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Ron Weasley Journal Cover & some news

Monday, February 08, 2016

I thought I'd share a fun, little felt project I did a few weeks ago. I've been struggling with getting my crafting mojo back, so small and quick projects are perfect right now.

This project was inspired by my now cancelled trip to Universal Studio's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I was supposed to go next month, but life got in the way. Such is life! So, instead of hanging out with friends, riding the rides, and drinking Butterbeer, I'll be home journaling with my Ron Weasley journal cover.

I was inspired by these awesome Harry Potter Kindle covers. I didn't use any pattern, just eyeballed it from the picture.

It was really simple.
  1. I measured the size of the journal and left a little extra so it wouldn't be a tight squeeze once the journal is inside. 
  2. I cut out the pieces of felt, I just love Ron's hair. I have so much Eco-fi felt in my house that these were made from scraps. Eco-Fi felt is the felt you find at your local craft store. I love it!
  3. Since this is just for me I glued the hair, freckles, and scarf pieces onto the front. If it was for someone else or if I was selling it I would stitch them all on. 
  4. Lastly, I blanket stitched, which is my go-to stitch now, the three sides together, leaving the bottom open for the journal. 
 That's it! Super simple and cute.

In other news . . .

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you saw me post over the weekend that I am working on archiving my old posts. I've hit a few snafus with these old posts, so the process is taking some time. I am working from the oldest to the most recent, so they will be showing up that way.

It is pretty amazing just how bad I was at taking pictures back then. So, please forgive the terrible pictures. I just know some of you are looking for some of my old posts. Please be patient. I'm hoping to have everything up by the end of the week. I'll then work on adding my older Yarn Palette posts and combining all of the tutorials on one page.

Also, a few years ago I hosted an '80s craft-a-long, Crafting Through the '80s. I had such a positive response to it that I am thinking of hosting another one this summer. When I get those posts up this week take a peek at what it was all about. It was a lot of fun.

One of the most rewarding parts of the craft-a-long was to see so many crafters get inspired for new projects. Some people made cards, stickers, or toys. Plus, it was a blast! I'm still trying to wrap my head around what we'll do, but it will be set up in a similar way with one year per week for 10 weeks. And, there will be a totally awesome '80s prize too!

Just thought I'd throw all of that out there in case you were looking for a specific post or are interested in a new '80s craft-a-long.

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Yarn Palette - Flora Palette

Friday, February 05, 2016

February is a big month for flowers, so for this month's palette I thought it would be appropriate for a Flora Palette, from Design Seeds. The darker colors are a little more dramatic than you usually picture a flower. I think this would make a pretty striped cowl or shawl.

These colors were not the easiest to match, especially the first one, but I think I got it pretty close. I went with an off-white instead of a beige for the first color, but you can use whatever color you think works best.

  • Natural: Bernat Super Value
  • Peach: Bernat Super Value
  • Forest Green: Caron One Pound
  • Claret: Red Heart Super Saver
  • Burgundy: Caron United
  • Lilac: Caron One Pound 

  • As always, if there is a color combo from Design Seeds that you’d like for me to match to yarn, just leave me a comment on this color palette post or shoot me an email.

    my latest obsession

    The Happy Planner - Part 2

    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    I'm finally starting to get into the rhythm of filling out my Happy Planner. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please check out my post from yestrerday. I will tell you it is time-consuming. I usually spend my Sunday evenings filling out the next week of my Happy Planner while watching TV.

    If you want to see some pretty awesome planner designs just check out Pinterest and Instagram. Some people go all out with their planners. I kept mine pretty simple and open and not too cluttered, but I don't have much going on. I also kept with the planner color scheme for this month and used pinks, yellow, and peach.

    You don't need to spend a ton of money to decorate your planner. It can get very expensive if you buy all of the fancy scrapbook stickers, washi tape, stamps, and pens. I have bought some cute stickers, washi tape, and a couple of scrapbook pens, but I mostly use freebies I find online.

