Category Archives: Organization

My Day Off

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As a Mom, you don’t really ever get a day off.  It’s a 24/7 kind of job.  Earlier this month we had a miscarriage, so a friend of mine was kind enough to take C1 so that I could have a day off.  It was wonderful.  I had time to do what ever I pleased without having to be a jungle-gym to my boy.

I started by watching a bit of TV while I sorted through our 2010 and 2011 year end files.  I usually do this at the beginning of each year, but C1 was born and I just never got around to doing it until now.  It felt good to go through all that and finally get it cleaned out.

Next I figured out how I wanted to quilt a quilt I’ve been working on.  I bought and started cutting the fabric for this quit May of 2011.

It feels good to finally be quilting this thing.  I’m not that great yet at machine quilting, but with practice, I feel like I’m getting a little better.

I’m loving how this is turning out.  I don’t usually use solid colors or white in my quilts, but I LOVE this quilt.

It looks so good on our bed.  It did take me a few days to hand bind this thing, but it’s now done and I’m so in love.  I still have the pillow cases to make and the pillow shams.  The pattern for the quilt is “Jenny’s Garden”

 

All in all I really enjoyed my day off.  I took my time in the shower which was nice.  Hubby picked up C1 about dinner time, we ate, put him to bed and spent time together as a couple.  I hope I can have a few more days off in my 20 something year career as a Mother, it sure was nice.

My Own label

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I got myself some more official looking labels for my business.  I was so excited when these came in the mail.  Along with my own personalized tags, I purchased some size tags as well.  I was kind of suprised that these came in two different textures.  The 6mo. size is made from paper; not cloth like the rest.  They were pretty cheep, so I got as many sizes as I could.  I wish they made 12mo. and 18mo., but they don’t.

I love my new labels.  If you couldn’t tell I quite like blue, so I got them in blue with blue font.  I’ve started to put them on things I make, and I love how it looks.  I might just have to get more in the not distant future.  I’m feeling more and more professional with my business cards, my labels and my shop.  Now all I need are customers.

The Party Hutch

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I’ve mentioned this hutch before, and quite honestly didn’t think I’d get it painted very quickly.  Partly because I couldn’t decide on a color which holds me back from buying paint.  Also, it just wasn’t high on my project list.  Then I heard an ad on the radio that Ace Hardware was giving away a free quart of paint to help advertise their new brand ‘Kensington and Clark’, so I stopped by to get paint for C1’s room, but then found an “oops paint” for C1’s room, and it was too late to tell the guy I wanted a different color, so I got my free pint in yellow.  I also had some green at home that we bought when we were painting our home, and debated between the two.  Hubby is particular about his green, so I went with yellow for the hutch.

It took two coats, and I had to paint during C1’s naps since he wanted to ‘help’, and I couldn’t let him.

I’m pleased with the outcome and with the lighter color, it helps our dining room feel open and not like there is a big piece of furniture in the way.  It’s also nice to have all of my party type items in one spot nice and organized.

Finish What You Start

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It seems as though when ever I talk with  my Mom, I’m asking about what project she’s finishing.  She has a lot of things she would love to make, but not always time to do them.  She also seems to start a lot of projects and never finish them.  Some will be very close to done, but still sitting in her pile of projects.  I love to go visit and push her to finish projects.  I think she appreciates it a little bit too, because I know how good it feels to finish a project.  Last week after talking to her about her projects, I thought, I know I too have a bunch of projects started, what’s stopping me from finishing them?  I’m noticing that most of my projects on hold are quilts.  After sorting through my project drawers I found 6 baby size quilts that just need to be quilted and bound to be finished!  I just need to go get some batting and I’ll have about 4 baby quilts in the shop.  Some of them I do want to keep, but others, I simply just wanted to make.

I made some progress on a circle jean quilt that I’ve been working on for about a year now.  Two quilts that I have the fabric and pattern picked, but haven’t started cutting yet.  And a few others that I have fabric for, but no design yet.  I’m also almost done with my Jenny’s Garden Queen size bed quilt.  I’ll also be making pillow shams with this one because it’s for my bed.

Quilting is great, and I enjoy doing them, however they take me longer because sometimes I get a little bored with them.  I stop and make dresses, or other smaller projects because I get the thrill out of the finish.  Then I start another quilt and forget about the one I already started.

Comic Book Boards

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I ordered some of these comic book boards the other day and they arrived a day earlier than expected.  I’m so excited that they are here!  There are 100 boards per pack and I’m already through one pack of them and made a good dent in the other pack.  I bet you didn’t know we had any comic books.  We don’t.  Well, we have like one, but it’s a real book with comics in it.  What does comic book boards and sewing/fabric have to do with each other?  You’ll have to wait to find out because it will take me a few days to get this project all put together.

Stay tuned….I’m going to do a tutorial with how I used these.

*so there are a million tutorials out there for this and it’s not my idea, but I loved it and I just have to share.

Re-Do

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Recently we had almost our whole house repainted.  We went with very similar colors, but softer more relaxing and calming.  With painting, I decided we needed to put a lot of our stuff in a storage unit since most of it we don’t use anyway.  So, I moved a ton of things to storage, the house got a fresh coat of paint and I re-hung all our pictures.  Our place feels so much better!  It feels as though we’ve moved without actually moving.  I love the paint, and I love having space in my closets (instead of being packed full of storage stuff).  I again rearranged the living room and moved a rug from our bedroom to the living room.  It feels so much nicer now.  And since that’s where C1 plays most the time, he now has a carpet to play on.  We also added these hooks by the front door for Hubby to hang his hats, so they don’t get squashed.  I love having a place to keep the diaper bag too.  Redoing things a bit also allowed room for my party hutch in the dining room.

Sunday Shoes

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Once C1 was born, I told myself that he would always be dressed appropriate for church.  A nice button down shirt, nice pants, maybe even a homemade tie.  He’s even sported a nice winter sweater or vest a time or two.  Ever since he’s been going to church at 8 weeks old, he’s been dressed in his Sunday best.  Except for his shoes, they don’t always look bad, but they arn’t typical Sunday shoes.

Every time I’m at Target, I roam the walls because that’s where they put the clearance items.  I’m a sucker for a sale, whether I need it or not.  But if I do need it and I can wait till it goes on sale, I will.  I love getting deals.  I happened upon some Sunday shoes in a size 5.  C1 wasn’t quit to a size 5, but at the price I found, I had to buy them.  I don’t understand why children’s shoes are so darn expensive.

 

Original price?  $16.99  Marked down to: $11.99; still kind of high, but at least not full price.

But nobody bought at $11.99, so they were again marked down.  This time to: $8.48; that’s like half the original price!  Even better!

But still nobody bought them until they had to mark these shoes down to $4.24!  Now that’s a price I’m way willing to pay!  From $16.99 to $4.24  I’ll buy that even if I they are a size 10.  Heck, I’d probably buy them even if I had a baby girl, in the hopes of someday having a baby boy to wear them.  (*I do this with girl clothes I can’t resist buying; I already have a full box of girl clothes I got at super discount)

C1 now has a pair of Sunday appropriate shoes to wear with his nice Sunday outfits.  Now, let’s just see if they stay on his feet.  Happy deal finding.