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Monday, January 14, 2019

Organizing my Recipes!

GOOD MORNING!!!


I have an organizing post for you today.  In addition to crafting, I love to cook and to try new recipes. I have been collecting recipes since I was a kid.  I used to go through my mom's magazines, and in the food product ads they would tell you that you could send a "self addressed stamped envelope" to the company and they would send you recipes!  I did that constantly! (Remember, this was 
WAY WAY WAY BEFORE the internet!)  I collected all kinds of stuff.  I was also pretty fortunate that my dad worked at the post office so he could mail them off for me and get the stamps I needed!

The above picture is one half of our office space in our house, and this side is dedicated to my recipe collection.  I have graduated from snail mail to collecting books, internet printouts, and for a while I did a lot of swaps.  

This is what is inside those cupboards and file drawers...


I have a huge collection of recipes.  And, I really do try to do new recipes all of the time.  One year I kept a tally, and I tried over 300 new things that year!  

Everything from casseroles to seasoning mixes.  Our diet changes along with our health situation, and eating healthier is a priority right now.  So, once again, I am collecting a lot of new recipes and I need a system so that I can find them again.  This was one of my 2019 goals.  I did it!

I am combining my love of planning with my love of collecting recipes. 


I keep a Bullet Journal (Bujo) for a variety of lists in my craft room.  I decided that the bujo technique may just be the answer to how to find my recipes that I have tried and loved.  

It's simple, I divided the page into the recipe name and where it is located.  I just went through all of my stuff and wrote everything down.  I left several pages blank in each category so that I could add more recipes as I try them.  It was a long process, but it is well worth it.  Now I know where that darn recipe is located and it makes meal planning so much easier.  


Speaking of meal planning... I made a book with my Happy Planner meal planning sheets and this is what I use to figure out the grocery lists, and the weeks meals.  I do a little meal prepping on my days off so that my work days are easier to deal with.  I list it all out and if I need to find recipes then I can go to the index, pull the recipe and be totally ready to go.  I have some sticky notes with my meal planner, and I usually use stickers to make it look pretty, but I didn't this week for some silly reason.  

That's what I have for you today, a little organizing tip that is also fun to do..especially fun when it is done and you reap the rewards of your hard work!

Thanks for stopping by.

Don't forget to love, laugh and craft!

šŸ’–Michelle

Monday, January 7, 2019

Planning the New Year!

Good Morning!  I thought that today I would share my planner set up with you. I am a Happy Planner.  I love that it is functional AND creative.  I feel like I am crafting when I work in it, and I work with it every day.

Recently the "Transformer Planner" idea has taken hold, and I decided to try it.  I LOVE IT!  I have, in the past, tried to keep up on several notebooks, and now, it is all in one.  It's very chunky as you can see, but it is awesome, and everything is in one place.  I have 4 planners/sections to it, and I can do it because I only keep 3 months in each one at a time.  If you are unfamiliar with this concept, check out YouTube.  It is full of videos on what it is and how to do it.

Here is my main planner.  This is the Trendsetter that came out last year.  I found two more on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and bought them.  I redated this one to make it good for this year.


The daily to-do sheet is amazing!  I don't have a lot of things to schedule, so I use this primarily for my household stuff like cleaning, extra tasks, work schedules, etc.  I did find, however, that I needed a little extra space sometimes.  I needed something...so I decided to DIY and make some sheets from old planner pages that I didn't use.


I just cut down a sheet and simply inserted it into my book.  This side is for the left page of my planner, and when you turn it, it becomes a note page for the right page of my planner.  I put stickers on the days that have some sort of special thing, such as birthdays, appointments, and the like.  Any notes I need to make, like notes for appointments, phone calls, etc, will go here.  I just started using this concept.  So far I like it!


I'm showing you this spread because I wanted to show you how I redated it.  I made a table in my Pages program, measuring it to fit the planner page.  Then simply cut it out, adhered it, and used number stickers to redate the calendar.  I found the mini calendars for 2019 by Carpe Diem and used them as well.  It came out amazing and now I can use my favorite style of planner for this year as well.  YAY!