    Here is what I used for this week's planner design:
    • Blue kitty clip - I bought this little guy with his five friends a few years ago. I tend to snatch up kitty related items, especially if they are a really good price. The clips were in the clearance bin at Forever 21. Are you ready for the price? I paid a whopping $0.49! I'm so glad I can finally use them.
    • Work out "stickers" - These are free printable stickers by My Planner Envy. I didn't print them on sticker paper. I printed them on card stock, cut them out, and stuck a piece of double-sided tape on the back. It works great!
    • Peach arrow "sticker" - More free printable available from Scruptiously.
    • Cupcake 1-inch circle - I bought this printable several years ago on Etsy. It looks like it isn't available anymore.
    • Circle stickers (heart, scissors, running man, & shopping bag) - I love these Simple Stories Calendar stickers. I was so bummed to find out they are discontinued. I wanted to pick up another pack.
    • "Meeting" sticker - One of many stickers from The Happy Planner To Do Stickers, Neutral sticker set. This was the first sticker set I bought at Michaels and it is still my favorite. I'm thinking of picking up a bright set with my new 50% off coupon.
    • "Leap & the Net Will Appear" sticker - Another sticker set from The Happy Planner Get it Done sticker set. I got mine at Michaels with my 50% off coupon.
    • Pink washi tape - I got this design from Staples. They have a pretty good selection. I am totally hooked on washi tape, but it can be pretty pricey.
    • Items not show but used: Precision pens (tan from AC Moore and a black set from Tuesday Morning), Elmers glue pen, and Scotch double-sided tape.
    So that is it. I'm really enjoying my planner. Not only is it keeping me on track with everything, but it is taking me back to the '80s when I had my own sticker book. I'm thinking of this as my adult sticker book. :)

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    My Latest Obsession - The Happy Planner

    Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    One thing I decided to do this year was buy myself a planner. I need to budget my time so much better, and this seems to be the only way that I can do it. I looked at several different types and styles of planners, and while many were super cute I just couldn't see spending $60.00+ on a planner. So, I went for cute and cheap(er)!
    Isn't it cute? This is Create 365: The Happy Planner from Me and My Big Ideas. I literally looked at every planner known to man before deciding on this one. It seemed like the perfect fit for me.

    What did I like most about this planner? Well, I chose this planner for several different reasons:
    1. There are several different styles of this planner - I really liked the different styles of this planner. And the best thing is you can go on the website and watch a video about each planner. They actually flip through a lot of the pages so you can see which one you'll like the best. I LOVE that! I chose the Good Things Are Going to Happen planner. It is currently sold out online, but take a look at #5 to see where I found it. I really loved the look of this planner. It was a little bolder than I usually go for, but the inside pages I liked so much better than the other styles. I particularly like the monthly pages. They give you a space to write down some of your favorite things about that specific month. Too cool!
    2. The pages are large and give you a lot of space to write - So many of the planners I looked at just didn't give enough space to write. I tend to write small, but I don't like to be cramped. Plus, I want to totally trick out my planner with stickers and other cool things! I need room for that.
    3. It has its own line of stickers and other planner goodies - I love that this company has so many different products to use with the planner. Plus, they actually fit on the pages and are super cute!
    4. The pages are disc bound - I learned about disc bound planners from Staples. I really like the disc bound system better than the spiral one. You can remove and add pages very easily. This is very helpful when you are decorating your pages. I did buy a disc bound hole punch at Staples. I had a coupon for it, so I only paid a little over $10, but it can be pricey at $42.00. You don't need one of these, unless you are going to be adding your own pages.
    5. You can find this planner at Michaels and use a coupon to buy it! - This was a huge selling point for me. I wasn't going to spend $60.00+ on a planner. It just wasn't going to happen. It is still a great deal at $24.99, but when I saw Michaels carried these planners and I could use a coupon, I was sold! I used a 50% off coupon, so I paid about $13.00. If you are thinking of getting one of these I'd go quickly. Some of the styles were already sold out at Michaels too.
    6. This particular planner runs July 2015–December 2016 - This was also a big selling point. I didn't want to fork out all that money for a couple of months.
    So that is how I decided on my Happy Planner. I've already "designed" a few pages of my planner. Check back tomorrow to see my color scheme. I'll also share with you some of the really cool items I got and where you can find them on sale and even free!    

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