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Pre-Holiday ETSY Sale!

IT’S NOVEMBER.

HOW HAS THIS YEAR FLOWN BY SO QUICKLY?!

You know that once November hits, December is only a hop, skip and a jump away…and if you want to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping, I’m here to help!

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I’m having a pre-holiday sale on EVERYTHING in my ETSY shop.  To help make room for new inventory, everything (EVERYTHING) is 50% off!  Stock up on cards, gifts, and all the Harry Potter merch you can handle!

Shop Between the Pages between now and November 28th for great deals on holiday gifts!

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DIY Notepad

I’m a sucker for notebooks and notepads.  Though I haven’t kept a journal in several years, I like the IDEA of having a journal…and I certainly have enough blank ones to just get started already.

I also love making (and crossing things off of) lists.  I have grocery lists, to do lists, lists of books to read, lists of things to buy…it helps keep my brain organized and I can’t help but feel just a little accomplished when I finally get to cross something off!

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Before I started making my own notepads, I just had a purse full of receipts and post-its with various lists on them…but these cute little DIY Notepads are so easy to make that you’ll have your life organized in no time!

DIY Notepad

Materials:

  • 30 sheets of white computer paper
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (or a paper trimmer if you have one)
  • Stamps and ink pad (optional)
  • 2 sheets scrapbook paper
  • 2 binder clips
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Cardboard (optional)
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

Cut your computer paper (or cardstock if you want thicker sheets) into 5 in. x 7 in. rectangles.  Do the same with the scrapbook paper you want to use as the cover of your notepad.

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Gather all the pages together and secure with binder clips on the 5 in. end.

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If you want to decorate the pages with stamps, do that before securing with binder clips.  

Using paint brush, apply a generous coat of Mod Podge glue on the 5 in. end to hold all the pages together.  Once that coat has dried, apply one more coat.  Let dry fully.

In the meantime, cut your cardboard, if you’re using it, into a 5 in. x 7 in. rectangle.

Cut the second sheet of scrapbook paper (I just used a scrap piece, honestly…or you can use the flip side if your paper is double-sided) into a 7 in. x 3 in. rectangle.  This will be the binding cover.

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Once your binding has dried, remove the binder clips.  Use Mod Podge to glue your paper pad onto your sheet of cardboard.  Place cover on top of pages.  Glue backside of 3 in. rectangle and carefully attach over binding.  Let dry completely.

Once that’s done, you can decorate your notepad cover to look however you’d like!

And there you have it!  A cute little notepad with removeable sheets that’s great for gift-giving and keeping your life organized!

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Farm Anatomy Book Review

Call me crazy, but the thought of moving out into the country and owning a farm where I can grow my own produce and have a honey bee farm sounds like pure heaven.  I love the idea of living off the land and (slightly) off the grid, eating food you’ve grown yourself and having a job where you can get down and dirty working with your hands.

Realistic?  Maybe…but I’m not stupid.  I know farm life is hard work.  Your entire livelihood is dependent on the elements you can’t control….and there’s no calling in sick when work has to get done.  It requires expensive equipment, sometimes owning livestock, and apparently learning a whole new vocabulary of words I never even knew existed.

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In her beautifully illustrated book, Farm Anatomy, author Julia Rothman takes readers through various parts and pieces of country life, including layers of the soil, how to rotate your crops, how to make a barn (and what animals might come to occupy it), how to plow a field, how to grow seeds, how to make wine and spin yarn, as well as how to shear a sheep and identify the various cuts of pig, chicken, lamb, beef and rabbit.

The perfect book for budding farmers, Farm Anatomy aims to teach readers the bits and pieces that make a farm run, from reading the clouds to composting your waste.  Illustrated with amazing detail and filled with tons of tidbits about everything you’ve ever wanted to know about keeping bugs off your crops, this book is so fascinating and fun to read that you might even find yourself wanting to build a chicken coop in your own backyard.

Even if you’re not ready to go full Charlotte’s Web and start butchering pigs and collecting eggs, Farm Anatomy is a great resource for just living a simpler, more homemade lifestyle.  There are amazing recipes for carrot cake, buckwheat pancakes, and dill pickles, as well as helpful guides for how to can tomatoes, make bread and cheese, and how to cut a full chicken.

A colorful, fun, and entertaining coffee table book you’ll actually WANT to read, Farm Anatomy breaks down farming into manageable pieces, dissecting everything from the parts of a milking machine to the anatomy of a pig.  With witty illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions, this book is bound to turn city dwellers into country mice, one seed at a time.

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12 Wanderlust-worthy Ways to Decorate with Maps

My husband and I have a map in our living room where we track places we’ve  been in the US.  After a vacation, we put a pin in the cities we traveled to…it’s fun to see our life on a map and is great motivation for checking out places we’ve never been.

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We both love to travel and always bring a map with us when we hit the road because, as my dad always said, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey…and we’re bound to get off course at least a good handful of times (after all, all the best restaurants and breweries are often tucked away off the beaten path!).

If you’re filled with a sense of wanderlust, there’s no better cure than to get out of the house…and these 12 Wanderlust-worthy map decorations might just be the motivation you need!

12 Wanderlust-worthy Ways to Decorate with Maps

Decoupage your favorite places on hexagon cork board pieces or wood and arrange them on your wall.

