Happy Friday! Graphic 45 is wrapping up the Petaloo Blog Swap today and one of the calendars showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog is my perpetual calendar.  There’s lots going on over there, prizes, etc., so if you haven’t popped in yet, you probably should.  All the calendars this week have been absolutely spectacular.

Before I show you my calendar, I want to show you how the whole thing started.  I knew what type of calendar I wanted to make, but couldn’t find the one I wanted on the internet.  After hours and hours of time spent Googling, looking here and there, I finally decided that I needed to make what I wanted.  The calendar started out as this pine box.

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Well not this exact one, but one I had picked up junk storing one day for just a few bucks.  It had been stained in different colors already so it was the perfect box to alter and use.

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Here’s the completed calendar.


Now before you ask how can this be . . . . I tore the top off and cut the sides square with a jigsaw, leaving the back (bottom of the box) tall.  I didn’t like the squared off look of the sides, so they were then cut at an angle.


In all my trial attempts, I kept trying to work the square blocks (the day) on top of the month blocks (which happen to be some of my girls old building blocks).  I knew I needed a shelf (another reason for wanting the perpetual calendar from Walnut Hollow) . . .  SO, I used the side of the box I had cut off, and cut it down to fit inside the calendar.  A small base was added to the bottom so that the shelf would have something to rest on once it was glued in place.  To give it extra support, the shelf was also nailed from the sides and back.


All the wood was painted black and then covered with the new Graphic 45 Collection, Tropical Traveloque.  The numbers and letters on the blocks are from the stickers in the collection.


The flowers are from Petaloo and the chipboard leaves are Art Parts from Studio 490.


That’s all for me today . . . except

Smiley from millan.net


Project Supplies:

  • Graphic 45 Papers: Tropical Traveloque Collection – Tags 2, Oceania, Paradise Postage and Alphabet Stickers
  • Petaloo International: Darjeeling Collection – Mini Mix Black/Cream/Brown, Dahlia Mix, Wild Rose Mix, Black/Cream Hydrangea and Medium Mix Black/Cream/Brown
  • Ranger Industries: Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Peeled Paint; Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Peeled Paint; Matte Accents; Craft Sheet; Heat-it-Tool
  • Other: Maya Road Brown and Turquoise Leaf Trinket Pins; Advantus Tim Holtz idea-ology Memo Pin; Americana Black Acrylic Paint; Studio 490: Art Parts – Leaves; Sanding Tools; Hinged Pin Box; Saber Saw; Dremel; Nails; Staples; Hot Glue Gun

Hey everybody!  My sister told me today that I needed to do something with my blog.  I guess she’s getting tired of looking at the same old post.

I hope y’all had a fabulous Christmas and are gearing up for the New Year.  I for one will be doing the same thing I’ve done for every New Year’s Eve . . .  staying put in my jammies on the couch.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your comments, emails and well wishes.  You have truly touched my heart!

I still haven’t made it into the studio, even though my goal was head down this week.  Today . . . yes today will be the day!

For some medical updates . . . I did find out that I do have a discrepancy with the arteries in my heart.  The middle artery is short and does not reach the base of the heart like it should so I have some new medications that I’ve been adjusting to.  One med is to slow my heart rate and the other is to enlarge my arteries;


for all you ladies out there who know what “Living Out Loud” is all about (Menopause the Musical) . . . power surges, night sweats, memory lapses . . . you get the drift . . . I finally have got me some of them there hormones . . . look out! TOWANDA is on the move!  (one of my favorite scenes from Fried Green Tomatoes)

I guess that’s all I have to say today . . .

But I’ll be back with a Graphic 45 project that I did for the Petaloo Blog Swap.  I think you’re going to love it . . . . I know I do!



Good morning!  I’m here today to put some rumors to rest and fill you in on what is happening on my end.

I’ve been a little under the weather lately Smiley from millan.net and decided to have myself checked out by a new doctor (that my sister and mother have recently started going to).

Of course, when you go to a new doctor the first steps are having a complete physical and work-up.   I’ve had a sleep test done, been checking my blood pressure twice a day for two weeks now, and I’ve had blood drawn a number of times.  I should have the results of all that work on Monday morning.  However . . .

I had a nuclear stress test Smiley from millan.netand of course, I failed.  I didn’t last too long until I started breathing very heavy and hard and my heart rate sored up.  THEN when I had the pictures made . . . Smiley from millan.net . . . they came back with some abnormalities.    Needless to say, at this point my doctor ordered a heart cath.

Let me just say at this point that my heart is just fine and is beating strong Smiley from millan.net

There are no blockages, blah blah blah . . . and a big WOO HOO!!!! Smiley from millan.net

I’ve been resting this week . . . no stairs (which means no studio), no driving (until yesterday when I HAD to go out), no walking, standing or sitting for extended periods . . . you get the picture . . .  I’ve been Smiley from millan.net

Where we go from here, I don’t know.  What I do know is that I will trust my new doctor and we will work together to make me feel like I should!

In the meantime, I’ll still have that occasional project that I can share and I will be working on projects for CHA.  They are all due soon and things I won’t be able to share until after CHA.


Good morning!  I hope y’all have had a good week so far and are looking forward to the weekend.  My plan is to spend the entire weekend in the studio and try and get ahead of the game a little.  There’s so much going on and in the midst of it all, I’ve been having a few medical tests.   I have another test on Monday and I’m hoping to be somewhat prepared for next week by getting a few things ready in advance.

My project that I have to share with you, is also being showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog today.  It’s all about Graphic 45 and wood so I hope you hop on over and visit to see what the other designers have created.

Y’all know I like to junk store and search for things to alter.  For this project, I started with this wood recipe card box:


I had already sanded the box when I took the photo, and you can definitely see the rooster detail that had been there before.

The box was then painted black and embellished.


Of course I had to do some sanding after I painted it, just to give it that well-used worn look.  Just for the fun of it, I added a Graphic 45 Metal Tag.   The sanded areas were covered with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.


The flowers on the top were die cut from the Steampunk Debutante Collection – Fantasy Floral, Victorian Transformers and Steampunk Debutante papers, using Spellbinders™ Grand Peony and Carnation Creations.    The leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Spellbinders Foliage, than painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.  The flourish was painted with Peeled Paint and once it was dry, Peeled Paint Distress Stickles were added.


The edges of the flowers were sponged with Antique Linen then shaped and assembled.  A corsage pin was inserted in the middle to work as a handle when dipping the flowers in UTEE (Faux Porcelain).


The original hinges on the box were replaced with Graphic 45 Metal Hinges.


Graphic 45 Metal Button were placed on the bottom for feet.

I guess that’s all I have for today, except don’t forget to visit the Graphic 45 Blog to see what the other designers made!

Thanks for stopping by!


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