Pinterest Challenge update: #1 DIY Dry Erase Calendar

Posted in CRAFTS, DIY, KITCHEN
on March 23, 2013



In this challenge, I set out to create a reusable calendar that I had come across on Pinterest and found here. It was a success and we are loving our new calendar! I didn’t have the foresight to take pictures of the process, but I can tell you it was super easy and give you a quick overview!


For this project I used:

  •  A 16×20 Poster Frame
  • Black and White Polka Dot wrapping paper
  • A Sharpie
  • A glue stick
  • My printer, mspaint and regular printer paper
  • This super cool new tool (speed square) that Shay gifted to me, so that I would not take his. Can I just say I love it and him? 

What I did:

1. I wanted to jazz my calendar up a bit and decided to add a decorative background. I used wrapping paper because it was plenty wide enough and inexpensive and I already had it.  To use it as the background, I cut a sheet of wrapping paper to 16×20.

2. For the actual calendar, I used the white sample photo paper from the frame. I cut it down 2″ on each side and attached it to the wrapping paper sheet using a glue stick.

4. Using my speed square, I drew out the calendar grid and boxes for “to do” and “reminders” on to the white background.

3. I think normally you would use scrapbook lettering, but I didn’t have any on hand, so, I created all of my headings in mspaint and printed out my headings on printer paper. I decided to allow the quote to be changeable and just included a heading. Then, I cut all of the headings out and used a glue stick to attach them to the white calendar paper.

4. The entire thing was put in to the poster frame and hung on the refrigerator using Command Picture Hanging Strips from 3M as Amanda had done in the original post on her blog, Impressyourkids.org

We really love our new calendar, and I’m having a really fun time coming up with quotes to match whatever is going on.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

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Pinterest Challenge update: #2 Deco-mesh Carrot Wreath

Posted in CRAFTS, DIY, HOLIDAYS
on March 22, 2013

I did this a bit out of order, but I got a little excited about a holiday craft and.. well, here we are!

My friend Melinda is a constant source of inspiration, has killer style-sense, and always has the most unique ideas for crafts. If she wasn’t one of my favorite people, I might just have to hate her because she is most definitely an IT girl, really. Luckily, she’s also super funny, and bakes yummy stuff for us that makes my butt wider whenever I eat it all just looking at it.  Not to mention, she lives across the street from me, is one of the few people who actually reads this blog, and knows exactly where to find me.. so, of COURSE I love her! Just kidding. I really do.

So much so, that when she told me about her idea for a fun carrot wreath out of deco-mesh to round out her Easter decor, and asked if I would give it a try.. well, of course I had to help. Ironically, this was also on my pinterest challenge list, so, it was a win-win for both of us! That was yesterday. It was a little more work than I had anticipated, but I was really pleased with how it turned out. I hung the wreath on my door, right where she could see it from across the street,  and decided I would tell her I was keeping it, mostly kidding, of course. Only, she didn’t see it, and I got too excited to show it to her and drove it over to her house. Yes, from across the street. Anyways, she loved it and I hope you will too. You can find the tutorial for this project here. That makes one, count ’em, one item off of my pinterest challenge list! Maybe I can pull this off after all.. Go me!

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My very first Pinterest Challenge

Posted in HOLIDAYS
on March 22, 2013

I think I’ve lost my mind, and I’m so excited about it!

So, it all started when I developed a blog crush on http://www.merricksart.com. Well, actually, it started before that. It really started when I was looking for “Paris” related things for K’s room (I will be showing that off soon, so be sure to check back!) and came across this fabulous pin, that I was thinking I might be able to use in some way for the room. I hope I’m not the only one who has pin-add.. Needless to say,  I made my way back to Merrick’s blog, forgot what I’d been researching and fell in love with all of her great ideas for clothing refashioning! If you get a chance to look, check it out. Her site has lots of ideas and sewing projects for the newbie!

Anyways.. back to losing my mind. On her blog, she mentions a Pinterest Challenge that is going on. How exciting! Since I’m new to blogging, I’ve never actually done a Pinterest Challenge before, and am so excited to participate in this one! The Challenge is to pick six Pinterest pins and complete them in a given amount of time. The only problem is, the Challenge ends on April 2nd – and I signed up on March 20th. Ugh. That’s nearly.. a pin a day. No problem! Right? Right. Here goes.. I’m linking up with Merrick’s Art and her Sisters Share it All posts with both feet!  

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge

Here’s what I’ll be working on:
 
1. For some reason, not one of my five children gave me a calendar for Christmas. We’ve been crutching along since January without one – you can’t imagine the chaos, but I can promise, there is a sitcom in it somewhere. I love that this one is reusable, and I really, really love the quote section.
2. Easter is on it’s way. I need more stuff. Love the look of this – and my neighbor is dying for me to make something just like this for her!
3. I need this. Actually, Shay needs this, so he can reclaim his square inch of the closet.
4. With K’s birthday bash coming up next month, I need a few treat stands – the small collection I have is just not going to work. Although this link doesn’t lead to a tutorial, it does have some very cute ideas!
5. I need something like this to finish off B’s room. Kills two birds with one stone!  
6. Pillows in this style will finish off K’s room nicely. Great tutorial and so cute!
Wish me luck!  

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