The notebook

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    This is my handy dandy notebook. It goes everywhere with me. I use it for shopping lists, reminder lists, a doodle pad, recipe holder, the list goes on and on. Sure I could use my phone to do all these things but there’s something about writing it down on paper that I really enjoy.

Anyway, today my notebook is acting as a sketch pad. I’m working on a craft project and before I start it I need to get a rough idea of how it’ll look first.

That is my doodle. Clearly I don’t let a silly thing like lack of talent stand in the way between me and my crafts. And full disclosure, that is not my design. I googled paisley designs and I found a lovely design and layout that I liked and my doodle here is my replica of what I found.

This is what I plan on doing with my doodle.


That bottle is one that I made for my sister-in-law. She was gracious enough to act like she loved my homemade creation. Have you made one of these yet? In the words of Dr. Seuss, “if you never did you should, these things are fun and fun is good.” Seriously, an easy, inexpensive and fun gift. Or you could just keep it for yourself, like I’m going to do this time 🙂

Like all good things, I found it on Pinterest. The tutorial says to use a hot glue gun, but I know me and I know that’s not going to work. So I used puffy paint, works just as well and I am able to control the flow better and get a nicer, more detailed design. Another thing I do is after I do my first rough draft on paper, I make my design using permament marker on the bottle itself. It doesn’t show through after you paint it so no worries there. Actually, if you’re using white paint you may need a few more coats just to cover it. Once you’re satisfied with your design, take it outside and attack it with the spray paint of your choice.  ** UPDATE Now that I’ve done this a few times I would NOT recommend using a perm. marker on your bottle as a guide unless you cover it completely with the puffy paint.  It wasn’t a problem for me on the bottle pictured because there wasn’t much that the puffy paint didn’t cover, but on the last one I did there was a lot of perm. marker that I didn’t cover and when I painted over it, it ran!  And apparently no amount of spray paint fixes this.  Ah well, live and learn!

Now, I wanted to show my project from beginning to end in one post. But I don’t want to give the wrong impression here. Most of the time I am not able to finish my projects in one sitting. Or one day. Sometimes, like with this project, I am only able to work on it for a few minutes at a time. To be honest I find this beyond frustrating. But that’s just where I am right now in life right now. So if you’re like me, and you’re getting frustrated that your ‘simple’ project is taking longer than expected, just know that in the end it doesn’t matter if it took you one day or one week to finish. You can still get enjoyment out of doing it (even if its just a few minutes a day) and you’ll still have created something that brings a smile to your face!

So, stay tuned for progress reports!