The next section of my planner is this one.  It came with the latest Be Happy Box that Mambi promoted.  It came with great goals pages, so I decided this would help me keep focused.



  My next section is my fitness planner that I recycled from 2 years ago.  I never liked the pages that came with it originally, so I bought the new fitness pages and am using them for recording my food intake, my weight, blood pressure, etc.  It also has a nice daily section to record some thoughts, progress, etc at the bottom.



Last, but certainly not least, is my MISS MAKER!!!  I am using her to get my crafting fun back in order.  I am planning blog posts, working on projects for myself and for others that have been commissioned.  It has great space to keep everything in place, and it's PRETTY!  She matched the bright colors of my Trendsetter, and I love it.  Of course, after I took the picture below, I filled her out with this weeks adventures in creating, she looks pretty plain here, but believe me, she is full of great fun now.


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed the post.  What does your planner look like?

Stay Crafty!
šŸ’– Michelle

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!!


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It's 2019!!!  Can you believe it?  I can't...Where did 2018 go?  It flew by and I feel like I blinked and I missed it.  A lot has happened in the last year, and I have been absent from the blog. I've been absent from a lot...looking at others blogs, YouTube tutorials, etc.   I am truly sorry about it, and I want to make it up to you.  It's a new year, and it's time for a new start.  If y'all stick with me and follow along, I promise we will have some fun!

I have been gone from the blog but not from crafting.  I have done some cool things.  I did manage to do a Craft Fair, my first ever, and it was so much fun!  I have made some new mini albums.  I have been doing a lot of crocheting (since I was recovering from surgery), and I am still totally into my Happy Planner.  I can't wait to share things with you.  Personally, we have had the joy of adding another grandson to the family, and my hubby's band has been super busy with Gigs (for which I have been the costume designer...more to come on that!).

So, here's to 2019, may it be the best year yet, and may we all LOVE, LAUGH and CRAFT!

šŸ’–
Michelle

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Rosette

I have been fighting a cold and fighting the loss of my crafty mojo and decided to dig though my supplies and create something...anything...and I did.
 I used my Fringe and Score Board by We R Memory Keepers to create the rosettes.  It worked so well!  It makes 1/2" and 1" scores when doing rosettes.  I supposed you could reinsert the paper and line it up so that it could make 1/4" scores as well, but I haven't tested that yet.  It was easy peasy!  The largest spider rosette was two 12x12" papers, cut into 6" strips, scored at 1".  The smaller orange rosette was two 10"x12" papers, cut into 5" strips, scored at 1/2".

I used papers from Recollections, flowers from Tim Holtz and Petal, and chipboard pieces by My Mind's Eye.  The doily is by recollections. I added some ribbon and a little distress ink and taa daa...It is now gracing the door of my craft room.

What do you think?

Have a spooktacular day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Eternal Love

I was inspired by some Pinterest pins, and decided to create something for myself.  The posts I saw were framed, but I wanted something that could stand on its own.
 I love how this turned out.  I used some cheap mini skeletons that I found at my local Fred Meyer store.  They were already distressed looking, so it was perfect.  I bent them ever so carefully and used a hot glue gun to adhere them together.

 I had some coasters by Technique Tuesday and covered them with papers by Creative Imaginations.  I distressed the edges with ink by Tim Holtz.  The flowers are by Recollections (the paper ones) and the resin ones are by Tim Holtz.  Finally I added bling by Zva Creative.

When I was done with it I showed it to my husband and he said that I was twisted...

SUCCESS!!!

