Monday, January 23, 2012

Wild Weather Weekend-Small Project

Don't let those sweet smiles fool you!

     It was a very strange weekend in my part of the world. In fact, I don't really remember ever having such strange weather. We had our grandsons here for the weekend. We were supposed to pick them up late Friday afternoon about 30 miles from here, but after watching the weather reports...we met their mother at noon, thank goodness.

     I actually took this picture Sunday morning, just a reminder of what happened here on Friday night. When my husband got home from work just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, there was a slight mist in the air. When he stepped out on our deck about 15 minutes later to take one of the dogs out...he almost fell it was so slick. Within a matter of minutes, our area was a sheet of ice. They say that we had more than 100 accidents and because I live where 2 interstates meet, many of those accidents involved semi-trucks. We can actually see the interstate in the distance from our home and traffic was stopped completely for around 7 hours. It was one huge parking lot, can you imagine? I understand that the truckers were letting people into their trucks to stay warm. Every road in and out of our town was blocked by an accident. We only left the house to pick up my son, which we would never have done if his kids hadn't been here. It was a nightmare. Saturday was still very icy and yesterday...we woke to heavy fog and black ice. The roads were clear when we returned the boys, but the fog was thick. Last night, we warmed up to 52 degrees, the fog was horrible and huge thunderstorms passed through. What is up with this weather??

     I only worked on one tiny little project last week. For many years I have had a datebook calendar on my desk. I walk past the calendar shops in the mall and while I may drool over the lighthouses, beach photos and florals...a datebook has always been more practical for me. Until I became puppy obsessed this year...

     Who could pass this up? The pictures are so cute and with a new puppy in the house, well I gave in to temptation. Of course I didn't think about having no where to put it when I got it home. I can't keep a calendar this size on my desk and since putting the stainless appliances in the kitchen, I'm just not into putting things on the front of the frig anymore. I had a wall in the kitchen with nothing on it, but I couldn't imagine just putting a nail in the wall and hanging the calendar, so I tried to think of some way to hang it where it would still be easy to write on, yet not look terribly tacky!

     I saw some small bulletin boards from Ballard Designs, for around $70. Well, that wasn't in my budget. I had a small bulletin board in my closet, so I pulled it out, gave it a quick coat of paint and added a few felt circles to "dress it up" a little bit. I knew it wasn't really going to show once the calendar was hanging. It isn't ideal, but I do get to see my puppy pictures...the felt circles add a finished look that I wouldn't have if I just stuck the calendar on the wall and my refrigerator still has nothing on the front of it. Sometimes you just have to make it work! Money spent...$0.

I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
for Met Monday. Please visit our hostess!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Sue I just left a comment for this post on your delicious cookie post!

dee dee said...

See Sue,
you can craft!
So glad you all stayed safe this weekend. Last night we went to bed with ice still on the ground and this morning it is over 50 degrees outside!
Dee Dee

NanaDiana said...

We ended up with ice here yesterday, too. I drove home through mist and fog (100 miles) and finally got home. Within an hour there was a slick coating of ice on everything. I don't like snow but I really HATE ice!

I like your little calendar board. It looks great and at no cost couldn't be better! xo Diana

Barbara F. said...

Sue, that weather was just nuts! Thank God your family was safe. It is just crazy. xo

Deanna said...

Cute idea!

Sweet Winter Blessings to you,

J Rodney said...

Sue, be careful! I don't know how you managed to do a craft budget like that with two little ones in the house:)

nannykim said...

That is a cute idea! Glad you were safe with the travel weather.!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your area had ice - we had severe storms! :( Be care on that ice - so dangerous.
That is a cute idea for the calendar. I also would not want it just hung on a nail. Reminds me of something my Father did - Mother made him hang it in the hall. :-D
Your grandsons are so cute - bet you did have your hand full!! :-D

Jen C. said...

The felt circles are perfect! I agree, it is nice to "frame" out or mount the calendar on something. I guess it makes it feel more in place somehow.

I was just telling my family that I felt as though I was in Narnia today with the snow on the ground and the fog all around all day long.

Lynn said...

Glad your family was safe in the weather Sue! We had snow on Sat and the fog rolled in today. Cute puppy calendar-enjoy:@)

Jacqueline said...

Oh, Sue, what awful weather! Having had a terrible accident on black ice, my heart goes out to all of those who had accidents. We had our first real snow on Saturday and now everything is cold and covered but the roads weren't too bad, just hard to see while driving.

Cute, cute puppies. What a great way to hang that adorable calendar.

bj said...

Too cute.
My daughter and I started a tradition years ago that we give ea other a calendar every year. We each have a pretty wooden calendar holder (ok...I'll post about it....) and this year we gave ea other Susan Branch's 2012. Sooo cute.
I LOVE pretty and cute calendars.

Sorry for the icy weather. We were in the high 60's today...dry as a bone and if we don't get moisture, come Spring, we will be buried alive out here.