Sunday, December 18, 2016

Prep for Extended Vacation & Real Estate search

Prep for Extended Vacation & Real Estate search




We are planning a month vacation and property search in sunny Florida since we are both retired and we hate the cold weather. This takes a lot of planning since we like to rent houses so we can feel comfortable for the that length of time we are staying. We started planning for this trip 10 months ago but we do like to plan ahead and there is peace of mind when you know you have the placed booked and don't have to rush around to find a place. Cold months are sometimes hard to find places since the snowbirds!

We are planning on finding property to buy so that we can go back and forth for a while until permanently moving to the warm climate. My daughter just got married in October and I have said if I don't get a grandbaby in 2 years I am flying south for good!

First step was we selected the general area we would like to focus on our real estate journey and book a house within less than an hour from any place we would be searching for a home. We typically rent through vrbo.com or homeaway.com and we haven't experienced any negative in doing so. We have used those services for years.




Second step was within the 2 months prior to leaving we got our pre-approvals for financing so we knew that we could indeed purchase while we were there and what budget we were looking to stay within. Maintaining two properties is not easy long distance so we have decided if at all possible we would purchase in a gated community that offered lawn services etc. so that in the months it would be empty we didn't have to worry about the property.

Third step I had to work on was a packing list and this consisted of not only clothing but everything that we needed to take such as medication and making sure we didn't need refills and had enough for the time gone. I continue to add to list daily as I think of things. On my list I also listed the things we needed to do to prep our house for the time gone. It is very cold where we live so since nobody would be staying in the house we had to think of things like ways to prep kitchen pipes from freezing and avoiding any water hazards while gone. My daughter will check on the house periodically. We always notify our close neighbors of our travels and we have always done this with them so that they can watch over our house and see who is coming and going and we do this for them as well when they leave. The list also had to cover electronics and chargers, items for our furbabies and anything that would be critical to have and we couldn't do without. That takes alot of thought when leaving for that long.




Fourth step was stopping our mail service and suspending our cable/internet. This saves quite a bit when you spend what we do on tv and internet services and we are retired so every dollar counts.

Fifth step was to contact a real estate agent and gave her the criteria for our home search. I also started looking on realtor.com to see what was for sale so I could send her a list of what I liked and this will also help her to see what our expectations might be so that she knows if she comes across something whether it would interest us or not. My planner will be utilized a lot while there as I will map out areas we will travel and what days so that it maximizes our drives and we hit areas in an order that makes sense.


Sixth step and last but not least we booked a hotel for the road trip down as we are only traveling half way. We take our furbabies so we stopped a lot more and 8-10 hours in the car is enough. So I did the research for hotels around the half way point and checked reviews which is VERY important and made our reservations. The way home I will do the same process.


I used stamps from Sweet Stamp Shop, Cocoa Daisy, Limelife, Altelier Dreams



I have used my limelife notebook to create an organized list of to do and things to pack etc. Staying organized is crucial to making this work the best. I love to look at houses so this is going to be fun for me! On my actual planner I used Limelife stickers and stamp set and various other stamps to decorate. It is far from done but we are a few weeks away from January so it is a work in progress. I hope you take the time to check out Limelife planners and browse all the items you can order and how customizable they are. Check out the blog also there is always a good blog post about something that may be of interest to you!






Saturday, December 17, 2016

Spread the joy

Today I am sharing my subscription box from Mrs. Brimbles and using my Limelifeplanner to decorate it with goodies from the box. This is the November subscription box and it is full of goodies. I loved all the reds!! It was so vibrant this box. Several cute sticker sets and post cards that you can use to dress up your planner or laminate and make a cute dashboard.

I of course took one of the 12 x 12 papers and made a pocket folder for my A5 Kikki it is so easy to make these. I have showed several DIY's and if you own a cutting machine there are files out there you can purchase to make it even easier! I stuck the notepad in my pocket.



Epoxy dots and gingerbread men, reindeers and a cup of hot cocoa what more do you need! Loads of cute word stickers too.


 I love this cute felt paperclip. It went perfect in my pocket folder! And Hello! I love that polka dot washi tape!


 Here is a few pics of my spread for the first week of Dec. I have ore to write in but I at least got a cute start! I am using my Limelifeplanner and it all turned out pretty cute. I got the layout A in this planner instead of the C like I had last time. I have a lot of white space which is typical for me.

Limelife has not only spiral planners but inserts for A5 etc. Check out their shop and the blog has loads of great post. Click here to go to their site


I have the Mrs. Brimbles Advent Box that arrived. Oh my don't she know that I sneak peeks! Seriously all these cute little red and white packages to open each day of Dec. If you didn't get one this year remember to grab one next year because she does it every year so far and people love it! 


Thanks for stopping by and sharing my Brimbles November box! 