Have a wonderfully spooky day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Kitchen Halloween Art

This is another cool project that I made for my kitchen.  It sits above my refrigerator.  It is an award box that one of my coworkers got last year.  It was a HUGE BOX for a tie pin!  She asked me if I could make something crafty out of it, and here is what I did.  It had layers to it, so I took advantage of that.  The inner back of the box is a cool paper from My Minds Eye, the "Frightful" collection.  The next layer I did used the Echo Park paper from "The Apothecary Emporium".  Then I added embellishments and created a cool decoration.  I used a crow sticker from Jolee's, a skull bead (unknown), and by Tim Holtz I used a bottle with stickers, a pumpkin, spider and broom.

It was fun and it recycled and I love it.

What do you create with fun boxes?

Have a great day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Haunting your Kitchen!

Hi all!  This is s SUPER SIMPLE PROJECT!!!  I saw this advertised somewhere, I have no idea where.  I saw it last year and decided to make one for myself.  I love this blood spill cutting mat!  I bought a pack of mats at the store for just a couple of dollars and cut it out.  I love it!

I also got the idea of wrapping Halloween themed wide ribbon around my canisters in the kitchen to jazz them up a bit.  I just cut them to fit and used binder clips behind them to keep them on.  I think I may have to do this for Christmas too!

Have a spooky day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Haunted Desk

I have an amazing roll top desk that my BFF Jackie gave me.  For Halloween I "haunt" it!  A lot of the stuff I have recently purchased, but some of it I have had for a long time.  It is ever evolving.  

One of the "props" is an old old old pair of glasses, a ledger book, and some other cool items.  I felt it needed a pocket watch.  So,  made one.  


I gathered supplies from my stash.  I had the chain and the latch.  The skull I have no idea where it came from.  The watch is by Tim Holtz, and the clock face is actually a Jolee's sticker.  It turned out awesome!

Here is my desk.  I have books on the top that light up.  I made some "spell books" out of blank books.  In the fake typewriter I added photos by Tim Holtz that are halloween themed.  I even have a raven and a rat!

How do you decorate for Halloween?

Have a great day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy October, Everyone!

Hi all!  How have you been? I hope everyone in blog land is doing well.  I have been ill for a while so I apologize for the delay in posting.  I haven't even felt like crafting much.   But, I am going to attempt to get my "stuff" together and post some great projects.

These first projects are actually from last year, but I have some new ones to show you as well!  I wanted to create a sort of future/fortune telling display on my coffee table so I went to the craft room and started creating.

I wanted a sort of Ouija board, but not a real one.  (Yes, I am scared of the real ones!)  So I got a tray from 7 Gypsies and made my own with Halloween stickers from my stash. The stickers were from the Carta Bella, "All Hallows Eve" collection.

 After I put the stickers on it, I cut a piece of acetate to cover them.  I could use this as a serving tray if I wanted to.
 I added handles from Graphic 45.  It turned out super cool!
I wanted a Voodoo Doll but ended up with this.  It's a "Dammit Doll".  If you get upset you are supposed to grab it's legs and hit an object and say "Dammit."  I didn't use it for that!  

I got some toothpicks and some skull beads, glued them together for "pins" and put them in the doll.  Taa daa, I have a "Voodoo doll".
Here is my coffee table setup.  I have my Magic 8 Ball, my doll, my "Ouija" board, some tarot cards, and a cool Halloween crystal ball.  It turned out cool!

I hope you like it and I hope it give you a little Halloween inspiration.

Have a great day!

MichellešŸŽƒ

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bee Bath

OK, I know it's a little late in the season for this post, but I wanted to show you the Bee Bath that I made.  The coolest part is that IT REALLY DOES WORK!
 I had a pot that I wasn't using, so I filled it in the middle with rocks and around the edge with blue marbles.  I added the palm tree and the mermaid because I thought it was cute.
Bees need to drink water too, but it can be hard for them. They need a place to sit while they dip into the water.  They can drown easily, apparently. You fill the water only so far so that they have places to land.  This bee appeared the very day I made this!!!  They love it!

It's not much, but I'm trying to do my part for all of the critters.

Have a lovely day!

