Monday, April 11, 2011


I'm so excited!!! This is the first time I've been involved in a blog hop. I want to thank Rebecca at Crafting Misfit for letting me be apart of her hop. 

You should have arrived here from Lolis.  If you are just passing by and want to start at the beginning go to Rebecca - Crafting Misfit.  At the beginning you will find complete blog rules and of course **Blog Candy**.  You can also link up your own creation there.  After me you will go to Meaghen. If you get lost, there is a complete list at the bottom. 

The idea of this blog hop was for each of us to expand our knowledge and try something new!  It could be a new material, a new technique or a new project that we just been afraid to tackle (like me). Thanks in advance for playing along. 

So, my project comes with a story.  My son is a very busy teenager ( I know, they all are).  Mike has been an FFA officer for 3 years, been on the football team, rugby team and held down a job.  Then there's extra jobs working on cars and mowing lawns.  After 4 years of high school, he finally knows what a community calendar is and that he needs to uses it.  That way the parentals have some idea as to when he might be coming home or if he needs one of them to attend something. The current calender is a dry erase sheet of clear plastic held to the fridge with magnets and it always has stuff under it, like insurance cards or tickets.   The last couple of months, the calendar has been covered in blue for his meetings, black for rugby games, green for competitions, purple for work, yellow for misc appointments and so on.  There's no room left for me.  Like I'm that busy anyway. 

Mike heads out into the big bad college world this June.  Mom's a serious wreck and is scared to death that he won't make project deadlines, will miss practice or heaven forbid an important party.  So I kept thinking that he needed to take something with him that would have a touch of home on it.  He's what I started with

A 12X12 picture frame with a glass front, a piece of 12X12 sheet metal, dove gray vinyl and magnets.  The magnets have to be heavy duty ones so that they will hold through the glass.

So here's the end result.  I put the vinyl on the back side of the glass so that when he writes on the front he doesn't write on the vinyl.  At first I was really upset that I put the calendar where I did.  I wanted it in the bottom left corner so that he had room for other notes.  When he came home he was really excited and laughed.  He is left-handed and having it in the right-hand corner, he won't be erasing things on the days when he's adding additional information on the sides.    He picked the Lego paper and we cut up Lego stickers to stick to the top of the magnets. 
This was an experience using the vinyl and working in flip mode.  Now that you've read my ramblings, lets reward you with some BLOG CANDY.   Become a follower and leave me a message before hopping on.  I will use chose two participants at random and post the winners on Friday.   Each winner will receive 5 of the magnet sets shown below.

Thanks for stopping by. The blog hop list is as follows:

Thanks again for playing along.


  1. What a great idea!! (and a great mom of you to make your son something so awesome!) I want to make a calendar type white board, but just trying to figure out what I want to do still! Thanks for sharing!

    cherie.goyer at

  2. That is a great idea!! I love when things are re-useable as we spend so much time making them that you want to keep them forever! I've already got ideas for this kind of project! TFS, your newest follower!

    Meg @

  3. AWWW!! I love your project and what a great gift from his crafty mom to take to college! so thoughtful! I have 2 teenage boys one will be a senior next year and the younger one will be a sophomore. You are right they are always busy, this is such a great idea. I still havn't used the designer calendar cartridge, yet. I guess is time to put it to use. Great to be participating in the blog hop with you :)

  4. Oh this is a great idea. My son goes to college this year also, but luckily for me, he has decided to go to a local college for his first year then head off to a bigger University.
    Love the idea of using a picture frame. I am definitely going to try this for both of my sons.

    Smiles Sher

  5. Super Idea, great use of the picture frame/ Love the lego design TFS

  6. Awwww...what a sweet(in a masculine way) gift for your son! My oldest is just heading to kindergarten in the fall and I am going gray over it! I can't even imagine her leaving for college! Good Luck to you! Thanks for sharing this fun project!

  7. This is so GREAT! My boys are BIG Lego fans so an idea like this is greatly appreciated. I might just have to "scrapjack" :) this idea. Thanks for sharing

  8. Hi, great idea!!
    I'm a new follower via KAndrews link love party. Would love to have you come by my blog leave a little love :o)

  9. That is a wonderful idea...Great tutorial on it too! Hopping along...

  10. Thank you for sharing your project! I'm already a follower and I'd love for you to follow me too!!!

    kreative.krystal at gmail dot com

  11. This would be great at my house too....very nice and clever....thank you for sharing...

  12. Wow what a great project, I could do with one of these.
    Hugs Sue x

  13. Amazing project! Great job at flipping the wording so you could put it on the back side of the glass.

  14. What an amazing project, practical and personal. It means so much more when you make something for someone important in your life! Well done on a fantastic creation
    Love Nicola