Category Archives: Tutorials

Journal, Journal

I love to write in my journal. I find it therapeutic and relaxing (Yes, I’ve been through therapy – is it that obvious?). Unfortunately, it seemed like every time I sat down to write in my journal it was either a gripe fest or I drew a total blank on what to write.

I looked at a few journals that had prompts and questions but had a hard time finding something I liked. So, being the computer nerd that I am, I decided to make my own. It is only a half sheet, that I print front and back. It gives me a chance to reflect on my day and record some of the experiences that I am having and would probably forget. The best part is I am actually writing – not every day but pretty close to it.

 

There are three main prompts:

  • Something good that happened today.
  • Something that challenged me today.
  • Today I am grateful for.

There is also a place to list:

Things that are working & Things I need to work on.

I have included a printable for anyone interested. Enjoy!

Journal page

I printed the pages front & back, then cut them in half. I punched two holes in the top of the pages and put rings through them. I also used a piece of heavy cardstock on the front and back so I can write without having to put a book behind it.

If you are looking for something different here a really fun site where she makes a bunch of different pages.

http://www.graceisoverrated.com/p/journal-pages.html

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Failure . . . it happens.

So, after seeing these two gems on Pinterest I decided to stop neglecting my blog. See I worked on two projects to share and they were both the epitome of FAIL and I got discouraged. Hey, it happens.

I did (finally) finish my magnet makeup board which I ABSOLUTELY love. It had it’s own serious of failures along the way, but eventually got done.

I saw this little beauty online:

I decided I MUST have one – honestly now that it is done I don’t know how I survived without it. She had a great tutorial HERE – so I’m not going to re-hash. Although I decided to paint my board instead of covering it with paper (I tried covering it 3 times – it wasn’t working for me).

Here are some picts of mine:

Not perfect, but finished.

I absolutely love the board, I kept asking myself why didn’t I do this sooner . . . oh yea, I tried.


Dress to Skirt Tutorial

So, I bought this cute summer dress for my little girl and Goodwill for a $1. She really liked it until . . . she put it on. Both times she put it on she said “Dis is buggin’ me” and pointing at the straps. Then she pulled it down to the hips and said “I want to wear it like dis”. I thought well, I can do that.

So, here it goes. I took the skirt and cut the top off.

Then I rolled a hem and pinned it. The dress is a knit I wasn’t worried about it fraying so I didn’t roll it to make a “finished” edge. Once pinned I sewed it around leaving a gap to insert the elastic. I like using a safety pin to help feed the elastic through. Then I sewed the elastic to itself.

I then sewed the band closed. I tried it on the princess and could barely get her to take it back off.

I also used the left over piece from the top to make a bow. The princess wouldn’t take it back off once she put it on and twirled around the house all day. I guess now I need to watch for more dresses on dollar days.