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DIY Memo Board

Autumn is usually the busiest time of the year for families! We’re a month and a half into the school year, fall sports and activities are have began, and there are tons of harvest festivals, and pumpkin patches to check out!! Memo boards help the busiest of all families get organized and set everyones schedule on one command board!

Check out my DIY Memo Board which I made from a flea market $0.50 cork board, and a thrifted white board I purchased at GoodWill for $1!!!

That’s a total of $1.50 just for the main supplies!

The rest of the supplies were provided by items I’ve already owned, prior to this project.


I’ve been in the middle of brainstorming for a family command center. I want to create an area in our home kitchen where my entire family can go to, and place everything from mail, incoming and outgoing school work, grocery lists, and all the random constant moving paper documents, and bags that go in and out of our home.

This memo board was super inexpensive and easy to make. There are tons of great wired baskets, wall organization compartments and systems on the market, but spending $100 on an espresso rimmed cork/chalk board is not an option for me. Being the casual crafter that I am, I want to create every component and piece myself!!! I not only want to save money, but also be creative with the secondhand treasures that I can find! Starting off with a memo board is a great building block to create my family command center!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-Scissors

-Paper/Or Craft Foam Sheet

-Glue Stick or Glue Gun

-White Board (Mine was Thrifted at GoodWill, $.99)

-Cork Board (Flea Market Find, $0.50)

-Scrap Book Paper, or Wrapping Paper with a desired pattern or print you like!

I used these patterned fabric remnants, which I had purchased last Spring Break visiting the Pacific North West!

It’s it a great pattern?! Fabric

Directions:

  1. With your printed paper/gift wrap or fabric, place it on the side you want to place your scheduling system board.
    This will divide the board in two separate areas. One for the schedule area, the other side for the thumb-tacked/post-it notes, and grocery lists.
  2. Eyeball the width of how much your want your scheduled size to be. You can have both sides equally even, but I like one side to larger than then other. I went with and 8″inch width for my left/schedule side.
  3. With a blank piece of printer paper or thin foam sheet, simply glue it to the back side of your patterned print.
    That will just create support to the fabric/gift wrap or whatever chosen print medium.
  4. Glue, and tuck in the edges of the print into the border of the frame.
    Velcro
  5. Take you white board/scheduling board and attach it to the printed side. My white board came with velcrp patched to apply on the corners. (I was considering using a hot glue gun, but this gives me to option to move around the white board incase I get tired of the arrangement of my memo board.)
  6. Place directly on the printed side of the memo board, and secure.

And that’s it! Easy an easy and inexpensive way to create a family memo board. This is definitely a start to my future family command center! Stay tuned as I will be posting more parts in creating it! Do you have a family command center in your home? Comment below!

Happy Saturday!!

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Sweet Kimonos

Last fall, I went on a thrifting shopping-spree of searching for only kimonos. A lot of the times I walk into a thrift store I walk in with one main focus. This keeps me to concentrate on purchasing on one main product. I dig through the racks only in search of one kind of garment. Fall Kimonos.

When you think of a kimono, I’m sure the first thing you think of is the traditional Japanese garment. All last year, social media and fashion blogs turned this spring summer cover up into a uniform. After last fall’s shopping kimono hunt, I honestly never got around to wearing it due to weather conditions, and change of season. Now, mid-February here in California it’s been finally warming up into Spring! I’ve taken out my collection of thrifted and gifted secondhand kimonos in preparation for my Spring uniform!

Kimonos

From left to right:

Forever21 Cherry Blossom Kimono ($7, Savers), H&M Black Kimono ($7, Savers), Target Butterfly (Old purchase), Red Velvet Kimono ($10, Cotton On)

Kimonos

 (Left) Secondhand Cotton On Kimono, (Right) Secondhand Anthropologie Floral Fringe Kimono

If you type in ‘kimono,’ on Pinterest, you’ll see loads of fashionista boho inspired outfits. From cutoffs, Selena bustier, to floral print kimono. With spring now approaching, I honestly cannot wait to wear this long, sheer, light-weight cardigan-type pieces of clothing! They may be last year’s spring/summer trend, but IDGAF!! I thrifted these babies!!!

These kimonos are perfect for the warmer weather because they’re light and airy, but still cover up if you’re chilly or you just want to cover up your shoulders. They come in all sorts of beautiful patterns, and can be worn with everything! As a mommy, when I only have five minutes to get dressed in the morning, that means I’ll be reaching for the kimonos!! Simply throw a kimono layer over any outfit and you’ll be out the door in a flash!!

My go-to outfit:

Simple oversize cami, and roughed up boyfriend jeans. Add the kimono, and viola!

I’ll be thrifting later on this week, hopefully I’ll be able to add more to my collection! Keep it cool, kimono lovers!

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Pottery Barn Inspired: DIY Chalk Globe

With the new year here and new resolutions made, one of the many cravings I thirst for this year is traveling. Even if its a road trip up to the Pacific Northwest, a trip to Chicago, New York, or flying out to Europe to visit family in France (My boyfriends sister lives in Bordeaux). To keep the inspiration and desire to travel going, having a nice decorative globe in the house would be a great reminder to plan a trip.

Here’s a DIY chalkboard globe I made just a few days ago. Super easy, and a cheap affordable decorative piece to add to your home.

All you need is:

-World Desk Globe

-Chalk Paint

-Brush

Thrifted Globe

(Thrifted Desk Globe, $7)

I’ve seen decorative globes before especially at HomeGoods. But there was one in specific chalkboard globe that I really liked from Pottery Barn. Unfortunately, do not shop at Pottery Barn because its definitely out of my price range. Along with Z Gallerie and Restoration Hardware. But I do occasionally walk through those retailers and gather as much inspiration as possible. Here’s the link to Pottery Barn’s Chalkboard Globe.

A few years ago, I went thrifting and stumbled upon a brown desk globe for $7. I purchased it with intentions to use it as a decorative office display, or a bookshelf accessory. After we moved the globe some how found a home in the garage. Once the new year arrived, I started doing some garage cleaning and craved for a new diy project. Tying in with my determination to travel for the new year, I thought this globe would be perfect to give it another purpose with a fresh new decorative life.

With chalkboard paint already on hand, I wiped the dusty globe down with a damp towel and started painting. After 4 coats, and drying it over night, the globe was complete! The thing I love about chalkboard paint, is you can customize any phrase, quote, joke, on any surface! Painting a world globe only gives me a reason to quote phrases to inspire me to travel. With that….Where shall we go to next? Barcelona? New Orleans? Rio? Vancouver? Waco, Texas?
DIY Chalk Globe

 I have this desire to explore. Don’t you?

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