Season-Proof Your Car | These Essential Checklists Prepare You for Every Month of the Year

Depending on the season, you and your car have different needs. Here are four handy lists to make sure you're prepared for any situation on the road.
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We spend a lot of time in the car. On average, Americans spend 294 hours driving their cars every year (that's over twelve days worth of driving!). It's safe to say that your vehicle really is your home-away-from-home. Storing a few handy items in your ride is the easiest way to insure you're prepared for every scenario, without having to lug a bunch of stuff around in your bag or purse.  Continue Reading

Shopping Guide: 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

SHOPPING GUIDE: My 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

As someone who crafts for both business and pleasure, I spend a lot of time at local art supply stores and on websites that sell craft goodies. But there are a handful of materials that I use all the time, so I make sure to always have them on hand. And I thought I’d share that list with you, so you can fill out your craft supply collection with all of the necessities.  


SHOPPING GUIDE: My 10 Must-Have Art Supplies To Jumpstart Your Creativity

1. Hot Glue Gun – I use glue guns like this one from ArtMinds quite often – it comes in handy for all kinds of different projects. Continue Reading

5 Crafting Must-Haves

Marie from Make and Takes put together a “Top 5 Must-Have Crafting Tools List” that every crafter, or aspiring-crafter, must have in their stash. Here are her recommendations:   

  1. Scissors
  2. Rotary Cutter and Self-Healing Mat 
  3. Needle and Thread 
  4. Paper Trimmer
  5. Hot Glue Gun 

Why these five? Marie can tell you.  What others would you add to the list??  

Here are some that I wouldn’t want to live without:

  1. Sewing Machine
  2. Small Paint Brushes (various sizes) 
  3. Metal Ruler (I use mine CONSTANTLY)
  4. Paper ‘Dresser’ 
  5. An OttLite

How To: Phone Book Desk Organizer.

You’d think they’d figure it out by now…but no, updated phone books still land on your porch, often in pairs, every few months.

So, instead of immediately tossing them in the recycle bin, since you’re obviously not an idiot and have discovered online tools that are far superior, make something useful….

Chica and Jo offer this use: a desk organizer for office supplies.


  • 1 phone book (in good shape)
  • sharp utility knife
  • aluminum T-square
  • 1 cardboard tube
  • Mod Podge
  • 1″ paint brush
  • scissors
  • 12″x12″ piece of black card stock
  • 5 binder clips
  • hot glue gun
  • 1 new pencil

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DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here’s a list….

that may help guide you when you enter a Joann Fabric superstore or order online:

  • Gingher Shears.
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A Knotty Pine Memory

created on: 09/20/08

The sewing studio is finally finished.  I’ve posted photos of different angles of the room.  This room  measures 12′ x 20′.  I brought the rocker in for two of the sewing moms who have newborns. On the other side of the table on the left is a room where the heavy duty work gets done like painting, upholstering, photographing projects and light construction.  There is one more room to the right of the rocking chair which has more fabric shelves, two more sewing machines and a wall of built in shelves for books, etc.  Continue Reading

How to Make a Paper Clip Lampshade

This is a simple and effective way to tart-up an inexpensive paper lampshade using office supplies.

The Materials

Paper lampshade

Decorative paper clips (I found these circle paper clips at Target; 50 for $2.99.)

Small paper punch (Or anything pointy will do.)

The Process

Mark shade with pencil at uniform intervals. I spaced my markings 1 inch apart.

Punch holes at markings.

Slip paper clips into holes.

For another office supply alternative, how about using key tags with metal rings instead of paper clips?  Continue Reading