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DIY Planning isn’t just for notebooks!

Free People used yarn, cut-out letters, old wallpaper, blank sheet music, and other found papers and stapled it to the wall to create this monster wall calendar!

Chalkboards calendars are so wonderful to look at AND functional. Check out the tutorials linked below and this video tutorial by Martha Stewart on making your own wall calendar. With the right undercoats you can put chalkboard paint on just about anything! (Chalkboard Refrigerator!)


(*** 1. Erinowe’s Chalkboard Window + Tutorial *** 2. Geninne’s Studio Update *** 3. Jen Thompson’s Screen Door + Tutorial ***)

When we own a house I’m going to paint my studio just like Roland Emmerich’s Chalkboard Office. On the walls & ceiling, brilliant! Pair that with my dream floors (white-washed oak) & I’d never leave.

Hello! I went to Joann’s on Friday to pick up some fabric for a new (secret!) project. I ended up leaving with a crazy book, Crazy Quilting – The Complete Guide. It has about a hundred different stitch and knot examples. I’ve been wanting to try freestyle embroidery ever since I saw the work of Takashi Iwasaki.

Here’s a sample:

Amazing right?! He has lots more to look at on his website: Takashi Iwasaki

Anyways, here’s my first attempt (in progress!)

embroidery

I still want to add a lot but embroidery is SO much slower than the drawing that I’m used it. AND I really need to get off the computer and start on my new secret project which I’m VERY excited about. Here’s a hint!

sewing machine and green and brown fabric

And as a reminder, the newest addition to my workspace. Yes we can!

hope

I made a bag this weekend that turned out so nice! I was inspired by this beautiful bag, by Morelle and followed this tutorial, on ‘Cut Out + Keep.’ I started a ‘make this’ folder and have added in tons of projects and tutorials I found over the weekend online – My mom recently bought me a sewing machine and I’m really starting to love it. I’ll be posting more about it here in the future and maybe make my own tutorial! I’m thinking of creating a notebook/pocket book to go with my DIY Planner template pages.

In other news, we haven’t sent out our wedding thank you’s yet. 2 1/2 months later! I’m sure that’s the hugest wedding faux pas of all time, but I’m hoping since they’re all handmade/stamped and have several 4×6 photos inside it’ll make up for it?! We started this afternoon and finished all of the cards and envelopes & I’m about halfway through all the messages inside, phew!

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Amanda Hawkins

Amanda Hawkins

Take care of little humans,
stare at tiny computer,
scribble on paper,
daydream.
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