Monday, October 10, 2016

DIY Travelers Pockets

Travelers notebooks seem to be the rage lately or maybe I am just late to the par-tay. But I have purchased a few "sew-dori's" or whatever one might call them there are so many versions of Midori's out there. I unfortunately haven't used mine yet but I did get two really cute ones. I love owls so the one is owls and foxes and the other is one is based on my zombie obsession...yes it is a real obsession. So I will show you the two I have purchased and links to the Etsy seller.


But today I thought I would show you a quick tutorial on how to make a 4 pocket travelers folder. Mine is based on the regular size but you can easily modify the process for any size you own. You can also do modifications to add more pockets or slits there are so many possibilities but we are doing the 4 pocket today.

So for this you will need the following supplies/tools:

**A few of these items are optional. You can get by without them doing it the old fashion way

Paper trimmer
Score board
Glue stick
Corner rounder
Scissors
Circle punch
2 pieces of cardstock 12 x 12

Here are what the pockets will look like when finished. I used some of Mrs Brimbles awesome paper for the inside. I picked it for the inside because of the way you fold it the pattern would have been upside down on the inside pocket. While that may not bother you my OCD brain would not allow it. So for this you will need the following supplies/tools:

Lets get started!




The measurements for the 2 pieces are:
Base piece is 9.5 x 12
Inside pocket is 8 x 8.5 (go slightly under those measurements so it won't fit so tight.

Now I am going to share some pics from my happy planner spread using the September Brimbles Box. 


The stickers and stamps this month was so stinkin' cute! I love the autumn colors and the images were all Anna's creations which make them extra special. 












This charm is so pretty from Cloudy Clow


 You fox you!

Hope you enjoyed the DIY and the pics of my planner. Now don't you want to subscribe to the Brimbles box! Join us on facebook (click here)  also for loads of conversation, sneak peaks and pics of lovely Brimbles items. 

Debbie 
www.craftinchaos.com




Friday, August 26, 2016

MKC Guest Designer



I am guest designing today for Miss Kate Cuttables. I have always loved her files and I own quite a few so I was really excited for the opportunity. I have been a card maker, 3d project maker and all around crafter for years. In the past 2 years I have been heavily influenced by the planner community so you don't see me crafting cards as much anymore but I make alot of things for planners.

Its just another extension of crafting that has become my addition. Planners are really hot right now. I own several of the Kikki K planners and they are my favorite because just like purses you can get them in lots of colors and it becomes a fashion piece almost. I also have several of the Happy Planners and they are so versatile and economical so they are excellent planners for a newbie or someone who doesn't want to invest $90 and up for a planner.

One of my favorite things to make for my planner is paperclips. I have been addicted to making them really. I challenge myself daily on what I can create in miniature. Some designs just don't work out because once you reduce the image to fit on a paperclip the parts become so small they get a bit chewed up by the cutting machines. I typically try to keep my clips under 2" in height. With the ones I will show you today I will let you know what I did to size them. You have to play around with this and once you make enough of them you will come to realize that certain designs will have to go outside that 2" mark but they still can remain small enough for the clip.

Like for instance the "beach girl" I did here I tried to make her smaller but once I cut her out she was actually too small so the height wasn't going to work on this design. So from top of head to bottom of feet she is just under 2.5" tall. The hardest park on this design was the bucket area.

The "sea turtle" and the cute "beach house" I opened the file in my silhouette program and I left them absolutely the same size they opened up as and they were perfect. I used alot of glitter stock on the turtle but unfortunately the camera didn't pick up the sparkle as well as I would have liked.




When I piece my clips I use Scotch quick dry. I purchased some bottles on Joann's and a fit tip also from Joann's (can only get those online, link below) and that fine tip is the key to piecing these little designs without blobbing a bunch of glue on them.

Once I am attaching the clip and the back (you mirror the base piece if using textured cardstock like I do. If you don't just cut 2 bases)  I use hot glue. I also have a very fine tip hot glue gun but unfortunately they have made a new model and although it is fine tip it isn't near as fine as the one I have. I will link to the one that is the replacement if you would like to get one.

Using the fatter tip glue guns can be impossible. Now this part takes alot of practice because the glue dries very fast and getting your back on without it being cockeyed is tricky but once you do it enough you will find your  way. I line it up and hold it tightly on one end as I glue the bottom half. Then once it is dry and secure I pull the paper back and glue the remainder. Pop those cute clips in your planner and you will have a cute stylish decoration for your planner as well as a handy way to mark your spot!





Below is a list of the files and supplies you will need:

Files used are linked above as well:


Supplies you need:
Glue for paper piecing: Scotch Quick Dry
Tip for bottles: Fine Tips
Glue bottle: Bottles 
Hot Glue Gun: Surebonder H-195 mine is a H-185 but it is not made anymore :(



Friday, August 19, 2016

DIY Sticker Book

I don't know about you but one of the biggest reasons my spreads are not as decorated as they could be is because my stickers are so disorganized. I pride myself in being a very organized person but running a Etsy shop, planning a wedding for our daughter has made my life a bit chaotic. I get a lot of stickers in the mail from various shops, subscription boxes etc and I also make some for myself so I feel like if I had it all organized I would sit down to plan and it would be effortless as far as finding the right stickers to use in my spread.

