My 2016 Personalized Planner

Have you noticed how popular Specialized Planners have become?

You can find them all over in stores and online in almost any color or size…

with places to doodle, write scriptures, stay organized, you name it.

Sue's 2016 Planner

I am a planner, a list maker and a person who likes to stay organized.

I’ve used planners for years and I’m picky.  I know exactly what I want.

I’m also simple and don’t want or need a big fancy planner.

I need a month at a glance, thin, big enough space for writing, with lines planner.

The last couple of years, I have found this super cheap planner for $1.00 at Walmart.

My 2016 Planner

The color selection was bright, but, I knew that didn’t matter.

It was perfect for decorating.

And… better yet, it came with a clear protective cover.

So armed with my inexpensive planner and a few sheets of scrapbook paper and stickers.

I personalized my planner, just how I want it.  I now have the perfect planner.

From Drab to Fab, Cheap to Designer.  I love it and I couldn’t be happier!

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Plenty of space for notes.

(FYI:  I save my planners each year, it’s a handy reference to vacations and special occasions you might want to document in your scrapbooks)

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French Country Fall Stenciled Burlap Table Runner

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French Country Inspired Stenciled Burlap Table Runner for Fall.

This table runner is a Quick & Easy DIY project with no sewing involved.

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  1. Make sure to lay paper down before stenciling on burlap.
  2. Tape around stencil with removable painter’s tape so that the stencil won’t move.
  3. Using a stencil brush, dip just the tip of your brush into the paint.  Tap off excess paint.
  4. Stenciling is a “dry” brush technique.
  5. Apply paint with stencil brush in a straight up and down motion called stippling.
  6. Clean Stencil between each image.
  7. Glue lace trim onto each edge of the runner using Fabri Tac glue.
  • Burlap is a rough fabric.  You may want to add a layer of fabric or felt underneath the runner to protect the finish of your table.

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Fall Display

Because I really liked how the table runner turned out…

I decided to create a pillow for the comfy chair in my dining room

I used muslin as a lining for the burlap and on the reverse side of the pillow.

(The pillow, of course, consisted of some sewing.)

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Post It Note Holder

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Do you like Post It Notes?   (I mean really like them.)

Are you one of those people that have post it notes stuck all over the place?

I stick notes in my planner, on my calendar, on the cabinet doors in my office, on the door leading out

to the garage and sometimes even on my lists.  (it can be a problem)

So… it should come to no surprise that this is one of my favorite quick and easy projects to make.

Simple to Make.  Easy to Personalize.  Makes a Great Gift(what’s not to love?)

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Here’s what I used:

  • 4″ x 6″ Clear Acrylic Frame
  • a couple sheets of decorative scrapbook paper
  • 3″ x 3″ Sticky Notes
  • 18″ Ribbon
  • Paper Flower
  • Paper Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue


  1. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper 4″ x 6″.
  2. Cut a small strip of a coordinating scrapbook paper 3/4″ x 4″.  Adhere the strip to the bottom of the 4″ x 6″ paper.
  3. Insert paper into the clear acrylic frame.
  4. Tie ribbon around the top of the frame and trim ends.
  5. Glue small paper flower to bottom right corner of the frame.
  6. Add post it notes to front of the frame.

Creating a Garden Stepping Stone

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Every one in my family thinks of me when they see Red Toile dishes.

It’s my thing.  (one can never have too many right?)

So… when my daughter saw a set of Red Toile dishes on clearance for $25 at her local thrift store

she immediately called me to see if I wanted them.   (um, yes!)

While packing the car for their visit home, my son in law picked up the box to rearrange the car

and the bottom fell out.  Most of the dishes survived.  Five of the large plates did not.

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Deciding to turn lemons into Lemonade…

I kept the broken plates to make a few garden stones.

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I enlisted the help of my little buddy.  He was eager to lend a hand.  (with gloves of course)

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Creating a Garden Stepping Stone:

  • Cover the sides and bottom of an old cake pan with Petroleum Jelly for easy removal.
  • Arrange the pieces of the broke china pattern side down in the bottom of the pan.  Make sure to use the flattest pieces.
  • Add glass stones in between the pieces for added color and interest.

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  • Mix a quick setting cement according to the directions on the package.
  • Fill pan with cement approx. an 1″ thick.
  • Shake pan a little to fill in the gaps and smooth.
  • Allow a couple hours for the stones to set.
  • Remove stepping stones from the pans and clean excess cement from the top of the stones with a stiff wire brush and water.
  • Allow a few days for the cement to cure before sitting outside in your garden.

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