So I’ve perved over the Allied Medal Hangers for a couple of months, but I just couldn’t choose something to customize one with. Plus, they’re pretty pricey AND I’d have to get it
shipped over from the states. While my desire for one of their particular medal hangers has waned, my lust for a way to display my medals has definitely not. After loads (25 minutes, maybe, I perhaps exaggerate) of online research, I decided that I could probably knock something together that I would like just as much as some of the stuff I saw for sale.
Enter deranged “creative” Rachel. I decided I wanted a branch. And I wanted it to look like it was floating on my wall. And I wanted medals hanging off it.
I began giving disturbing amounts of attention to sticks on the ground. I went for a run on
the railway line and caught myself eying up a fallen branch. I was seduced by the gnarls and whorls on trees as I walked past them. In a park, I was like Quentin Tarantino in a foot spa, it was ridiculous!
Despite the fact that I spotted several worthy contenders for my ‘ultimate rack’, it seemed that they were inconveniently attached to trees. A pity, that.
Yesterday, however, I went for a walk through sand dunes and along the beach with Ian and a friend, where I came across several pieces of driftwood. I would pick one up, carry it along for 5 minutes, excitedly, and then spot a better piece. I went through pieces of driftwood quicker than Angelina Jolie
kidnaps adopts children, until I found THE PIECE. Unfortunately it was still 2 miles from the car, but I carried it all the way back and it has been drying off in my bathroom since.
Well, until about 2 hours ago. Armed with a screwdriver, a hammer, some screws, some nails, some hooks, and some ‘mad DIY skyllz’ I set about creating my new medal rack. Et voila!
More hooks will be added, as there is already doubling (and tripling, and quadrupling, etc.) up, but I needed a shower and was impatient to get a photo taken. Already, it’s much better than medals hanging off a doorknob, and there is plenty of space left to fill in. So what do you guys think?
*Photo of the tree nicked from here.