My “calendar” box (part 1)…

This project took me a super long time to complete… (and it is still not done, but by complete in this case I mean… get to where I can start using it) Not that it will take YOU forever if you decide to do something similar… But I’ve had a lot going on mixed with going through periods of forgetfulness that I even had started this project, but anyways – whatever, right? Emabassingly, I started this in March (2012).

I am the type of person that likes to keep a planner or some kind of calendar… somewhere to write birthdays, events, lists etc, but since I finished my schooling I never end up carrying it! I have a hard enough time remembering to bring along a diaper bag since I am not a purse person. I grab my keys, phone, little guy and go!

For me, the problem with a planner or calendar is that every year it becomes obsolete and you have to transfer everything over to a brand new one… and they seem to get more and more expensive. What happened for 2012 was: I bought a planner, took the time to transfer everything over in my neatest of writing then NEVER used it!

Meet my calendar box (in progress)! Which will do, at least for now!  I have seen some neat books before that utilize this idea – but I have not seen one that I like and most seem to go along more of the “diary” themes which I also don’t want…

This is the “so-far” of my calendar box!


•index cards (4×6) (at least 360 of them but over time you will need more)
•a picture box or similar
•neat paper/cardstock (I used some mat stacks I already had for card-making/scrapbooking)

The idea was to look almost like an old-fashioned recipe box with each  month being a tab and behind it being cards labeled for each day of the month! This way once I write someones birthday or anniversary, it is always there!


I decided to print my month labels off on the computer… I was just ready to get this thing to a useable state!


I gave each of the month “tabs” fun  paper and glued it onto a piece of cardstock to give it some substance! The design paper you see was actually from a huge box of cards I had (blank inside with just neat designs on the front) acquired from a huge party store in Portland… I just sandwiched each over a plain color of cardstock to give each  month different flair!

I used good ol’ notecards to file behind numbered according to how many days in each month…

January – 31 Days
February – 28 Days ( I gave it 29 days to allow for leap years)
March – 31 Days
April – 30 Days
May – 31 Days
June – 30 Days
July – 31 Days
August – 31 Days
September – 30 Days
October – 31 Days
November – 30 Days
December – 31 Days


In addition, events and things that I want to remember I can write with the corresponding year! For example, April 17th…


My husband and I had been wanting a way to keep track of events, special occasions and more in one place! So I really hope this will help… we like to reflect back and keep track of all the blessings and things we have enjoyed… what we have been given… having them jotted down to reflect back on helps us stay thankful and positive when things may seem to be less than ideal.  This should really be fun a few years down the road when we can be writing something on a specific day and be able to look back at others things that happened in prior years!

and he of course wanted to be in on all the action!


I still would like to make it a little better…

I have some neat paper that I will wrap my box with to give it some personality (as if boxes have personality, but you get it… right?) I just need to choose which of my fun papers to use… and do it when my little one is pre-occupied or napping because as you can see he will want to help! 🙂 Bless his sweet bones! I’m not sure what else I will do to my box, but for now – I have a calendar box to start using and I love the fact that all the events I transfer over will still be there for years to come!

Happy Crafting! And, again… Happy New Year!

Home Improvement #4: My Jar Shelf!

The Jar Shelf Greg Made!

This is by far my favorite “home improvement” project yet… I just love it! Every time I walk into the kitchen it makes me smile.  Greg built this shelf literally in to the wall for me to put my jars on. The problem with our kitchen is that there is not much cupboard space or storage (no pantry area either) so somehow all my dishes, baking items, pans, glasses, mugs, utensils etc. and not to mention food has to fit in the small area!  This was his grand creation…an inset shelf for me to put all my precious jars on!  You can see that before the shelf was there, this wall was just plain and a wasted space because there was no room to add any cupboards, counter or anything…but I sure am using it now, and daily! I get into many of these jars everyday at least once… I have many baking goods, nuts,  chocolate chip varieties, flax-seed, wheat bran and germ, popcorn kernels, cornmeal, candy, peanut butter, dried beans, oats and more!

The nut row...

Items for baking!

