{Clothes Pin To-Do List // DIY}

Can you believe the New Year is just around the corner? This is the perfect time to start new things that maybe you haven’t gotten around to or just create better habits within your home or business life. I’ve been trying to come up with little projects that help me with time, while keeping things creative. Since I practically live by a schedule book on my desk or a calender on my phone, I decided that maybe something cute and easy to do would be best to keep me motivated!

Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stay on schedule while still being fun?

This project is easy to make and easy to change. Simply clip onto fun pictures or pieces of inspiration as reminders of your daily projects you have going on, or to stay motivated to get you through your day!

Supplies used: twine, tacks, wooden clothespins, stamps/ink, to-do list print out.

I decided to make my week Monday — Friday and leave my weekend open with no to-do’s necessary. Stamp each clothes pin with the letters for each day. You can put the whole word or abbreviate, your choice!

Set those clothespins aside to dry and print out your to-do list or make your own! This prints out on a normal size sheet of paper (portrait style) and when cut you will have five 2 1/2″ x 4″ cards to make your list. You can map out your entire week with items to get done or start with one day then each morning make a new list to work on. Write it down, move it over, cross it off & celebrate!

Find a spot on your wall or a cork board and hang up the twine with tacks. Next up slide each clothespin onto your twine and attach your lists.

Creating a to-do list helps you obviously get things done, but when you do it in a cute way where you can see it ~ sometimes it can help you want to cross more things off!

SHARE WITH US BELOW: How do you keep track of all your to-do’s?

Heather Dawn is our DIY contributor and resides in Oregon. She stays busy juggling many roles: writer of JustLove.ly, full-time designer for {just.lovely.things} {an accessories line where she creates wardrobe accessories for magazines, tv shows & some amazing customers}, co-owner of the shop Fawn & Flora, and an indie subscription service called Love❤Club. She’s a huge fan looking at pretty things and attempting to make them.


{Holiday Place Setting // DIY}

October through December marks my favorite time of year.  Sure it may be a little bit colder and usually always busier everywhere you go, but its the perfect time to celebrate and enjoy the little festivities all around you. As the holidays approach (and whether you celebrate them or not) you are bound to see beautiful tableware and decor or bring out some of your special pieces for these occasions.  I try to find the time to create items that I’m proud of throughout the season and things I can try to use for other times of the year, too!  Do you have special decor that you always bring out?

The project I’m sharing with you today is great because you can decorate a set for any occasion — any time of year.   The colors are completely up to you and so is the design, making each piece unique + thoughtful!

SUPPLIES: 
clear place settings (plate, bowl, glass etc.), spray paint, stickers, sealer

Wipe the bottom of your plate clean + flip it over onto a paint-ready surface so the front side of the place is facing downward.  Place your stickers in any desired pattern.  Spray the color that you would like most of the plate surface to have (I wanted pink plates with gold dots) — note I’m spraying the backside of the plate.  Apply enough coats to cover (about two) and allow to dry.  Project tip: make sure to clean your hands too, greasy fingerprints can make your paint coverage uneven on the plate.

After some dry time remove your stickers. I used a needle to lift the edges and peel off.  Now you are ready to spray your second color (the dot color) as your third coat. Just like the step above, spray the backside of the plate making sure to cover the clear circles where the stickers once were. Again let it dry a bit. Apply your clear sealer and allow plenty of time to completely dry.  Project tip: you don’t have to use spray paint, it’s just smoother. For different colored dots use a little brush and acrylic paints.

Aren’t these adorable?  I can only imagine the shapes and patterns you will come up with + I’m excited to see them.  If you make a set don’t forget to share a link here or tag us via instagram or twitter (@gussysews and @thingslovely).  Happy Holidays! 

Heather Dawn is our DIY contributor and resides in Oregon. She stays busy juggling many roles: writer of JustLove.ly, full-time designer for {just.lovely.things} {an accessories line where she creates wardrobe accessories for magazines, tv shows & some amazing customers}, co-owner of the shop Fawn & Flora, and an indie subscription service called Love❤Club. She’s a huge fan looking at pretty things and attempting to make them.


{Joy Tea Towel // DIY + sewing giveaway}

Hey friends! I’m over at Skip To My Lou, sharing this adorable sewing DIY tutorial. Click over and take a peek?

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