This post may as well be subtitled "The Easiest Semi-Crafty Project Ever" because that's what it is. I am not a crafty person at all. I am completely envious of people like Elizabeth, who can sand and spray paint furniture and re-upholster ottomans and generally make her house look adorable and uber-personalized. However, I accept that I won't ever be that person.
But! This little project is so incredibly easy that it feels like cheating to even call it a "project." And even though it's a cinch to complete, you end up with something that's both attractive and useful.
A friend had bought me my own little white board last year, and even though I loved having it by the phone for notes or shopping items, it wasn't very attractive. I also had no way to attach it to my wall in the small space under my cabinet by my phone because that wall has a number of outlets I couldn't block. One day, though, I saw a picture frame, dry-erase board somewhere online, and I immediately wanted to make one for myself.
All you have to do is find a large-ish picture frame that you like (mine's an 8x10 inch frame), find some attractive paper to put inside the frame (make sure to find paper that is light enough for you to see your writing), and cut the paper to fit. Voila! You can just write on the glass with any dry erase marker and wipe it right off. My frame is designed to either hang on a wall or sit on a shelf, so I didn't even need to worry about mounting it; it just sits right by the phone.
There are tons of ways to personalize this idea. You can choose a subtle paper with a fancier frame, or a bolder or more ornate paper in a simpler frame. You can draw a calendar grid on the paper before you pop it into the frame to give yourself an easy and attractive dry-erase calendar, or just divide the paper into seven sections for meal planning. You can organize several frames together to give each family member his or her own reminder station.
A crafty project that's as easy as putting a photo into a frame. This, my friends, is something I can handle.