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Jackie and Michelle


Sunday, August 21, 2016


 OMG!!!  Have you heard of this new wonderful toy!!!  I have been thinking about getting a typewriter for a long time.  Yes, a typewriter!!  I have been regretting that I ever gave my old one up...but I couldn't find ribbons anymore, and it just sat in a closet.  Now I have one and I LOVE IT!

We Are Memory Keepers has come out with a Typecast line of papers, labels, tags, all sorts of things to go with this typewriter and it is beautiful and awesome!  They also have multiple colored ribbons that you can get...All come with black, but then there is white, gray, teal, blue, purple, pink, red, and brown. I hope I didn't miss any.

It is manual, so no electricity needed.  It comes in pink or black, and it is sold at Michael's.  It's a bit spendy, at $199, but it is sooooooo worth it to me.  It works great, looks and types in a vintage style, and, GET THIS...it takes 12x12" paper!!!  The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!

Oh, and I am writing this review on my own, I am not being paid to do this...I just think that this is the best thing since sliced bread and Justin's Chocolate Hazelnut Butter!  :)

 As you all know I also love, love, LOVE my Happy Planner by MAMBI, and I decided to make a little project using my typewriter for my planner.  I love that I am going to be able to type things for my planner, even type ON my planner pages...Can you tell I'm giddy about this?
 I took a paper, cut it in half, and used some washi tape by Recollections to cover the edge, then used my punch.

 I put it into my typewriter, and taa daa...
...I made a shopping list!!!  It looks sooooooo cool, I just can't stand it.  I later added my list to it, and used it at the store.  I can add the list to my planner and add to it when I remember something, then remove it and put it into my shopping/coupon planner when I go to the store.

There are a lot more uses for this wonderful little toy, and I will be showing you all more things later.

Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Repurposed Aprons

Hey all!  You know that I am a huge fan of repurposing items and creating new things out of old things.  Well, I have another project for you today.

 This started out as a jeans turned skirt project.  I have always hated these jeans, they never fit right.  So I made a skirt.  Then I tried it on.  NOPE!

I was trying to keep the pockets, but it just didn't look right, at least on my figure.  So, what to do?  I couldn't just throw this project away.  I spent too much time on it.
I cut them in half, front and back, and I used bias tape on the edges.  I added ribbon to the front apron for ties, and added the bib and ruffles to make it bigger. The back apron I didn't have to add ruffles, as the bib was wide enough.

I gave one to Jackie, and I am keeping one for myself, BFF APRONS!!!  They look awesome on, and they will be perfect to cook in.

Thanks for looking, and I will see you all later!

Stay crafty my friends.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pie Plate Lazy Susan

Hey all!!!  How is everyone today?  I hope that your July is off to a wonderful start and that your summer is going most awesome!

I want to share with you another Lazy Susan project.  I made one before, and you can see
the post here. 

I got the original idea from Alejandra, and you can see her tutorial here.

I took it another step and used a pie plate and a pie cutter for the organizer!
Isn't it pretty??  I used an old doily that I had in my closet.  I found this awesome pie cutter at a vintage store in my town.  Foxtrot Vintage is an awesome store.  Here is their Facebook Page in case you want to check it out.  I didn't see a blog or a website for their store, this is as close as I could get. It's a fantastic store.  I have purchased many cool little items for our home here.

Anyway...I spied the pie cutter and had to have it.  This is how I put together the organizer.

 I got two pie plates from the store.  They were on sale, and two of them cost me just a few dollars.
 I blocked the doily to make it all pretty...
 ...I filled one pie plate with marbles.  (I added more after the picture was taken, you should fill the bottom of the plate you are using.  It makes it turn nicer.)
I layered the other pie plate on top, then the doily, then the cutter.
Now I have a cute Lazy Susan with divided areas for my craft goodies.  You can see the other one I made out of cake plates in the upper left hand corner of the picture.  I love them!

Well, that's all for today.  Stay crafty and organized, my friends!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Nautical Themed Crochet Projects

Hi everybody!  I'm sorry I didn't post anything for last week...I'm not sure what happened, but I just didn't do it.  Please forgive me!

