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8 Morning Rituals To Start Your Day Feeling Great

Is it time to give your morning routine a makeover? These 8 morning rituals may give you a few ideas on how you can start your day a little differently.  The things you do, and the thoughts you think first thing in the morning, can either make or break the rest of your day. I have found that if I
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sewing with fleece

Sewing With Fleece the Easy Way | My Top 10 Tips

Sewing with fleece can be a lot of fun and there are so many things you can make with it, however, there are a few things that you might want to know that will make your sewing experience with fleece a little easier. In this blog post, I’m going to go over my top 10 tips for sewing and working
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2023 PRINTABLE CALENDARS

New DIY 2023 Printable Calendars // A Minimalist Approach to Planning

If you’re like me and still like to use a hard copy planner, these 2023 printable calendars are for you! They are super easy to download and print and they are so practical. The simple minimalist style of these 2023 printable calendars is attractive and gives you plenty of room to write. Once you have the files, you can print
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natural toothpaste

How To Make Your Own Natural Toothpaste / Simple To Make Recipe

In this post I’m going to show you how to make your own natural toothpaste. Making your own natural toothpaste can seem a little over-the-top, but keep reading because there are a lot of reasons why you might want to consider it and it really is quick and simple to make. Commercial toothpaste brands often contain toxic ingredients that may
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sewing tips

My Top 10 Sewing Tips for Beginners | Know Before You Sew

If you’re new to sewing or if you want to learn some awesome sewing tips, you’re in the right place. In this post, I’m going to share with you my top 10 sewing tips. Even if you don’t plan on being a professional seamstress, knowing how to sew is a GOOD THING! These tips are not listed in any order
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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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HERE’S A LITTLE ABOUT ME

Hello, I'm Jan

I help DIY crafters take back their creative passion by providing them with patterns and projects tutorials that are easy to follow and quick to make. Most projects utilize upcycled fabric and materials, making the projects inexpensive and environmentally compatible.

Upcycled Denim Patchwork Quilt

Have you ever slept under a denim patchwork quilt? There is nothing better! There is just something about the heaviness of the denim and the coziness of a soft flannel
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Cool Zipper Upcycling

As many of you know I’m really into upcycling and recycling items, and clothing is one of them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to deconstruct an
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    2023 PRINTABLE CALENDARS

    New DIY 2023 Printable Calendars // A Minimalist Approach to Planning

    If you’re like me and still like to use a hard copy planner, these 2023
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    Simple Fitted Sheet Hack / How To Mark Which Direction It Goes

    When it comes to making your bed, it can be so frustrating, especially when making
    meal planning frustration

    Simple Meal Planning Tips – How To Take the Stress Out of Dinnertime

    Take the stress out of dinnertime by having a PLAN. Meal planning will not only
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    How To Make Your Own Chalkboard and Magnetic Board for Your Kitchen

    Several years ago I added a chalkboard and magnetic board to one of my kitchen
    how to fold fitted sheet JAN

    How To Fold a Fitted Sheet the Easy Way | Simple Hack

    Knowing how to fold a fitted sheet in a way that looks nice and is
    UPCYCLING IS HIP

    Upcycling Is Hip | 5 Innovative Ways To Recycle Items Around Your House

    For those of you who follow me know that I love Upcycling! For some reason,
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    5 Simple Ways To Organize Your Scarves | Dollar Tree Hacks

    If you’re like me and have a collection of scarves, knowing how to organize and
    heart branches

    DIY Valentine Heart Branches / Love Grows on Trees / Easy Craft Tutorial

    Looking for a quick and easy Valentine craft? These heart branches are the most charming