Tuesday, July 26, 2011

{DIY} Calendar

The term busy bee has never been more appropriate! I recently got hired as an account executive for a new company, Sweet Deals. It's a site where women: brides, moms, and girls who just want to have fun can find amazing steals on products and services. Check it out and sign up for the email list. We are launching soon!!
Up until this point I've been able to get away with my phone's calendar. BUT, for some reason, it just hasn't been cutting it lately. BTW...not a fan of my Droid. I'm an iPhone girl, but ditched it for the "family plan".  As soon as TMobile gets the iPhone...I'm switching back. Oh happy day! Anywhooo....there's something about a good old fashioned paper calendar. When I can cross things off with a "fun" pen (not exactly sure what that means), I feel extra accomplished and organized.
I've been looking for a nice little calendar (midway through a year, go figure) but just couldn't find one I liked. Or...I would find a layout I liked...but it had a neon unicorn on the cover. What?? SO, I decided to make my own. I found this FREE printable calendar from The TomKat Studio that was simple and fun. And instead of a neon unicorn, I designed my own cover....drum roll please:
Oh yes, I did.

I can add pages in between the months for contact lists, to-do-lists and more pictures of my son looking awesome. I'll prob bind it with ribbon to give my desk area a little pop of fun. Printed everything on cardstock to make it a tad more...legit

*If you wanted to use these calendars one month at a time, for your kitchen perhaps...you could frame the month and then use a fine tipped dry erase marker to make your entries. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

{Photography} Papa Stanks!

Yes, that's right....Papa Stanks!!
     That's what my client (the sweet girl in the photo above) taught me! She performs in beauty pageants all over Georgia and has quite a lot of experience in the smiling department. As a trick to keep her smile from looking fake and forced...her mom would have her say, during her photo shoots...Papa Stinks (which in her adorable southern accent sounds like...PAPA STANKS!). Poor Papa!! 
     Low and behold, I got some of the best smiles ever outta this cutie! So, if you are taking family pics or have a client that's a little on the shy end....give this a try! It'll make them laugh and giggle...you're bound to get a great shot! For more tips on how to get some great smiles, check out this blog from I Heart Faces!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Christmas in July!

I love handmade gifts. Unique. Thoughtful. Budget friendly (if you don't mess up 1000 times like I tend to)! I'm LOVING this idea for reusable coffee sleeves as a Christmas present. The fact that these are earth friendly makes them that much more cool! So, Christmas is 5 months away. But, knowing how long it takes me to complete these kinds of projects....I better start yesterday! Oh, did I mention I've never sewn (is that a word??) in my life? Minor detail. Currently receiving lessons from my amazingly talented grandmother, or as I like to call her..."Nanny". Love her!!! Check out The Cottage Home, one of my fav blogs! You'll definitely find yourself inspired there!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

{Organization} Recipe Binder

My dear friend, Emily Hall, has just started blogging for Rubbermaid. Very proud of her and excited to read her future posts. Her first contribution was on how to build a recipe binder. We all know how frustrating it can be to have 10 recipe books staring at you....and you can imaging all of them saying....PICK ME, PICK ME! Lol....confession: I'm a little delirious right now. This always seems to happen to me on Thursdays. Anyone else have a case of the Thursdays?? My sweet boy is keeping me quite busy these days! I digress...With this binder, you can pull your favorites from magazines or blogs, and then organize them with tabs. Check out Emily's post for more details!!

Welcome, honey!!!!...AND Pinterest invite giveaway!!

Hi! Thanks for stopping by to check out my new blog! I wanted to find a home for all of the super creative and awe inspiring ideas and projects that I come across while buzzing around my fav blogs! There's something about crafting and diy projects that well, simply put, make my heart happy. The cool part is, I don't always have to complete the project, even just reading about them brings a smile to my face.
     I like to believe that these people...you know, the one's who actually came up with these amazing ideas...can somehow channel their creative energy through my computer monitor. (insert spiritual chanting music now) Using this site, I can share these finds with YOU! Occasionally, I'll throw in an original idea or two. But, if we're being honest, you'll mostly be reading about the crafts, diy projects and recipes that I WOULD be trying IF there were 8 more hours in a day!
     If you love photography, you'll def want to stick around! I started a photography biz a few years ago...self taught (and sometimes that shows)....still learning every day! I'll be posting tips and tutorials to hopefully inspire you to pick up your camera and start shooting! There will definitely be giveaways on FREE photography classes and discounted shoots!!!
     Please feel free to share your favorite blogs and any projects of your own!! Of course, I would LOVE to see your final projects, or heck, even if you made it halfway on something...share!!! I'm proud of myself when I can even tear a cute craft idea out of a magazine!
     As a welcome gift to my new readers....the first 5 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a Pinterest invite from me! If you are already on Pinterest, still leave me something sweet! Hurry...invites are hard to get! If you don't know what Pinterest even is, sign up for the giveaway anyways....because, as soon as you find out more, you'll be in love, and well...it'll be too late. ; ) Alright my little honey bee's....follow me!!!!!