So after seeing so many people create a sticker book i decided to do the same for myself and even categorize it a bit. So I am sharing this on Mrs Brimbles blog today. Here are a few simple steps to make the process not so daunting.

Things you will need to get started:
Paper (I just used some cheap cardstock I knew I wouldn't use for much else)
Glue runner or glue stick
Disc or a ring bound planner
Hole punch depending on what style of book you are making
Paper trimmer



#1 compile all your stickers together. If you are like me some are here, some are there so get them all together.


#2 Sort them in some categories that you think would be helpful such as "decorative" "functional" or even just by shop. However you see the separation of one or the other helping you to maximize your planning experience. This of course is optional and since I had so many I opted for setting up mainly by shop.

#3 measure what would be the largest set you would be needing to fit on a page. Most of mine were relatively the same size so I made my pages a bit big to fit two sheets on a page.
I think mine is a bit bigger than I would do next time. My sheets were cut to 8 x 10

#4 Cut a stack of paper into the largest size needed for your biggest sticker set and then hole punch them all. I am planning on making one like a Happy Planner look so I am using the disc and therefore utilizing the happy planner punch but you can do the same with a ring bound book as well.



#5 Using an adhesive runner Put little adhesive on the backs of your sticker sheets and place on your cardstock you have prepared for your book.

#6 OPTIONAL: Create you some tabs for all your categories and sort the sticker pages you have created into the categories you deemed important to you. Start putting in your sheets. You can do this with a 3 ring binder, Happy Planner style disc etc.


Here is what mine looks like. As you can see you can also create a cute cover for your book and now you can easily carry it around with you as you are planning making it so much easier to use those stickers instead of collecting the stickers! Now have fun making your own book!







So get busy and make yourself a sticker book, make your life easier when you sit down to plan. Show us your sticker books!!!



Here is one of my past spread. I need to do a new one with this months goodies. I will share a pic of them as well.

This months goodies in the planner box:

 Cute Pencil bag and love that charm and washi

Close up of the charm



Love these stickers from Sea Salt & Anna's own designs. That bee and that adorable girl is just so cute! Flair to match too!


Head over to pic up extra's that may be left from the box click here >>>Mrs Brimbles Shop




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Did someone mention Ice Cream?

Did someone mention Ice Cream?


Every time I get the chance to indulge in ice cream which is pretty much every night this week (don't tell anyone) I get pretty excited. Do you ever get on a kick about something and you will eat it and eat it until you are so burnt out on it? Yeah...that is me. I am the same way with planner supplies lately and how I craft.

The Mrs Brimbles June box really spoke to my cravings with my planner and my habits lately.
Anna's original art again made into beautiful papers and stickers is just such a treat. I most likely will hoard use the paper for something to make for my planner although I am also a crafter so a cute cheery card for my grand daughter will be a good use of the paper as well. Since there are several sheets I can make some dividers or dashboards with it.

The adorable little clay charm is just unbelievably cute. I plan to deck out my yellow Kikki with this months box. I am going to use the ephemera to decorate the pages. There was a lot of really cute tags and sayings as well as shapes.

Now I will share my spread and the way I used my goodies and then I plan to share a really quick treat since I always like to do some kind of DIY that is easy to make your family will LOVE it!!



I popped a few of the diecuts from the kit on my page as well. There are tons of them in the kit


I threw my first ever clay charm in the mix just because it looks cute with the ice creams! I love these stickers of Anna's especially those adorable clouds and sun stickers, those are my fav's!



Stickers are adorable and the one set is Anna's own artwork. Did you know she has a sticker subscription box too? 

Just a little close up of this adorable ice cream cone charm! I love it!


Now if you love mexican food and have ever partaken of fried ice cream you will definitely enjoy the following.

Mock Fried Ice Cream

OMG this is the best thing! Yep you will be running to the store to get your ingredients!

Ingredients:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Frosted Corn Flakes
Cinnamon (Optional)
Chocolate syrup (I used Hershey's)
Redi-whip (cause everything is better with whip cream)

Now I won't share measurements cause come on we all can eat a different amount and if you are having it for one or for a family it will be different. So here is my process.

First I take a ziplock baggie and pour what I think will be enough corn flakes for me, you can add a splash of cinnamon in the bag if you would like it but honestly it is just as good without (I like a lot of crunch and like the excess in the bottom to utilize even more crunch)

Crunch up the corn flakes in the bag with a rolling pin or in my case my fist

Then I take a spoon and scoop up some ice cream and form it into somewhat of a ball and plopped that baby in the bag with all the yummy corn flake particles

I shake it around and even smoosh a bit of it around in the bag to get it covered well. 

I put it into my bowl and let the excess fall out into the bowl as well (trust me you will use it)

Drizzle some chocolate sauce onto and squirt some whip cream on top of it and GO TO TOWN! Don't forget to breathe (its that good!)