DIY Dry Erase Calendar

The weather recently has been insane. FREEZING. Gross. Silver lining being that it is ideal ‘let’s-stay-inside-all-day-and-do-crafts’ weather. Which is exactly what I did last weekend.

In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that this is not some original idea that I had. I actually saw it on a few sites (Pinterest, Wanelo, Craft Gawker…).

I liked it instantly because 1. it looks real cool and 2. its SUPER CHEAP to make. What other reasons do you need, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

-paint swatches (FREE at hardware stores…boom)
-glue
-some fun paper (wrapping paper can work well)
-a frame (Michael’s has some amazing sales)

Got these guys for free at Home Depot

Got these guys for free at Home Depot

I got the paint swatches in order…they are numbered on the top…so I just grabbed a sequence in order. (HINT: grab extras in case you mess up!).

calendar1

Ok so I cut off the top and bottom squares and used the middle ones for the calendar days. I kept the bottom ones though and used them as the days of the week. I had an 11×14 frame…so I had to cut the swatches. I measured them at 1 and 5 8ths (aka 2 lines past 1.52 inches).  I lined the back of my frame with cool wrapping paper for the background.

Glue'em Down

 

Once you cut’em down to size, line them up and glue them down. I cut the very bottom squares that I had saved in half and used them as day of the week markers. I have a bunch of scrap booking materials so I used some stickers I have to write Month. NOTE: the glue makes the card-boardish paint swatches curl a little…so I actually put something heavy on it until it was dry to flatten it.

All Done!

All Done!

 

Once its all dry, I used a silver sharpie to write the days of the week. Then I just put it in the frame ($9.99 at Michael’s). You use the dry erase markers on the glass and BOOM you’re done! Super simple and easy. And you never have to buy a calendar again!

You can alter this project by not using paint swatches and simply making your own fancy/awesome looking white board.

 

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Painted Glasses…aka The Epic Craft Fail

Ugh…the wounds are still fresh on this one folks…

So you all know how I spend lots of time surfing the depths of Pinterest. I’ve found tons of super cool craft ideas on there. Its great. I had found this one project that I was totally psyched to try out. They were these knock of Anthropologie Confetti Tumblers. So cute. Also the blog its from, Radical Possibility, is HILARIOUS and awesome. Totally check it out. The girl is super funny and has some excellent ideas!

Anyways…when I was home for Thanksgiving I stopped by the dollar store and picked up four stemless wine glasses so I could make my own confetti glasses.

Stemless Wine Glass

I was all set to start confetti-ing the crap out of these guys…and I started…and I sucked at it and gave up lol. I really didn’t like how the paint looked sort of transparent (I was using my own Basics brand acrylic paints from Michaels). So I washed ’em off and started again…attempting a type of ombre-esque feel using a paint sponge.

Painting with a sponge

I was so-so about the sponge, but I liked the coverage and texture much better than the dots looked. So I painted them different colors.

Painted Glasses

I was feeling like something was missing. So I decided to mix up lighter versions of the colors and lightly sponge it over the glasses (except I used yellow on the orange one to make sure it didn’t look too much like the red one). I used a flash on my camera to show the overlay colors better (in regular light it creates a sort of frosted look).

This is with a flash...in regular light it looks 'frosted'

This is with a flash…in regular light it looks ‘frosted’

DIY Painted Glasses

In the end, I was happy with the final product! I sprayed it with a couple coats of Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer and thought I was good to go.

this is the spray I used for reference

this is the spray I used for reference

Turns out…I was NOT good to go. I let them dry for 4 days. And when I went to give them a quick wash so I could drink out of them, DISASTER STRUCK.  The paint cam right off! 😦 I was…and AM…SUPER bummed about it! I really don’t know what went wrong.

FAIL. Ruined Glasses

I’m hoping that some of you super crafters might be able to shed some light on what exactly caused this tragedy. I think next time I attempt to re-do these glasses I might just spring for some paints specifically made for painting on glass…maybe the Martha ones.

Meat and Po’tater Casserole

When you read the title, imagine it with a southern accent…because that’s how I hear it haha…

So last week I went over to a friends house and we whipped up a tasty meal. She had found a recipe for Meat and Potato Casserole online so we figured it was worth a try. We did however make a few changes….namely that we used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

Its actually pretty simple to prepare and doesn’t cost a fortune to put together…so clearly I’m a fan. I WILL however point out some key things that you’ll likely miss if, like me, you read and prepare one step at a time.

Meat and Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 4 cups thinly sliced peeled potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of celery soup, undiluted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Now before you read ahead, Note: YOU COOK THE POTATOES FIRST. After you peel, slice, and butter’em up you have to bake them for about 20 minutes! We sort of missed that part and it set us back time-wise so I thought I would tell you guys up front.

