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Why pay oodles of money for a dog sweater when you can make your own? :D

Iggy breaks my heart when he shivers so I knew I needed to create something to keep the lil pup warm this winter. I grabbed the Red Heart “earth & sky” yarn and a crochet hook. This was all done without a pattern… Not too shabby, eh?

First I whipped up the collar. I used the back loop method of creating a ribbed material. Next I worked the body leaving space for the arm holes. Sleeves were last. I finished it all of with a crab stitch.

Comments and criticism always welcome. He’s been happily wearing it during his outside adventures since early January.

Be well.


Notes page with grid

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Feel free to download it and use it but remember it is mine and should be respected as such.

I am attempting to restart my creative side… this is the first page I have created in some time.

I utilized GIMP and CutePDF – both free options available online. My finances will not support loading my new laptop with expensive programs. I can still DIY with the best of them! :)

Keep you eyes open for additional forms and dabblings in digital creativity.

I am still crocheting and reading regularly – I think that has really kept my brain working on future projects.

My current set up for keeping myself organized and sane consists of

  • Calendar on the fridge: I keep track of due dates for library books, bills, pet meds, appointments, city recycle schedule, etc
  • Compact circa “Everything Book”: I strayed away from circa for awhile but I came running back. I glued in mini calendars for 2009 and have restarted my attempt to track everything in portable form. I track: bills, expenses, appointments, time totals for work, books to read, someday-maybes, projects, important phone numbers, etc

It isn’t complex and best of all… it is working – When I stick with it.

My at home organizing quest is in progress, albeit moving slowly because of balancing work and an outside life. (lets say work often takes all my stamina). Currently I am circa punching all my important papers and adding them to one set of covers. I have jumbo discs at hand if needed but right now am only on large ones. I want to invest in good quality covers and dividers at some point but right now it is just an attempt to tame the plethora of paper piles I have inadvertently accumulated over the past months.

Oh and I should mention – I have left my crochet comfort zone! I am attempting a full size blanket :D Stay tuned for pictures… its not very blanket-like yet but it is growing.

Be well.


Wow… it has been a long time.  I hope to keep things more frequent – actually thats why I’m here. I’ve fallen out of my organization-productivity groove and I am desperate to find a new one (if not rediscover the old one). Are you curious? Continue reading


Introducing the DIY circa/rolla hPDA Dock! hpdadock2

I love having the portability of the hPDA by itself.  Its small and easy to bring along with me at all times.  However, when its time to process the inbox or I have the ability to bring along my larger planner – it felt awkward having the two separate entities.  Often the little hPDA would slip off my stack and fall into that dark dirty area between the car seat and the door. (You know that horrible place that claims your most prized possessions.)  This idea stemmed from my success with the DIY 2-in-1 Combo Rolla/Circa Notebook and the need to keep these two necessities together.

There are two options.  You can either opt to create a cover for your main planner that extends roughly a half an inch above the normal edge of your planner.  I chose the other option since I am still playing around with which setup I like most.  I created a card stock insert that extends above the top of the planner just under a half an inch.  It is smurfed on the side (where it snaps into the main planner) and the top (where the hPDA “docks”).

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This picture shows two sets of smurfs (the rolla/circa punch shapes).  This allows me to use the same insert for both my junior size planner and my quarter sheet size notebook.  If you utilize one main planner – you will probably only need one set of smurfs.

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Placing the insert further back in the planner will allow you to utilize both notebooks simultaneously – which is great for GTD reviews and clearing your Inbox/Brain Dump.

It may be necessary to reinforce your insert.  I use clear packing tape because I am DIYSara but you could splurge on actual lamination.  The more durable the insert, the longer your DIY hPDA Dock of Greatness will be helping you GTD!

Here is a picture of my current setup.  I recently bought myself a birthday present – a Levenger Compact Zip Folio.  It currently holds my circa/rolla quarter page notebook with docked circa/rolla hPDA.  I’m excited to see how this new setup works out in my quest for organizational zen. 

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If you are anything like me… you find yourself out-and-about wishing you had brought a second notebook with you.  I love to sketch and draw – even for non-artistic purposes.  For example, I see something I would really love to create a DIY project for.  If I have my hPDA with me, I at least have something to jot down some quick notes.  But what happens when I want to record the visual aspects or start drawing up plans?  This ‘hack’ will hopefully solve that problem.

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The only difference in construction from making a standard Circa/Rolla notebook is extending the back cover to accommodate the top discs for the “second” part.

I simply added just under a quarter of an inch to the top of the back cover. 

Smurfing (or Circa/Rolla punching) was quite simple.  I took one piece of my pre-punched paper and aligned it so the cover extend just a smidge past the bottom of the sheet. Then I punched the left side. 

Since I am addicted to “Junior” sized notebooks (5.5 by 8.5 inches), I cut my sketch paper to a width of just 5 inches.  This allows plenty of room to clear the side discs. 

I cut my cover to just over the standard “Junior” size.  I like my covers to protect the inside pages.  I may have to cut a bit more off of the top to ensure the top discs do not interfere with the closing.  But this is just a minor adjustment that can be made at the discretion of the user. 

And there you have it – a DIY Combo Notebook.

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Currently I am working on something in an hPDA size using this same idea – some cards will be standard index cards and the other ‘notebook’ will be sketch paper. 

Another application of this same idea is in the works…  imagine a “DOCK” for your hPDA.  The same idea applies but the extension will be on the cover of my notebook.  Only the smurfs will be punched which will all the discs of my hPDA to “DOCK” on the top of my planner!  :D  Stay tuned…


Click the image below to find out how to Circa/Rolla punch without splurging on the desk or portable punches!

DIY C/R Punching