We've lived in hotels, motels, relatives' homes, and small rental places ever since we've been married. Before that, I was also a bit of a gypsy. I've even spent a holiday season at Boot Camp!
So, now that we're in a cozy little cottage (even if it's not permanent) I'm trying to make it cozy for the kids. I've got a bunch of projects that I'll be showing throughout the month.
|The Cottage the day before we moved in. Look how peaceful, how unsuspecting... ahhh- the poor neighborhood!|
I have this giant fireplace mantel that was driving me nuts. It wasn't a small or cozy sized mantel like the one in the dining room:
|See- the dining room mantel is such a much more manageable size. It's perfect for a charcoal sketch of Sango-kitty's fat bottom! (And it looks fabulous with the lights on!)|
It was huge! So, I hung some wreaths. But, those were pretty boring all alone. Plus, it left this huge gap between the wreaths. I left it alone. I just wasn't ready to think about it, I suppose.
|Such is the poor photography of using a cell phone camera. Can you guess what was on my wish list for the holidays? By the way, mind the gap! (The VERY BIG OBVIOUSLY UGLY GAP IN BETWEEN THE BORING WREATHS!)|
I moved on to other projects around the house. I set up the classroom (another post for another time) and I came across an old calendar from the local Chinese restaurant. I nearly tossed it out before I caught sight of the blank backside of it. "Hmmm," I thought to myself, "the size is right... the scale is ok... and I suppose storage wouldn't be a problem..."
I decided to turn my trash into a banner to fill that gap on the wall above the fireplace.
|Step 1: Gather Supplies- old scroll style calendar, newspaper, pencil, paints, brushes|
|Step 3: Fill in your letters. BE CERTAIN TO PUT NEWSPAPER UNDER THE CALENDAR! Don't worry about getting smudges outside the lines. We'll take care of that.|
|Step 4: Remember those smudges? Use a contrasting color to outline the letters. Instant smudge-away.|