Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Calendar Dress Up, Marie style

Starting the new year means getting a fresh calendar, new pens and accoutrements.
I have a thing for office products haha, moving on . . .
  A new calendar that is "the one" is always hard to find. I love a vintage look. (I bet you've guessed that by now).  The usual office supply stores never seem to have that perfect blend of modern function with a vintage form that I seek.
What is a girl to do?
I decided purchase a calendar that had the modern function I like and add a pretty frock for it.
A little costuming and refinery upcycle - even calendars can have those.
A simple book cover out of an oatmeal linen became my foundation.  I recommend using a fabric that is a bit sturdy and not too flimsy. I tend to toss around my calendar and other daily items a great deal so nothing too delicate. 

Gathering scraps of lace and doilies, I began to stitching my collage.  I am not fussy about the condition of some of the laces.  Torn, tattered and a stain here and there only added to the charm of the collage for me.  An image of Marie Antoinette printed on cotton became the centerpiece with a little scrap of cotton lace as a frame.

Without a doubt, I wanted to incorporate some sumptuous light blue velvet from my stash.
You gotta use it sometime right?  At least for very special projects.
It was relaxing and fun to add some decorative stitches and mother of pearl buttons to it too!

Being a tactile person, I have really enjoyed using this calendar everyday.
Even if you don't find a calendar to suit your style, you can make it your own.
Fabric, paint, beading, collaging - whatever speaks to you - do it!

Thank you for stopping by friends!
Have a beautiful day! ~ xo Heidi


Grace said...

oh you know I love Marie but this was brilliant! Very pretty. Grace xoox

Seahorse Ranch Girl said...

Hey, Sugah. This is very pretty. Good to see you back in blog land.

Kimberly Laws said...

Hi Heidi,
This is so beautiful, and my favorite colors too! You cannot help but have a beautiful 2014 now.
enJOY a sweet week,

Rebecca Carl said...


I just love your art work and this one is so creative. I want a class making one of these!! I love it and you!

Patty Antle said...

Your calendar book is breathtakingly beautiful Heidi. I need to learn how to transfer images onto fabric.

Patty Antle said...

Beautiful calendar book, Heidi. What a nice treasure to use every day. I need to learn how to transfer images onto fabric.

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Love this Heidi! the colors and whole composition are gorgeous!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I've always liked anything you make, but wow, really love this one!

Nancy said...

What a Great Idea Heidi!! It's ugly using the same ole Black Planner year after year, and yours is Beautiful!!

Huggs, Nancy