Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday- Menu Board

Ever since my baby was born in April
I've had a hard time keeping up with my meal planning.

I used to go through my list of meals every month or so
and assign a different dinner for each night.

But now I have a better way to do it!

It all started when I saw
this cute menu board
from A Girl and a Glue Gun:
Brilliant! And SO super cute!
But I didn't know where to buy the blank calendar
that she used on the front of her menu board.

Then I saw these meal planning magnets
from the red chair blog:

I love the idea, but I really wanted something to put it on,
rather than my already cluttered fridge.

I saw this magnetic calendar from crafts keep me sane:
I loved the idea of using a cookie sheet!

And then I saw this cute menu board
from Heartland Paper:

So here is what I ended up doing...
I didn't want to spend a ton of money,
so I bought a cookie sheet from the dollar store.

I painted it with chalkboard paint.
I gave it 4 layers, letting it dry in between.
Then after 24 hours I followed the instructions
to cover it with chalk before writing on it.

I made my calendar with a ruler and a chalk marker.
(The chalk marker does leave faint lines even after wiping it off with a damp cloth,
a magic eraser helps take the rest off.)

Then I printed off a list of meals,
including some "eat out" options
as well as "try a new recipe".

I cut them out and mounted them on cute paper,
and attached a magnet to the back.
(I used a roll of self-adhesive magnets from the craft section at Walmart.)

The "What's For Dinner" sign I printed out from this pdf
from Heartland Paper.

So far I am loving it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: School Days File Box

My kids start school tomorrow!
Every year the extra papers seem to clutter my house,
and we never know where to put everything.
So this school file box looks like a great idea to me!

This isn't technically a tutorial,
but I had to share it with you!

Just add a new folder for each grade,
and you have a place to store all the special papers from that year.
And I think I'll use it to store the current year's extra paperwork too!

For more details visit Somewhat Simple's post right here.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Pssst, giveaway!

The Veater Family Adventures Review & Giveaway Blog

We're doing a giveaway over at the Veater Family Adventures blog,
be sure to stop by and enter!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Flickr Friday-- Jordanelle

Are you all familiar with Flickr?
I love their tagline, "Share your photos, watch the world."
People from all over the world upload photos on flickr, for everyone to see.
And there are some amazing photos!

This summer we've been busy!
I thought that with our new baby
we'd end up doing far less than normal.
But it has actually been quite the opposite!
It seems like we've done even more than we have in past summers.
Today we are headed to the lake.
And we'll spend some quality time with family,
I can't wait!

via here

Do you have a flickr photo to share?
Leave a comment with the link to your photo or post!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New fonts!

We have 2 new fonts! I'm working on getting them added to the available fonts page, but in the meantime you can request them on any purchase you make.

This is the tiny lowercase typewriter font:

And the tiny lowercase playful font:
These fonts should work on any of the listings in the shop.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

We're back!

Wow, sorry to be MIA almost the entire summer,
but these three have been keeping me super busy!

Especially this guy!

But school starts next week and hopefully we'll get on a better schedule.

And the shop is back open! I'm planning on closing it more often, whenever I need a little extra time to catch up on orders, but right now we're ready to go!