DIY: Pencil Holder

Do you have any idea how many pencil holders I have around my home? I certaintly can’t and don’t want to know. Just looking around I see seven. SEVEN! This is madness! Sharpies, highlighters, pens, pens I don’t use, a hodgepodge of things I haven’t used in forever. Wha…?

A month ago I bought a collection of 36 colored pencils and had nowhere to put them. So, I found this neat little hack.

You take a shoe-box and decorate it. I did mine in fun duck tape that I got from the dollar store. I saved up some toilet paper rolls, I didn’t have enough, so I added a couple pill containers and an empty moisture cream jar.

All I did was slide the containers into the box and then fill it with pens and pencils. I plan to decorate it a little bit more later, but for now it does the trick. It fits everything I need for coloring and doodling.



-Kristina Wise


Summer Fun To-Do List

I spent about five minutes trying to remember if I wrote a summer bucket list for 2015. Then I remembered that I didn’t have one because I got married in July. I couldn’t have done anything better!

In 2014 I had an extensive list of close to 50 things and I completed more than half of them. They turned out to be mostly juvenile – I did some of them with the kids I babysat, some felt weird while doing them (marshmallows and tooth-picks), and flying a kite turned out to be awesome!

This year I want to do SOME things, but make each of them worth doing.

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  • Library reading program
  • Go swimming in Lake Michigan
  • U-pick blueberries
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Enjoy ice-cream on a hot day
  • Danish Festival
  • Eat S’mores
  • Grand opening of Chic-fil-a in Lansing, MI
  • Make iced-coffee
  • Write 10k words
  • Find a job

The last one is not a joke. As much as I enjoy binge watching Netflix and walking 10k+ steps a day at the gym, I need something more to do. And it has to have some sort of income.

Writing 10k words is by far the hardest goal on the list. I haven’t yet started my next novel, so that will be a huge challenge! While I have unlimited free time, now’s the best time to get cracking on that project.

Not on the list is my goal to get fit. For the last couple of weeks my daily step count has gone up to an average of 8,000 steps. It’s hard losing weight! I never understood that before now. I’ve been blessed with a fast metabolism, but the medication I’m on is countering that, which is frustrating. So, with the help of a fun playlist and a gym membership, I’m making progress.

Yay, summer!

-Kristina Wise

What and How I Create

Spurred on by a giant cup of MTD, I had a little too much fun playing around with my sticky notes today. I wasn’t working on anything in particular, so I started making lists.

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My Creative Projects

  • Make Bath Bombs
  • Micro Journal
  • Journal
  • Draw
  • Write a Blog Post (Hey look, I did that today!)
  • Research for blog
  • Write novel
  • Novel Planning


Positive Procrastination

  • Googling
  • Read blogs
  • Life hacker
  • Books
  • Pintrest
  • Make To-Do Lists (This totally counts!)
  • Facebook stalk friends and family
  • Clean the house

My husband is going to read that last one and laugh out loud. I only do house cleaning when I really have nothing else to do. Shawn is a trooper. He does the dishes, the laundry, and the kitty litter. Is he awesome or what? When he asks if it’s okay to play hours on end of video games I tell him heck yeah! Go have fun, it’s not like I don’t have a mountain of books to read or a hundred things on my mind to write about.

We’re actually in the same room right now. He’s gaming online with a friend and I’m working on the blog and researching quotes about creativity. All the pets are napping and our neighbors are being surprisingly quiet for a Sunday afternoon.


Guilty Confession:

I did buy a box of Swiss Rolls at the grocery store. I wasn’t going to, but they had a display right next to the check out. Plus, they were on sale! Twelve cents off! I couldn’t say no.