Sunday, September 30, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 14

It's time for the 14th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
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I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 13

It's time for the 13th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
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I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays Round 12

It's time to see what amazing projects were posted during MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 12. Thank you to everyone who participated. It's so fun to see your new creations each week.

Our link party is still growing, so please share it with your friends and followers. I would so appreciate your help in getting the word out. You can always join up in the latest link party as well...

Now on to the featured posts from Round 12...

First up, Iuliana shared her Halloween frame project...


Next, Amberly shared her free mix match bunting printable...


And lastly, Karen shared her finished jewelry projects. Nothing like the satisfaction of finishing up projects that have been waiting for you to finish them...



Thank you everyone for posting your projects. If you were featured, please feel free to grab the badge below and post it on your blog.

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Thank you all - and have a great week...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Halloween Projects

I normally decorate for Halloween at the start of September. Early, I know - but Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. However, with our upcoming cross-country move, I haven't been able to put up my Halloween decor yet. I'm so bummed...

So, in honor of my favorite holiday / mourning for not being able to decorate yet, I thought I would do a round-up post from last year's Halloween decor. Hopefully you'll get some inspiration for your own projects.

Halloween Door Art
Halloween Mantel
Framed Art for Halloween
Halloween Garland
Wicked Spider Stitching

Halloween Wreath
Halloween Decor
Halloween Front Porch
So those are my posts from Halloween last year. So much fun... For even more Halloween ideas, visit Marcie at I Gotta Try That - she's been posting a Halloween idea each day in September for her September Scarefest. I have loved her ideas...

If you have some fun Halloween projects to share, please link them up to this week's MightyCrafty Mondays pin-up party...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 12

It's time for the 12th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
<a href="http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0XMvtIFGMxU/T-zo5y3Z-bI/AAAAAAAABH8/6B-_B246R-E/s1600/MightyCraftyMondaysButton.jpg" alt="MightyCrafty.me" width="125" height="125" /></a>


I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 11

It's time to see what amazing projects were posted during MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 11. Thank you to everyone who participated. We had a ton of new participants this week - very exciting! It's so fun to see your new creations each week.

Our link party is still growing, so please share it with your friends and followers. I would so appreciate your help in getting the word out. You can always join up in the latest link party as well...

Now on to the featured posts from Round 11...

First up, we have a super cute laundry room art idea from With A Blast...


Onelmon shared her unique frame made from an old book. I so love this...


KC shared another step in her command central project for her fridge. Love how this is turning out...


And lastly, something super fun for Halloween - a swamp slime martini from Marcie. You won't want to drink this one but you will want to display it with your Halloween decor...



Thank you everyone for posting your projects. If you were featured, please feel free to grab the badge below and post it on your blog.

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Thank you - and have a great week all...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

How to Organize Your Daily Papers

Paper piles up on a daily basis in any home - mail, school papers, bills, flyers, and more. I've long employed the 2-minute rule (a la David Allen): if you can deal with it in less than 2 minutes, do it now. But what do you do with the papers you need to do something with eventually - not today, but maybe tomorrow, next week, or next month?

A tickler file is generally the answer, but I've found that a traditional ticker file is a little too much work for my lazy self to maintain. So I created my own version of the tickler file. It's been working great for me for the last year, so I thought it was time to share it.

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This cute little file box sits on my printer cart, next to my desk in my home office. My dear friend Brooks picked it up at Target awhile back, and I inherited it in our family's move last year (thanks Brooks!).

This file box holds hanging files for various categories that I've set up for our family. I use Post-It Note tabs to label each folder.

So what makes this system different from the traditional tickler file? Instead of the dates and months you'd use in a regular tickler file, I've simplified mine way down. I use only three time categories:
  • Tomorrow
  • Next Week
  • Next Month
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Each of these folders has all the papers in it that I need to deal with Tomorrow, Next Week, or Next Month. The beauty of this system is that I don't have to do a ton of rotation or maintenance - I just keep up with the three folders. That's it. Each night as I get ready for the next day, I set out the Tomorrow folder on my desk. Then, the first thing I do in the morning is to go through the papers there and pull out the ones I will deal with that day.

The concept works the same for Next Week and Next Month. On Sunday night, I pull out the Next Week folder in addition to the Tomorrow folder. And on the last day of the month, I pull out the Next Month folder to go through.

The secret is to make sure that when you go through the Next Week folder, you pull out the items that you will have to deal with during the week, regardless of whether it's truly to deal with tomorrow or not. Same with Next Month - you'll have to pull out items that you'll need to deal with at some point during the current month and then decide if you want to put them in Tomorrow's folder (because you'll have to deal with them this week) or in Next Week's folder (because you'll have to deal with them at some point over the next few weeks). So Tomorrow's folder will actually hold a little more than just things to deal with tomorrow. But that little bit of organizing each morning is fine by me. Much better than having an enormous chaos pile of papers on my desk to constantly go through.

So what about the other folders in the file box?

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I have one file that I access each month called To File. I have an item on my to-do list for the 15th of each month telling me to empty this folder out and file those papers. These are things like monthly statements, manuals - anything I keep long-term in our household files.

The rest of the files I set up as I need them in order to hold papers I might want to reference but I don't need to do anything with after I've done whatever action was needed (like putting all the boys' sports games on our Google calendar). These are papers that might easily go into a household notebook - but I find myself too lazy to actually to maintain a binder of these papers, since I rarely ever go back to look at them (as most of our stuff is on either our Google calendar or my Astrid to-do list). So instead, I just create a folder for those reference papers and can get to them easily if I need them.

