I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.
My first new addiction is Post-It notes that stick to the whole page.
I’ve used Post-It notes for ages. When we were remodeling a house 15 years ago I stuck them on drywall, plumbing fixtures and even on blueprints where necessary.
Even better, is that 3M now makes them with an adhesive strip on the whole back side. I used the first stack I bought in about two weeks, even tearing them into smaller strips to underline passages in books. They are available at most retailers that carry Post-Its.
A mini pill carrier
When I travel, I always take a pill carrier that was always ungainly. I recently stumbled upon a tiny one at The Container Store.
I only bought one to test it, and it fit the bill perfectly. The next time I went to Nashville I got three more.
Because I have so many hobbies, I find myself using sheet protectors more and more.
They are invaluable for protecting photocopies, instructions and recipes.
I put them in my loose-leaf binders for children's’ clothing, recipes, knitting, and so forth, to retain the original integrity of the image.
My sister Carroll in Washington, D.C., always has a folder, one in the guest room catering to my interests when I visit. On the most recent visit, she had articles on places I was going next and photos of artists she knew I would like.
She also always has a loose-leaf binder of information, protected by sheet protectors, which she updates monthly for her guests.
If you do buy them, be sure to buy them in large quantity at a big box retailer because they are much less expensive that way.
Open top file bins
I keep lots of ideas on my sewing room table and store the ones pertinent to sewing on a large table in my sewing room.
These plastic containers are usually advertised at income tax and back-to-school time but are available year round at office supply stores or online. They measure about 10 inches by 14 inches.
When I need to clean off my tabletop to cut out a pattern, I only have to move one container instead of those dreaded stacks of files.
They hold hanging Pendaflex folders in a minimal amount of space and are the bomb!
Mod Podge hot glue gun finger caps
And finally, although this is not for everybody, I have been doing a lot of hot gluing lately.
After I burnt the top layer of skin off my fingers a month ago, I began searching for a remedy.
These Mod Podge finger caps sell at larger craft stores in the glue section for about $5 and have saved me countless pain. They are now on my required list forever.
And I know I say this every year, but one of my favorite finds is discovering that the top of a frozen dessert topping container like the one on a Cool Whip package perfectly fits the top of an industrial size food can, as in Allens green beans 104-ounce can.
When cooking large servings of food, this makes it easy for transportation. It really is the best.
Send me your favorite tips at email@example.com. If I get enough, I will share them with you.
‘Til next week.