Tuesday, September 12, 2017
In all my downsizing and sorting and purging and rearranging I am finding clever uses for some of my things. I had this wonderful canvas tote sitting in a cupboard filled with stuff. I donated most of that stuff and repurposed this fabulous tote. I emptied a desk drawer that was overflowing with all my Random Acts of Mail cards, stickers etcetera and my Love Notes postcards etcetera. I also now have easy access to my mailing supplies and fun pens and markers. I can now carry this upstairs or downstairs or in fact to a class if I were taking one. This is so much nicer than digging through an overstuffed drawer.
Another day recently I decided to get ahead on some little gifts I like to give. Now even though my bead drawers are packed away and my bead podium is gone I still have access to my beads. Not too easy but doable. I decided to concentrate only on Millifiore glass heart beads. I made lots of earrings and charms for my gift cupboard.
Here they all are ready for gifting. I use simple place cards for keeping them ready to personalize and gift to someone. I was feeling quite accomplished. Just a small "mess" on my large table and one that I could quickly hide away if need be.
Next up were some very easy ribbon bookmarks I created. I was invited to join a group of very talented and creative ladies and I was not going empty handed. Shopping from my supplies I came up with fun buttons and stitched them onto some fun grosgrain ribbon and the plaid ribbon. The ladies were thrilled (my word not theirs) and I must say bats were way more popular than the spiders. This button on ribbon bookmark is an easy and quick gift anytime of year or occasion. The buttons vary so much and so does ribbon. Have fun with making these. If you don't hand sew you can always glue the button to the ribbon.
Mr. C and I finished the garage and it looks amazing. He painted the entire ceiling and it took two gallons of high gloss white. I tried but my arms just weren't strong enough so I was the ultimate Schlepper! Bring on our "one" special buyer...Please! Due to the economy here in small town America Mr. C and I are preparing to hunker in for yet another Winter.
Prayers and continued Healing Energy for everyone affected by storms...Fire or Water! Mother Nature is NOT happy with us at all and we need to do something to get her happy once again.
Creative Bliss my friends...<3
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
America just finished Labor Day Weekend. So Mr. C and I decided to LABOR!!! We emptied most everything out of the double car garage. This garage is large and completely drywalled.
Mr. C had to do some prep work and that was two days. This large wall had a boo-boo from the time I drove in and was trying to park my truck. Oops...I hit a wooden shelving unit that sat against the wall and had lots of wood mouldings and pieces on it. Well, the shelving unit got stuck into the drywall and made a long hole. As you can see here Mr. C worked his magic and now the wall is good as brand new. This is only the primer spread on. Thank you Mr. C for fixing my boo-boo.
We worked all four days of the holiday weekend and it was HOT! Not only HOT but not a spec of breeze and at times very smokey from the fires in CA and humid from Storm Lydia coming up from Baja. I think Mr. C lost a few pounds and that is a good thing.
He stayed well hydrated with water and Peach Snapple he likes. Wine had to wait for the evenings. Did I mention this garage is large? Very large. Two gallons of paint just for the side walls and the garage door wall. We will need another two gallons of paint to finish the back wall and the ceiling. No we didn't finish the garage and hope to do so this weekend coming up.
We are painting gloss white and it has totally brightened up the garage. Of course it is fresh and clean also. None of the Real Estate people we interviewed ever said a word about this garage but we believe it is going to help with a sale. When Mr. C and I are out searching for our next home, the garages are a top priority and we want large and finished and clean. After all Mr. C and I both love cars and vehicles and take pride in what we own and drive. Mr. C's garages are very important!!
Enough about this.
September is rushing along just as quickly as the previous months of this year. I might even try to make a list of what I need to accomplish this month. I am not very good at list making however I feel it might help me "discover" (my 2017 word) the priorities of what I want to actually get done.
I missed getting my new box of Crayola crayons or anything else related to Back to School. I seem to do less shopping and hoarding since the reality of downsizing and purging entered into my routine.
I believe you all are busy creating and decorating for Fall and Halloween. I love seeing what y'all are making and decorating.
Prayers for all of Hurricane Harvey victims and now for Irma that is happening. <3
Monday, August 28, 2017
I am shocked at myself for letting this month pass by without my attention to posting more regularly on this blog. I LOVE blogging and do not want to lose you my faithful followers and friends. Why is every day so busy and hectic? This world is turning too fast for me. In my ongoing efforts to downsize I realized I had an entire very full file cabinet drawer of papers. If Mr. C had seen that drawer I would have a lot of explaining to do. So I emptied it all onto my studio table.
I admit I have been hoarding my Jenny of elefantz Stitchery Club designs. For more information just click the links for each. I had to make a decision and this was what I did. I sorted through all of the papers and kept the most critical pieces like photos and actual design drawings. The rest I had to dispose of. As this photo shows, my save pile is the same size as my throw pile. YAY!!! Mr. C should be much happier. In fact I decided not to use the filing drawer any longer. I put them in plastic sleeves but they are too many for a large three-ring binder and my shelf space is very limited. Think Sherry Think!
I had an empty container that fits perfectly on my shelves. Aha! Now I am happy with my resolve to downsize and eliminate such a stack of paper. For Mr. C is happy because it weighs a lot and when you move weight is what costs the big bucks!
