Disneyland Budget for 1

I went on my most recent Disneyland adventure all by myself.  I needed some time at the happiest place on earth with no one nagging, whining, grumping, or annoying.  I had an agenda.  I wanted to find all of the hidden gems that I had read about on other blogs.  I was also wearing a boot on my left foot to keep it imobilized which made me slow and needing lots of resting areas. Read  Places to rest your feet at Disneyland. When I started planning my trip I also was on a very tight budget.  That loosened up a bit when I recieved a suprise bonus at work.  I still wanted to make the trip as least expensive as possible.  I made a budget for one person.

First decision was how many days and nights was I going to stay.  I opted for 4 nights and three days.  It takes 6 hours to drive from where I live to Disneyland.  Thus the 4 nights stay.  I wanted 3 full days at Disneyland. Once this decision was made I could now make a budget.

Hotel     $422.00       Please read this article Choosing a Hotel for Disneyland

Tickets    $220 for a 3 day single park during the least busy time of year.

Gas           $100

Food         $200  Two meals a day. I had breakfast at the hotel, refilled my water bottle, and brought in my own snacks.  This included meals during the drive days.

T-shirts   $60  Please read this article What to wear to Disneyland.

Back pack, pill box, external charger, moleskin, sunscreen, etc.  $50   Please read this article What to take into Disneyland that explains this catagory.

My total for a 4 night 3 day solo trip was a $952.00.  Next trip, since I already have everything I need to take in with me and the speciality T-shirts it, will be about $850.  It will be less if I don’t stay 3 days.

 

 

 

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How to make a scissor and stabilizer organizer for sewing and embroidery.

As I was walking around Goodwill the other day I came across this thing. IMG_0637

It is rough and ugly but I knew I could make it into something so I bought it.  It sat on the desk for a few days before I figured out what it would become.

It became this.

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It now sits right behind and to the left of my sewing desk. If I need scissors, embroidery stabilizer, or a seam ripper all I have to do is turn around and ta da,  there it is.

The first thing I did was clean it with a damp rag.  It wasn’t very dirty so I didn’t need a scrub brush.  I did need a dowl for the stabilizer.  I loaded up the dog in the truck and took her to our favorite hardware store, Home Depot.  Home Depot is my favorite hardware store because it has everything.  It is the dogs’ because they will let her come in.

Once home I hit the dowl and the wood rack with krylon spray paint. My favorite decor color is blue.  I have a whole ocean/peace/tranquility thing going on.  After it dried it was just a matter of hanging it on the wall and putting my scissors, seam ripper, and stabilizer on it.

Super easy!  Super cheap! Super functional!

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How to make a thread organizer from an embroidery hoop.

I found several tutorials on how to make a thread organizer from an embroidery hoop.  But of course I went ahead and made it my way.

First gather your supplies:IMG_0780

Embroidery hoop that is adjustable.  I found large wood ones at the Humane Society Thrift store.

Wooden dowel with the circumference of  the opening in the spool of thread.  I used chopsticks for the first one but it came out kind of tacky looking. For the rest I bought dowels from Home Depot.

Narrow Ribbon in any color of your choice.  I made 5 thread organizers and used a different color for each.  Originally I bought the ribbon from Hobby Lobby for another project and had some left for this project. IMG_0781 (1)

 

Wood Glue, Clamps, newspaper or cardboard.IMG_0779 (1)

 

 

After you gather all of your supplies put it together like in the picture below.IMG_0641.JPG

I slid in a piece of dowel and put a clamp then repeated all the way around.  When that was done I turned it upside down and put glue on the bottom of each dowel.

Once it is dry thread the ribbon through the part of the hoop that had the screw to tighten the hoop.  IMG_0782

 

Hang on the wall.  Put your spools and bobbins on it.  I suggest hanging it above your head so that you don’t bump into it when you push back your chair.  I learned this the hard way. Several times.

 

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Happy Organizing!

 

Organized Yard Sale

You have been decluttering for a bit now.  Some things were given away. Some went in the trash. Some were listed on Facebook or Ebay.  Some of it is still lingering in bins in the garage.  Those lingering bins are the signal that it is time for a yard sale.

