Nov 28, 2018

Rewinding the Bobbin..Again, with a surprise.

It's been an eternity since I blogged here. Life got crazy, my figurative bobbins got all tangled into a horrible mess, and there may have been a health crisis or two. However, it's time to pick up the pieces, rewind those bobbins, give this blog a spruce up, and get going with new things. 

The best of those new things... 

I have an Etsy shop

The Elusive Bobbin Studio is now open for business. I've only listed a few Applehead Dolls and some Applehead Ornaments, but I'm adding more each week.  Be sure to check it out, and keep your eyes peeled for new content, including in depth looks at my highly detailed dolls right here on the blog in the weeks to come.



Sep 11, 2015

DIY Planner Pt. 3- Printable Menu Planner &Grocery List


In an effort to organize our meals, I've come up with this menu planner.  It prints on a whole sheet of paper.  Is folded in half with holes punched on the unfolded edge and placed in your mini sized binder.

Each week as you make your menu on the right side of the planner, you use the back of the previous weeks menu (on the left) for writing your grocery list.  When you finish, rip out the grocery list and you are ready to go shopping. 

Do you know what you're having for dinner, but not quite sure what night you're having it?  No problem.  The sections where you plan your dinners are numbered.  When you know which night of the week you'll be having them, enter the number under the weekday.


It's easy!  Just download here,  print, fold, punch, plan and go.

Sep 4, 2015

DIY Planner Adventure Pt. 2 - Printable Calendar

In Pt 1 of my DIY planning adventure I chose a size, what needed to go into my planner, and started gathering materials.  Now lets put those material to use and print a few things to into the planner. Every planner really needs a calendar, so lets start there. 

 If you do a google search for free printable calendar, there are plenty to choose from, even mini sized ones like what I need. But, I chose to take the extra time and make one from scratch using open office.  This allowed me to choose font, colors, add decorations, and customize days off and holidays.  I even added a notation on each week to keep track of my middle-school kids' rotating schedules.   

But my favorite feature of doing it myself, is the unique way the pages go into the binder.  Each page is printed with 1/2 of 2 months, so that when the pages are folded in half with back together, you see 1/2 of a different month on each side.  It sound confusing, but it works and translates to no cut pages and the ability to write with markers without fear of them bleeding onto the adjoining months.

I'm including a printable PDF file for a Plain Jane version of my calendar.  It has no decoration and no holidays, so you can write in whatever you like and add decorations as you wish.