MichellešŸ’–

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tea "Book Box"

 I bought a big box of all sorts of assorted teas.  The box it all came in was MAGNIFICENT!  I knew that I could make it into something cool...here is what I did.
 The cover of the "book" was cut out.  I trimmed the middle circle to make it flush.  Then I measured, cut some chipboard, put it into the open spaces and taped them in.  Now the cover is solid!
 Here is a view of the cover once I filled it in.
 I had been to Tuesday Morning and picked up some of these beauties!  I found several tubes of crafting papers.  This turned out to be the perfect project!  I covered the front and the back of the box.  I also added papers to the spine of the box.
 I got into my stash and found perfect embellishments to decorate the cover.
 Here is a picture of the spine.
I covered the inside cover and added a cute butterfly to the bottom of the box.  The other amazing thing about this box is that it had a magnetic closure...YAY!

I hope you like this recycling project.  It is going to make for some beautiful organization and storage.

Stay organized...and don't forget to repurpose and recycle!
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MichellešŸ’–

Saturday, September 2, 2017

I Remember When" 12x12 Layout

I was just going through my stash of scraps and decided that I needed to try to make a layout with what I had leftover from this bunch of goodness.  I ended up framing it and hanging it because I love it so much.  The picture is my husband, oldest son, and our first grandchild (our daughters son).  I love this picture because it shows 3 generations of men in our family, and all three of them have the same middle name, taken from my husbands father.  Tradition!  The title came from one of the cutouts and it fit perfectly, since that baby is almost 9 years old now!
 I started by looking at the supplies I had available.  It wasn't much.  This is from a line by Cosmo Cricket called Circa 1934.  I love this line!
 I came up with this layout.  I had to piece-meal it together because I didn't even have a full paper.  But by layering I was able to create a full 12x12 size background!  Shhhhh, don't tell anyone!
 Here is the finished project.
 I layered chipboard pieces to create clusters.
 I also had to add bling to the project!
I soooooo love how it turned out.  It is just amazing what you can do with scraps!

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!!!

MichellešŸ’–

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Memories" File Folder Album, Part 3

 Welcome to the last post on my "Memories" File Folder Album!!!  This post is going to show you how it looks all decorated up!  I love how it turned out, and I hope you do too.  There are a lot of pictures...and at the bottom of the post I will show you embellishments I made with scraps and leftovers.


 I used my We R Memory Keepers tab punch to create the photo mats.  The horizontal ones started out as card stock measuring 6 1/4" x 5", and the vertical ones were 7" x 4 1/4".  I made the tops of the tabs by punching paper into tabs just a little smaller.  Super easy!
 I just added photo mats, created embellishment clusters and added them to the book, I tucked cards and tags in pockets.

 The pockets of the folders are perfect for larger photo opportunities.
 I made file folder shaped inserts for these pockets, and embellished them with scraps that I had left over.

 This was FUN FUN FUN to decorate.  Some of the embellishments are only attached on one side so I can slip in other pictures, like in the above picture with the frame on the pocket.
 So much fun stuff!


 I was totally into making cluster embellishments.  With all of the goodies that I collected from all of these collections, I had a ton to work with.

 I created some of the tags from leftover card stock.


 I created a file folder pocket here.
 Large decorated tag...
 This is the back of the album.  So much fun stuff.

 This is a picture of some of the embellishments used on these pages.
 Here are some more.  I also utilized my collection of punches.
 I had this left over from the packaging of some of the stuff I used...
...This is what I made with them!  Always keep scraps...you never know what you can come up with!

I hope you enjoyed this series.  I know I did!

Here is a list of the supplies other than the Basic Grey collection that I used:

Other papers:  Card stock by Coredination's
                        Patterned papers by Crate Paper, "Portrait", "DIY Shop", and "Emma's Shoppe"
                        Tags:  Bo Bunny

Journaling cards by Lilly Bee
Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
Twine by Little B

Have a crafty Day!!!

šŸ’–Michelle