Monday, November 24, 2014

What The Elf?

 Boy, do I feel accomplished today.

Its amazing how much you can get done in one weekend! Of course this is not the typical weekend for me but, it is nice to have a super productive one--- once and a while.

On Friday night I finished up a blanket I have been crocheting for my cousin Katie's 2 month old little boy. 

I was working to a deadline, knowing I was going to be seeing them on Sunday. I got all the ends tied in, gave it a good wash on Saturday morning and am thrilled with how it turned out. 

Saturday morning I filmed a few new tutorials for Detox bath bombs and a few other bath product treats. I'm planning on editing the lot of them this week and starting to post in December, though I can't believe that is next week.

I also made a couple batches of cookies to take with me to a Santa Clause Parade get together my neighbor and good friend was having.  

I've made the Lacy Oatmeal Cookies quite a few times and they are always a hit. The hostess of the get together is particularly fond of these cookies so I wanted to be sure to make them. 

I also tried a new recipe, they are Almond shortbread thumbprint cookies with raspberry jam. The drizzle on top was an icing sugar and Almond extract mixture. 

The cookies were fantastic but, I found the directions for making them less than stellar. Thank goodness I had made similar cookies before and was able to read the instructions and know that what they were directing was not the correct way to go about making a delicate shortbread.

Saturday nights Parade get together was a lot of fun, the hostess had a lovely scratch made hot chocolate bar made up and a good time was had by all.

One of the nice things about our small town Parade is that it takes place at night, the floats all have lights on them and it is incredibly beautiful.

 The other great thing is that the Parade lines up right our the front of our homes. We were able to stand at the window and enjoy the Parade while sitting by the fireplace. That was an extra bonus this year as it started to rain toward the end. 

Sunday brought a trip into Peterborough, Ontario (and a chance to go to Michaels and Costco!) to attend a Family Birthday party for my Aunt Shirley's 80th.

I got to meet Logan, my newest cousin. I know I don't look happy but, I definitely was--- it's just my RBF in action.

He loved his blanket--- well not really, he's only 2 months old and had no idea what was going on. His mom (my cousin) however, loved it though and at this point that's all that matters. I do hope he grows to love it when he gets older though.

At the Parade I got some much needed help with sizing for the wrist warmers I'm making for the children in my life. I gave some at Christmas last year and all of the kids that received them requested another paid this year. Trouble was getting the sizing right, most of them fit on the snug side and some were darn near too small.

Luckily a friends daughter was at the Parade and I was able to get her to try a few different test sizes on.Bigger was better so I got started crocheting when I got home on Sunday evening. My tester requested a Yellow pair, so I picked up some yellow yarn at Michaels while I was there.

That brings us to this morning, I was up at 5:30am. Couldn't sleep worrying about the potential flooding in Buffalo, NY after the 7 feet of snow they got last week. I am supposed to be traveling there later this week for Thanksgiving and am praying that the flooding does not happen. 

Being up that early meant caffeine for me (I'm not normally a coffee person), it also meant I got to use my awesome new mug I picked up at the checkout line in Michaels yesterday. Ahh--- made the Cafe Mocha that much better.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Free Printable For December Daily Planner Pages

Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly
Fa la la la la la la la la la
Tis The Season To Be Organized
Fa la la la la la la la la

Okay so that isn't exactly how the song goes but, maybe it should be.

I don't know about you but, come December I have so many things to remember, I find myself forgetting a lot.

At this time of year if I don't right it down, it comes back to bite me later on.

Last year I did well but, with the more elaborate plans for my elf on the self , I found myself deviating from his set scheduled because I wasn't prepared for that days idea.

This year I vowed it would be different!

I bought myself a A5 planner, though I wanted to get a Filofax they just didn't have a planner that suited my needs and my style completely.

Kikki.K Leather Personal (A5) Planner in Mint

I stumbled across the Kikki-K planner and fell in love with this one. The colour is lovely and it had just the right amount of front slots for me to stay organized and keep a few stickers and cards with me.

The planner did come with some basic sheets, it has month on two pages, To Do sheets, address and some other general note taking and meeting sheets. But those were not going to help me get organized for December the way I was hoping to.

I looked on Etsy and on Pintrest and though I found some great sheets nothing was exactly what I was looking for. 

So what's a girl to do but, create her own when she can't find the perfect fit.

Last weekend I started sketching out the exact information I wanted to include, a general layout and finally a colour scheme that suited the festive season.

Now I can add all of my planned Elf on the Shelf ideas and  list exactly what he'll need for each day. I can also make sure I'm keeping up with my To Do's and plans I have. 

I've enjoyed setting the daily pages up so far and think they are really going to work for me.

I also thought I would share the pages with you.


They have been designed to be printed on Letter paper front and back and cut apart. When cut they fit into an A5 planner. Though slightly longer and slightly thinner than A5 Paper, they fit well and this way you don't need to buy specially sized paper.

I have added two separate PDFs the first is the exact sheet I am using with the dates for December 2014 on them.

The second PDF file is for a blank sheet so they can be used for other months and future years.

To use simply download the files

Cut the sheets exactly in 1/2 and punch holes into them.

I have the Rapesco 6 hold adjustable punch. It's not ideal for an A5 planner because it's not wide enough to punch all 6 holes at once.

But with a little finagling I worked out where I needed to line the paper up, marked it with Washi tape for future use.

Then simply punch the first three holes, flip the paper, realign and punch the second set of holes.

I made a photo mask sheet in Photoshop for my elf on the shelf ideas. Each photo is just over an in inch, I cut them out. Organized what I wanted to do on what days (more elaborate ideas happen on the weekends) and then glued them into the designated spot.

 I wrote in any supplies I would need for that day. I'm planning on getting everything prepared in advance and keeping it in a storage container. That way on the day all that is needed is to pull everything out.

I hope you are inspired to get planning for the Holidays and enjoy the planner pages.

December 2014 A5 (1/2 Letter) Planner Pages

Blank A5 (1/2 Letter) Planner Pages

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Bam Christmas Carols Everywhere

Merry Christmas!!!

Okay, okay I know it's a bit early for most people but, in my life The Christmas  Season starts November 1st.

You would think I've spent years working in the retail world but, that is not the case!

I am simply a lady who loves Christmas the most.

I am also super busy at Christmas, more than any other time of the year. I need two full months to fit everything in.

So to get the season started and kick things off in style, I thought I would share what my elf on the shelf got up to last year. 

Hopefully it will motivate your elf and get you in the Christmas spirit.

Day 1: Bernard arrived in style from the North Pole
Day 2: Just hanging around
Day 3: Looks like someone got the munchies in the middle of the night. You know how elves love candy!
Day 4: Someone wanted to accessorize.
 Day 5: Trapped
Day 6: Our first snowfall! Bernard wanted to help shovel
Day 7: It's Friday! Time for Popcorn and a movie
 Day 8: Getting into the fourth food group for an elf. Syrup!

Day 9: S'mores anyone?
Day 10: Trying on the Christmas sweater orniments
Day 11: Day of our Family Christmas Dinner I think someone knew there were going to be children!
Day 12: That was a lot of work entertaining yesterday. Some TLC is needed
 Day 13: I'm hoping this is for charity?
Day 14: Trapped again
Day 15: Got a little tied up
Day 16: Bernard turn our sugar into Christmas sugar
 Day 17: Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it SNOW!!!
Day 18: Yup, that is toilet paper
Day 20: Wanna be a Cowboy
Day 21: Enjoying some of the decorations
Day 22: Making sugar angels
Day 23: Getting ready to head back to the North Pole
Christmas Eve: See you next year!