Probably only once or twenty times. They. Are. Fabulous. Especially the one at Target. Apparently they are not doing well in this economy, which shocks me as I feel like my visits alone could keep the entire company afloat. But anyway. They have a really cute line of desk accessories in right now. I found this little clipboard...
Cute, but not really my style. So I grabbed some scraps of my favorite paper ever, some fifty cent bobbin ribbons and some modge podge and came up with this...
I so love it. It's small--it holds a mini legal pad--but perfectly pink now. I used a dip spreader to pry the rivets off the back so I could add the paper. That bent the metal ever so slightly, making it impossible to re-fasten one of the rivets. So one side is super glued down. I added some pink brads over the rivets to hide the rough side since that's on the front. I also added some green polka dot paper to the back to finish it off. And this is important--I added a coat of modge podge over the whole surface to help keep it from getting quite so dirty.
And since I mentioned my favorite paper, look what else I made with it!!
I found these mugs at Oriental Trading. They came with a "World's Greatest Dad" insert for kids to color, so I used that as the template and traced my inserts on pretty paper. I cut the circles with my beloved Cricut (Kyle got me two new carts for Christmas!), and used stickers for the monogram. I made these for my friends at school for Christmas and for Avery's teachers.
Santa brought Avery this little step stool for her playhouse, but let us do the monogramming in anticipation of new Cricut fonts. I cut the name from the Mini Monogram cartridge and the polka dots from George. But they're not cut from paper; it's vinyl! Lowes has their Wall Pops for $3 (though I've heard some of the stores have them for $1), so I stocked up on pink and green. They only had the dark pink, so I clipped a piece to Avery's new easel and painted right on it. Using the easel was her idea, by the way. You just peel the paper off the cut vinyl and stick it on. I first tried the vinyl out on the front door, and am now anxious to ghost the words to Michigan's fight song as a border in the den.
So that's all for my December crafting. I have a couple of pictures of a new decoration I tried this year, which I may post later, and of course "the cold Grinch" will make an appearance, but it's time to more or less move in to the new year. Or at least that's my excuse...really I just need to figure out what I'm teaching on Tuesday and launch the website for the Writing Project.