DIY Calendar

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So, I’ve been trying to organize my life and I noticed that I always seem to lose track of the days. Either I don’t know the exact date or I don’t know the day of the week. Weird, I know. I thought to myself…what could help me keep track of the dates and days of the week? Hmmm…after a few hours of deep thought, I came up with a calendar! Yes, a calendar!

Now, I am extraordinarily cheap right now (remember those pesky student loans I am trying to pay off). I didn’t want to pay a whole dollar at the dollar store to buy a calendar. So I raided my little sister’s arts & crafts supplies and made my own. I also looked up how to hand letter because I didn’t want my calendar to look too terrible.

Luckily, a lovely woman named Shayda Campbell has a whole series of YouTube tutorials on how to hand letter and illustrate.  A true hidden gem! So, without further ado, here is how to make a calendar.

Supplies Needed:

  • Piece of White Construction Paper (Or whatever color & size your heart desires)
  • A pen (whatever color you so choose)
  • A ruler or something with a straight edge (I used another piece of construction paper)

Step 1: Just draw a grid with 7 columns and 6 rows

I literally just drew a bunch of lines and it worked out great.

Step 2: Label the days of the week on the columns

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make my letters.

Step 3: Label the numbers

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make my numbers.

Step 4: Write the name of the month on the top

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorial on how to hand letter to make the word October beautiful.

Step 5: Illustrate like you’ve never illustrated before!!!

Here, I watched Shayda Campbell’s tutorials on how to illustrate to draw a pumpkin, some wheat, flowers, succulents, a night sky, and mushrooms.

Side Notes

I’ve put letters on the bottom of each day of the week because I have started exercising again & each letter represents a different part of my body I am focusing on that day. For example, under Mondays, I put L for legs, Q for quads, G for glutes, and so on.

I also didn’t want my calendar to reflect anything regarding work. I want this calendar to be more of a personal happenings/blogging to-do list calendar.  I haven’t fully filled in the calendar because I literally just made it last night and I was super tired.

Oh and I didn’t include pictures, because…I’m lazy and it seems pretty self-explanatory. To find the hand-lettering tutorial, just look up Shayda Campbell on YouTube and be prepared for the awesomeness!!!!

That’s all folks!

-Paige

 

Sonora’s Coat

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The weather has turned from steaming hot to shivering cold. This climate change does not suit Sonora very well as she lives outside in the yard with her dog house. Oftentimes, when I check on her at night, I see and feel how freezing cold it is. Although I put a blanket in Sonora’s dog house, rather than laying on it, she drags it around the yard and plays with it. Being the amazing dog owner I am (LOL JK), I decided the best way to keep her warm at night would be to get her a doggie coat of some sort. Then, my genius brain decided the best way to provide Sonora with a coat would be to make it myself. So…without further ado…here are all the steps it takes to make a sub-par, ill-fitting doggie coat.

Supplies Needed:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Notepad
  • Two types of fabric (one for outside of coat and one for inside of coat)
  • Sewing machine (or needle and thread if hand-sewing)
  • Velcro strips

Step 1: Measure your Pooch

As soon as I set my crazy mind on making a dog coat, I grabbed my pretty purple measuring tape, a pen, and a notepad and chased Sonora down to measure her chubby little body. I measured around the front of her neck up to where her shoulders began. I did this because I didn’t want the coat to wrap straight around her neck like a collar. Instead, I wanted it to slope across her back a bit (see the picture above).

Then I measured how far down her back I wanted the coat to go; I also measured the distance from one shoulder to the other shoulder, and the distance from the middle of her back down to her side.

Sonora’s Measurements

  • Neck: 21”
  • Back: 18”
  • Shoulder to Shoulder: 14”
  • Top of back down to side: 12”

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Step 2: Choose & Measure Your Fabric

I chose a pretty green and white printed fabric and a gray felt fabric for this coat. I used my measurements to trace a general outline of the coat and then I cut it out. I made sure that I left two long pieces at the front of the coat to wrap around her neck and keep the coat on her. I cut out the design from both pieces of fabric. I also later cut out some extra fabric to make into belly straps and attached it to the side of the coat so the coat would fit more snugly around Sonora’s belly.

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Step 3: Sew Away

I grabbed my handy dandy sewing machine and tried to sew the two pieces of fabric together to quickly and easily finish Sonora’s winter coat. Of course, the Sewing Machine Gods were frowning down on me and I soon found myself with a jammed sewing machine. Now, I barely know how to hand sew, so I’m not experienced enough to determine what happened to the sewing machine or how to fix it, so for now, I have an ornamental sewing machine. For the coat, I just hand sewed that baby together.

*My pieces of gray felt fabric were too small to use only one pieces for the coat, so I had to sew several smaller pieces together. That’s why there is a line in the coat in the picture below.

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Step 4: Attach Velcro to the Straps

I got some Velcro that had adhesive on the back from Walmart, so I just stuck those onto the neck straps of the coat so the coat would stay around Sonora’s neck.

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Step 5: Bask at the Glory of your Dog Coat!

Ok, so grab your finished dog coat and put it on your pup! Mine was a tad bit too big, but it did the job!

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I am glad to say that Sonora actually keeps this coat on at night when I’m outside with her, but by morning, it is usually strewn across the lawn somewhere. I blame the ill-fittingness of the coat.

To make a really good dog coat, you can simply google “How to make a dog coat” or search in YouTube, (nearly any other tutorial would probably be better than mine), but if you are desperate or just want to have a good time hand sewing, then feel free to follow the above steps.

Have a good day!

-Paige