Datebook/ Notebook, Pocket-Sized, For Under $5

I once posted about making Duct Tape Wallets, but the pictures didn’t get posted, so I need to update it. At one point in this project you will need to make a small duct tape sheet.  I’ll try to verbally guide you through it.

Anyway, my love of stationary items and dollar stores has collided to make a small, easy to carry date book / notebook.

You Will Need:

* small date book

* small notebook, as close to the same size as the date book as you can manage

* duct tape

* scissors (for duct tape)

* markers for decorating

1. Take your date book, notebook and duct tape.

2. Wrap a piece of duct tape around you fingers, sticky side out to make a loop. This will be used to hold the two books together.

3. Use the duct tape to cover both the date book and the notebook together. Trim to fit.

4. At this point, you will need to make a small sheet of duct tape. Using 3 pieces slightly longer than you will need, place one sticky side up and place the second halfway across. Place the third piece next to the first, sticky side up, and you will have a small “sheet”. Place one half of the sticky half on the inside of the date book flap (unless your notebook is smaller, then reverse), and the other sticky half on the outside of the date book. Now you have a loop to place a pen into. Trim to fit.

5. Using your markers, write whatever you wish on the cover(s). Be sure to include an email address on the inside of both books in case you lose them.

Total cost:

Date book: $1.49

Notebook: 2/$1.49 = $0.745

Duct tape: $1/roll; less than half used = $0.50

Pen (4 color plus mechanical pencil): $1.49

Total: >$5.00

If you have any questions, please ask.

I will be updating my Duct Tape Wallet post soon.

If you have anything duct tape related that you would like instructions for, please let me know. I am working on my phone so photos don’t always post, but hopefully I will have a laptop soon.

Happy Samhain (“sow-een”), which is the Wiccan New Year.

Blessed Be,

LalitaDevi Bastet

A.k.a., D. K. Stevens

I’M NOT IGNORING YOU :)

To those who have been concerned about my lack of online time these past two weeks:

My son has had a cold. He’s given me two since school started, but apparently I passed on his latest: sore throat, coughing, mild fever at night. He was in bed all weekend and I kept him home on Monday.

I know. No Big Deal. I’ve always been over-protective. But there’s something I’ve failed to mention.

N was born in early November, so that’s when he gets his yearly check-up. Two years ago there was a minor problem, and it was there last year. This led to a follow-up visit in January for a second blood test. A few months later he was called in for a sonogram of his kidneys.

At the beginning of summer break we were told that one of his kidneys was smaller than the other. Not a big deal, it’s possible to live with one kidney, but his larger kidney wasn’t covering for his smaller kidney. I was referred to a specialist, but after waiting 6 weeks, debating whether to tell my son, he freaked out at the specialists office. And we lost the appointment.

We did get blood taken again and, with the sonogram, it looks like my son — as of now — should be able to make it through his teens before needing a new kidney. This is ideal as I’m not a match and if his kidneys are adult-sized, he has more of a chance of finding a doner.

Ideally, his larger kidney will kick in and do it’s fucking job.

Realistically, his smaller kidney will be removed and he’ll need a healthy kidney to make up for what his larger kidney is not doing.

Worst case, he’ll need a kidney sooner. Meaning his smaller kidney will be removed and he’ll be on dialysis waiting for a doner since the larger kidney is a fuck-up… Like me.

So meds are a problem for my son. Even for a stupid cold. My son knows some but not all — not even most — of this. He thinks it’s No Big Deal. But it is.

Sorry.

Not ignoring. Just wallowing in self-pity.

— Dee / Kat