Remember those pushpins I got a couple weeks ago, just because they were cheap and I loved them? Since I’m such a clutter-phobe, I had to come up with a place to use them, so I made myself a corkboard and cleaned up my desk in the process.
Like every mom everywhere, my schedule is ridiculous, and the OCD makes staying on top of things a must. Not that I always succeed, so maybe I should say, the illusion of staying on top of things is a must. To create that illusion, I have calendars and lists and notes strewn throughout the entire house, wherever I am liable to spend much time. But then this creates a clutter that sets off the OCD too, so those two impulses are always fighting it out in my head. Here’s my solution: A pretty little framed calendar, with room for a corkboard to keep all the bits and pieces neatly organized and out of my way.
I have a few frames on hand that I’ve picked up at thrift stores, so I grabbed one that was 11 x 14. This fits a small desk calendar (8 1/2 x 11) with a few inches to spare for the corkboard. My best pal spray paint made the frame look all nice and new.
Since I plan on using this longer than just a few months, you need the calendar to be installed temporarily so you can swap it out for a 2012 one. I just used some of my scrapbooking tape squares to hold it in place.
I didn’t think the seam of the cork and the calendar was very pleasant to look at, plus I wanted a little more pretty in this project, so I decided to make the calendar a belt. Cut a piece of fabric about 13″ x 5″, fold right sides together and sew into a long tube. Turn the tube right side out and iron with the seam at the back.
This calendar will go right next to my computer where I do all my writing, so I put up some inspirational phrases from Bird by Bird, my favorite book on writing ever. I made sure to use my cute new pushpins, and a cute charm I had on hand, along with a postcard sent by a friend.