Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The I Am Very Busy List Book

I have to write down my to do lists every week. I do love my phone and making notes on my phone, Instagram, and plenty of other social media and apps. And yet, I love paper more. (That's why I'm also a planner lover) Nothing digital could ever replace my good ole paper to do lists. I have been known to jot them down on cute list pads, calendars, and journals. But when I saw this notebook, which is 9X11, I decided I wanted, needed, and deserved a big beautiful sturdy notebook with really good paper to keep my beautiful to do lists at home--this is not a take-it-with-you kinda thing like my Midori--and these master to do lists can be in effect for a week or even a month. Also, let's face it, the sight of a big white clean sheet of lined notebook paper is perfect for back-to-school time and makes me happy to fill it up.
 This particular notebook has almost hard covers on it--it is super nice with its pretty gold coil and meant to be used for quite a long time. The notebook paper inside is a nice heavy stock, brilliant white, has a place for the date on each sheet and inside the pockets are made of a glossy, sturdy and heavy stock. The whole notebook, by Ban-Do, feels heavy and smooth and would make a great gift as well. I happened to find it in a little bookstore that was carrying Ban-Do products, but you can get it online.
I have my system figured out! I have a cute clipboard notebook folder with a fat paper pad inside (from Hobby Lobby)--this is where the grocery list lives, and then each sheet inside is dedicated to house lists, crafting lists, and ideas that are not dated lists with due dates. There are sketches of card ideas, pillows I want to stitch, etc.

Then my big new list book is simply meant to hold my to do list for the week--but if it lingers on a few weeks, that's okay. And when I'm ready, I'll copy over whatever is left and make a new list at the beginning of a new week! Oh...the lister in me is so happy, I don't even want to hear anyone say "I never make a list, what a hassle, or lists are silly." Listen Boo, you do you, and I'll do me. And me...likes paper and lists!
My markers tuck nicely into a cubby shelf
So here's the other part I like. What I use to make the lists: color!
Yes, those are chakra rocks on the shelf above
Part of the fun of making a list that is essentially going to live for several days is making every item a different color and including some doodles.
These fine point markers just make me happy.
I hope they last a long time! I use them in my coloring books too.
And another option is of course a multi pen. So when my beautiful list book is filled up with every page full of lists and doodles, then what? The cover is so pretty and sturdy on this, I don't think I could just toss it like you would with a normal notebook. So my plan at that point is to, of course, upcycle it! All those colorful lists will make a gorgeous background to lay on top some art journaling. Then it will have a second life as an art book. All my lists will live on and be a little hidden too. And yes, I'll still be very busy.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Monday, August 15, 2016

WOYWW 376--I Love Crafting

Hello and happy Wednesday! How are you? I hope your week is going super duper great. Sometimes our desks can tell the whole story, so why not visit all the deskers right here: What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday.

My desk is telling a story of how I'm drinking coffee...of course...and working on making some cute little cards. I found a huge stack of little white envelopes in my stash. I thought...hmmm...why not make cards to fit these envelopes and sell them in my friend's store? (I know, that's a little backwards) So I'm stamping out the sentiments I want, choosing the cute patterned paper, and getting busy with it. I love this tiny little paper cutter I have from We R Memory Keepers--it's perfect to trim out my little stampings.
Okay...I'm a messy crafter sometimes, but there's no avoiding it! Plus, I'm having a great time, cutting, crafting, stamping, making and of course watching YouTube and Netflix. I just finished the entire first season of Stranger Things...oh my goodness. I'm in love with that show. I'll say no more, because I fear any comment will give something away! All I can say is, please hurry up and make season 2!
Darling daughter just got back from Harry Potter World at Universal Studios and bought me this adorable I Love Lucy mug...it has a travel lid too...as she knows I do love Lucy! Of course I also love Harry Potter, but DD REALLY LOVES Harry Potter, and she cried with happiness her first day on park. She picked out her wand, drank butter beer, rode the rides, saw Hedwig, and enjoyed the HPW restaurants for breakfast each day.

So now, it's a happy magical desker day too as I muggle through my cardmaking. See you soon.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Summer Slow Cooking - Swiss Steak Stew with Home Canned Tomatoes

Isn't Monday a great day to come home to a nice, delicious, one pot meal, already made for you?
If you don't have a personal chef (and who does, right?), then let your crockpot do the work. It just takes minutes in the morning to prep everything, and you are good to go!
Today's recipe -- I call Swiss Steak Stew. I actually combined traditional ingredients from Swiss steak and stew - so there you go!
I have a scrapbook recipe book I put together--I've added favorite recipe clippings with washi tape, written recipes into it, and now I actually use it a lot! With this particular recipe, I've made it so many times, I've tweaked the ingredients in order to use my home canned tomatoes which gives it such a great garden flavor! But you can also use canned stewed tomatoes from the store. You can use one or two cans, depending on the consistency you prefer.