An average yard sale is not organized.  Stuff is jumbled in with other stuff. Nothing is tagged so if you ask what the price is and it seems high then you assume the other stuff is also high and leave.  Stuff is dirty or broken or just plain ugly.

So how do you take your yard sale from average to spectacular and money-making?

1. Cover your tables.  A twin sheet covers an average folding table.  Pick them up at Goodwill or another thrift shop.  Nobody wants to look at dirty tables.

2. Inspect every item for cleanliness and free of breakage.  If it is broken put it in the recycle. If it is dirty wash it.

3. Tag each item with a price sticker.  Be realistic about your prices.

4. Group like items together. Kitchen stuff goes with kitchen stuff.  Toys go with toys. Kitchen stuff and toys do not get mixed together.  Leave enough space between items so that it does not look like a pile of junk.

5. Have cash on hand. $10’s $5’s $1’s and quarters.

6.   Plastic bags and newspaper (for wrapping breakables) is a must have.

7.  Make signs that are bright and catchy. Attach them to boxes that you can set on the street corners.  If it is windy take some big rocks or bricks to put in the box.  At the end of the day pick up your boxes.  It is so disappointing looking for a yard sale and finding out the box is from weeks ago.  Plus it makes the neighborhood look trashy.

8. Advertise on social media.  You can pay for an add in the newspaper but this is usually unnecessary.

9. Greet each person that comes to the sale. Don’t be pushy but if someone looks like they are looking for something in particular go ahead and ask them.  Don’t make too much small talk unless they start it.  Definitely don’t tell them your life story.

10.  Wear comfy but appropriate clothing.  Have a chair, a bottle of water, and sunscreen.

11. Before the end of the sale decide what you are doing with the leftovers. Are they going back in bins for another yard sale later?  Or are you going to donate the stuff?  It is perfectly OK to do either or both.  Just don’t put it back in your house. That will defeat the purpose of getting rid of the clutter.

Happy Yard Sale-ing!

 

 

The Beginner Minimalist

Every journey starts with one step in the right direction.  Minimalism is a journey.  It can start anywhere in your life.

Sit down in your comfy chair with a pad of paper and a pen.  Think about your life.  What do you like about it?  Write those things down.  Think about the things that stress you. Write those down.  Pick one thing each from the like and dislike lists. Focus on these for a few weeks.  How do I increase that thing that makes me happy and decrease what makes me cranky?  Work equally on increasing what makes you happy and decreasing what makes you cranky.  When the thing that makes you cranky is no longer making you cranky and you are doing more of the thing that makes you happy start again with two more things.

The thing that makes me happy is sewing. I love creating useful things. I love the feel of fabric. I like the sense of peace I get when I sew.  But I didn’t get to sew as often as I wanted.  I began to set aside time daily to sew. Some days it was 10 minutes. Some days it was hours.  I made things for my family that they could use. I sewed things to sell. I sewed for myself.  The more I sewed that happier I got.  But I also made equal time to work on what made me cranky. If I hadn’t I would just have been avoiding that thing that made me cranky.

Clutter was the thing that made me cranky.  I was brought up to believe that if someone gave you something you had to keep it forever.  If you inherited something you had to keep their stuff forever.  The older I got and the more deaths in the family, the more stuff I accumulated.  The more stuff I accumulated the more I hated my home.  I hated that I was obligated to keep stuff I didn’t like, wasn’t my style, or just took up room.  It has taken me 10 years but I have sold, given away, or donated at least one full U Haul truck  of things I didn’t love. I had kept the stuff because I felt obligated. Now I feel free and my home fits my personality.  It is also easier to keep clean and is not a fire hazard.  The stuff I sold helped pay bills when it was rough.  It paid for vacations when it wasn’t rough.  I “blessed” other people with the things I donated and gave away. Those people were able to use or love the stuff that stressed me out. Now if I don’t love it, if it doesn’t serve a purpose, and it takes up space, I no longer keep it.

Once you start on this journey life gets so much better.  You deserve to be happy.