Printable Calendar

Like most kids, my girls, aged 5 and almost 4 years, love counting down the “sleeps” until their next event, outing, well…anything really!

Until now, we usually have hand written countdown charts (of about 10 days or so) for an upcoming special occasion.  We have also been learning about “months” and “days,” and so everyday I am asked, “is it still March mum?”  🙂 

I thought it is time for the girls to have their own personal calendars in their bedrooms.  The calendars would serve a few purposes.  First, it’s a great way for children to familiarise themselves with the months of the year & days of the week.  Second, it will help in teaching them which day of the month they are at.  It’s also an excellent tool for them to mark down upcoming events & occasions, and have a “months view” of what is to come.

I decided to make my own calendar for them, mainly because I wanted one that is A3 in size, which will give them a little more room to write in the boxes.  Also, I find store bought calendars have a bit too much going on.  The idea with these calendars is that my girls will also decorate the boxes with stickers when marking a special day, so I wanted the calendar itself to be pretty basic.

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I designed the calendar a month to a page, to fit an A3 page and used my daughter’s favourite colours (well, for this week anyway!).  I haven’t attached the pages together, which will further simplify its use. 

 

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My older daughter can write in her own events and decorate with stickers.  I will write in for my younger daughter and she can then decorate with stickers.

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I have created different colour combinations for you to save and print for your personal use.  Since we’re at the end of March, I’ve started the calendar from April. 

I hope your kids (or maybe you!) enjoy the calendars 🙂

A3 CALENDAR – Pink & Aqua

A3 CALENDAR Orange & Blue

A3 CALENDAR – Pink & Purple

A3 CALENDAR – Blue & Green

A3 CALENDAR – Blue & Aqua

Fun Kids Keyboard

Like most mums, I love spending time with my kids. An added bonus is – many of my family and friends can attest to this – I’m a big kid myself so I have a knack for understanding kids and activities that will amuse them.

We all know children love pretend play and how beneficial it is for them. Which is what inspired me to make them their very own “Do Anything Keyboard.”

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I took a pair of old keyboards and spray painted them silver. I do most of my spray painting outside, in a box – that way the wind doesn’t carry the paint all over the place damaging other surfaces. For larger pieces, I use larger boxes, or go without and simply cover the area with drop sheets.

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Yous should allow 2 – 3 hours for the paint to dry. Always read the directions on the spray can, as times may vary. Dry times can vary largely based on weather conditions and the amount of paint you have sprayed, the thicker, the longer. It’s always a good idea to spray a few light coats rather than one thick coat. You will get more even coverage and a better finish.

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Once the paint dried, I decorated some of the keys by painting them using vibrant acrylic paint and added some number stickers.

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It was (and still is) a huge hit with my girls! They use their “new” keyboards as rocket controls, shop cash register, a computer keyboard or whatever else they want to be!

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Wall Mounted Coat Rack

My home entry was screaming for a coat rack. Of course, I could have just bought one. They range anything from about $50 to $200+, depending on the size, style and designer you choose. But where’s the fun in that? 🙂

My brother and best friend – yes my brother is married to my best friend, I know, it’s awesome! – recently renovated their house, and I grabbed a nice piece of scrap timber from them. I already had a vision for a rustic/eclectic style coat rack, so all I needed were some cute hooks. Without too much searching, I found perfect hooks at one of my favourite stores, ISHKA. They are the cutest ever porcelain heart hooks, all uniquely hand painted in vibrant colours.

My piece of timber had a few nasty rusted nails that seemed to have made themselves home for who knows how many years, so with hammer and chisel in hand I got working.

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Once the nails were out, the rest was easy. I lightly sanded it, then gave it a light coat of paint in white. I say light because I wanted it to have the aged rustic appeal.

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Next, I marked out where I would position the hooks and then it was simply a matter of drilling them in place with a screw (sorry no photo of this step).

Once complete, hubby and I mounted our coat rack straight onto the wall of the entry way near the front door.

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I must say, it turned out just as I envisioned it.

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Not only useful, it’s become a decorative piece that gets quite a few comments from friends.

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My Wall Mounted Coat Rack was complete in under a couple of hours, an easy and enjoyable project for anyone to attempt. There are plenty of funky hooks available to suit your individual style, from ultra modern to novelty hooks. Let’s get creative 🙂

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Desk Makeover

I needed a desk, but it couldn’t be just any desk. I wanted something with character, something that invited me to get up and study. So I started searching on EBay and Gumtree. I was shocked when I picked up this gorgeous solid timber desk for under $20! Whaaaat?? Yes, under $20!

 

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No shock to my husband, I wanted to paint it turquoise. I went over to my local Bunnings to find the perfect shade. After deliberating over 3 different shades, I decided on British paints, colour #312, Amanzi.

I love the look and tones of timber, so I decided to simply repair and re-stain the top of the desk. There wasn’t much to repair, some of the wood panels had separated so it was just a matter of using wood filler to fill the gaps and a light sand all over.

This was the biggest piece of furniture I was attempting to makeover at the time, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. I am by no means a professional painter, and made some rookie mistakes along the way, but I accepted that my mistakes would help me learn…or so I told my self 🙂

Once painted, I changed the drawer handles to something a little more fancy that really complimented the fresh new colour of the desk.

And here it is, my new and in my opinion, improved desk!

 

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