Creative Friday: Home Office Ideas

I think I’m finally done tweaking my home office. Well done for now anyway. As I said here, it’s really nice to have a creative inspiring place to settle into when things are going haywire outside my front door, which seems to be happening a lot lately.

To pull together my little creative nook, I added a few playful tools like chalk, paintbrushes, paper clips, and a clothesline of photos I took. Seeing these things helps inspire me.Ideas for bedroom office

I also found contact paper chalkboard on Amazon.com for a fun way to create a to-do list and these frames filled with butterflies and craft paper were a affordable way to add my own personal touch to the space. There’s also hanging butterflies in the wee corner, which I brought over from my past home office. I’ve found that having something whimsical to gaze upon helps inspire spontaneous bouts of prose.

Bedroom Office

What things in your home inspires you?

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Creative Friday: Framed Butterflies

I’ve been enthusiastic about pulling together this DIY project since I caught wind of it at an antique shop in San Francisco.

A framed set of real butterflies were beautiful and elegant and oh so vintage. I almost bought it. That is, until I saw the just as impressive price tag. At over $100 per frame, I was flabbergasted. Then, I said those famous words that always gets me in trouble: “I think I can do it myself.”

A trip to Paper-Source and Michael’s later and I had all the materials needed to get this project started.

Here are the materials:

  • One Butterfly Magnet Set from Paper-Source at $13.95.
  • Two white 6×8 in shadow box frames from Michael’s at $4.19 each. They were 25% off each so I paid about $6.28 for both.
  • Scraps of leftover craft paper = $0.00
  • Double-sided tape = $0.00
  • Scissors = $0.00

Total cost: About $20.23 for two framed butterflies.

Not bad.

How I did it:

I took these two shadow boxes.

And unwrapped them from their cellophane blankets.

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened it and saw this. The soft velvety background came with two sticky tapes and a velcro middle.

Great for sticking craft paper to as an anchor so I could easily cut around it. Another thing that made this craft easy is that you don’t have to be good at cutting for this project. Anyone else feel inadequate in the cutting straight area?

In this case, since the frame hides most of the paper, if your cutting is crooked or if you made a mistake and cut a little too much around the borders it’s okay. In fact, the more paper you cut, the better. That’s because the paper needs to fit inside of the frame. Any extras and your paper will get scrunched when you close the back of the frame.

Next, I grabbed two-sided tape. I pulled just enough tape so that it would cover most of the paper vertically. Then, I stuck the tape lengthwise in the middle of the paper.

After, I took the tower of magnetic butterflies already stuck to its own vertical metal stick and placed it onto the double-sided tape. I had to cut about an inch off the top of the metal skewers and a few off from the butterfly antennas so that it would fit inside of the frame. But that’s it! So easy, it’s ridiculous!

Here’s one of them.

And the other…

What have you been crafting lately?

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Creative Friday: Homemade Valentine’s Cards

I thought about sending traditional Valentine’s Day cards from the store this year. It was a no-brainer. But when I really thought about it, it just didn’t make any sense. I had hundreds of extra envelopes leftover from my wedding invitations and Paper-Source blank bookmarks that I never used. Thinking that it would be cheaper and more personal to create my own, I decided to scrap my original boring idea and work on a homemade bookmark/V-day card instead.

Here are the results:

The middle cards were super easy. For the second time, I reused old mini calendars (because I loved the graphic design on them), and cut mini hearts out of the leftovers. I used double-sided tape to adhere them to the premade bookmarks and then tied leftover wedding ribbon through each. The bookmark on the right was hand-painted and the first bookmark on the left was created with beads, leftover cross-stitch thread, paint and hearts from the mini calendars. They were the perfect recipe for reuse and upcycle Valentine’s day cards.

I just threw in a local chocolate and the bookmark into these perfectly sized wedding invite envelopes and I was done. Hope my family likes them!

Oh and I found leftover labels too. It was a great way to add my stamp and send them off with a short message.

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Creative Friday: Dreaming of Summer

We’re still heavy into winter. {If my house socks and all day robe wearing are any indication.} But while I wrap myself in multiple layers, I spend moments dreaming of summer.

My latest painted calendars help with that greatly.

The right one was inspired by a Paper-Source design and the left one was inspired by yet another CB2 catalog. Hope they realize imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

I’ve been in the crafty mood lately. Guess all that time spent indoors inspires my inner muse. Anyone else feel that way?

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Creative Friday the 13th: More Calendar Months

It’s Friday again. Yay! My favorite day of the week. On top of slowly writing my little short story, I’m also working on my calendar still. The more months I add to it, the more I think they’d be real pretty on a clothesline clipped with my crafty clothespins.  But for now, they’re hanging atop my wall.

Do you know how you know you’re lucky? When your significant other says, “Wow these are my favorites so far!” And he means it.

{Even with the smudges and imperfect pear shapes.} I guess that’s love. This set was inspired by my Target cup and my Crate and Barrel catalog.

Here they are hung up in my office.

What have you been up to lately?

*By the way, today’s the last day to enter to win a free copy of How to Be Happy No Matter What! by Sarah Nagel. You can still enter here.

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Creative Friday: Painted Calendars

I missed you guys last Friday. But I’m back with a new project. I’m still working my way through my 2012 calendars. It’s a slow and imperfect process. Yet, that’s what creativity is, isn’t it? It’s all about the journey, not the destination.

So here are my February and March months:

The inspiration for these duos has actually come from CB2 catalogs. Catalogs are one of my favorite forms of inspiration in fact, not just for painting, but for copywriting too.

And here’s a black and white one just for fun. {P.S. I only recently figured out I had the option to go black and white, sepia, natural and bold on my digital camera. Yes, I’m slow.}

I have to end this quick creative Friday post with a quote I just saw and shared on Facebook via @OprahWinfrey:

“It took me a long, long time to realize we’re not meant to be perfect. We’re meant to be whole.” – Jane Fonda

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Holiday Creative Friday: DIY Calendar

Happy Early Merry Christmas!

I’m keeping it light today since the holidays festivities are in full swing with a short post on my latest holiday project.

Every year, I order mini calendars from Snow & Graham. And over the years, I’ve hung them in my home office:

And when the year passed, I used them to re-cover my mini wooden clothespins:

But for 2012, I decided to do something different.

I was super excited then when I found blank calendars at Paper-Source for just $8.95 (compared to those mini calendars from Snow & Graham at $14.95). Like a blank slate, it was mine to  paint. I’m not finished yet, but thought I’d let January make its debut a bit early:

This simple birdie drawing was inspired by a CB2 catalog. Love getting inspiration from catalogs!

What about you? 

Are you still in the creative mode? Or are you in need of putting your creative muse to rest?

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