My Homemade Binder Cozy

Posted by on Jun 27, 2011 in being a mom, craft, domestic diva, sewing | 3 comments

This week I had the rare chance to pull out my sewing machine. It was great – the house was relatively clean, my older daughter was in bed, and my baby was sleeping soundly wrapped on my back. I made a sweet little cover for my small ‘mommy docket’ binder with some scrap fabric that I love.

Ahhhh… instant gratification…

Organized Simplicity

Recently I’ve been reading through Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider from This book helps you make your life more organized by simplifying it, and it makes your life more simplified by being organized.  I suck at both, so this book has been truly helpful for me.

To keep life reasonably sane, Tsh uses a planner filled with docket sheets, which can be downloaded from her website. Each night she fills out the next day’s sheet, which includes space for:

  • a to-do list
  • the top three Most Important Things (MITs) <- any more is too demanding
  • a rough schedule for the day
  • an inspirational thought
  • dinner and notes regarding its preparation
  • a chart to keep a tally of how many glasses of water have been drank <- I’ve doubled my water consumption just so I can cross out the little droplets
  • a spot for an exercise plan
  • blog ideas
  • general notes

I decided to give it a shot, and I soon found that I LOVE this system. Suddenly, I am so much less stressed!

Planning My Days

Normally when I go through my day, I’m trying to remember what needs to be done as I go. So I might have a spare half hour before my 3 year old Berry’s school lets out and decide to run to the bank. At the bank, I remember that I need to stop at the deli, but now I probably won’t have time to do that until after I’ve picked up my daughter. Then I have to drag both my girls into the deli and deal with a meltdown because I won’t buy Berry a Kinder Egg, which are kept just low enough so that she can reach them. The whole day goes on like this, and while I may get all my tasks done, I feel drained by the end of the afternoon. And that’s usually when Berry will remind me that I promised we’d go to the park. Ugh.

By filling out a docket sheet the night before, I can plan out how my day will go. I’ll see that I have a spare half hour and schedule a trip to the deli while Berry is in school, choosing instead to take her to the bank with me. Then I’ll pick the bank that has a play area to entertain her and is also close to a park that we like.

Either way, I do the same amount of things, but I feel so much less frazzled. Instead of trying to quickly figure out our next task on the run, I can happily check items one by one off my list.

My Personal Mommy Docket

I wanted a smaller sheet to carry around in my bag, so I made my own template inspired by Tsh’s pocket docket and put them in my new snappy binder.

Planning my days in advance makes them go more smoothly. Instead of trying to fit in what I can, I now spend some time picturing how I want the day to go. For example, I want to spend more time each day playing with my three year old, so I created a space for a Play Date, which could be anything – a trip to a park, a hike, a library visit, even hanging out at Ikea for awhile. When I choose an activity the night before and make it part of the plan for the day, it becomes far easier to do.

I also realized as I made the binder cozy that I absolutely love to create things but I rarely have the time or energy. The night I made it, I felt so satisfied. Now I set aside time each day to craft, and it gets written right into my schedule.

The best part of planning out my days is that I get to be intentional about how I’ll spend my time, and as I go through and cross things off my list, I know that my time has been spent well.

How about you? How do you make sure you have time for the things you enjoy?

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WIP – Some Fancy-Schmancy Longies

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in cloth diapers, craft, domestic diva, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Almost done my first pair of longies using the Budgie Bloomer pattern from Ralvery! I still need to do a tie to tighten up the waist, but apart from being a touch long, they fit nicely! Testing them out right now – we’ll see how well they absorb. :D

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Tying up Loose Ends (Or Just Hiding Them Behind a Curtain)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2011 in cloth diapers, craft | 0 comments

Today has been a day of finishing up some projects that I’ve been meaning to do for the past few days (ok, past few months). My three years old daughter helped out – here’s what we did and some of the lessons that we learned along the way. ;)

Project One – Adding a PomPom to R’s Cupcake Hat.

Lesson: R learned that making pompoms is awesome. Also awesome? The tiny little bits that get cut off can be gathered up and then liberally distributed on a freshly vacuumed carpet.

New PomPom for the Cupcake Hat

I don’t love the hat, it was a hand-me-down and R loves it – she’s been asking for a new pompom for at least a year. I remember making pompoms all the time when I was a kid, just for fun. Well, apparently I’ve lost that skill. Anyway, it took a couple tries but we got a half decent one and now the cupcake hat is complete again.

Project Two – Finishing off the Baby’s Knitted Diaper Cover

Lesson: I learned that no matter how lovely smelling your Eucalan is, soaking wet wool still smells like soaking wet wool.

Diaper Cover (Tosh Yarn)

I was surprised to find that I was done knitting the whole thing, I just had to weave in two loose pieces of yarn – done and done. The cover got a heft dose of Eucalan and is drying on the counter now.

Project Three – Sewing A Curtain for the Play Kitchen

Lesson: I learned to count your pins before entrusting them to your toddler. That way you know how many got lost. R learned that Mommy says bad words when she grabs the iron from the wrong side.

Kitchen - Before Kitchen - After

We found this kitchen on the side of the road, and even though we already had a wood kitchen, we couldn’t just let this one end up in the dump — its awesome! And it has become a home for many of R’s toys, which means it always looks cluttered. Rather than clean it (because, really, how long is that going to last), we decided to make a pretty skirt for the front.

I’m so in love with this fabric, I’m thinking of getting some more to make curtains for my naked kitchen windows. I’m sure my neighbours would be thrilled (cause the windows often aren’t the only thing naked around here).

Project Four – Finishing off a Hat for R

Lesson: I learned that tassels rock my world.

A New Hat for R

Last, I finished off the hat that was originally meant to be a diaper cover. But I didn’t like the pattern and decided that the skull snowflakes were too fun to just rip apart and thus the diaper cover became a hat instead. And wow, tassels are way easier to make then pompoms and look super adorable. R wore it for the most of the night – I suspect we won’t be giving it away to her boyfriend anytime soon.

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Sweet Spare Ten Minutes

Posted by on Jan 28, 2011 in craft | 0 comments

Diaper Cover - Almost Finished

This past month has been crazy busy as we prepare for our new baby (due today). Not the traditional painting nurseries and picking out baby clothes - we realized last time that babies really don’t care about that. We’ve been focused on painting the living room and creating nicer spaces. But it has left no time for blogging or knitting or anything (I miss tv, I really do). But the time to relax has come — at least until the baby is born! So today I am knitting and sewing, and I’ve included a picture of the diaper cover i’m
knitting – cute, eh?

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Finished, with 12 Hours to Spare!

Posted by on Dec 26, 2010 in craft | 0 comments

I love how cozy these turned out. I think I’ll have to make a couple pairs for myself!

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Work In Progress Wednesday (on Thursday)

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in craft | 0 comments

Wow, I just figured out how to upload pictures to my blog from my iPhone. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me — I hate taking pictures, then putting them on the computer, then resizing them, then uploading them.

So this is the first of a set of legwarmers that I’m making as a Christmas gift for my SIL. I have two full days to finish, so there is still the possibility that it can be done without resorting to sleepless nights or a full onset of denial. But that’s all I can write for now — I’ve got to get back to knitting. :)

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