My Epic Return, and Gift To You: Free Printable Recipe Binder Dividers

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Hey there, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year, and Happy Almost February already! I know you probably thought I’d never blog again, but alas! I have returned! I won’t go into all the details, but unfortunately life got just too … Continue reading

Three DIY Fabric Organization Ideas

Three DIY Fabric Organization Ideas.

Happy Wednesday! Can you believe November is already almost half way over? Time is flying! Here is a compiled group of fabric organization strategies I used to finally organize my sewing cabinet. Because I only sew occasionaly, and often use … Continue reading

Quick Post: To Decorate or Not To Decorate?

I decided early on this year that I wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas. My boyfriend and I will both be traveling in separate places, and I won’t be home until mid-January, which I’d say it pushing it for taking down the majority of Christmas decorations. Needless to say, who wants to come home after traveling for almost a month to a chore like putting away the holiday season, literally? Not only is putting it away not near as much fun as putting it up, but it usually takes up a weekend to do it right. I decided instead, probably back in September, that I would take the energy I would normally put into taking out all the decorations and putting everything up, into making handmade gifts and working on unfinished Christmas crafts that I can enjoy next year. I also decided if it I skip it this year, maybe somehow that will make it even better next year.

I additionally vowed I didn’t want to buy lots of new Christmas decorations, since I wouldn’t get to enjoy them for another year– but that’s working out less than perfectly. Some things are just so perfect for your Christmas decor that you can’t pass them up. But more on that another time.

However, as I lack to make progress on the medical problems I took time off from school to fix (here I am 8 months later, having made little progress), and with some even worsening for the time being, I’m drawn more and more to the idea of decorating. Somehow decorating for Christmas makes the house feel even more warm, inviting, and just overall full. It’s as if the house is overflowing with cute things and sparkle, way more than what is normally acceptable. Somehow I’m not in the mood for the delayed gratification that might come from skipping the decorations this year.

In the end, I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist decorating. It will be only my second time decorating this house, and I know I still have lots of kinks to figure out. Maybe the extra effort is worth it in the end just to satisfy myself, even if there won’t be a family gathering or a party for everyone to see it.

What’s your take? Do you decorate for Christmas even if you’ll be gone? Is it worth the effort? I’d love to hear what you think!

Look forward to tomorrow’s post about more ways to organize your fabric and some other organization tips!

Until next time,
|The Creative Physician|

Literarture Review: “Longbourn” by Jo Baker

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Title: Longbourn Author: Jo Baker Originally Published: October 8, 2013 Genre: Historical Fiction Best Feature: A perfect pairing to “Pride & Prejudice” without overstepping its bounds or stepping on Jane Austen’s toes. Worst Feature: The ending might leave you feeling … Continue reading

DIY Custom Fabric Covered Vinyl Roller Shades

Sneak preview of the process. Details below.

I know, I know, I got behind again. I’m doing my best to keep up while traveling but it’s sort of challenging. Custom roller shades can cost upwards of $2000 (for our four windows including a french door), and after … Continue reading

DIY Fabric File Folders

Preview of the step-by-step process for my DIY fabric file folders.

I’ve seen a lot of people use whole or half hanging file folders in order to store fabric.  I didn’t have any on hand, not to mention file folders can be pretty pricey, so I decided to come up with … Continue reading

DIY Large Cardboard Letters: Part 1

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Sorry for my extended absence! We’ve been having internet problems, not to mention my parents are in town visiting from Australia for the first time since last Christmas, so things are a little hectic! I’m going to do my best … Continue reading

Cleaning Your Griddle (Or Grill) The Easy Way

Before and After Griddle Cleaning.

I’d been afraid to use my griddle for almost a year since moving into our new house because I dreaded the cleanup.  I also knew that once I dirtied it, it would never be shiny silver every again.  However a … Continue reading

Five DIY Fall and Halloween Wreaths

Happy Friday! I decided to do my own pretend link party and link you guys to some tutorials for unique and awesome Halloween and fall wreaths. You can consider it a project I plan to do in the future! I tried my best to only pick five, but it’s difficult with all the cool designs out there.

Wicked Apple Wreath. *Photo courtesy of Flamingo Toes

Wicked Apple Wreath. *Photo courtesy of Flamingo Toes

1. First up, we have this wicked cool Wicked Apple Wreath by Flamingo Toes. You can check out the step-by-step tutorial here. Another way you might simplify this is by using lace stockings. I love the little bit of Spanish moss at the bottom!

Bat Wreath Inspired by Tatertots and Jello *Photo is not my property but the source is unknown.

Bat Wreath Inspired by Tatertots and Jello *Photo is not my property but the source is unknown.

2. So the picture is unfortunately one of those lost images on Pinterest that just kind of floats around not attached to anything. But fortunately, I found the original tutorial that inspired this at Tatertots and Jello found here. Just change up the scale of the bats and the color of the chevron ribbon and you’re golden! Here’s a cute bat template from Martha Stewart that I’ve used in the past.

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3. Here’s a picture of my current wreath. I used Martha Stewart’s tutorial found here. I added “BOO” in white lettering to give it some interest from far away. Most of my snakes came from The Dollar Tree, and others I ordered on Amazon to keep the cost down.

Fall Wreath *Photo courtesy of The Ruffled Stitch

Fall Wreath *Photo courtesy of The Ruffled Stitch

4. I know all of these so far have been for Halloween, but here’s a simple fall wreath. I love the little banner. I’m all for hanging letters in the center of the wreath and I love the feel of the burlap triangles. You could dress this up with all sorts of things on the traditional grapevine wreath to make it your own. This tutorial can be found here on The Ruffled Stitch.

Felt Ghost Wreath. *Photo courtesy of Tatertots and Jello

Felt Ghost Wreath. *Photo courtesy of Tatertots and Jello

5. Once again from Tatertots and Jello we have my favorite, that I definitely want to make in the near future: Felt Ghost Wreath. I have a pretty big weakness and love for felt, so this is right up my alley. I love the details in this wreath, like how the ghosts are all different sizes and asymmetrically placed.

Well that wraps up this post about great Halloween and Fall Wreath Tutorials! Hope you found some inspiration to create your own wreath!

Until Monday,

|The Creative Physician|

DIY Rain Gutter Ribbon Organization

Finished organizer with ribbons arranged in rainbow order!

It’s officially hump day. Hope this neat organizational product helps you get over the middle of the week. I saw a picture of this somewhere on the Internet, but was never able to find a tutorial, so I figured I’d … Continue reading