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Saturday, July 1, 2017

A 4th of July Themed Pinwheel

Hi!  I haven't done a lot of crafting for the 4th of July this year.  I did buy, FINALLY, a barn star that was painted as an American Flag, which I thought was cool. But today, I decided to craft a little something.

The Pinwheel Punch by We R Memory Keepers isn't new, but it is new to me.  I decided to make a pinwheel for my granddaughter and came up with a few hints and tips that I thought you would like to know.  I haven't researched anyone else's blogs for experiences.  I came up with this all on my own.  If I do describe something that someone else already covered, it is purely coincidental.

For my methods along with the pinwheel kit and board, you will also need 3/8" x 12" wooden dowels, some adhesive, an extra strip of coordinating paper 3/8" x 12", and if you want, some sort of embellishment to go on top of the mechanism.
 This is how mine turned out.  The papers are an old line by K and Company.  I only had 3 papers left, I used 2 (cut to 11" square) to make this 14 1/2" pinwheel.
 After making the two pinwheel pieces you have to line them up.  There is a hole created in the middle of the papers that the mechanism goes through.  I used a little adhesive around the hole, just enough to hold the papers in alignment.  I didn't do this the first time, and they slipped, the adhesive solved that problem.  After putting the top of the mechanism on I added a chipboard embellishment to it to cover it.
 On the back I decided to take a 3/8" x 12" piece of paper that was leftover, added adhesive, and wrapped it around the back of the mechanism.  This created an extra space between the handle and the pinwheel.  I found that if I didn't do it then when the pinwheel turned it hit the handle.  This gave a little more space and it did't hit the handle anymore.
 This is the picture of the dowel inside the paper tube.  I'm making this for my granddaughter to play with.  It needs to be a little more sturdy.  It slid in easy, but fit tight.  It won't come out.
This is the whole mechanism...The top left is the cap, then the tube that the pinwheel goes on which fits over the right piece.  The hollow tube fits over the paper stem, I added the dowel.  It works perfectly.  I think I am going to make more now!

Have a fun and safe Independence day!

Michelle🌟


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Some New Garden Art!

Hello!!!  Welcome to my little world, literally!

My mom got me interested these after she made a fairy house out of the leftover trunk of a tree.  I thought that I had some pots that needed some love, so I tried my hand at it.  

 The gnome home is my first attempt.  I got all of the items either at Craft Warehouse, Michael's or JoAnn's.  I love how it turned out.  Since this picture was taken I have added a few more things.  I am not the only one who loves it...some little critter has been playing in it!  Several times I have had to put things back where they go, as they are all messed up and not where they are supposed to be!
 This is my troll home...and I love it!  These little guys are so cute!
 I found a little dragon, and knew that they needed a pet for the pond under the bridge.  This one seems to stay intact...critters are leaving this one alone.  I wonder if it is the rocks that deters them?
These are super fun to put together and very easy.  And, the best part is that I didn't pay full price for anything...watch those sales and coupons!!!

Have a wonderful day!

Michelleđź’–


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Planner Clip Organization

 Hi All!  Lately I have been super absorbed in my planner goodies that I haven't done much else.  This time, I was focused on making planner clips and tassels for charms.  I dug into my stash of goodies and found a few items that ended up making some super cute clips.
 For most of the clips I tried to find two pieces that mirrored each other so that both sides of the clips were pretty.  I just glued them together at the top of the clip and it was done!  Super easy.
 Here is the tassel that I made.  I hooked it into the rings of my Happy Planner.  I think it provides a really nice little piece of pretty for my planner.
 This is a look at some of my stuff on one of my bookshelves.  My other planners and notebooks live here.  Then theres this nice little organizer...
 It holds all of my other fun paper clips that I have collected over the years.  They are nice and organized!  But then I thought I needed to organize the really fun and bulky clips that I have.  So, I came up with the idea below.
 I took a 3 ring binder and some thick plastic tabbed dividers.  I cut slits in the pages and just placed my clips in an organized fashion on the pages.  Super easy peasy!
 I made those button clips years ago.
 I got into making tasseled paper clips a little while ago, here is my collection.
 Some of these I didn't make.
 Here starts my collection of tabbed/bookmark style clips.

