Wednesday, November 18, 2009

organizing whimsy

i call it my whimsy.
i feel excessively playful when i open it.
i feel freedom and ideas and floods of inspiration.
whimsy. definitely.
it's my craft/design binder.
it's awesome.

my favorites menu on my browser went on overload a few years back because i obviously used it to bookmark ideas or sites that i love. problem is, i forgot about all those fabulous ideas and sites and didn't always have the time to search through it all to find that one thing.

in comes my binder.

i took a few hours and printed out every idea/instruction/online template that i loved and categorized it in a binder. here are my categories: 1)decorating 2)sewing 3)parties/entertaining 5)holiday crafts 6)random crafts/gift ideas 7)organization

if i like something in a magazine, i tear it out and put it in(and recycle that magazine so it doesn't waste space). if i see something online, i print it out (pattern included).

easy. done. check.

now all i have to do is pick up my binder if i need a gift idea, party decorating idea or plain old inspiration.

i am so excited to start my handmade Christmas (news on that to come) because of all the ideas i have collected. it is also so helpful when i simply need an inspirational push.

so get to it, folks! have fun making your whimsy!

*and for the adorable soft tree pattern that I cannot wait to make (been in my binder since last year).. go here


Mommy #1 said...

That is really, really cool! How do you find time to make things like this? What sites are your faves for finding cute patterns/ideas? Just curious! ;-D

Darren and Brandi said...

Brilliant. I should do that. :)

Belcher Brigade Blog said...

Are you OCD?? :) I think about organizing things like that but it doesn't happen to quick, I've been thinking about my recipe book for over a year :) Great idea about the 'idea book'

gkgirl said...

love, love, love this idea.

and my bookmark menu is much tooooo full as well...

Snelders said...

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Cortney said...

I have wanted to do this for some time...I hope mine is full of just as many wonderful things someday! :)

rlcollins7 said...

love this idea! adopted by me now!

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