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Creative Friday: Home Office Ideas

Creative Friday: Home Office Ideas

Tweet 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 […]

Creative Friday: Framed Butterflies

Creative Friday: Framed Butterflies

Tweet 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 […]

Creative Friday: Homemade Valentine’s Cards

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

Creative Friday: Dreaming of Summer

Tweet 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 […]

Creative Friday the 13th: More Calendar Months

Creative Friday the 13th: More Calendar Months

Tweet 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 […]

Creative Friday: Painted Calendars

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

Holiday Creative Friday: DIY Calendar

Tweet 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 […]

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