30 Jan 2015

February 2015 Printable Calendar


It's here! It's here!"
 I have the February printable calendar for you to download.  My little one helped model it for this post and he just happened to be wearing his xoxo shirt in honour of the month of love. :)  The calendar features just a hint of pink and some black and white scribble hearts (from this scrapbook paper).
Above is a peek at the upcoming calendars.  I've also had questions as to the size of the calendar.  It should be 4.5" x 7" when the border is cut off (this is the size of all the calendars photographed for this post).  The calendar itself will print onto an 8.5" x 11" and if you don't mind the white background you could size it to anything from 8.5" x 11" to 4.5" x 7".

To download this month's calendar click on the image below.  The calendar is available for personal use only.

You can see find the January calendar and the tutorial for the plywood holder here.

I hope you enjoy this month's calendar.  Have a lovely weekend!

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27 Jan 2015

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26 Jan 2015

DIY Valentine's Day Arrows Wall Hanging

Happy Monday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  Our weekend was pretty busy with the Interior Design Show.  Hubby's business was taking part in the show.  I was able to get a little Valentine's Day crafting in though and made some (cupid's) arrows.  They were super simple to make and I think they look pretty cute.
I went with a little blush, black, white and gold for my arrows.  I was tempted to add mint green, but thought I'd stick to the blush for Valentine's Day.

The hanging I made ended up in the living room.  You may notice that my sewing table is no longer there.  It was moved to my new workspace.  I put the boy's old change table there for the time being.  I took the legs off to make it look less like one.  It's a temporary solution until I can figure something else out for there.
These arrows would also be fun just to make on their own.  You could criss cross a couple and make a little 3D art or gather a few in a vase.

This project actually cost me less than a dollar (the cost of the 1/4" dowel) to make the arrows.  The rest of the materials I already had on hand: scraps of paper (including some of the wallpaper from our front entry), twine, glue and the large dowel from the boys' advent calendar.  You could probably find some branches to substitute for the dowels as well.  However, if you are starting from scratch I have the full materials list in the DIY below.
Materials:

  • One 1/4" dowel cut into two - 12" pieces and two - 10" pieces
  • One 1/2" dowel (cut to 24")
  • Twine/leather cord/yarn 
  • Various card stock scraps
  • two eye hooks
  • Hot glue, glue gun, scissors
How To:

For each arrow:
Step 1:  Cut two contrasting feather/leaf pieces (one a little smaller than the other) and two matching triangles from card stock 

Step 2:  Fold each of the feather/leaf pieces in half along the middle and then cut small slits along the outer edge (through both layers of card stock) on an angle.  This will create the feather-like look.

Step 3:  Glue the two feather/leaf pieces to one end of the 10"/12" dowel at slight angles from each other with the smaller one on top.

Step 4:  Wrap some twine along the bottom of the glued feather/leaf pieces.  I used hot glue to secure at the beginning and the end of the wrap.

Step 5:  Glue the triangle pieces to the other end of the 10"/12" dowel.  I found it helpful to glue on one side first and then glue the other triangle on top.  You'll be wedging the dowel between the two triangle pieces.

6.  Repeat steps 1-5 for however many arrows you wish to make.

7.  Screw in two eye hooks to either end of the large dowel and secure some twine from one end to the other to create the loop for hanging.  Use twine to hang your arrows from the dowel.


I had to share this picture of Nalle here today.  He waited so patiently for me to take photos of my little craft when all he really wanted was a walk. :)

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21 Jan 2015

Entry Updates

We've had a few really lovely sunny days which gave me the opportunity to take some photos of our entry this week.  I know that I don't always keep you all up to date on the small changes in our home, but I thought this year I would try and show some more of them here on the blog.  I've made a couple small updates to our entry which have helped it function a little better this winter. 
The first is the addition of a third shoe cubby (before we only had two).  We use the cubbies mostly for hats, mitts, etc. and once winter hit I noticed that the boys were having to climb up on a chair to get to their hats and mitts.  I decided to add the third one at the bottom and now they can easily get their things.  Thankfully, it fit just fine and we already had the third cubby since they are sold in packs of three.
I really didn't style the entry for these photos.  This is what it looks like when the boys (including Nalle) are all out.  Their coats and boots left with them and whatever was hanging I left on the hooks including the boys' camera.  Since there were no boots on the tray, I had to add some of the other shoes I found in the cubby.  Apparently, I only buy black and white shoes for myself and the boys!
The other update is adding this little hanging mirror.  This picture is from the perspective as you enter our house.  To the left of the mirror is a coat closet and through the opening on the right is the kitchen.  I didn't really have any other place for a mirror in the immediate entry so I think this spot works well for checking yourself before you go since the hubby and I would be getting our coats from here anyway.
I took this picture to let you see where the den (aka my new workspace) is in relation to the entry.  It's pretty much right there when you enter the house.  I'm going to have to keep that desk really tidy or close the doors when guests come over.  The space is still a work in progress and you can probably see the mess peeking out from around the corner.  Lots to do in there, but really exciting!
I hope you liked seeing this space again and the small updates we made.

sources:
Light fixture:  Artek
Shoe Cubbies: Ikea
Coat hooks:  Muuto
Boot Tray, rug, vase and mirror:  Target
Wallpaper:  Marimekko
Art:  DIY free printable here
Chair:  vintage

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