Monday, October 19, 2015

Family Calendar Project

When the school year started, my fourth grader said, "Mom, we need a calendar! I never know what is going on after school." I am pretty well organized, and have my google calendar color-coded by family member. But since I won't give my kids their own phones or iPads (mean mom), it doesn't help them much.

So, inspired by some calendars I saw online, I made this one:

It was so easy! I took an inexpensive 8-1/2" x 11" document frame (with glass). I designed a calendar page myself, but there are plenty of free printables on the web. Or, if you like mine, let me know and I'll customize it for you!

Next I placed the calendar page in the frame, decorated the outside of the frame with some colorful washi tape (totally optional, and used adhesive velcro to connect a dry-erase marker to the frame. That way my pen is always handy.

I started with Monday because that's what I consider the beginning of the week as far as school, activities, etc. Each week on Sunday night or Monday morning I use a damp cloth to erase last week, dry, and then fill in the upcoming week's activities. I also include my kids' school library dates so they remember to bring their books back. :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Crafty Valentine's Day

I spent a little time this week making some treats for my family. My husband and I are not mushy gushy people, but I love to surprise him, my kids and my parents with some fun treats.

First up, a super-yummy Super Crumb Coffee Cake.

This recipe delivered! It was delicious. I made it dairy-free by using soymilk to make the "buttermilk", and Fleischmann's unsalted margarine. Elijah can now eat baked-in egg (YAY!) so I didn't need to sub that out.

Earlier this week I made some treat boxes and decorated some bags using my Silhouette Portrait. I picked up some treats at the Long Grove Confectionery Outlet and filled these cuties up.

I also made one card for my husband, and so it wouldn't be too mushy-gushy wrote a message filled with tree puns. Yeah, I'm like that.

Remember, you can always follow me on Twitter @jennybancreates  or Facebook for more frequent updates! Thanks!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Guilty as charged!

So, as you can see, my blog is woefully neglected. I have been doing all sorts of crafty stuff, but sitting down to write about it just doesn't excite me. So I am trying something new: I am going to be tweeting about my crafty adventures. Hopefully that will make it easier to share with you all! If you would like to keep up with me, for the time being please:

1. Like my facebook page: JennyBanCreates. I believe if you like more of my posts, I will be more likely to show up in your news feed.
2. Follow me @JennyBanCreates
3. Spread the word to your friends! If you have crafty friends, and/or friends who enjoy unique and handmade items, let them know about me please! I am always available for custom projects, and have some new business ideas in the works, as well.

To make sure you don't feel neglected: here are some photos of an adorable coaster set I made for my brother-in-law. The coasters are backed with felt, as is the handmade stand.

Thanks to all who follow my crafty pursuits. I truly appreciate each and every one of you!