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Free Calendar and Time Management Program

I am hopelessly organized!  I needed a desktop calendar to keep track of all my appointments, bills  and things I need to do.  I did a Google search and found VueMinder Calendar. They have several paid versions, but they also have a free (Download Lite) version that has everything you need! You can find it here. It looks complicated, but it really isn’t at all.

 

VueMinder Lite Free Calendar program

VueMinder Lite Free Calendar program

I have to say in about an hour, I had everything set up and running and I love it!  You can organize appointments by categories such as Birthdays, etc.   Choose which color text you want all birthdays to be and choose the color for that category, and enter the birthday on the calendar. You then right click and choose category-birthday and it will appear in the color you had chosen for birthday events.  You can set pop up reminders, sound reminders, set up a monthly or yearly recurrence such as birthdays, etc.  You can set a reminder from 1 minute to a year in advance! 

I used Outlook and I have to say that this calendar is awesome and just as good!  They have a very easy to understand help documentation here.

It also shows a small calendar on your desktop if you wish.  You can have it large or small.  I am sure there are many more options and customization I can do, but for the hour I spent, I have to say I have most everything exactly the way I like it.

It has many, many more features, so if you need to keep track of your schedule, bills, appointments, I highly recommend this program!

 

 

 

 

Necklace and Jewelry Storage ideas

I am in a storage sharing mood!!!

I bought a great wall jewelry box from JC Penny’s for around $50.00 several years ago:

Jewely box from JC Penny

Jewely box from JC Penny

I loved this and it worked great and still use it, but women HAVE to buy more!  The fad now is also larger, chunkier necklaces.  What to do with those?? If I piled all of them in the wall jewelry box, the door wouldn’t close!

I came across a great tip on the internet (how could we ever do without!!!) on a jewelry/necklace idea:

Men's 3 row slack hanger for jewelry storage

Men's 3 row slack hanger for jewelry storage

 

Using a men’s 3 row slack hanger was the perfect solution for me!  They sell for around $9.99 at Target and allow you to hang chunky, long, wide, any type of necklace with ease. The hangers have a velvet outer edge, so the jewelry stays in place.

Craft storage ideas

My craft area is a very small bedroom, and I have organized it a thousand times in the last few months!  I want to continue to share what storage ideas are working for me in my small room.

I had 2 rolling carts, but I was continuously moving them and my chair was in the way and I was getting so upset! I took out all of my winter clothes and put them in plastic bins in the basement.  I took the closet space and used it for more of my storage:

Craft closet storage

Please ignore the ugly shag carpet!!!  Now I am not banging my chair into everything and I still have my clothes stored away.

 

Craft storage closet shelf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went to Michael’s the other day, and got a very pretty storage hanger for $11.00 or so on sale.  The regular price was $16.99. I may have found one at Walmart for shoes or so, but this one is so pretty!  I don’t buy a lot of craft stamps, but I have a few and needed more room (my theme song!).  It works perfect for the few stamps I have:

Storage for craft stamps

If I want, I can move it into the closet and hang it on the closet rod.

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Craft & Sewing Ribbon storage ideas

What do you do with all your rolls of ribbon?

I have struggled with this myself!  The first storage idea I read on the web was to take an inexpensive paper towel holder and use it for ribbons.  I took a metal paper towel holder and my husband took a dremel tool and modified it for me by cutting one side of the post off:

Paper-towel-holder-for-ribbon-storageThat worked for a while, until as we all do, we buy more ribbon!  I have a very small craft room/office, so space is a huge issue for me. My next idea was to take a 12×12 paper storage box from Michaels, and use it to store my ribbon:

Michaels-12x12--box-for-ribbon-storage

Michaels 12×12 Paper box for ribbon storage

 

 

This worked very well because when you open the box and set it down to use, you can see all your ribbon very well and it stored 4 rows of ribbon easily. The boxes are 40%-50% off very often, so wait until they have a sale or you have a 40% or larger coupon or sale.  They hold approximately 48 rolls of ribbon.  I would still be using this system if I hadn’t run across some ribbon storage boxes in the sewing department of Hobby Lobby:

Hobby Lobby ribbon storage box

Hobby Lobby ribbon storage box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These boxes were $7.99 each, which I thought was a fair price.  There is clear material on the front of the boxes allowing you to easily see the ribbon and it has a slit for the ribbon to slide out the front of the boxes for easy use.  I don’t use the slit personally, so the ribbon doesn’t get dusty hanging out the box. I hate dust LOL.  I LOVE these boxes!  They hold approximately 16 rolls of ribbon and you can see instantly if you have the ribbon you want or need for a project.

What do you think?  Do you have any great storage ideas you want to share?

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July

 

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July weekend!  Please stay safe!

The Star Spangled Banner

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming;
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On that shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam–
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner; O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where are the foes who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave;
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war desolation;
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”;
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Francis Scott Key

Francis Scott Key (1780-1843), a native of Maryland, was a lawyer and poet. His patriotic poem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which has become a national song, made him famous.

The incidents referred to in this poem occurred during the War of 1812. In August, 1814, a strong force of British entered Washington and burned the Capitol, the White House, and many other public buildings. On September 13, the British admiral moved his fleet into position to attack Fort McHenry, near Baltimore. The bombardment of the fort lasted all night, but the fort was so bravely defended that the flag was still floating over it when morning came.

Just before the bombardment began, Francis Scott Key was sent to the admiral’s frigate to arrange for an exchange of prisoners, and was told to wait until the bombardment was over. All night he watched the fort, and by the first rays of morning light he saw he Stars and Stripes still waving. Then, in his joy and pride, he wrote the stirring words of the song which is now known and loved by all Americans–”The Star-Spangled Banner.”