Happy Christmas Eve Eve!
I’m ready to spend the weekend unwrapping presents and Christmas cookies, how about you?
But first, a little something to keep in mind as we inch closer to 2012.
Don’t throw away your 2011 calendars!
I love using calendars for pretty art. There are so many beautiful choices and since they are mostly inexpensive, you can switch them around throughout the year.
Here are a few framed calendar pages in my bedroom:
Calendars pages aren’t exclusive to the wall.
I found this frame at T.J. Maxx, not in the frame aisle, put in the prints aisle. One of my favorite ways to find inexpensive frames is to search the prints aisle at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or other discount stores. The prints aren’t usually the prettiest, but you can find some great frames.
This one had a vintage feel, so I picked it up for about $9.99 and replaced the (ugly) print inside with this pretty one from a vintage advertising calendar.
It now sits on my vanity and acts as a jewelry holder. I love that it is big enough to display all of my necklaces, so I’m never fumbling around in a knotted mess looking for the one I want to wear. In front of the jewelry holder is a shell box I found in an antique store. I use it to hide my makeup; it’s out of the way in its box but still right there when I’m getting ready.
Same calendar, same process, different month. I hit T.J. Maxx at just the right time to find a bunch of beautiful, vintage-style frames that were just begging for better prints. I stocked up.
In case you’re wondering, the bird clock is my mom’s (it’s from the 70s but feels somewhat now – probably because they put a bird on it) and the Fresh Lilac candle is my new favorite scent from Target. It’s only $9.99 (I’m sensing a price theme in today’s post) and it makes my room smell lovely even when it’s unlit. The votives in the middle are from the Dollar Store and I wrapped them in frosted ribbon.
On the other side of the room, I used a calendar filled with great old photos of New York City to add some interest to a narrow strip of wall by the window:
I told you I stocked up on frames! I bought this calendar after a trip to New York and it always makes me think of it. The photos are kind of quirky too. The middle shot is of a parachute ride on Coney Island – people literally sat in a basket and were released from the top of a tower. Somehow I don’t think that would pass in amusement parks today.
I’ll be keeping an eye out for pretty 2012 calendars over the next week. I’ve already spotted a few on Etsy. How about you? Do you frame calendars? Are you also guilty of stalking the T.J. Maxx prints aisle for pretty frames?
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for reading this little blog. It’s been so much fun to write and even more fun to read your comments. I’ve got a ton of ideas for next year, so I hope you’ll stick with me!