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Vintage postcard calendar journal

Vintage postcard calendar journal
Growing up, I kept a daily journal. I always enjoyed looking back at previous entries to see what had changed over the course of a year. These days, I can’t seem to find the time to journal, but I do try to jot down a little note from each day on my perpetual calendar/journal. The idea is very simple — flip to the current date and at the end of the day, write down something that happened. Some days it is big things like “Annie took her first steps.” Other days it is small, like “needed more than one cup of coffee this morning.” The first year is the least rewarding, but I imagine that in 10 years, it will be a daily treat to be reminded of what happened on that date over the last decade. CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! I’m always trying to give new life to things I can’t pass up at flea markets. Materials Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Organizing Photos We’re talking memories today as part of our month long mission to find ways to eat better, parent better, organize better and just generally live better this year. Before S arrived, I was actually pretty good about recording memories for our little family. At the end of each month I would use the photos we’d taken to create 2 – 4 new pages in an iphoto book, along with a few paragraphs with family anecdotes, accomplishments, etc. The idea being that at the end of the year I would have a complete book that I could print as a Christmas present to myself. I kept this up for nearly 2 1/2 years until our second child was born – at which point I totally fell of the wagon. But, hey, at least I knew I had all of C’s baby stuff organized and I told myself that someday I would get to S too… then my computer crashed and I lost all 3 of the books I’d created before I ever got them printed!

Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy project: kate’s tin travel frame here come the last of the altoids tins diy projects, just in time for mother’s day! my mom is a bit of a globetrotter for work, and she has definitely honed her skills at packing lightly. but i hope i can add one more thing to her travel kit with this mini tin travel frame. the nice part is the storage for extra photos inside, so she can switch it up over the course of her travels. i also want to take this opportunity to apologize to my sister for unsolicited publication of this kid picture! enjoy, and happy mother’s day in advance! – kate CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump! How to Sew a Fabric Bowl January 14th, 2009 Email 566 users recommend Use your fabric bowl to store notions, buttons, jewelry, or other small trinkets. Linda Permann

diy wednesdays: door organizer we tend to subscribe to the “a place for everything, and everything in its place” philosophy, but when it came to derek’s running-out-the-door essentials (phone, notebook, pen) we hadn’t quite worked out a solution. this fused felt door-handle organizer was a super simple way to eliminate a frantic and frustrating search from our morning routine. have fun!derek & lauren CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump… Derek and Lauren’s Door Organizer FNO: Honestly WTF Friendship bracelets The friendship bracelets that Honestly WTF made at our FNO event were beautiful and a true symbol of what free people stands for. They’re unbelievably quite simple to make and FUN! They’re perfect for a quiet night in with your girlfriends. just sit around the table, chit chat, and proceed with these instructions – the outcome, a generous gift to give to your closet friend. We loved them and we hope you do too! via Honestly WTF You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :

20 Ideas To Create A Therapeutic Living Room Have you ever thought about bringing part of the therapy clinic to your living room? Or have you wondered about making small changes to your home to make it more livable? What about sensory integration? Where would you start? A living room or family room is often where we spend the largest waking part of our day. Design*Sponge » Blog Archive » diy wednesdays: wallpapered medicine cabinet No one wants visitors snooping in their medicine cabinet- but hey, if they’re going to do it (and they are) you might as well give them something pretty to look at. Introducing color and pattern into this normally bland, antiseptic spot might even distract them from scrutinizing your personal stuff. CLICK HERE for the full project* after the jump! *This project is an excerpt from Lauren and Derek’s new book, Wallpaper Projects: More Than 50 Craft Ideas for Your Home, from Accents to Art.

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vintage-style book dustcovers Looking at this picture, can you tell which of these books are actually hardbound? I’m not super fussy over the books on my shelves, but I will admit that sometimes a really garish or unattractive book spine will jump out from the bunch and irritate me every time I walk by. I don’t think I would ever take the leap to cover all of my books, but I really like the idea of using these nifty deceptive hardbound dustcovers by Alex Cobbe to gussy up the real eyesores in my collection. Alex used a few inexpensive materials — construction paper, a ruler, a gold pen — to quickly turn her collection of paperbacks into a library of classics — even the Chuck Norris book looks like a masterpiece :) This would be a fun rainy day activity, and the possibilities for customizing this look are endless.

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