WIP: Water Bottle Holder

Hello there!

So I’ve been working on a couple of crochet projects off and on lately and this one is a holder for my new water bottle (which I love; it keeps water fridge-cold even after sitting in a hot car for hours, and it says “Not All Who Wander Are Lost” on it with an awesome nature design — Canada Day sales at Superstore for the win!).

A half-done crocheted water bottle holder lies flat on a desk.
It looks kinda sad in this photo, with no water bottle to snuggle.

I figure I’ll need it when we go away on our annual Labour Day Weekend trip — we go glamping and often it’s very hot. Need to stay hydrated! And I won’t be carrying a purse around with me because I’ll probably be in a swimsuit for most of the weekend.

There’s not really a pattern to this — I’m making it to fit this particular water bottle, so it’s a bit loosey goosey. But I am going to tell you what I did for it so you can try to replicate it if you like!

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DIY Planner: the later months of the year

I really did not post much this year, huh? Now watch me scrambling, trying to make up for it in the last month. Classic Katje!

So early this year I posted about my DIY planner made with an IKEA catalogue and crafting tape. I did not abandon that project! Actually as time went on, I expanded my sources for creating the collage. I cut up some old Barefoot Books catalogues to create more collages, and for December I’m using part of a wildlife calendar. (As of writing this, I still have not done December. Talk about behind.)

I also got washi tape in addition to the dollar store crafting tape I was using. The month collage pages of my planner look pretty awesome.

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Turning my DIY Planner into a part-time Manifestation Board using an IKEA catalogue, glue, and crafting tape

Hey everyone! Hope your holiday season and your January were pretty good.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here….January was mostly reserved for me recovering from 2016, and I fell ill a few times. The rest I had was sorely needed, and I hope to have more energy and focus in the near future.

One thing I’ve been working on a bit is my DIY planner. I started this project in 2016, hoping to have it ready by 2017 but that didn’t happen. So I’ve been working on it in January and now February, trying to get it mostly complete sometime soon. So far I’ve got all of February written out and the March title page.

I decided I wanted to do something special with the title pages, and it occurred to me I could do mini-manifestation boards, especially as I’ll be looking at my planner every day.

Manifestation boards, or vision boards, or treasure maps, are something I’ve toyed with off and on since I was in high school and we made one as part of youth group at church. This was years before “The Secret,” and to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the ideas from The Secret or its followers. I believe that desire is a powerful tool, but not as all-powerful as some followers of The Secret seem to believe it is. There are lots of situations we simply cannot change by force of will alone.

However, I do believe that what we interact with on a regular basis does have an effect on us, so seeing (or hearing, touching, smelling, etc) something everyday will work some sort of magic in our lives, for good or for ill.

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