Mar 22

One of My Favorite Things: SATURDAY!

DSCF1784Today is Saturday . . . . it is the ONE day of the week that I get to stay home long enough to accomplish some of those projects that are frequently ignored throughout the week. Not because I want to ignore them, but it is challenging to finish any project when my days seem to be chopped up into miniscule pieces of time. And since I’m a morning person, once I leave my house for my JOB, by the time I get home in the afternoon, run the girls to piano lessons, track practice, choir concerts, and youth group activities (to say nothing of my own evening responsibilities such as teaching – again my JOB!), I’m usually too exhausted to work on anything else.

DSCF1785Sometimes if I already have something started I will have enough motivation to work on a project in the evenings, but there is just not enough energy left at the end of each day for me to start a new project. So, one of my goals is to have something “in process” every evening when I crash and burn, so that I have something to look forward to in the morning. Then, even if I only have 15 or 20 minutes that I can squeeze out of my morning rush, at least I feel like I’m making SOME progress.

DSCF1787But on Saturday morning . . . .  time is on my side! While everyone else is still snoozing silently in their little warm, cuddly corner of the house, I can sneak out for my first cup of coffee and some QUIET time when nothing and no one is demanding my attention. That’s when I really try to wrap up some of those projects that have been dangling on the end of my To Do list all week.

DSCF1792Today, I finally finished up this little treasure – it is a mini Pocket Journal that I made with layers of acrylic paint in bright shades of yellow, orange, and green on plain old card stock paper. Lots of layers of acrylic paint on card stock turns that ordinary paper into a leather-like surface that can be used for all kinds of fun projects. I’ll have to experiment and see what else I can make with this newly-discovered medium for creativity!

DSCF1794It closes with a yarn fiber twist tie around a hand-stitched button, and all of the ribbons, ruffles, and laces are stitched on by machine using some of the decorative stitches I have on my sewing machine. The inside pockets are also embellished with stitched ribbon and rick-rack, and then there are lots of matching buttons securely glued to the outside.Inside there is a mini notebook and note pad that I created using matching paper and embellishments. The little notebook is stitched together and the notepad is tied at the top with matching yarn fibers.

DSCF1790This is such a fun little project, I will probably make a video tutorial to post here on the blog just in case you want to make one yourself. If you don’t want to make one, but want to own one   ;o)  visit my Etsy shop!

I have actually made several of these Pocket Journals in other color combinations which I will be listing in my Etsy shop this coming week, but since this one is finally finished I just had to share it with you. Tell me what you think . . . . isn’t this just one of the cutest things you’ve every seen?


  1. Erinn S

    Here from Thursday Favorite Things and I love the colors on that journal. I lack the craetive gene, but looks like such a fun project.

  2. Pam@over50feeling40

    How cute…it does look like a fun little project! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!…have a wonderful Saturday ahead!

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