Tuesday, June 27, 2017 0 comments

Custom Bullet Journal

Yes, it has been a long time since my last post. A lot has transpired, and I may post about it someday, but I'm going to just get right to the point of this post: my newest bullet journal.

I'm a paper snob. I have always loved paper, but I have always wanted paper to feel a certain way when I write on it. I'm also frugal (i.e. sometimes too cheap for my own good), and I can't bear the idea of spending nearly $20 or more on a notebook whose paper may not feel good to me.

If you're familiar with the bullet journaling community, you probably recognize names like Moleskin and Leuchtturm. I don't have a local source to feel them before I buy, and I've already found a paper that I love that doesn't bleed through when I use my PaperMate Flair or Triplus Fineliners on it. Surprisingly, I found it at Wal-Mart. It's a graph composition notebook with 100 sheets, and it costs a whopping $0.97 as of today.


The only problem is that a full-sized composition notebook is a bit big to carry around with me everywhere. I used one (actually two different notebooks) for the last year, but I now need portability, too.

I've thought about this for a few days. I need a new journal for July, and I don't have much time left. Fortunately, the right solution came to me last night. Basically, I tore apart a new graph composition book (the exact one that I love), cut it down to the size I needed, and then put it back together.

Let me walk you through the process, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel if you ever want to do this yourself.

First of all, I used a seam-ripper to cut the threads that hold it together in the middle.


Then I pulled the pages away from the cover and clipped the threads that wouldn't pull off.


Now it was time to cut down the pages and the cover. I needed it to fit into this folio cover, so I measured the ideal dimensions:


Then it was time to cut the pages and cover. I measured out from the "spine" where the binding holes were and cut everything to the right size. My paper cutter can handle the composition book cover, but you need to know if yours can handle it. If not, you may end up breaking your paper cutter. That would make your notebook signficiantly more expensive, so please don't make that mistake.


With all of that out of the way, it was time to reassemble everything.

The first thing you want to do is use a large, sharp needle to poke holes on the cover from the inside out. Otherwise, you won't know where to insert your needle from the outside, and the process will be very frustrating.


Now you should be ready to sew it back up. Use a large, sharp needle and strong thread. I used upholstery thread, but hand quilting thread should work fine, too. And, of course, bookbinding thread would work perfectly, if you have some on hand.

Here it is, all sewn up:


I chose to round my corners, too, but that's just a personal preference.

And that's really all there is to it. Here's my new bullet journal, all ready to start writing in:


I hope that helps someone else. If nothing else, it will remind me next time how I did it!
Friday, October 7, 2016 0 comments

Etsy: A Cowl and a Scarf

I just listed two more items in my Etsy shop and thought I'd share them here, in case you're shopping for your fall or winter wardrobe.



This cowl is almost identical to one that I made for myself and absolutely LOVE.

It is made from polyester yarns. The inside fuzzy part was knit, while the outside dangling part was crocheted.

This is a very full scarf/cowl that will make a wonderful statement piece for your wardrobe.

It measures approximately 82" around the inside, so there is plenty of room for any size woman. I am an XS and like it best triple-looped (as shown), but it would easily work for plus-sized gals just double-looped.



You can find it in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/470394456/bright-pink-infinity-scarf



This scarf is also made from polyester yarn. It measures approximately 80" long, but it isn't as full because I only used one type of yarn.



This would be perfect if you prefer your scarves to be slightly less full.

You can find this one in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/483891263/bright-pink-dangle-scarf

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 0 comments

Etsy: Hazelnut Mocha Cabled AG Sweater



I finished another doll sweater and it's live in the shop now.



This one features a cable design in the front and a foldover cowl neck.



There are cables running the length of the 3/4-length sleeves, too.



If you'd Iike to add this to your collection, you can find it in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/482168143/handknit-hazelnut-mocha-cabled-sweater

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Ice Blue AG Sweater in the Shop

I just added the first of several 18" doll sweaters to my Etsy shop. I love to knit these sweaters, and I hope they bring some little girls hours of pleasure.



This is an ice blue cabled sweater, perfect for those chilly nights of ice skating ahead.



It features a double cable design in the front and the back.



There is also a cable running the length of each arm.

If you'd like to add this sweater to your doll's (or daughter's) collection, you can find it in my shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/481894381/handknit-ice-blue-cabled-sweater-for-18

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016 0 comments

Shop Update: Handknit Fall Dishcloth Sets for Sale

It's been a few years since I added anything to my Etsy shop. (I sold all of my vintage sheets when we moved from our previous home.)

Recently I've been bitten by the dishcloth knitting bug and decided to list some sets in my Etsy shop.





The first set is a basketweave design. Bonus: The design is reversible, so it looks good from any angle.

You can find this set in the shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/466447098/handknit-basketweave-fall-dishcloth-trio





The second set is a textured design that is good for scrubbing dishes. It's also reversible, looking exactly the same on both sides.

You can find this set in the shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/479936897/textured-handknit-fall-dishcloth-trio

Each set is $9 with shipping figured in. They would make an excellent Thanksgiving hostess gift, if you're planning to spend the holiday at someone else's home. Of course, you could just treat yourself to some new dishcloths, too!

If you're interested in different colors for your dishcloths, I'm happy to discuss special orders. You can send me a message on Etsy, if that interests you.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 0 comments

Dining Room Focal Point

One of the things that came with the parsonage was an antique organ in the dining room. Since it needs to stay and is a lovely piece, I'm working it into my decor.



We found some grape-themed items at a yard sale that go well with the colors of the room and the overall look of the organ.



Here's a closer picture to make out more of the details:



It goes well with these grapes I got in a bag lot of greenery at a thrift store a few weeks ago:



This arrangement is on the pass-through between the kitchen and dining room.

I love the new decor, and the best thing is that we didn't even need to paint. (Well, that's the best thing according to my husband.) ;)

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Thursday, September 1, 2016 0 comments

Telling it like it is ...



I saw this saying on Pinterest and knew that I needed it for my craft area. I always feel the need to apologize about the "mess" (i.e. work-in-progress) in my craft area, so this will explain for me. (Really, only a non-crafter would expect a spotless craft area, right?)

Anyway, I had a blank canvas sitting around, so I made this myself with a little help from my computer, an overhead projector, and a paint pen. It was really easy!

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