This project turned out wonderful! It was a slow process at first while he cut out the sheet rock and 2 studs… while keeping the other side of the sheet rock (living room wall) blemish free, but after the hole was made the rest went fairly quickly. He made the shelf to size and slid it in place!

I think everywhere we live I need a jar shelf…I just love it! The problem is, I can’t take this one with me – he may be needing to make another one someday if we have another house! 🙂

Home Improvement: Laundry Room!

This is our second “Home Improvement” project… if you read what our first one, it was in our bedroom which was just painting. I don’t say “just” because it was a little project – painting always takes more time that I think it will, and it did take a while… so we were able to move on to our next of priorities…



Well folks, this was a pretty big project that Greg did!  I did not take the picture soon enough, but you can see where there was a door and trim around it… he has already taken that out/down. But there is more… 

Laundry Room – Before

I am someone that actually will enjoy doing laundry, but it is really  hard in a space like this!  It is so small and dark too! There is a small light, but it is a cramped space with no natural light. So, Greg had the fantastic idea to open it up to where the space could be used more and I could actually get in there with a laundry basket!

Laundry Room - In process, cutting out the sheetrock and beyond!

I should have taken a few more in-process pictures, but I didn’t!  The picture below shows the “finished” room (for now) and yes, it is GREEN! It is a really fun color and looks fresh and clean (at least to me). It is fun to go in now… especially since I can actually GO IN! I still need to finish moving things back in and DO LAUNDRY – which has really piled up since our “construction zone” and painting limited my ability to stay up on laundry!  I love it and it is a much better use of the space! 

Laundry Room - After

Some things that we still would like to do in this space someday (near or very future depending on time/resources/plans and more):

  • Lay lenolium or something… cover up that concrete floor
  • put up cabinets and a different shelving system
  • Install some “french style” doors  to close off the space
  • that is all for now!

Home Improvement #1: The Bedroom!

Part of the fun (and of course the work) of having your own home is making improvements… decorating… and creating a reflection of who you are, what you like and what you are about!  This of course is limited (or expanded) by income, resources, foundation,  the walls… and whatever else we can come up with!  There are many improvements we want to make as well as many options of what we can do but for now, we are of course limited with a few of the reasons listed.  Our home was built in the early 80’s and I am starting to think it was a time to make bathrooms, closets and kitchens as small as possible!  Maybe not for every house, but that is what we have – so we can not do much in those areas, but what we can work with is paint, fixtures etc… cosmetic factors.  Expanding the whole house out a few feet to give us some storage space and wiggle room in the bathrooms and kitchen is just not feasible! 🙂  Overall, the house is a good size – plenty big for the two of us (3 bedrooms), especially because we are always in the same room, whichever one that is!  We are so blessed to have a place to live and my what sounds like complaining is actually quite petty considering all we have! 

Anyways, more recently (prior to us living here together), the carpet and tile was updated (except one room that is flooded with hues of pink, which we will talk about later) so, this is really nice for us because we don’t have the expense of taking out the true “hunter-green” carpet! 

So, the first thing we decided to do was paint the master bedroom because it was sherbet orange… not really our color!  This is what it looked like before and after…

It is a huge change! We like the paint colors but we ideally need another coat of the lighter to get rid of the orange hue we at think we can still see – unless it is our imagination!   But for now, we are calling the bedroom “done” and will move onto other projects before hopefully coming back and updating the fan and other hardware/outlet covers.

A new “hobby”… still a lot to learn

My first real project about finished


I am learning to knit! So far so good and I am really enjoying it!  It is a nice change of pace to be able to sit and “mindlessly” do something.  I say mindlessly but it is a time I can sit and try to unwind from the chaotic days at school and work…. and think about what I want to think about!  I don’t know if mindless exists for me, at least not right now.  Knitting is nice because I can do as little or as much as I want or have time for and progress can be seen!  Pictured is  a project I am making as a gift… it is obviously “beginner”  looking, but it will still be warm and at least has neat color! I hope to get the basics down then feel better about buying higher quality yarns and also incorporate different stitches or patters. someday… but like I said still a lot to learn! 

Why not try something new? I recommend it!