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Saturday, May 21, 2016

A New Planner Layout for my Happy Planner

Hello, everyone!  

I know that I said I wasn't going to do any planner page decoration posts (otherwise known as the "my week" style posts), but I didn't say I wasn't going to show new additions or remodels of my planner!

Well, here it is.  I decided to try a new layout, again.  I don't know what inspired me to redo my layout that I usually use, but I decided to try another way to layout my week.
I am trying to get all of the information on one sheet.  I am trying to use a cleaning schedule and my task list is a must.  I came up with a two page layout.  I am also trying to use a version of the vertical layout.  I placed my days on top, one week on two pages.  I am adding a place to write the hours I work (the days I work don't change, but the hours can), and I also want to keep track/plan meals.  
On the next page I have a place for the weekly chores (my version of the Zone Cleaning schedule idea), and I made a spot for some quick blog planning.

If you want to see my old layout...please check out this post.

I started using my new layout this week.  So far I love that the work hours, meals, and appointments on specific days are in one spot.  Before, they were in different places...not very efficient.  I also found that most of the time in my old layout, I didn't use the huge spaces that I created for my days off, so the newer and smaller spaces seem to work.

I am not sure that I love the blog space, since I am working on a new blog/craft project notebook that you will be seeing soon.  I also need to revamp the chore space, as I don't have enough room.  For some reason I also decided to change the task layout, matching the vertical type layout, and it is confusing me.  HAHAHA!

I think that I will use it for another week, and maybe make some changes.  If I do, I will surely let you know.

I love the Happy Planner so much that I have made a bunch of books with them.  I am planning a series of posts about what I have done, and how I am trying to organize my life with them.

Until next time, stay crafty and organized my friends!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Cantilever Sewing Box, Part 2

 After I put the boxes together, shown in the previous post, I took it all apart, then I reinforced the levers with another piece of cardboard (making them double thick), and covered them with kraft paper.  I also changed the color of the brads that I used.  I think the gold matches the papers better.
 I also changed the knobs to ones I felt more suited the project.
 This is one side opened, you can see how big the drawers are!  I covered the inside of the box with some kraft paper to cover the brads, but that is all of the papering I did on the inside of the boxes.
 The handles were not to my liking, so I edged them with more papers.  Then I stuck the whole thing together and attached it to the foam core base.

 This is the finished project.  I added feet to it to make it more pretty.
 I love how it came out.
 It will be so fun to fill with fun stuff.  I just have to figure out what to put in it!

It's awesome, and a fun project to make.  Below is a list of things I used to make it.

Papers:  DCWV and Recollections Kraft Cardstock
Knobs:  Tim Holtz
Feet:  Graphic 45
Adhesive:  Score Tape (Yup, just loads of Score Tape...I love that stuff!)
Miscellaneous:  Brads, screws (for the feet), a drill to make the holes, paper piercer, rulers, etc.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

My Attempt at a Cantilever Sewing Box

I have been wanting to make one of these for years.  I am finally going to try.  I have been saving boxes for a while, and I think they will be perfect for this project.  Below you see my sketch (not very detailed) and my paper attempt at figuring it out. 
 I've used these boxes in a variety of projects, now I'm going to use a bunch more!
 Here you see the two stacks of three boxes.  I put the whole thing together and put knobs on it to see if the whole contraption will actually work.
 It does!
 Fully opened, this is what it will look like.  I left the lid on the top box, now to figure out how I am going to close it.
 These pieces were the "guts" of the inside of the boxes, that held the device all nice and safe inside.  I think they will make perfect handles.  So...
 I covered them with craft paper...
...and this is what these turned out to be like.  OK...Now I have to figure out how to do a base and put it all together.
 I bought a thick piece of foam core board, and then I covered one side with kraft paper.  I will attach the boxes and handle to this.  This will put a nice base under the boxes and give stability without a lot of weight.
OK, that is part one...now to finish it and see how it works!

Stay crafty, my friends!!!

Saturday, April 30, 2016


I don't really have anything to post for today, but I wanted to let you know what I have been up to.  I have spent a lot of time lately reorganizing my craft room and trying to get my creative juices flowing again.  Sometimes when I reorganize I find things I forgot I had, plans I drew that I forgot I did, and so on.  It does sometimes helps to get me going!

 I am, however, starting to work on a couple of ideas.  One is a cantilever type sewing box using the cardboard boxes I get from work, and the other is a new blog planner/crafty idea book.   Maybe that will help me not to forget the plans I have made! I have a doily in the works, but I'm not sure if I am going to use it for what it was intended when I started it.  There is some talking happening
with my crafty group about doing a swap…I am hoping that comes true!  When I get some stuff going I will let you know.