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Show off vintage maps of far-off places with these embroidery hoop wall hangings.

Fun way to display map art - or any kind of art for that matter :)

Decoupage rocks with your favorite cities or road trip paths.

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Do you have travel on the brain?  Show off your favorite place within your silhouette.

Silhouette from map- I'd love to see if I could fit Poland and Lebanon within my noggin

Create mini globes of your favorite places.

Après avoir passé une petite après-midi au soleil à discuter entre copines de voyager et de nos petits moyens, il m’est venu une idée : comment voyager quand on à pas beaucoup de budget ? Sûr…

Smarten up your bookshelves.

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Where your country on your sleeve…

14 DIYs Using Maps - A Little Craft In Your Day

Show off all your favorite places with this wanderlust wall art.

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Turn an old vintage map into a stunning wreath.

30 Creative Diy Maps Decorations the one in the picture should have a compass in the middle to tie it together

Make lovely coasters with these vintage maps.

Remodelaholic | 20  More Free Printable Vintage Map Images

Decoupage a vintage map over a coffee table.

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Frame pics of you and your buds in your favorite places with these map frames.

Top 10 DIY Map Gifts For Travel Lovers

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14 Cozy Fall Must-Have’s for Book Lovers

Fall is the season for book lovers.  Brisk winds howling through the trees, a hot pot of tea bubbling on the stove, and a cozy blanket that smells like your grandma’s attic…it’s the dream for most bookworms – at least for me! – and I look forward to this time of year pretty much all the damn time.

There are few things that could add to a blustery fall day complete with a good book and a good cup of coffee, but these fall must-have’s might be worth trying!  So put another log on the fire and have fun shopping these 14 Fall Must-Have’s for Book Lovers!

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14 Cozy Fall Must-Have’s for Book Lovers

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The perfect bag for running to the library.

Cozy up by the fire with this Hamlet whisky glass.

Show off your favorite quotes with these text printed leggings.

Are you brimming with madness?  You will be if you don’t get this awesome Cheshire Cat-inspired cuff!

You’re not a book WORM, you’re a book DRAGON.

Cute coasters for your coffee, tea, whisky…you know, whatever warms your soul!

You know you belong in Ravenclaw if you’re reading this list…

Wear your love around your neck.

Set the mood with this amazing Shire candle.

Spooky wall art for Halloween…

Cozy socks for Wonderland…

A trinket bowl for all your little nick nacks.

Take a walk in the woods with this book print scarf.

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14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

Let’s face facts…sometimes the world sucks.

There’s no avoiding it…there’s no denying it.  But, there might be something you can do to help spread some cheer throughout the year!

Whether you want to brighten up your garden, your neighborhood, or your community, these painted rocks are sure to bring just a little joy into someone’s life.  Scatter them around your home, in your garden, or spread them around your local park or forest preserve.  A little joke can go a long way, and these painted rocks might just be the motivation your friend or neighbor needs to keep on truckin’!

14 Painted Rock Ideas to Liven Up the World

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  1. Monster Rocks
  2. Weather Rock
  3. Scripted LOVE Rock
  4. Heart Balloons Rock
  5. Not All Who Wander Rock
  6. Inspirational Rocks
  7. Owl Rocks
  8. Rainbow Rocks
  9. Jawa Star Wars Rocks
  10. Cactus Rocks
  11. Minions Rocks
  12. Potted Rocks
  13. Garden Rocks
  14. Gold Rocks

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Felt Patronus Ornaments

Let’s be honest…we’ve all taken the Patronus Quiz on Pottermore, right?  Were ya’ll as bummed with your Patronus as I was?

I mean, I was really excited to find out what my Patronus was, considering my spirit animal is the unicorn (you can find your own here!), but I was slightly disappointed to discover that my Patronus was a cat.

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My disappointment was 2-fold:

  1. What help would cats REALLY be against Dementors? A stag could charge it, a wolf or dog could attack it…but really what would my cat even do?  Scratch out its non-existent eyeballs?  Sit there quietly in judgement?  Chuck hairballs at it?
  2. I’m allergic to cats. I’d be allergic to my own Patronus.

But alas, I stand by the quiz…and I’m sure, somewhere deep, deep down, my Patronus makes perfect sense.

Of course that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming of having a wolf or dog Patronus…and that’s where today’s craft comes in!  Made using sparkling white felt (you could also use clay!), these Patronuses are great for hanging on gifts, on Christmas trees, or throwing at people who get you down!  Expecto your Patronus on their face!!

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To make the animal shapes, I just found animal silhouettes I liked online, then used them as a stencil to cut out my Patronuses.  You can use plain thin felt, but if you can find the thicker cut felt, that’s the best kind for making shapes like this…and sharp scissors…crazy sharp.

Finally, you can use glitter to add a touch of sparkle to your animals, since we all know Patronuses dance in sparkly lights and smoke.  The felt I found had sparkles already on it, so one step down, but you can always add your own sparkles with glitter or sparkle paint.

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To make them into ornaments, just glue a small string to the back of each animal and you’re good to go!

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The perfect gift for any Potter fan, these felt Patronus Ornaments are sure to keep bad thoughts and dreams at bay!

*Sidenote, about halfway through this project, I decided NOT to make ornaments, but something else instead…stay tuned for how I put my Patronus collection to work!

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