DIY Calendar

What better way to organize your life than by creating an uber stylish, and very simply calendar. With chalkboard paint. And some masking tape. And a couple of sticks of chalk. I said simple right!?

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1) So first, grab your masking tape to create squares on your office wall (or a wall in your kitchen, perhaps?). Make sure you use a spirit level to make the lines nice and straight. Symmetry in this case, is most definitely your friend. Squares should be about 100mm by 100mm in size and make 7 across (one for each day of the week) and 5 down.

2) Next step is optional but to get super straight lines first paint with the colour of your walls. By doing this you are filling the tape with i.e. white instead of chalkboard black. However if you’re doing this on a wall which was painted in 1970 it might be hard to find the original colour.

3) Then, when the pain is dry begin painting with the chalk paint making sure you keep between the lines. You could also add here a coat or two of magnetic paint!

4) When the paint is dry, peel back the masking tape carefully.

5) And to finish write dates of the month you’re in to mark each day.

And there you go, a DIY calendar to organise your life!!

Floral Fashion Bonanza

Tuesday’s fashion shoot was a real flower-fest. Flowers on the dresses, flowers in the hair, photography in a florist and floral arrangements being created and sold all around us!

Our challenge for the spring issue is making spring come alive… when we are in the depths of winter. We are quick learners and have managed to schedule our spring shoots indoors. Lucky thing that, because as I drove across to Young, the sleet was falling.

Just a few notes on how we come to get such beautiful clothes (all on loan) and such a beautiful model (she came highly recommended) for the fashion shoots.

This is how a fashion shoot is done, ala ‘style’


1)A clever little lady comes up with a theme

…maybe Jacqui, maybe Denise the photographer, maybe me even!

2)We meet, have a chat, talk about the logistics and then set ourselves a ‘to do’ list.

3)A model is sourced, usually recommended to us by a friend or by a friend of a friend.

4)The hardest part is getting fashionable samples sent out to little old Forbes in time for the shoot… so that’s usually the first job. I ring PR companies, send around 50, 000 emails and give them an idea of what we’d like to achieve.

5)Browsing through the ‘look books’ sent by PR companies is a hoot – some are ghastly and some I could order every single item for the shoot (but that would be a tad repetitive.)

6)Order the samples to arrive a day or two before the shoot.

7)Start praying that the garments turn up in time.

8)Arrange hair and make up using locals from the town in which the shoot is going to take place… in this cases, Sharron’s Hairline for hair and The Stables for makeup, both in Young.

9)Call round to a girlfriend’s place to borrow a ‘steamer’ to take to the shoot, for a quick iron of the clothes!

10)Get a bit excited when the clothes do turn up…and they are exactly what I had in mind!

11)Head to the venue, which was Native Botanical down in Young, and watch Steph the florist and Denise the photographer work their magic in setting the scene.

12)And then just watch it all come together!


We’re always on the lookout for girls who are a little bit beautiful and a little bit confident for our upcoming fashion shoots. You