I found this random sign at my local Craft Warehouse.  I think I need to add it to my craft room decor.  What do you think?
So how are YOU doing?  What are you up to these days?  Leave me a comment, let me know!

Stay crafty, my friends.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The finale of the potholder project

I have finished, at least for now, my own set of "vintage" potholders for my kitchen.  I had so much fun making these!  What I did do was update them a bit so I can actually use them.  If you make them as the patterns state, the only thing you can use those for is looking at, or as a kind of hot pad for your counter…they WON'T protect you from cast iron skillets that have been in the oven!  I added a layer of thermal batting for potholders between the layers so that I won't get burned when I use them.  These aren't just for pretty!

The patterns (from top to bottom, left to right) can be found at these links.

Vintage Crocheted Dress

Raised Rose Potholder

Round Rose Potholder

Petticoat Fever Potholder

Queen Anne's Lace Vintage Potholder

Country Rose Decorative Potholder

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mermaid Lapghan!

 I have wanted to make one of these ever since I had seen one online.  I love these lapghans and I thought that it would be a perfect story time cuddle blanket for when the grand babies are visiting.
 Here you can see my dog, Ace, testing out the blanket.  It's huge for a doxie!
 I got this picture of me using it.  It makes up as big as you want, so you can make it wide or skinny, whatever you like.  I made it a bit wide, so that I could have a little one on my lap for story time.
The pattern can be found here:  Crocodile Stitch Mermaid Lap Blanket by Felene Grammar

It was fun and challenging to do this stitch, as I had never done it before.  It sure worked up nicely and the instructions are awesome.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Baby Afghans

 I was asked by two friends of mine to make some afghans for some cute little babies.  They chose the colors, the yarn and the patterns.  I made them both using Bernat Blanket yarn.  I have to admit I was skeptical at first.  I have never made a baby blanket with anything bigger than worsted weight yarn!
It's a wonderful yarn to work with and it is super bulky so it works up projects quick.  You can find the pattern I adapted for the chevron blanket here.  For the granny square blanket I adapted the pattern that you can find here.

Next week, I have another crochet project to share.  I am most certainly on a roll with creating crochet projects!

Stay crafty, my friends!!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Serving Tray Upgrade

We are lucky here in the Northwest.  We have a wonderful resource in the McMenamin's restaurants and breweries scattered throughout the region.  My husband and I have been to many of their restaurants and we have stayed at several of their hotels.  The food is great, the atmosphere is amazing, the buildings are (most of them) historic places that have been preserved and now function as wonderful places to eat, drink, stay, and relax.  If you are ever in this area, please stop at one and you will fall in love with them as we have.

That brings me to this tray.  My oldest son gave me a collection of their beer label stickers.  I have hung on to them for a long time knowing that one day I would find the perfect project for them.  I came upon yet another pin on Pinterest and then go this idea.  The pins are from here and here.  They gave me the idea for this.

I took the stickers and layered them onto paper to fit this tray I bought.  It is an awesome tray with rope handles that I got for $12.  It said "Hello Gorgeous" on the bottom, and that had to go!  HAHA!  I then put the paper into the tray with Mod Podge to adhere it, then sealed it with Mod Podge on the top.  It turned out soooooo cool!

So now I have a very cool serving tray, displaying the beer labels from my favorite local hangouts, and I couldn't have been happier with the results.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Catching Dreams

I saw this pin in Pinterest, and just had to recreate it for my "grandkids" room.  I had made this doily years and years ago, and it has just been sitting in my closet doing nothing,  I got an embroidery hoop and framed it, then raided my stash of ribbons and tied them onto the bottom.  I love how it turned out and it looks so good in our "grandkids" room!  Hopefully when they spend the night they will all have the sweetest dreams ever!

Stay crafty, my friends.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

My new repurposed plastic bag drier

This is a quick and simple project, and it works FANTASTIC!!  I had the canning jar, filled it with mini marbles (that you would use for flower arrangements), and put a flower frog on it.  They I bought these bamboo chopsticks and put them into the jar.  TAA DAA!!!  My new cool bag drier!

I have these wonderful reusable zip lock type bags that I found at my local grocery store on clearance.  I bought a ton of them, and we use them all the time!  The problem was drying them after washing them…now problem solved.  The drier is very portable, and I can take it apart to put it away when I want to.  So far it is working great.

