Cropped scan from March 2007 issue of Cottage Living (click for full size). Photo by Robbie Caponetto.
I love this idea–my main frustration with month calendars is that the boxes aren’t big enough, and this solves that problem.
However, I would change the color scheme. Some ideas:
- Use a patterned wallpaper. Alternatively, use a dark or jewel-toned solid wallpaper for drama. The instructions recommend a paper with texture to hide holes.
- Play with ribbon size, texture, and color.
- Modify the push-pins. I have a French memo board with pearl push-pins; fake gems or paper arrows are other fun ideas.
- Exchange the month and day headers for something bolder.
The swimming cap scan at left comes from a 1960s L’Officiel, which I got at 14th Street Antiques in Atlanta. I’m not sure what part of this image made a bigger impression–the cap, the model’s heroic expression while doning said cap, or the insane amount of makeup. Whatever it was, after seeing that picture, I wanted something similar.
Luckily, after some digging, I came across this petal swim cap, right, $16.00 at Headcovers Unlimited. I’m sure it will drive all the boys wild this summer.
I love the idea of wallpaper that invites you to color or otherwise customize it (again, returning to my functional walls obsession). Here are two favorites: On the left, from Fly, is an exhibition by happypets. The artists provide the line sketches and markers/crayons, and the viewers provide the color. On the right is actual, purchasable wallpaper ($40/double roll), from Graham & Brown (via Anh-minh, who always has cool finds). Designed by Taylor & Wood, “Frames” features whimsically drawn picture frames that you can fill with mini-paintings, photos, collages, 3-D collections (keys, shells, butterflies)–you name it.
The New York Times wrote in January about the return of button clip earrings, a style last popular in the late 1960s. I love the retro button styles, but find clip-ons intolerable for extended wear. Even the ones that proclaim they “Don’t Pinch!” pinch.
The NYT article has a tip, however, that should make clip-ons more bearable:
“Pull your lobe from the edge away from your face and clip the earring where the lobe meets the jaw line. This makes your cheekbones do most of the work, taking weight off the lobe so it won’t stretch.” (Link)
These were my grandmother’s. I love the design–the green/white combination, the stylized petals, the contrasting gold back.