Am I the only one who gets jazzed about a crisp new calendar at the start of a new year? Well, I squealed with delight when I saw that my job was hosting a craft night where we’d be making our very own 2018 desk calendars, with help from the kind folks over at Paper Source. Stamps, quotes, embossing, washi tape in all its varied patterns, colors and textures — the world was my oyster while putting together my mini 12-month calendar. I got my entire life, to say the least. I tried to stick with a theme, but somewhere along the way I said, “Bump it.” Click through the slideshow to see my calendar, a month at a glance.
I figured I’d start January with a bright and hopeful tone, hence the “Dream Big” embossing and matching gold chevron-patterned washi tape. Hearts, of course, are the focus of February. March is springy, so I chose two varieties of flowers and accented the month with a sparkly silver triangle of washi tape. April is when Record Store Day, a tradition for me and my guy, happens. I decorated that month with an off-centered vinyl record and a quote about adventure, which is always what follows on that special day. May pays homage to the month when Dash and I met in 2013. Our first date soon followed at CicLAvia in Downtown LA, where we rode bikes and spent the day learning about each other, and laughing lots along the way. Halfway through the year, I thought I might be in need of some inspiration, so I went with a quote from C.S. Lewis about dreaming for June. If you remember, January starts with a little bit of gold and an encouraging word, so I thought it would be a good call-back for June. July — which is by far my favorite month of the year, thanks to my and many loved ones’ (my anchors) birthdays happening then and being smack dab in the middle of my favorite season (summer!) — is sailing smoothly with a gold and blue embossed sea moment. August is when I hope to do some traveling abroad with my bestie Yvette, so the international city-themed washi tape carries the messaging there. September is just a reminder of how awesome I am, and I’ll need a reason to smile now that summer will have officially ended. By October, I totes phoned it in. LOL. It’s a little disheveled, but the gargantuan orange pumpkin is endearing — some might even say cute. But I pick things up in November with a dual-layered washi tape accent and uplifting quote, and finish strong with a silver-lined snowflake fantasy for December.
And there you have it! Twelve months of fun and whimsy to get me through 2018.
See more my crafty moments and home-improvement experiments here.
It’s an exciting time for my family, as my youngest brother will be getting married next month. My mom, sister and I will be throwing my future sister-in-law a bridal shower this weekend, and have been charged with taking care of the desserts, favors and decorations. One nice craft that my mom found on Pinterest was a darling sign for the event venue that greets the bride-to-be and attendees, and announces how many days away the wedding is.
To make this super cute sign, you’ll need a white 20 x 30 x 3/16-inch foam board, a small bottle of acrylic paint (the color choice is yours), a paintbrush, a ruler, painter’s tape, a black permanent marker, some newspaper to protect the area while you paint, good penmanship and a smidge of creativity.
Find out how these items came together to make something lovely after the jump!
Last week, I fashioned a last-minute Halloween costume with my BF for his office party. I was able to make my costume with items I already had at home, and Dash’s costume was very cost-effective to put together. There are pictures of the finished product, but first take a guess at what we dressed as.
To make these super cute mason jar lanterns, you’ll need a mason jar, some twine or thick rope, a glue gun, faux flowers or butterflies, sand and tea lights. I made these fun crafts last weekend, and they make a lovely party favor or outdoor light.
My mom found these assorted butterflies at a thrift shop; however, you can find similar accessories at craft stores like Michaels. Fake flowers also make a beautiful embellishment. Really, the possibilities are endless. Nothing’s out of reach here.
Here’s the prototype that my mom’s friend made. Isn’t it sweet? We just used that as the model for the other jars we made.
It’s a simple process. Measure the twine so that it wraps the circumference of the jar with about a half inch of overlap. Next, apply hot glue to the twine. I did so in a zig-zag pattern to make sure the length of the twine was covered to make sure it didn’t sag. I applied more glue to the end of the twine and pressed it for about 15 seconds to make sure the twine was secured tightly.
It’s been a while since I got arts-and-crafty, but I was tired of my hot glue gun collecting dust so I put it to good use by embellishing a pair of sunglasses with some pearls. The glasses were $7 from obligatory girly store Zizibeh, and the adhesive pearls were about $4 each (if memory serves) from Michaels. Thankfully, I have some left over for future projects.
I was on the lookout for big rounded glasses but settled for these snazzy two-toned numbers. The true color of the temples (the arms that go over the ear) is teal, though they appear turquoise in different light.
These faux pearls were snatched up a while back on a jaunt to Michaels. I’m glad I was finally able to do something creative with them. I went with two different sizes to allow for fun with the design and to add dimension.
Voila! Here’s the finished product. After a bit of trial and error, I got the hang of picking up the pearls (flat side out) with some tweezers, running the end against the tip of the glue gun (just a little dab will do ya), and carefully placing it onto the glasses. I started embellishing the front (black side) and finished with the temples.
The glue strands are a little too visible for my liking. I may go back with the tweezers and try to scrape some of the dried excess off. Next time I’ll use an industrial strength glue like E6000 to cut back on the hot glue drips.
I’m loving the half flower-esque pattern. A full flower on the widest part of the temples could kick things up, but I don’t want to do too too much.
Hey there! Of course I had to model these spunky sunnies for you guys.
Feeling a bit inspired by the Sweet on the Eyes shades featured in my latest Fancy Things Friday post, I may get crazy and try adding faux flowers to some sunglasses for a bold statement.