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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

DIY Owl Zipper Pouch

 Here is my latest creation, its a mini version of THIS pencil pouch tutorial.

I used a 4 inch brown zipper and one piece of 4" x 7" heavyweight home decor Owl print fabric.

You can use any fabric, this is a great way to use up your fabric scraps.

Follow the step by step pictures on the tutorial and you can't go wrong!

Adjust the size of your fabric/zipper according to what you want to put in your pouch.  

  I use mine for change/cash and my chapstick. A few must haves for me...

Use a small key ring to attach it to your keys. It's the perfect little mini keychain and super easy to make!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Memory Calendar

Just came across another great journal/calendar idea....

I will need to make some type of variation of this, since I do not have a baby yet or know anyone expecting right now.

Some ideas...

Husband/Wife Memories
Your Accomplishments
Meals/Food Calendar
Good Deed a Day
Exercise Calendar (If you're into tracking that)
Thought a Day
Q/A Calendar.... LIKE THIS ONE!

For the record, my 5 year journal is still going strong! Ready for month 2 prompts....

  1. What decision are you glad you made?
  2. Share some good advice.
  3. What occupied your mind today?
  4. What was the best conversation you had today?
  5. Do you love your job?
  6. If you could get rid of one of your habits, what would it be?
  7. List 5 things you wish you had with you today.
  8. What are the achievements you are most proud of?
  9. What gadgets did you use today?
  10. What shocked you?
  11. What was the last lie you told?
  12. What is your favorite cuisine?
  13. What do you have too much of?
  14. What do you want to tell yourself in one year?
  15. What is your greatest strength?
  16. Other than your clothes, what was with you the majority of the day?
  17. What’s your guilty pleasure?
  1. What is bothering you?
  2. What inspires you?
  3. What impression did you make on others today?
  4. What did you give up on today?
  5. How did you play today?
  6. How do you know?
  7. Name the last three things you used today.
  8. What sound do you hate hearing?
  9. Do you feel appreciated?
  10. My body is ______________________.
  28. Today I had too much ________________.
  1. What worries you?
  2. What did you get to do today? 

     Happy Fall!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

How Pinterest Ideas Run My Life

I could spend my life looking at all these cute blogs and great ideas to get me motivated, but the truth is I'm not great at following through.

I realized recently that too many of my conversations start with that sentence "So, I found this thing on Pinterest....<Insert cool thing I will never have, do, or attempt>. My husband tells me I should just eliminate the "On Pinterest" part and then I could sound normal.... "So, I found this thing" 

Anyways, for the record, I am following through with something I found on Pinterest! Finally!

Well, actually this would be #2 thing that I am doing. #1 is a T-Shirt Quilt using old t-shirts I can't seem to throw away, ever. I started working on it, but not enough done to show pictures yet.... BUT it's going to be amazing when it's done, I'm super excited about it, but that's all I can share right now :)

I don't know if I can link directly to Pinterest since you have to have an account to open it up, but this is the one I'm working on....T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial. I promise pictures of my progress and definitely a blog of my experiences once I get something that somewhat resembles a quilt. It might be a while though..

My #2 Pinterest project is a 5 year journal, an idea by Tami Taylor.

A WHAT?! Yeah that was my initial reaction too. Doing anything for 5 years sounds intense. Don't worry - it's not that bad! It's a super cute idea, and it is super super easy to keep up with. I know it is a little ambitious of me to start with such a long-term project so I am willing to accept your ridicule and stuff shortly but first I'll tell you about it, then you be the judge.

Each month she posts a series of prompts/questions to answer for each day. And each day you write down your answer, for 5 years. Quick, easy, to the point. I am obsessed with journals and anything writing related, it's something you can do every night before bed, and you can compare where you are year to year (coolest part). I started with October, and so far am going strong. Laughing now would be appropriate since October is not over yet, so not much to be proud of.

I will keep you posted on my progress, see if I make it past the first month or two. But I am aiming for all 5 years, go all in or go home.

The hard part is making the cards, after that, answering is fun! I even made Novembers cards already... month 2. 

I think the hardest part to make this work is coming up with a cute, efficient way to keep your questions and answers. For those of you scrapbookers, there are so many cute ways to put this together.  Here is a creative one I came across...

It's My Life!: 365 Day Filofax Journal - a lot of work, but looks great when finished!

I REALLY like the card method used by the original poster, I wasn't sure I could handle that so originally I opted to use this cute journal I have that has a page for every day of the year. Was going to cut and paste each question onto each page...
In the end, I decided to keep this journal for a thought a day type of journal -- write down something I have accomplished or want to remember from each day. 

So, this is how I am ACTUALLY going to track my 5 year journal/questions...

I got a cute magnetic closing box at Michael's, on sale for $5.99, use 5" x 7" cards and scrapbook away. The back of the cards are blank for answering the questions.  Please excuse the poor quality pics from my cell phone, just wanted to share!
Each  month I'll print off the questions, make a months cards at a time, and answer one question each day! Great idea, great concept, but....Think I can keep doing it?? Ahhh I hope so, thanks for the great idea and inspiration Tami!