Here is my container on the shelf and all I need to do is label it. I now know exactly where my elefantz designs are...just in case I get the opportunity to stitch.
An update on the house is that we did have two showings. No offers! One person wanted the pond closer to the house. I asked Mr. C if he could move it. LOL Just cannot please everyone!!!
Summer is waning. August is coming to a quick close, We were having wonderful weather and Fall was in the air. Now we are back in triple digits for at least a week. Looks like I will be doing a lot of extra watering. I like to let the trees and plants and flowers and lawn know they can get through the heat with some extra TLC.
Thank you all for the Happy Birthday wishes for both my daughter and myself. We each survived our days. I will continue to celebrate just because I feel like it. After all...at my age I can celebrate as much as I want! Summer Sunshine Smiles...
Prayers for all affected by Harvey and the horrific flooding.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
I have been using my random supplies to create some cards, envelopes and postcards. I mail so many each week and my stock was running low. I like to have a variety to choose from when I am doing my Random Acts of Kindness and other weekly mailings. You never know who or what or why about the person until you receive their information and I like to select something appropriate for each. My Grandmother always said I choose the best cards. That was long ago when I bought cards and Grandma wasn't able to get to the store and she would have me select cards for her friends.
Fortunately I had everything I needed in my supplies. You all know I am trying...really trying to downsize. So, after donating tons of my supplies, I realized I still had lots to work with. I had so much fun pulling out a baggie of letters and then forming them into fun cards. I had to get creative so when I had no L, I used the exclamation and as you can see above I think it looks fun.
I have already mailed several out to people. And...if I happen to use all of these cards...Well I do have more supplies! Shocking what an amount of supplies one person can hoard! Yes, that is what I do. I gather and I save. Hoard is such a harsh word. I might be a Boarder Hoarder...just on the line of enough vs. too much. I do hope you are laughing or at least smiling. With all my downsizing I am definitely not hoarding stuff. I am sentimental and have some things I can't let go of...yet, but I am working on myself. Mr. C is quite the opposite and can throw everything away...in the trash. I truly must guard my stuff!
August is here and going quickly. Too quickly for my likes. This week we are having some wonderful mid-80's temperatures. Not as triple digit hot as it had been for over a month. I have been getting up very early and going outside to hand water and keep those weeds tidy and picked up.
On the home front, I am very grateful for all of your encouragement. In the meantime while NO one is looking or offering to purchase our home, I remain positive and patient. I am enjoying my home and property and will continue to do so as long as I am able to do so. Having to live like no one lives here is exhausting but I am able to make cards, envelopes and postcards on my wonderful studio table and then clean it all up. I won't be doing any long term messy projects or sewing because it is all packed up but at least I can enjoy something creative and useful. Now I better get back to purging stuff and downsizing other supplies.
Summer Sunshine Smiles (Winter to my friends down under) and always Do What You enJOY...<3
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Every year I have the same challenge. To trim my Whooley Thyme at the pond where we have a flagstone patio for sitting and sipping. Every year I let my Whooley Thyme grow and then blossom and the bees and moths have a feast. By the time I need to trim I honestly cannot see the flagstones. I forgot to take a before photo of the solid Whooley Thyme covering the flagstones
I have discovered by trial and error that my orange handled Fiskar scissors work the very best for me. I wonder if anyone has ever made a small Dremel type edge trimmer? I honestly need to begin cutting and then find the edges of the flagstone. This takes me so many hours I have truly lost count.
When I began a few weeks ago, I made it my goal to complete this task by the end of July. Ahh...with only one more day to fine tune some more areas I have completed my overwhelming task!
My hands and knees get lots of wear and tear...along with my back.
This area is underneath our chairs. We used to have nice teak benches but they wore out in the many seasons and elements we have here. I opted to get some very inexpensive chairs that are lightweight and easy to move and wash off. They are surprisingly comfortable.
This is the completed area that is at the pond. I had a brief thought of letting the Whooley Thyme just go and cover everything but I just love this trim and neat look so I had to do my trimming.
This is my view when sitting in my chair. I love to sit here and reflect on life and whatever else pops into my head. I also love to turn on the water spray over the pond and watch the amazing Dragonfly parade. Red, Blue, Gold, and Black and Yellow striped versions appear from seemingly nowhere.
Sitting here in the evening with a glass of wine is the perfect way to unwind from the day. Our pond was built by Mr. C after he went to pond college and it is the most wonderful thing ever!!! Thank you sweet Mr. C for your amazing engineering and building skills.
On the home front we have now gotten help with our lawn and we are bringing it up to snuff for the overall Home and Property offering. An update for you my friends...No one, Nobody, Nada, Zero showings even after all our upgrades and new agent listing. I feel we are being punished for living here in small town USA where there is next to no economic viability. We need someone like us twenty years ago to bring their bank accounts and live the dream of Peace and Calm in Beauty of this Great Land.
It is so hard to believe July 2017 is coming to an end. I welcome August as it is my very most favorite month. Heat and all! We are in for at least another week of triple digit heat. Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Daughter who has grown into an Amazing Woman. I am truly Blessed.
Summer Sunshine Smiles and Creative Bliss to each and every one of you my friends...<3