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2016 CALENDAR |

2016 Calendar ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed.jpg

So clearly it's not the beginning of the year, but I figured better late than never.

I honestly started off the new year by catching the flu (great way to start the new year, right?), it was the first time I had been really sick in years.  The reason I bring this up is because of this flu, I kept putting off the new 2016 calendar until I felt better and had the time to do so.  So here it is, the 2016 calendar I created just for all of you as a little thank you for your support and encouragement. I'm so incredibly grateful for everyone who has continued to follow this blog (even though I took several months off of blogging) or who follows me on social media.  You guys are amazing and I hope each one of you enjoys this calendar!

Click HERE to download your very own copy (it's totally free!) t'd please remember that the calendar is for personal use only and should not be redistributed, sold, or edited to create new graphics. 

Be sure to tag me (Instagram: @cautiouslyobsessed or Twitter @cautiouslyob) if you happen to snap a picture of your new calendar I always love to the pictures you lovelies share!  Here's to 2016, may it be the best year yet for all of us!  

Happy new year and I swear I will be posting more frequently in this new year!

please remember that by downloading this calendar you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions - this calendar is for personal use only and should not be redistributed, shared or sold for any reason.  please do not share/post the direct file link on social media or anywhere else online.

GIFT GUIDE | FATHER'S DAY 2015

Father's Day is just around the corner and whether you're shopping for your husband or your father it can get a little stressful trying to find the right gift.   So I thought it would be great to create a gift guide that included a gift for every budget so be sure to check out the links below to find out where you can purchase each gift pictured above. 

backpack | jacket | domino set | shirt | glasses | seat | clock | kit | comb

DIY | ZODIAC CONSTELLATION WALL HANGING

DIY Zodiac Constellation Wall Hanging by ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed

Today I will be sharing how to make your own custom zodiac constellation wall hanging like the one pictured above! This has to be one of my favorite DIY's to date, it's super easy to make and it's a great way to create large inexpensive piece of art to hang on your wall.   As always, let me know what you think and send me photos if you try to make the piece yourself, I'd love to see!

What you'll need

DIY Zodiac constellation wall hanging supplies by ©Cristina Martinez of Cautiously Obsessed
  • A Pair of sharp scissors
  • A large piece of canvas for reference the piece pictured was 30in x 26in 
  • A ruler
  • One large bowl or plate
  • One tea candle (or any clear waxed candle will work just fine)
  • Black permanent waterproof ink
  • One small paint brush
  • One medium sized paint brush (*not pictured)
  • One pencil 
  • Twine (*not pictured)
  • One hollow 24in or 26in copper rod (*not pictured)
  • Iron (*not pictured)
  • Thread that matches the color of your canvas  (*not pictured)
  • Sewing machine (*not pictured)

What you need to do

Light your tea candle and allow it to heat until the entire wax has melted, then blow the wick out as you will be utilizing the wax to "paint" on your design.  For my design I simply looked online for an image of the Gemini Constellation and utilized it as a reference for this project.  You can do the same for your specific zodiac and all of the constellation designs are quite similar as they simply consist of a few straight lines and dots which is why their simple design is perfect for this project.  To begin, you will want to place your bowl or plate onto the center of your canvas.  Using the melted wax as your "paint," trace your bowl or plate.  

Next, dip the eraser of your pencil into the melted wax and begin creating the design of your zodiac constellation.  The eraser of your pencil is a great way to make consistent circles (or dots) that you can then connect using your paintbrush and ruler.  If you wish, you can add a couple of additional stars in the background as I did with the tip of your paintbrush.  Remember that your design doesn't have to be perfect.

Once your design is completed, use your black permeant waterproof ink to paint over the entire design (including the wax as the ink will not stick to it).  You can paint slightly outside of the wax circle as I did, or you can keep the ink within the circle if you wish.  I would recommend applying two coats of ink and waiting at least 20-30 minutes in between layers.  

After your canvas is completely dry use your iron to iron out any wrinkles your canvas may have.  Be sure to use a scrap piece of fabric to protect your design while your iron.   Then sew up the sides as well as the top and bottom with your sewing machine.  Please remember to leave an opening at the very top for the rod.  Once your wall hanging is sewn, simply slide the copper rod through and thread your twine inside of the copper rod and tie a knot.