Staying organized is a huge part of the planner game.  Now I know where all of my cool clips are and I can find them easy.

Stay organized, and thanks for coming by to see me!

Michelleđź’–

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Organizing and Recycling!

 This is a short post, but it is a cool idea and I wanted to share...and it shows the banner that I wrote about last week.  I was at Tuesday Morning and they had these Graphic 45 paper rolls.  I totally bought one of each and came home...then realized I wasn't sure where to store them.
I had plastic containers that my laundry pods come in all saved up and waiting for a purpose.  Today was the day.  I carefully cut off the top of the container, and wrapped it with washi tape.  This made a perfect holder for my tubes of paper.

And, if you haven't gone...check out Tuesday Morning.  They get a lot of craft supplies.  It's amazing what I have picked up there for a fraction of the price.  Yes, they have older supplies, but some things never ever go out of style for crafting.

I really  love recycling projects, and I love organization.  This was a win win!

Have a crafty day!!

Michelleđź’•

Saturday, June 3, 2017

7 Gypsies Artist Tray and a Paper Clip Banner

 Oh, this is one of my favorite projects!  I bought this kit at the Embellish It! crop that Jackie and I went to. It is a kit by "Button Farm".   It uses 7 Gypsies papers, ephemera, and tags.  I added a few things.
 I knew when I say the kit that it would be PERFECT to showcase some pictures of my grandkids.  And was I right!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how this turned out!
 I have always loved 7 Gypsies and this project was so fun and easy to do.
 I just wanted to share this, I really do think it is one of my all time favorite pieces.
With the leftovers I made this Paper Clip Banner.  I had these giant paperclips and created this hanging.  It is hanging in my craft room.  I think it turned out super cute!

Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Michelleđź’•

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Another Traveler's Notebook!

Good Day!

I have another fun project that took about 5 minutes, and turned out great!  

I love notebooks and I knew that the two lines of products would come together well!

 The notebook cover I found at Michael's is by Molly and Rex.  They have notebooks to go with it, but I already had some I wanted to use!
 I had these great notebooks by the Reset Girl in my stash.  Her new line was coming out and these were being clearanced.
 I was able to fit 5 books in this cover, and there is room to spare.  I love it!
Thanks for coming by, and I hope you have a crafty day!

Michelleđź’•

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Baby Album!

Hi all!  I skipped last week.  Sorry!  It was a bad week at work I just didn't have the time or the energy to do the blog.  I apologize for that. I hope you had a great Mother's Day!  I sure did.  
Speaking of Mother's Day...a friend of mine is expecting a baby girl and I wanted to make her an album.  Jackie and I went to an Embellish It! all-day crop and I found this kit.  I knew it would be perfect.  I am sharing a lot of pictures but not all of them.  I did alter (as I always do) some of the pages to suit me.
 It's super cute, and it was super easy.  It uses the line from Simple Stories.
 Some of the pages are as it, and didn't require embellishments.
 I love the colors.  It is perfect for a boy or a girl.
 It features pages for pictures of the baby at each of the first 12 months.  It's super easy for the new mom to add her own pictures.

 I am loving the elephant!


I decided the cover needed to be decorated so I used some leftovers to do that.

If you are interested in looking at this kit, or any of the others they have, go to the Embellish It! site.   I love her kits, and her crop days are fun!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Michelleđź’•

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Videos are Uploaded!

I can't believe how long it took me to get this done. But, I finally, FINALLY got them done. 
If you go to the bottom of the post, I will have links to all of the videos!  They are actually slideshows, but I think they turned out great! 

 The first set of videos are on the Flip Book Swap that Elsa, Yvette, Claudia and I did. I made this book (above).
 This is the book Elsa did (above).
 This is the book that Yvette made (above).
 And Claudia made this book (above).

Then, later on, we did another swap.  The inspiration for these books came from SweetBioDesign and you can find the tutorial here.
Above are the books that I made using the Smash Book Slim inspiration.
 This is the book that Elsa made (above).
 And above is the book Yvette made.
 I got this box and put all of these wonderful swap books and goodies in it.  That way when I use them, I know who to credit and thank for them!!
 Look at all of the wonderful goodness!

OK.  Here is a list of links for the videos!