Today I want to show you the crochet projects that I have been doing.  I am sooooooo excited about these, and I think that the Grandkids will be too.

To start, I have an ocean themed bathroom.  I decided that I needed some themed washcloths for the kids when they come over to spend some time with the grand folks! I used cotton crochet yarn for all of these so that they will wear well and wash perfectly.
 I found all of these projects FOR FREE ON PINTEREST!!!  I love Pinterest...I just LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!  Here are a list of links so if you are interested you can make some of the for yourselves!  Some of these patterns are technically for dishcloths and the Sea Horse is actually a coaster...but they all worked up lovely for bath time cloths.

Sand dollar


Fancy Goldfish

Sea Horse

Ship's Wheel


Scallop Sea Shell

Star Fish

My other project is this AWESOME Island Play Set!  I found this pattern also on Pinterest, and I added a couple more sea creatures to  the set.  It has a ribbon around the edge that draws the whole thing up into a bundle for storage.  It's a pack and play kind of toy!
The pattern for the basic play set is here.   I found it through Pinterest on "Cut Out and Keep".  It's awesome!
 I added the pink fish in the background of this picture.  You can find the fish pattern here.
 I also added this squid pattern, or as she calls it, the Kraken!
 The last thing I added was this jelly fish.  Such a cute pattern, and you can find it here.
It turned out so cute that I am working on another set, this time a farm set.  I'll let you know when I get it done!

Have a great day, and stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

My Happy Fitness Planner

Hi All.  I think this will conclude my Happy Planner Madness for a while...well maybe.  I may have one more thing to show you in a future post or two. (Hee Hee)

 Or should I say that my dog, Ace, wants to show you this planner?  Here he is, with my Happy Fitness Planner.
 I picked this up and, as always, I love it!  There is a calendar and weekly progress spots to journal diet and exercise.
As you can see, I haven't really used it yet, but I have it and they have it UNDATED so I can start any time I wish.  I will be doing it soon, I really need to get motivated, and I think this will help me.  I have an idea of incorporating all of my health and wellness into this planner (things like blood pressure information, my doctor visit information, insurance information, etc.) and creating a Health and Wellness Planner that incorporates the fitness portion of the planner.  This whole project is on my list of to do's.

As always, stay crafty, and organized, my friends!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

My Happy Blog and Craft Planner

 This is my attempt at trying to get the blog going again.  I have been LAZY with it.  Well, not so much lazy as mojo-less.  I have been in a funk.  I am trying to get out of it.  As of this writing, I am.  I have some great little projects coming very soon that I think you will like.  I guess I just really needed a break.
 I got a Happy Planner, and I am recreating it to make a blog and craft planner.  On the Month pages I am recording the title of the post, and a brief description of the post on the days I post it.
 There are a lot of blank days.  I am going to try to fix that.
 I am going to try to do a post twice a week, on Wednesday and Saturday...this planner will work great for this.
 On the weekly spread I tried to come up with an idea of what to put down to plan my posts.  Checklists are my friend!  But, when looking at this set up (above) I decided it was way to busy.  I needed to simplify, and it was just too much.
 I decided to use washi tape to put blank paper over the boxes, thus making a page for Wednesday post notes, and for Saturday post notes.
 I wrote out my planner series on the sticky note and put it here.  It is going to move with the weeks so I can be sure to keep track of what I am doing.
This is what it looked like with two pages of notes for two posts.  I highlighted the post date at the top.  It's simple, and just what I wanted.  There is plenty of room to write notes.
 This page might help spark some ideas for the month on new posts I can do.  This page is a work in progress.
 My index tabs behind the monthly tabs.
 My list section has a bunch of stuff, projects to do, project ideas, lists to make, etc.

 I have been working on this for years.  Jackie introduced this to me, and I have the book made, and most of the list filled out.  I just need to take pictures and do the journaling.  Someday, I will get it done!
 This is an album about me, that Jackie and I did at a class at a CK Convention a couple of years ago. Yes, I need to finish this too.