Stay crafty my friends!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Princess Posse Mini Album

 This is the latest mini album that I have made.  I got the title "Princess Posse" from our oldest son.  He and his wife had their first baby, a girl, and then 9 days later our daughter and her husband welcomed twin girls to the family.  That made three new baby girls pretty much all at once.  Our son was joking about the Princess Posse that we now had, and I figured that it would make a great name for this album.
 I won this album at the Creating Keepsakes Convention last November, from Pinecone Press.  It is the perfect album to put pictures of all three girls during their first year.  I followed the instructions almost completely, but you all know I like to change things up a little.
 Since I have three girls to put in here, I wanted more space, so I created more places for tags to be put, for more pictures and more photos.  All of the ribbons that are sticking out everywhere are actually attached to tags.
 The kit was awesome to work with.  The paper line used was from Simple Stories, Enchanted.  I love it!
 I added embellishments along the way, using some flowers and rhinestones.  On this page I added slides that pictures can slip into.  I left the post it flags in to show you.
 I was thinking of making all of the pictures mats white, but decided to use the colors instead.  I like how it turned out.
 I made the album while Jackie and I were at the Embellish It! crop a couple of weeks ago.  We had a ton of fun!
So, now, all there is to do is to gather up all of my pictures of my little grand-girlies and get them in this album.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember to always stay crafty!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Vintage Potholders

 Hi, everyone!  You saw in my last post about my crafty decorating that I had used some vintage potholders in my kitchen as decoration.  Well, since I love to crochet I decided to make some of my own, that I could maybe use. Also, maybe, just maybe, my grandkids will display the ones I had in their kitchens some day.  After I bought all of this thread that will go awesome in my kitchen,  I went searching on Pinterest and found several free patterns.  Have I told you how much I love Pinterest?
 I found this pattern from Little Miss Stitcher.  It is an awesome pattern, but I worried that the open holes in it wouldn't allow me to be able to use it at all.  So, I did some alterations to it for myself.
 I decided to make the dress solid crochet, and I made it in two layers, like a "slip" for the dress.  I did the first row on the front loop, and the "slip" first row on the back loop.  Then I just crocheted both the same way, creating two layers of the "dress", which resulted in four layers of fabric made.  That should insulate it a little better.
Here is the finished dress, I mean potholder.  I used my nifty little cord maker gadget and created a tie for the dress, and here it is.  I love it!  I have a bunch of other vintage patterns that I am going to create with all of that thread I bought.  Even if I don't use them, it will be fun to make them.

Stay crafty, my friends!!!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Crafty Decorating

I have been fascinated with some beautiful vintage items that I have, and have been wondering what to do with them.  I found ideas on Pinterest…Don't you just love that site???  I thought I would show you what I did with these wonderful treasures from our past.
 Jackie had given me some wonderful vintage handkerchiefs that belonged to her grandmother.  On Pinterest I saw that some folks are decorating with them, and I loved this idea.  So I put them over the curtain rod in my craft room.
 I think it looks very cool over my Cricut and Silhouette station.
 My husband had this stash of beautiful vintage potholders that his Grandmother made.  They are beautiful, but also very fragile.  There is no way on Earth that I would ever try to use them, but I saw on Pinterest that there are many ways to display them.  
 I found this awesome basket at the local store, on CLEARANCE!!  I bought two little ones like the one you see here, and two larger ones.  You never know when you are going to need a basket, right?  But, then it hit me, this is the perfect way to display his collection of her potholders!  It sits in my kitchen windowsill …I love them!
 My poor hope chest has been sitting on our upstairs hallway, just being all naked.  So, on Pinterest (Did I tell you I love that site???) I saw that folks are using a variety of crocheted doilies to make runners.  YES!!!  I have some doilies (the two on the ends) that Jackie gave me (they belonged to her Grandmother), and some that I had in my stash, and a few that I whipped up to fill it out.  Taa Daa!!!  I have a runner for my hope chest!
 Above the runner is the mini wall quilt that my mom made for us when we got married.  I put a small vintage looking suitcase that I have had for years, a book (Grimm's Fairy Tales) and a brass candle holder.  I think it needs a few more "things" to make it cooler looking, but it's a start.
I think it is GORGEOUS!!!  I tied the doilies together, so that if I ever want to separate them, it wouldn't be hard to do.  And, yes, those are battery operated candles.  I probably will never light them (unless we are having company or something) and I do NOT want to chance wax all over my vintage goodies!

There it is.  My vintage decorating in my "modern" house.  I hope you like this post, and I hope you try some of these ideas.  I really want to go to some antique shops now…I am getting more ideas.

Stay crafty, my friends!