Right now, here are the files I have as reference folders:
  1. Taxes - I drop all of our tax receipts and papers throughout the year into this folder to stay ready until tax time.
  2. Health - Holds all of our receipts and statements for health insurance and medical records
  3. School - Holds stuff for the boys' school - directories, policies and procedures, etc.
  4. Baseball - Game schedule, roster, etc. - this folder changes based on which sport the boys are playing at the time.
  5. Soccer - Same as Baseball
  6. Byron School - Hubby's school information
The remaining folders just hold various things I want to keep handy but help me to reduce clutter on my desk - folders for craft printouts I make for the boys, documents for online classes I'm taking, and specialty paper for printing.

I also keep a folder for Menu Plans and Coupons. Right now, I'm not utilizing these so much, but I normally use Menu Plans as a folder to drop in recipe ideas I clip out of magazines or get from friends. I find so much of that online now that the folder doesn't get much use lately. I need to go through and clean that one out. Coupons is kind of the same way. I go through phases where I'm an avid coupon-clipper and then I fall completely off the wagon and the coupons get horribly outdated. Right now, since we're moving to a whole new state soon, I'm in an off-the-wagon stage for coupons. I might get back into it once we're moved.

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So that's my customized tickler file system to help you organize your household papers. I hope it's useful for someone. What kind of systems do you have in place to organize all those daily papers? Please share...thanks!

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Sunday, September 09, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 11

It's time for the 11th round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
<a href="http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0XMvtIFGMxU/T-zo5y3Z-bI/AAAAAAAABH8/6B-_B246R-E/s1600/MightyCraftyMondaysButton.jpg" alt="MightyCrafty.me" width="125" height="125" /></a>


I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 10

It's time to see what cute projects were posted during MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 10. Thank you to everyone who participated. We had a ton of new participants this week - very exciting! It's so fun to see your new creations each week.

Our link party is still growing, so please share it with your friends and followers. I would so appreciate your help in getting the word out. You can always join up in the latest link party as well...

Now on to the featured posts from round 10...

First up, Linda shared her kitchen cookbook shelf. What a great way to feature and display all your cookbooks...


Next, Onelmon shared a unique thank you card - a push-pin tic-tac-toe board. What a great idea...


KC shared her fabric-covered canvases as a great way to add style to your kitchen command center...


And finally, Karen shared her bright and colorful upcycled quilt. Love the colors...



Thank you everyone for posting your projects. If you were featured, please feel free to grab the badge below and post it on your blog.

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Thanks - and have a great week all...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

How to Organize Your Plastic Bags

This is seriously such a short, quick tip that I almost feel silly posting it. But it has been such an easy and helpful fix for our kitchen, that I just wanted to share it.

You probably have a million plastic bags in your home from the grocery store. I love to reuse these for everything - but mostly as little garbage bags for the trash cans all around our house. But storing them can be a huge pain.

Enter the empty tissue box...

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Just stuff your plastic bags into the empty tissue box - and voila - easy and instant storage.

There are fancier ways to store your plastic bags, but none as cheap, stackable, and easy to access as this method (or so says I :) ).

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It's perfect for your kid-helpers as well. When it's trash night in our house, I just give a box to each boy and let them gather and replace the plastic bags in the various trash cans around the house.

So how do you store your plastic bags? I'd love to hear your tips as well...

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Sunday, September 02, 2012

MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 10

It's time for the tenth round of MightyCrafty Mondays...

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me

Here are the Pin-up Party rules:
  1. Share your crafty project in the linky list below. Anything goes! Recipes, home decor, scrapbooking, cards, knitting - anything you've made with your own 2 hands and want to share with us.
    • Link directly to your original post - not the homepage of your blog.
    • You *must* be the creator/owner of the project you're linking up.
    • Don't link up to a store or a giveaway.
    • Don't link up to a post that's just a collection of someone else's photos from Pinterest or Google. 
  2. Link back to this blog in your original post. Grab the link party graphic below. (I'd also love it if you'd leave me a comment here too...)
  3. Visit the projects in the linky list and pin them to your Pinterest boards. (You can also leave some comment love if you have time.)

MightyCrafty Mondays Pin-Up Party at www.MightyCrafty.me
<a href="http://mightycrafty.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0XMvtIFGMxU/T-zo5y3Z-bI/AAAAAAAABH8/6B-_B246R-E/s1600/MightyCraftyMondaysButton.jpg" alt="MightyCrafty.me" width="125" height="125" /></a>


I'll be visiting / pinning / commenting on all the blogs who participate - and featuring the top views too. This is a fun way to share what we're working on and get lots of new ideas. I love to see all the creativity going on. Have fun and pin on!

Featured Posts from MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 9

It's time to see what cute projects were posted during MightyCrafty Mondays - Round 9. Thank you to everyone who participated. It's so fun to see your new creations each week.

Our link party is still growing, so please share it with your friends and followers. I would so appreciate your help in getting the word out. You can always join up in the latest link party as well...

Now on to the featured posts from round 9...

First up, we have Jenn's amazingly adorable Curious George birthday party. I so love this...


Next, we have a super cute Minnie Mouse canvas bag from The Super Messy Super Mommy...


And finally, we have easy DIY mousepad coasters from Onelmon...


Thank you everyone for posting your projects. If you were featured, please feel free to grab the badge below and post it on your blog.

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Thanks - and have a great week everyone...
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