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It’s the first day of spring, did you hear?  In Santa Monica this weekend it will be lovely at 70 and sunny…  Ah, life in SoCal.

Every day is a perfect day to organize!  But there is something about springtime that makes it feel more urgent, more energized.  For 10 months in my not-so-new-anymore home office, I’ve been meaning to use the wall above the sofa for staying organized and inspired.  Recently I came upon ideas for using paint chips, including turning them into colorful calendars.

paint chips at Home Depot

First, I headed to Home Depot where I found myself paralyzed by choice.  I thought I would find everything in the Behr premium paint chips because those chips are the largest available.  But then I found myself entranced by Martha Stewart’s line of paint chips and I fell in love with the names of her paints.  However, it was Glidden that won me out in the end for their deep pigments and highly saturated hues.

I spent an evening chatting on the phone with friends and family while trimming the paint chips down to a size that would fit the poster frame, rounding the corners, and punching over sized holes for the day numbers.

DIY paint chip calendar in progress

Using some simple muslin, I completed the paint chip calendar with a hot glue gun, a level eye, and lots of joyful crafting time.

DIY paint chip calendar in progress

hot glue gun

poster frame

DIY paint chip calendar in progress

home office with DIY paint chip calendars

home office with DIY paint chip calendars

Add in a dry erase marker and voila!  An easily maintained running thread of sewing projects, blog posts, writing projects, and other small business needs.  I made sure to leave space at the bottom for random notes, which I am known for filling up very quickly.  I already feel more clarity!  The amount of sticky notes and random scraps of papers has decreased rather dramatically… thank heavens.

DIY paint chip calendar

I also added an inspiration corner with some simple squares of cork board.  A decoupage of one of my favorite bits of dialogue reminds me to keep going, keep moving, keep exploring.

my inspiration corner

Alice in Wonderland

I included my favorite and growing collection of fortune cookie fortunes (yes, they’re all from Panda Express), ballet photos & drawings, an empowering print from Mulan, a little bit of romance, and a hilarious card that makes me chuckle because it’s often what I think when reading sewing pattern instructions.

ballet and fortunes



ballet and humorballet and inspiration


Flipping over to the other side of the room, where all the action happens, I cleaned up my sewing area considerably as well.  I hung my cutting mat and rulers on the wall (long overdue!) and also put some inspirational images on the wall space in front of my sewing machine.  The middle image was a gift from Autumn so now I think of her often while stitching.  The prints on either side I purchased from Carrie’s Etsy store — you may remember Carrie from one of my favorite blogs, Dream Green DIY, who gave me the inspiration to make my DIY earring organizers last summer.

School of Moxie sewing studio

School of Moxie sewing studio

You may not believe it, but I have plenty of days when I feel lots of doubt and anxiety about how I’m going to make my dreams a full time reality.  This usually happens when I’ve set an unrealistic schedule and I’m so stubborn I’ll try to make it happen anyway.  While clutching many mugs of strong, hot tea in the wee hours of the night/morning, thinking of how I need to function at my day job in short order, and discovering that I just attached two pieces the wrong way (again) so the seam needs to be ripped out (again)…  Seeing the words “Go big or go home” and “For the love of blogs” really keeps me motivated!

staying motivated at School of Moxie

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  • Sarah B - You are such an inspiration. In every way possible. Love the calendar!!!ReplyCancel

  • christine - Love the calendar!!! That is awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Madelyn - Your sewing studio looks like a haven of peace and creativity. Perfect for sewing, creating, and planning world domination, mwahahahahahahahahaha 😉ReplyCancel

  • Autumn - I’m Internet famous by proxy of a truly unique and inspirational friend. I was sew (could not resist) happy to see the heart sewing print make it’s debut on such a gorgeous wall.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie DeBruin - Cute cute! Your special room is evolving wonderfully! Love the iron on the shelf 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Giveaway! Brit Kit from Brit + Co. : School of Moxie - […] achieving. I have made some really amazing home decor projects thanks to Brit + Co.! Remember the paint chip calendars? Up next, I’m finishing my meditation corner by placing some typography decals on the walls […]ReplyCancel

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    • Mary Ann Williams - Thank you so much!! I’m so glad you liked this post (it’s one of my favorites, too). Happy crafty-organizing! 🙂ReplyCancel

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