2016 Desk Calendars + New Goals

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2016 Desk Calendars + New Goals:  Hello 2016!  I have been in hibernation the last week of December.  Well, not quite hibernation.  Actually after Christmas, I attended a family wedding, enjoyed our annual NYE party and a quick family ski trip.  It was a nice break and my children are now back in school, and I am getting back on my schedule.  When a new year hits, I love a good desk calendar which then makes me want to start planning for the year, setting goals and agendas.  Do you feel that way too?  A new rebirth, and quite refreshing to take a step back to see what accomplishments have been made in the past year and what aspirations to achieve in the new year.  Some of my goals last year that I completed were relaunching my blog and jewelry website.  Both were a huge undertaking, but so worth it and very rewarding!  The renovation of our backyard was a goal my husband and I made, and we have enjoy it so much!  Finally completely our powder bathroom was a huge plus!

So this year some of the goals I have are finish furnishing my house while doing it on a friendly budget.  Can you believe I have rooms still unfinished, and we have lived here a good two years?  So I plan to finish all rooms and share with you what I did to each one!  I’d love to also share more DIY’s for the home.  Our house has a lot of areas that need just an update but not a huge overhaul remodel, just a fresh update.  So I plan to tackle that this year.  Also, I’d love to do more wellness posts, kind of like my post here.  I love healthy living and see the benefits in my life and of course want to share it with all of you!

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Have you made your goals for the year?  If not or don’t quite have the motivations, pick up a new 2016 desk calendar.  Somehow it just makes it more a priority!  I received a Karen Adams 2016 glitter calendar for Christmas from a favorite business collaborator and just love the illustrations.  It makes me excited to tackle each month.  Silly, huh?!  Desk calendars are also great gifts to give.  I’ve listed my favorite 2016 desk calendars below.

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Or take the freebie route.  There are some many beautiful free printable 2016 desk calendars.  Like this watercolor floral 2016 desk calendar from My Fabuless Life.   Calendars are not just for the office.  I love to display calendars on pretty easels and place on a book shelf or dresser or next to cookbooks on a kitchen counter.  Now bring on 2016!  Let’s hope for a productive year!

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Get the desk top look:

Indoor Christmas Decorations + Holiday Baking

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Me: SweaterJeans | Necklace  Stella: Shirt

Boys: Striped Shirt  Chloe: Round Tee, Crown

Indoor Christmas Decorations: I was sick at the beginning of December, and it just about threw my whole Christmas spirit out the door.  We had our tree, but the decorations were still packed away in the box.  By the time I was healthy, I was ready to get back to a normal schedule and eating habits and completely skip over Christmas.  But my kids were eager for the house to be decorated, Christmas music to be playing and the advent calendar activities to be in full swing (even though it was December 7th!) .  Thankful for my babies!  They are the ones who brought back the spirit of hope, faith, peace and love in our home.  So this past weekend I made sure we’d do some of our Christmas traditions like baking sugar cookies, putting up indoor Christmas decorations, making homemade sibling gifts and dancing around the Christmas tree. How quickly this month is going by!

 
Get the Look:

DIY Gold Foil Stencil Tutorial

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DIY Gold Foil Stencil Tutorial: My love affair for gold continues.  Gold foil is a simple way to add a beautiful metallic effect to many craft projects.  Commonly known to use on paper print DIYs, gold foil can also be used on porous material like fabric, cork and wood.  Time to start thinking what needs a metallic finish because this project is easy to do with a big impact!  What I like about gold foil vs. gold leaf, is that it’s easier to apply, less mess, less steps and the metallic foil is shinier than the gold leaf.  If you are using fabric, gold foil can be washed, where as the leaf can not.

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Gold foil can be used with a stencil.  I teamed up with Royal Design Studio for this project to bring this beautiful metallic DIY to life using their Palmedo Prairie Song Stencil.  Geometric and gold go so well together!  Royal Design Studio has a huge library of stencils in different shapes and sizes.

Most gold foil projects use heat to transfer, but this tutorial uses a glue that once dry the foil will adhere too.

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Supplies

pillow cover — I sewed mine out of drop cloth but you can buy a cheap one

stencil

gold foil

foil liquid adhesive

tape

paintbrush

paint sponge

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Tape down your stencil.  Insert a cardboard or something flat in the pillow so the glue doesn’t transfer to the other side of the fabric.  Pour liquid adhesive on a paper plate.  Using a sponge or paint brush, fully cover the stencil pattern design.  Give it an even coat and full coverage of the adhesive.

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Remove the stencil and let the adhesive dry for about 20-30 minutes.

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Once dried, take your foil sheets and firmly press down on the glued design.  The more the foil connects to the glue, the more foil will come off the sheet.  I used the end of my paintbrush and rubbed over the design to get a really good connection.

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Gently pull off the foil and you will see the foil adhering to the fabric.  Keep repeat to get maximum coverage.  Rubbing the foil on the glued pattern.  Then peeling off.

If you want more of an even finish, heat must be applied like an iron or laminate.  This is a quick easy way that gives off a raw organic beautiful finish.

And you know I love giving homemade gifts to my girlfriends for Christmas like the crystal jewelry boxes.  This would be a perfect holiday gift!

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