These bees are busy and hardly stay still, so photographing them, especially with an old point and shoot camera, is difficult. However, our little camera has faithfully done the biz and you can see how the wings reflect an irridescent violet at the right angle. Beautiful!
Thank you as ever for taking a peek at my ramblings, have a wonderful and blessed week!