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lauraallison12 is doing 35 things including…

Do one DIY project each month

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Added up what I have already listed, and it comes to 11. I also made a set of painted frames with scrapbook paper and clothes pins to change out pictures, so that averages 1/month. This goal wasn’t really worth it because it seems silly to put pressure on myself to do something every single month even if I didn’t have time. From now on, I’ll just do these as I feel like it – it’s more fun that way.

April, May, June

Made a J.Crew-inspired thread-wrapped belt, and made several friendship bracelets, so I’m still technically 1 month behind (I think I missed May since we were on vacation), but I’ll do 2 in July and update again.


This might be kind of cheating since it’s barely a DIY, but March went by SO fast! I had some plastic drawer dividers that are super old and not very nice looking, so I spray painted them silver and used them in my nightstand drawers to organize my lip balms, lotions, etc. (the random crap that’s always floating around a drawer).


Simple and quick – I bought a clear iphone case and used scrapbook paper to make a decorative backing for it—> instant phone case change whenever I want!


(1) DIY sweater. There was a J Crew heart sweater that was out awhile ago that I loved, but didn’t want to pay $80 for it. I found and followed an online tutorial and made one using iron-on adhesive paper and a scrap of black wool felt, which I attached to a tan sweater I found at Gap for $12. It turned out awesome and really did not take long at all – I’m so glad I tried it!

(2) Year of Dates binder book. I made this for my hubby for Christmas (so technically this was a December DIY, but since the holiday season is such a whirlwind, I didn’t give it to him until January). Basically, I came up with 12 dates (1 for every month) and made a little description and list of what we would be doing, and then I put together a binder with the descriptions and some cheap little props. I actually had so many ideas (thanks to the internet!) that I ended up making 12 extra themed “movie night” dates, so we have 2 dates pre-planned for each month. The dates are something different every month, but a few examples are sledding/ice skating, Wii games with pizza delivery, and a “be a kid” date where we’ll do all the stuff we used to do as kids (Saturday morning breakfast/cartoons, baseball game, etc.). Movie nights are a different theme/genre every month too. We already did the Academy Awards night where we went out to dinner (appetizers and fancy cocktails) and then watched Midnight in Paris and The Help. The next one is Italian (with Italian food, obviously), and later on there will be Westerns (with BBQ), French, and some others. It was pretty fun putting it together and my husband loved it! :)

December's DIY

I did two so far actually.

(1) I used homemade Mod Podge to make a set of tile coasters with (a copy of) my Chicago marathon bib. They turned out great and I love them!

(2) Using a set of salt/pepper shakers and a mason jar, I made a set of the mini Christmas tree decorative jars with snow glitter in them, exactly like the ones at Anthropologie. They’re awesome and were SO much cheaper than the store version! :)

(3) I did three if you count shadowboxes – I finally made a shadowbox of my Marathon stuff – bib, shoe tags, photos, medal, etc. So happy my bib and everything are now nicely preserved so I won’t lose them!

November's DIY

I made a set of two white canvases decorated with shiny gold and sparkly gold circle punches (to look like the Kate Spade gold confetti dishware) and hung them in my kitchen. They turned out super cute and only took like 15 minutes!

October's DIY

Since I’m trying to do one every month between age 29 and 30, I’m starting with October.

In October, I used an idea I got from Pinterest and made little binder books out of all of the old saved greeting cards I had laying around the house. I saved a lot, so I have several little books: one for cards from my husband (and cards from when we were dating), one for cards from my two sisters, one for cards from my mom, one for all “other” cards (family, friends, etc.), and one stack of cards from when my husband and I got engaged. I would like to do our wedding cards eventually too, but they’re currently packed away with the extra stationery and invitations we had, so that might have to wait until we move.

This project was fairly easy aside from the fact that my 3-hole punch is old and not very nice, so it got stuck from time to time. Other than that, it was simple. I punched holes in each card and got some binder clips (like $4 for a pack of 4 at Target) and strung them through. That’s it!

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