The project section is full of pages of notes and projects, sketches, and ideas.  They are top secret...at least until I post the project!

Then the blog section is full of lists of what I want to do with the blog, post ideas etc.  It's mostly brainstorming.  I have a lot of ideas, I just need to do them (Or I need to find time to do them!)

The last section is my "Craft Group" section.  We haven't been very active lately, as lives have happened and folks are busy, but we actually started working on a swap project, and will be sharing with you all very soon.

The last thing I want to show you is my labels for the spines of the books.
I used the page inserts by Happy Planner, added a plain paper strip to the adhesive, wrote the book title, and taa daa, I have a spine label that I can use to find the book I want from the shelf!

 So, that's it.  I hope you like this book.  I do very much!

Stay crafty and organized, my friends!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

My Happy Doodle/Zentangle Book

There are so many ways that you can use Happy Planner supplies!!!
 I have another book that I wanted to share with you.  I made a book that I keep in my locker at work.  It is so that I can destress during my lunch hour.
 I bought some of the coloring books, and I cut certain pages to size, punched them, and created a color book for work.  I also have some plain pages, so that if I decide to do some Zentangling I can.  You know, sometimes you just need some quiet time.  Most of the time I get an hour break, and I can eat leisurely and then have 30 minutes to just color or draw.  It helps the sanity!
I have a collection of Paper Mate pens that I love, and keep them in this case with my book.  I always keep an eye out, because they come out with sets of limited edition colors.  I snap them up as soon as I see them.

That's it for today, short and sweet.  But, remember to stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The Happy Planner Recipe Project

 I am in the middle of working on a project.  It's a meal planning project really, but it involves my getting together my favorite of all time recipes together.  And, guess what...the Happy Planner Recipe book is just the ticket to get it done!  Above is the corner of my office where my recipes live.  In the basket, my Happy Planner supplies to make this meal planning/favorite recipes book.
 I started off by writing down some of my favorite meals in a huge brain storming session, then made index pages for them by category.
 I am writing down the recipes in sections of the planner.  You will notice I recreated the index tabs to suit my needs for this book.  I added page numbers.  On the index page I wrote which page the recipe can be found on.  I am not going for alphabetical order for the recipes, I am just focusing on getting them into their sections.
 Just another shot of the book.
 This is my recipe corner of our office.  It is right by the kitchen, so I can keep my collection close, but have so much room to organize them.  I have been collecting recipes since I was a kid...no kidding.  I remember sending away SASE's to food companies and waiting ever so patiently for the mailman to bring me an envelope of recipes!  I used to do it all of the time...now I can search the net and print off oodles of recipes.  Which I do, and you will see the file cabinet to prove it in a few pictures.
 This cupboard is full of recipes that I collected from swaps, and some o my collection of books.  I actually weeded out some of my books when we moved...believe it or not!
 The corner cupboard has a collection of recipe cards that I have on the upper shelves, and more books on the bottom.  I am weeding through these as I am working on this project.  Tastes change, health issues come up and demand different things...it happens.
 Here is the other side o the cupboard, full of more books.  I really have a problem!
 Then, my awesome file cabinets!  I love this part of the office.  The other side of the office is a mirror image of these cupboards and cabinets, by the way...It is an awesome office!
 These files are full of magazine page clippings, printouts, etc.  The top file are recipes made and enjoyed, the bottom is recipes I have collected that I would like to try.

 They are all categorized by type of dish.  Very organized!
 In the second set of file cabinets I have one for collecting magazines, until I go through them and clip the recipes I want.
This one is EMPTY!!!  What should I fill this one with???

Anyway...I have always kept a list of favorite recipes, and where to find them.  I am just using the Happy Planner to get the ultimate favorites in one place.  Also, if I am really good, this small book full of the favorites is portable, and can be taken to the store to use to get the ingredients!  In meal planning, it will serve to help me make a plan for the week.  I think it's going to turn out awesome!

Thanks for looking, and remember to stay crafty, my friends!!!