Getting Organized Tip #4: Have piles of cookbooks gathering dust?? I have a couple ideas for you... Scan and print the one or two recipes you use most often, then donate the book. Same goes for recipes in magazines. Tear out the relevant page, then recycle the rest. Put the pages into clear plastic pockets in a three ring binder. Now you have a customized cookbook with plenty of room to grow. Another option: Blurb. I took all my family's favorite recipes, and made a custom cook book! (I actually made this one for a gift)
They have fun back grounds to choose from. I made sections such as Entrees, Breads, Sides and Salads, etc. and put little personal notes at the top. They have templates to make it easy for you to do cookbooks, stories, memorybooks, and more! And you can download the program and templates for free, put them together, and download it to the site to be made and sent to you! And it's not that expensive!! Check it out!
Kadie cooked this chicken in her little oven... It turned out so well...
She put it on a silver platter to serve...Fancy a drum stick???Both can be removed... I found this little platter at the Thrift store. I thought it was so cute! Perfect size for a play kitchen.
I also found this little pan! I was so excited! It was in great condition! But it didn't have any handles on it. I'm not sure what it's actually for, because it's really small. To small to cook anything in...So I had the "handy husband" drill some holes... And put some small handles that I found at the hardware store on it. And it makes a perfect roasting pan!! When I saw it, and envisioned the handles on it, I thought, "Ooo, I have to make a felt chicken to go in that! With removable drumsticks!" I'm pretty proud of this one...
I have a Bridal Shower next weekend for my sister, and I thought this would be the perfect time to try out the tiered cupcake stand from here! And here's how it turned out! On the site, she just stacked them without adhering them together, but I decided I wanted each individual one made into a cake stand, then I can stack the cake stands to maked a tiered cupcake stand. So I got some plates from the thrift store; a serving plate, a dinner plate and a dessert plate, and 3 parfait glasses. (I love the bottom one!) And purchased some GOOP! Stuck them together, and "ta-da!"
Use them individually for a dessert...
or stack 'em up for some cupcakes or a variety of desserts! And it cost me about $10! Love a good "thrifty" idea...
My Grandma taught my sister and me how to crochet when I was about 8 or 9. I used to do it all the time for fun when I was a kid for years. But then I stopped and never did it again. The other night, I found a crochet hook, grabbed some yarn, and a couple days later, I had a scarf for Kadie. Apparently I don't have enough projects going on (I have a list of about 50 things I want to make, and about 10 unfinished projects...oh well)
It's fun, and super relaxing...
I wasn't sure I was going to remember how to do it. I used to be really fast at it...
But it's like riding a bike. As soon as I started, it was like I never stopped.
Now for a scarf for me...and maybe some crocheted wash cloths! Those are the best.
Getting Organized Tip #3: Keep a small notebook with you at all times and use it as a constant brain dump. Go through your scribblings each evening and put thoughts in their appropriate places, such as your calender or to-do-list.
For me personally, it always relieves a little bit of stress to write down everything. Otherwise my mind is constantly racing and worrying that I'm going to forget something. I make lists for everything. Christmas present ideas, even if it's January. I write out birthday party plans for my kids' birthdays, even months ahead of time. It feels good to know that it's written down somewhere making it impossible to forget.
Whenever we're at church on Sunday, I bring a ziploc bag of snacks for the kids. It usually ends up getting ripped from the kids fighting over it, and snack crumbs end up in the bottom of my bag. Perfect solution: the Candy Bag from MADE. I've only done one for Kadie so far, and I loved how it turned out! I couldn't wait until I finished Gavin's to post it! Even personalized it with the "K". Hopefully I'll have one done for Gavin before Sunday!
While thrift shopping, I came across some small kitchen items that I thought would be perfect for Kadie's kitchen. I thought I'd share the few that I've finished refinishing and making play food to go along with it. Kadie saw this cookie cutter and INSISTED that I get it. So I thought it would be perfect for this project that I found at Hippos and Dinosaurs. Cookie Dough with cookie cutter cut outs! Now I just need one of those mini rolling pins!
I found this little pan that reminded me of a pizza pan and decided it would be perfect for trying out the felt pizza from The Adventures of Rory Jess and Sadie. This pepperoni pizza has Kadie asking, "Mommy, where's the ranch?" Daddy made her a "dipper". He's Ranch/Ketchup crazy!
I found a couple little bread pans that were in pretty bad shape, so I spray painted them with some Metallic spray paint. Then used the tutorial from Hippos and Dinosaurs to make some cute loaves of bread!! You can practically smell it, can't you?
So, that's all I have finished for now. The others are still in the works, so I'll share them later!!
Kadie has been very into her purse lately. She wants to take it everywhere with her, just like Mommy. She has her chapstick she keeps in there, or as she calls it, her "lips". She has a little wallet, and she usually puts flash cards in there, which is her "money". So, obviously the girl needs some money. I didn't want to do paper money, because as soon as her little brother gets his hands on it, it will be ripped. So... Felt money!!
Now she wants to play store all day!
And she likes to lay it out and count it for me! I'd say that's educational, right??
Tip #2: Invest in a tabbed wallet for receipts and coupons. It will make your purse into a mini filing cabinet that puts everything you need for shopping at your fingertips, and it will keep your purse nice and organized.
Label the tabs how you like--by store, by date, or by category.
When I make my shopping list, I browse through my coupons, put a star by the items I have a coupon for, and put the ones I need in the front pocket of the tabbed wallet so I can just grab them at check out.
When you clip coupons and go to place them in their section of the tabbed wallet, take a second to go through that section and throw away any coupons that have expired so it stays nice and organized and clutter free.
Tabbed wallets are cheap at Walmart or Target. Or you can get a nice one at organize.com for only $14
I've been slowly getting furniture together for Kadie's doll house. I've been looking online for good deals, making some, and checking out the local thrift stores. So here's the bathroom! I found the sink, bathtub, toilet and towl rack on Amazon. It's Doug and Melissa brand. Then I made a towel with leftover scraps from Kadie's hooded towel, and found the little mirror at the thrift store yesterday!
The toilet lid actually lifts up and down! So cute. Even dolls have to "go" sometime, right?
luxurious bathtub. Mmm, bubble bath...
I still need to make a rug and curtains, but it's basically done.
I found a bunch of "fun finds" at the Thrift store that I'm pretty excited about. I'll be showing them throughout the week!