Directions

  • Toss potatoes with butter and salt; arrange on the bottom and up the sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Sprinkle beef and corn over potatoes. Combine the soup, milk, garlic powder, pepper, onion and 1/2 cup cheese; pour over beef mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings.

It was super yummy and you can spice it up by adding other spices or veggies. And it all totally holds up when you take it for lunch the next day!

Note for vegetarians: This recipe can totally work with meat substitutes like lentils and soy-fake meat (sorry I can’t remember the actual name)

On an unrelated note: Its holiday fair season! woohoo! I can not express how much I love a good fair/yard sale. I happened to get a MAJOR steal when I went with my fam the other weekend! I got this AMAZING crystal cut punch bowl set complete with 12 glasses and stand bowl for….wait for it…..SIX DOLLARS. I basically died. I love it so much and CAN NOT wait to use it!

Punch Bowl Set!

 

How have the rest of fared at these fairs?…see what I did there…college money well spent.

Leonardo da Who? One Gal’s Attempt at Chevron

Da Vinci ain’t got nothing on me these days. I’ve been painting more and more…something that actually comes as a little bit of a surprise to me because I have some OCD perfectionist issues.

The whole painting thing started kind of gradually. Certain cities (like Boston) have this thing called Paint Nite. Where local artists set up in random bars and teach you how to recreate their painting…while you drink of course. Its really fun and shows up on the groupon type sites. I’ve gone with my lady pals twice now and painted some cool stuff.

Paint Nite Number One: Cityscape; Paint Nite Number 2: Cocktail 🙂 Third is a picture I copied off of one I saw on the internet lol.

Anyways…this is just to show how it began. Back to the present. I have a living room full of blank walls and it bugged me so I went on a trip to Michaels and got some paints and canvass. This is the most recent painting adventure I’ve embarked on. The DIY Chevron.

Ugh. Looking at this irritates me. Here’s the thing. I read on a blog about how “it’s so easy” to DIY Chevron and that the secret is to basically treat it like a pie crust (the woven kind). FALSE. It sucked and I instantly regretted it lol. It made the tape not stick well because you handle it so much, plus it was just WAY more work than just making a pattern.

Once you get your Chevron lines figured out then you can start painting. I went for solid stripes.

Here’s where my OCD kicks in a little. Because I had handled the tape so much making the lines, they ended up bleeding a little. Which is just mildly annoying to look at. Also the stripes are 100% equal…but I’ve been learning to brush this biz off and try and ignore it.

This is more of a weekend project because you have to wait for the first stripes to be completely dry before you finish. So I painted the first stripes Friday night and finished it all up on Saturday. You cover the painted stripes with your painters tape then paint away. I went for a messy approach. I just painted random colors over the tape.

Once the paint is dry, peel the tape off and BOOM. You got yourself a piece of art. So there you have it folks. Go forth and put Van Gogh to shame!

And fun times were had by all…

So the past two weeks have actually been a bit busy. Thinking back, they weren’t even that busy…it’s more that they were filled with fun times. I’ll catch you up to speed.

First of the fun times was last Sunday (well actually it was the Sunday before that but words escape me sometimes…). Some gal pals that I work with decided to have a Lady Date. We made some tasty challah bread, ate some pizza and beer, and watched A League of Their Own. So clearly we had the best day ever. It was really fun. We kneeded and braided that dough like champs and coated with not one, but TWO egg washes. BOOM. You can read more about our baking adventure on my friend Maren’s blog here.

I wish I could tell you something interesting about my week (Monday-Friday) but to be perfectly honest I don’t remember anything about it. I guess its safe to assume nothing terribly remarkable happened.

But this past weekend I went to New Hampshire with the fam. It was loads of fun. We went kayaking, and chilled by the fire and made smores…mmmm smores…. I really only bring this up because 1. kayaking is super fun (first time going!) 2. smores are delicious and always warrant a shout out and 3. on the way back from NH we stopped for lunch and I had this amazing lemonade.


The lemonade that I had at lunch was “fresh raspberry lemonade” and I decided to recreate it at home. I tweeked it to be fresh strawberry lemonade instead (BOGO strawberries at Stop & Shop woot woot). I cut up some strawberries and added them to some lemonade. I gave it all a good shake shake in my cocktail shaker and poured it into my glass. Then I topped it off with some San Pellegrino Limonata. It’s so refreshing! Also, you could add a little vodka and have a killer cocktail too. Yum Yum.

I also whipped up a batch of Energy Balls I saw on Pintrest. They are no-bake granola bar balls. They are also very easy to make and are totally addicting.

Here’s how you make’em:

-1 cup oats
-1/2 cup peanut butter
-1/3 cup honey
-2/3 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-1 tsp vanilla

Now I also added chopped nuts and craisins, and cinnamon for extra oomph.

Overall a fairly productive July.

And just for fun I’ll add a silly family pic from the kayaking adventure.