Swiss Steak Stew
2 T. oil
1 to 1 1/2 lbs. beef stew meat
1/2 cup flour
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
small bag baby carrots
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 pint jars canned tomatoes, chopped
1 12-oz. jar beef gravy
Coat steak with flour and brown in hot oil. Remove from skillet and drain. Place potatoes, carrots and onion in bottom of stoneware. Place steak on top of vegetables and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour tomatoes over meat. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.
The beef browns in no time at all because you're not cooking it all the way through. It will have plenty of time to cook in the slowcooker. I love cooking everything in ceramic pans now--totally hooked on them! You don't have the dangers of peeling teflon, yet they don't stick and clean up so easy. And...they're pretty! This is a Cuisinart ceramic pan.
The baby carrots are ready to go--so you only have to rough chop your potatoes, and chop a little onion. This is a nice, sweet Vedalia onion.
Then, everything goes right in, and the crockpot works on your dinner all day!
Garden delicious Swiss Steak Stew tonight!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WOYWW 375--Flowers That Glitter

I'm in the mood to make flowery little gift cards. Happy What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday!
London must have sent some of its fog to the Ozarks because it is a dark foggy morning here and here is my dark foggy desk! Coffee mug...check. Decorating a new food journal after filling out the other one...check. Washi tape...check. Diecut flowers ready to go on some cards after I figure out the text...check. It should be a lovely day, after I get off the treadmill and the fog goes away! But I'll be visiting my desker buddies soon. I'm making my to do list for today and now I'm stopping the writing just so I can get this posted! Happy Wednesday.
diecut flowers with glitter paper and buttons being added

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WOYWW 374--Stitchers Gonna Stitch

Happy Wednesday fellow desker. I hope you are doing well and having a good week! I have to share I've had better weeks. I lost my sweet sweet kitty Minnie almost a week ago, and it's been very hard to not have my little companion by my side each morning. We had her for 16 sweet years, and she was smart, brave, beautiful and graceful. So I guess I do what any crafter does when they are sad, need a distraction, and need to heal the heart. I make something. And here it is on my desk, just in time for What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday.
When I cut out the pieces--it is lined with felt

It's my Paris pouch. I was learning from a tutorial the best way to make a simple zipper bag. I love this cute Paris fabric, and after I make another one I'll post my own experience with it. Very fun though, and it was easier than I thought since I've always been rubbish at zipper projects.
The Eiffel towers are glittery
Since this was an experiment, I just used the zipper I had, so now I know what to buy.
And there sits my dollhouse cross-stitch project. That was the July room, and I have not finished it! I was previously ahead of things, and now I'm behind. It was a very busy, hectic July, and I hope I'll catch up in the next couple of weeks.

Lastly, here is why we scrapbook. I totally forgot I did this scrapbook page just a couple of years ago featuring the kitties. I love this photo of my Minnie girl also there with my daughter. She'll never be forgotten.
Hug your kitties.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WOYWW 373--My Hearts Glitter

I don't know why my necklace is laying there.
 I found this perfect little stack of glitter paper. Because of its small size, no cutting needed before I ran it through the Big Shot with heart and flower dies. I just had a lovely time of diecutting. I'm dreaming of making little cards to sell, and stocking up on decorations for my planner and scrapbook pages. Yay me! I've been meaning to do this for a long time, and my Big Shot missed me. I actually had to dust it off!
Perfect size stack for diecutting
I took a sturdy box that a mailer came in, snipped off the lid, and now it's a perfect little tray for my paper scraps.
I've got plans for these glittery scraps!
Well...look at me go. I was feeling so organized, we took a trip to our local gigantic At Home store, and they had THE best prices I've ever seen on acrylic organizers, so I got one finally for my nail polishes, and I love it.
Just a nice day at my happy place--my crafty corner.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Orange Circle Studio 2017 Do It All Planner - Flip-Thru

 Very excited to get this in the mail! I had preordered the Secret Garden version of Orange Circle Studio's new 17-month weekly planner from Amazon for around $10. I can't seem to find their planners around my town any longer, so I was happy to preorder this very inexpensive planner. And I will tell you why...as we flip through...it will be perfect to use in my office this year.
Who doesn't love planner stickers and this planner has 300 of them. They are so handy, right in the front.
I may or may not have my Midori planner with me each weekday, so I can coordinate my office and home schedules in this planner, yet keep it at the office.
It has the yearly and monthly calendars.
Each monthly calendar has a lined space at the bottom to write notes.
It gives you a weekly vertical view. This is perfect for me, because I don't have an hourly type of schedule each day. But if I do have a meeting, it's easy to pen it in here with my daily to do lists. Each week has an inspirational quote too.
It also folds in half very nicely.
 In the back of the planner is a generous of amount of shopping and to do lists! They are perforated, so when I list things, I can tear them out and take them with me or stick them in my Midori planner which travels with me.

They give you lots of shopping and to do list sheets that can tear out.
Inside the back cover are some card holders--perfect to keep several business cards I need to reference.
And, of course, being a paper lover and planner girl I love both the pocket on the front cover, and how the label is designed to peel off so that you can decorate the front cover the way you want! Of course, this would be a perfect life planner for home too. Hope you enjoyed this little flip-thru. I just can't bear to use a boring planner, even at the office, so this one has everything I need since I work on the academic year in my office planners. Hope this helps you find your perfect planner without spending a ton!

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch