Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Chaotic Craft Day....

Well my great plans for cleaning and organizing the kitchen and mudroom (I read that these are the key areas to organize in a household) fell by the wayside, as I was blindsided by the crafting bug.  I must say I do love to make things, but I also really like the sense of accoumplishment I get when seeing the completed projects.  And by using up supplies around the house, I'm kinda cleaning up.   Let me live in my dream world for a moment.

Anyway, while my kitchen awaits its redoing, I was able to make a Chocolate Sheet Cake.  My poor family has been without baked goods for awhile and I thought it was time to fix that.  Really, I just had a craving for chocolate (gooey and creamy are the best).  Anyway, tomorrow I think I'll cook my mother's Texas Sheet Cake recipe and see how it compares.

I also spent some time sewing a cute little Fourth of July dress for my granddaughter,  I have to say it came out pretty darn cute. 

So even though I didn't get any great cleaning done today, I did get some chaotic crafting done. (The weather was too nice for cleaning anyway.)  And I didn't even show the earrings and bracelet I made.  I'll save that for tomorrow.  I told you I was a chaotic crafter.

Til tomorrows' adventures in chaotic crafting....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I'm really not procrastinating....

I'm really not!  I got up bright and early this morning.  Usually I'll lie around quite bleary-eyed until I can gather the energy to get up and get ready for the day.  But I got up and actually put together 23 pairs of earrings.  I guess it's time I come clean on what is really the mess in my house.  It's me and all of the crafty and artsy supplies I have gathered.  It's quite sad.  I'm so good at gathering materials, it's just that I lack the commitment to get everything done. My intentions are good, really! So between my knitting, crocheting, beading, drawing, sewing, embroidery, paper crafting...(I think you get the idea), I've got enough supplies to last until the end of time without ever having to buy a thing.  Anyway,  I actually got some jewelry made and packaged as my friend is going to add them to her table at a local farmer's market.  I'm sort of excited.  It's been quite sometime since I've sold some jewelry.  We'll have to see how it goes.

On the brighter side of things,  the sun is out.  It's June 22nd and the sun has finally blessed us with its appearance.  For those of you not living in the Pacific Northwest, you may be sweating like no tomorrow, but we are actually freezing.  My furnace is still on.  It seems like summer is taking its own good time getting here.  Hopefully before July 4rh...

I'm off to make my list for tomorrow and I'l leave you with a picture of Northwest Sunshine..

This is why what we suffer through 9 months of the most awful weather...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Procrastination is the Name of my Game

      Well that certainly was a sad start to my blogging life..

The fact that it took me this long to get going on a second entry shows a huge part of my problem. Great ideas, but lacking in the follow through department. If there isn't a Procrastinator's Anonymous, there should be. And I could be their charter member.

Anyway, as with all my great ideas, a certain amount of research must be done. So off the library I went. I have to tell you there were a bunch of books on the topic of organizing, decluttering, destressing. There were so many, I was starting to feel stressed.

When I got home and started surveying the mess, I realized that all of the magazines I had been reading all said the same thing.  I must not be alone.  This problem I have must be an epidemic...

From my initial research I have made a list of what I have discovered in my research.
1.  We have way to much stuff and need to get rid of some of it.
2.  I have got to get my kids on board.  They do generate some of the mess.  (I admit alot of it is mine.). 
3.  Everything needs to have a home.
4.  We really need to think before we buy.
5.  I need to use lists to organize and prioritize my days, weeks, etc.  (I've always made lists, I just need to follow them.

Looking forward to my next blog.....