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Stuff I Made : Calendars

17 Oct

I have a hard time buying certain things because I think, I can make that. Well, I love Paper Source calendars, but needed a calendar for the last 3 months of the year, so I made my own Paper Source inspired calendars.

I made these in excel, and if you’re wondering, I used the french days of the week. I got the images from this fantastic blog called The Graphics Fairy.  I also LOVE moose.  It’s my life’s ambition to see one in the wild.

I’m trying to think of the best way to mount them on the wall, but watch out everyone! You’re getting a personalized 2011 calendar from me along with your Christmas gift! Woohoo!

I’m also linking this to the Graphic’s Fairy Brag Monday

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Munday Funday

30 Aug

Did you have a good weekend?  I sure did.  It started with a Happy Hour at Roast and ended with Salsa dancing at Sangria. And it was chock full of creativity in between.  And the best part? No Workouts.  That was pretty nice.  I spent something like 2 hours reading books and walking around Jo-Ann Fabrics. Did you just hear a toot-toot? That’s the sound of the dork train I happily rode around Detroit on Saturday.

So you don’t think I really did just spend my entire weekend being nerdy, a photo for you.  My brother-in-law is marrying a lovely gal next year, and I just can’t help myself, I’m always on the lookout for cute ideas.  I saw this post for a Paint Chip Bookmark on Greenbeans’ Crafterole and the wheels of my head started turning.  My brother in law is a painter! Wouldn’t a paint chip bookmark be the PERFECT Save the Date?  So, I went to Home Depot and picked up a few paint chips, and here’s what I came up with.

Aren’t they fantastic?  Now, this is still a work in progress. I would prefer to paper punch the border, but I spent money on my new Project Runway Design Ruler for another project, so I couldn’t buy a punch this weekend.

A few notes:

1. You must use an inkjet printer, the laser printers won’t print on the paint.

2. try to pick paint chips that don’t have long names because they will cut into your print layout.

3. The ink still doesn’t set on the inkjet, but this gives you a chance to use your handy embossing gun and clear powders.  You will need to emboss as soon as it comes out of the printer.

4. I punched two tiny holes in the top for the ribbon

Eh voila! an adorable (and cheap!) Save the Date. I imagine these being mailed in clear envelopes like these.

Wouldn’t you like to get something like that in the mail?

Thanks to Greenbean for letting me use her idea!

Happy Monday!

An ounce of preparation…

27 Aug

is worth a pound of problem solving.  And poor planning is the death of any good diet.  I was at work SUPER late yesterday (til almost midnight) and I still worked out when I got home. But then I overslept this morning and had no food prepared for the day.  So what does that mean? I ate a cookie. And I really hate myself for it, but it was a salty chocolate chip cookie from Avalon International Breads that my coworker brought SPECIFICALLY for me. I don’t like to be rude, so I ate it. And it was delicious. Ah well.  I haven’t fallen off the wagon, I just took a left when I should’ve taken a right.

In other news, here’s a photo of me in my dress at work yesterday. I received several compliments.

I have some projects lined up for the weekend, and hopefully they come out great and I’ll post some pics.

That’s all for now.  Bon weekend.

Friday Night Dress

25 Aug

I read a lot of craft blogs. I love seeing all the creative things people are doing. And I really love using old things and making them new.  As one coworker put it, if I buy something second hand, that means someone wanted it, so it only follows that I could want it too.  Indeed.

So, here’s a little something I whipped up last Friday night.

Before

After

I will be wearing this dress to work tomorrow with a complete outfit and make sure that a real picture is taken.  What shall I make this week?