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My Planner Makeover

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  If you're anything like me, you have a planner or a calendar to help keep your life organized.  Even though I add a lot to the calendar on my phone, I still like being able to look at a paper version.  As a Literacy Specialist, my planner was my life.  Every meeting, workshop, in-service, classroom visit, etc. that I was in charge of was there, along with everything I needed to do to prepare for it.  Now that I'm retired and life is much simpler, a dollar store planner works just fine for me.  The only problem was I didn't like the look of it.  So I grabbed some scrapbook paper and supplies from the craft room to make it 'A Little More Me'!   Since the scrapbook paper was 12x12, it wasn't going to be wide enough.  I measured it against the original cover and scored it with the short side on the front. I removed the original cover and attached the new one with my long-reach stapler. If you don't have a long-reach stapler, you can glue your new cover directl

Repurposed Pocket Note Holder

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If you've ever saved the pockets from an old pair of jeans, today I have the perfect project for you.  Welcome to The Sustainable Pinterest Challenge , a group of bloggers who are challenged to recreate a pin from Pinterest focused on sustainability. Many thanks to Julie from Sum of Their Stories & Gail from Purple Hues and Me for hosting.  This month we are 'Shopping Our Stash' and since I have pockets, let's get started! My inspiration came from this pin  and I knew just how I was going to recreate and make this my own.   I pulled this pocket from my stash and trimmed around it carefully leaving the back on it. Then I cut a piece of chipboard to fit inside the pocket: Once it was slid inside, the pocket was much more stable. Two magnetic strips were added to the back: It was time to make the front pretty.  I started with some lace trim across the top of the pocket. Next came an old earring from my stash of jewelry. I used a clothespin to hold it in place while t

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year, Everyone!  I hope your holidays were happy and healthy.  It's time for my annual Happy New Year post and, as usual, I don't want to do:  - a 'Top Posts from 2021' post - not my style.   - a 'Word' for the New Year - again, not my style.  - a New Year Resolution - Does anyone really keep them?    Sooo, let me talk about creativity,  share some design tidbits,  and  tell you a funny story.   Creativity We've been watching a series on PBS called  Craft in America .  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend you find some time to watch.  The artists, their work and stories are inspiring and one quote spoke to me: 'Creativity Involves Risk' Isn't that the truth?  I'm putting that quote on the wall in my craft room to remind myself to try new things. Even if I'm not successful, taking risks is what helps us to grow and that is important, especially in these challenging times. Design Tidbits: #1: Several months ago, I took

Party In Your PJ's #389

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJ's.    I hope you find something that inspires you and you link up something to inspire others. We have an announcement to make... This party has been running for a long time and all good things must come to an end.  After careful consideration and much discussion, Nina and I have decided it's time to retire from Party In Your PJ's. This will be the last party.  We thank all of you for being a part of it each week and hope you'll continue to visit our blogs to see our projects and ideas. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and we'll be seeing you in blogland! Say hello to the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook  // Pinterest  // Twitter Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook  // Pinterest  // Instagram The features for this week: Fold & Stitch Fabric Wreath Tutorial - Sew Can Do DIY Holiday glass Candle Display-An Upcycled Craft - Crazy Little Lovebirds Here's a button for you, Ladies: Make

Party In Your PJ's #388

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJ's.    I hope you find something that inspires you and you link up something to inspire others. Don't forget to share our party with your friends.  It's always nice to see new faces. Say hello to the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook  // Pinterest  // Twitter Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook  // Pinterest  // Instagram This week I shared Upcycled Gift Wrap : The features for this week: Twine Tree Tutorial - Saved From Salvage Rustic Wood Slice Christmas Ornaments - Artful Homemaking Here's a button for you, Ladies: Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each choose our own features. I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started! Rules Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Party In Your PJ's is not a place for selling.  Please do not link any Etsy, bus

Gift Wrapping - The Upcycler Way!

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  December is here, the shopping has begun, and the wrapping can't be far behind.   Today I have the perfect way to wrap gifts without buying any wrapping paper at all.  But first, a little background.   Our state passed a law in 2020 banning plastic bags.  It's called the Bag Waste Reduction Law.  If you're really interested, you can Google it, but gist of it is there are no more plastic bags being distributed by stores.  You can bring your reusable bags for shopping or get a paper bag from the store.  We use reusable bags for groceries, but most other stores provide you with paper if you don't have a reusable one.  I've acquired a few and decided they were going to be upcycled into Christmas gift wrap! Even bags with writing on them can be used.  Just cut out the bottom, open it up, and place the writing facing up. This bag happened to be perfect for this box, so I wrapped it in the same manner as regular wrapping paper. Time to make it pretty with some grosgrain

Party In Your PJ's #387

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Welcome back to Party In Your PJ's.    I hope you find something that inspires you and you link up something to inspire others. Don't forget to share our party with your friends.  It's always nice to see new faces. Say hello to the Co-Hosts: Nina @ Grandma Ideas Facebook  // Pinterest  // Twitter Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage Facebook  // Pinterest  // Instagram This week I shared my Sparkle & Glam Christmas Tree : Can you guess what I used for the base? The features for this week: Making a Tealight Holder with Marble Effect - Elsa R Blog DIY Target Wood Sleigh Upgrade - Steph Creates Here's a button for you, Ladies: Make sure you visit Nina at her blog.  We each choose our own features. I can't wait to see what you have to share, so let's get the party started! Rules Link to your post, not your home page. Link to something YOU made, wrote, or thought. Link Parties, Roundups, and Giveaways are welcome. Party In Your PJ'