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diy: memories [calendar]

Since I became a mom a few years ago, I have started to realize how little I can actually remember things, especially the ones I thought I would never forget… like when my daughter started walking or talking or saying the cutest first words… you know, things like that!

I think in the hustle & bustle of the craziness that is parenthood, it is very easy to forget than to remember. Even though on my baby shower, among other things, I received a beautiful journal from my sister to record all the oh-so-cute things Sophia will be doing during her first years, I don’t remember if I ever wrote a single word.

I remember, my dad always urged us to keep a daily diary. He would encourage us by giving us the beautiful leather bound calendar diaries that were given out every year by the company he worked for. I tried and I tried. But I could not make a habit out of it. Though, I must admit, today I would love to read whatever I did write back then!

Now that I am perplexed by how little I remember to be able to pass on to my daughter… I have decided to put a little effort into this. Sure, I have tons of photographs and videos of Sophia, her scribbles and doodles since the time she picked up her first crayon to almost every outfit she has ever worn after coming into this world… but nothing written out with my own hands, in my own hand writing – nothing that gives her a better idea of who her parents are!

So, to start off, here is a simple project I found on the net that ‘seems’ easy enough to add to my routine and possibly, through years, will make for memorable heirlooms.

- What are you doing to save your memories? When it came time to tell stories to your children & grandchildren, will you rely simply on your brain’s memory?

 

Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal

The following is a basic idea of a perpetual calendar. You simply add the current year on each card on the specific day, note down something, anything, small or big that happened that day and you are done! Make sure to repeat the same every year.

Personalize it however you like. The possibilities are endless. In fact, it would be fun to make this for each member of the family incorporating a theme or design of their choice – would be nice to see other people’s perspective on the same date!

Materials:fruit box and 12 postcards (can be found at flea markets)180 4 x 6″ lined index cardsdate stamppaper cutter (or scissors)twine (for gift wrapping)

Step 1: Cut Index cards into halves

Step 2: Stamp the month and date on each card

Step 3: Trim postcards to the same width of the cut index cards and just a bit longer than the index cards

Step 4: Organize postcards by date, dividing each month with the postcards

Step 5: Tie the twine and you are done! Great for gift giving too

 
(project idea & image source: The ultimate diy guide site: Design Sponge)
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Good Things Come in Pairs!

This post is definitely a little early, with Valentine’s Day still a few months away, but I couldn’t resist sharing these adorable finds with everyone.

We all know that there is absolutely no end to the variety of unique gifts available out there for… well, pretty much every relationship imaginable. Still, for most of us, when it comes to finding the right gift for that right person at the right occasion, our brains have a way of being lost in action. The pressure to perform is inevitable. Especially, if the gifts we choose to give are destined to stand trial against the ones we receive!

Like the ones for Valentine’s Day or Wedding Anniversary… or worse, Dating Anniversary: the mere ability to remember this occasion can be a trial in itself for spouses of certain gender ;) Now, now. Let’s not get into the details of what a Dating Anniversary is, shall we?

My finds for today neither require an occasion nor are they too expensive – not even hard to find. But make for sweet, witty and sometimes funny little reminders of your sentiments – great for couples. They are simple everyday items like pillowcases or drinking glasses but with a slight twist. These one’s got something to say… to each other!

At times, all we need is an idea and this idea has endless possibilities. You can try making your own versions at home or like me, if you lack the DIY gene, just buy!

IN THE BEDROOM

"Soulmate Pillowcases" at "BoldLoft.com" for $30/pair

"Man (+) / Woman (-) Pillowcases" at "BoldLoft.com" for $18/pair

"A Big Kiss Pillowcases" at "BoldLoft.com" for $36/pair

"Angel & Devil Pillowcases" by "Pop Pillows"

"Lust & Chastity Pillowcases" at "UncommonGoods.com" for $50/pair

 

IN THE KITCHEN

"You're Irresistable" Drinking Glasses by "BoldLoft.com" for $20/pair

 

 IN STYLE

"You Complete Me" Couples T-Shirts by "BoldLoft.com" for $42/pair

"We're Irresistably Attracted" Couple T-Shirt by "BoldLoft.com" for $42/pair

 

What do you think people? Would any of these make your shopping list? Personally, I love the Batman / Catgirl t-shirts!

Stay tuned for more unique, fun gift ideas – Coming soon!

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