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Friday, January 15, 2016

The Purge - spring cleaning

For the last week or two, I have really felt the need to remove clutter. It started at work when I decided to clean out my file drawer, and noticed I had files from 2011 and 2010 that I hadn't touched since then, except for when we moved offices. Do I really need that around? No! I went through it all, digitized paperwork I thought I may need in the future, and put the rest in the recycling bin. I also cleaned out a little nook in my desk of old binders and catalogs I have no need for. Gone!

Next up - my craft area. My bins, small boxes and baskets are spilling over with fabric, and it's been driving me nuts for awhile. The drawers barely close, and I have to squeeze the fabric into it to make it fit, and always scraping my hand across the top in the process. So I pulled out all my scrap fabric and organized it by color. It's amazing how much fabric I built up in the last few years, even with all the projects I've done. I planned out the layout for blocks similar to this one I found on pinterest and off I went. I have about five 6.5" blocks done at this moment. And it's been kinda fun reminiscing on past projects as I cut up the fabric. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it sure will be nice to have some space in my fabric drawers and baskets again! Be sure to follow my Tumblr feed to keep up with my progress.

And yet another project - get rid of my basket of tiny balls of yarn! On the top shelf of my closet, I have a large apple basket just full of leftover yarn from old projects that I just haven't used on anything else, or given to the cats. Hooray for Pinterest again! I found this idea of using up old yarn by using several strings at once, and connecting a new piece once one string runs out. So I've started making a blanket, actually with the basketweave stitch per the instructions, but I may pull it out and start over with another stitch, as the basketweave takes ALOT of yarn. That stitch it basically is double the normal thickness, which creates a really nice heavy blanket, but I think I may not have enough scrap to make an adult-size blankie!

And coming soon - cleaning an reorganizing my closet (as soon as I find a new inexpensive shelf and hanging setup I like) and our garage space!

Friday, January 1, 2016

My 2016 Resolutions

Happy New Year, everybody! I'm determined to make 2016 a successful and happy year.

With 3 out of 5 2015 resolutions completed, I really got to step up and focus. My goals were easily achievable - just one more quilt, and a crocheted sweater - but time got away from me, I guess. So let's give 2016 a better try:

  1. Use up scrap yarn and fabric. I've found a unique afghan idea on Pinterest as a way to use leftover yarn from old projects. Plus my pile of scrap fabric is getting a little out of control, so it's time to cut down on that too. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have to start crochet or afghan projects absolutely from scratch as there are no materials in the house?!
  2. Beautify the garden area. I've been slacking the last few months with our community garden. Lots of tree leaves all over the ground, the ivy we had pulled out is coming back, and the bushes are getting a bit out of control. I hope to focus more on that area, grab a rake, and keep the area nice and orderly. And, maybe with the help from our HOA board, make the area more welcoming with some landscaping and maybe public seating...
  3. Jars, jars, and more jars. For Christmas, I received new bottle cutters. The set I had been using isn't that great, and actually chipped my bottles 50% of the time, maybe more. Hopefully these new sets are much better, and maybe my technique will also improve. And that means, a lot more candles to be made! I also didn't do much canning this year, once or twice if that. In 2016, I'll definitely break out the ol' jam jars and get boiling!
  4. Read 35 books. I did a great job in 2015, surpassing my goal of 25 books with 38! My goal this is year is to keep close to that, and again, at least five of those books being text-based novels instead of graphic novels. I already have a few sitting on my shelf in my to-read pile!

And one last announcement - I intend to not blog here so much anymore, but to post more on my new Tumblr page. Outside of work, I'm often not at a computer, or would want to warm it up, so I may find it easier to post on Tumblr from my phone than the less-than-desirable Blogger app. We'll see how it goes!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Resolution Review

Back in January, I announced my 2015 resolutions. How'd I do?

  1. Finish 4 quilts. Incomplete! Close but not close enough. I did finish two full size quilts, a wall-hanging, and a couple smaller quilt projects, I still wouldn't consider that meeting my goal.
  2. Crochet a sweater. Incomplete! I made a whole bunch of scarves and hats this year, I never ended up making a sweater. Add to the 2016 list?
  3. Read 25 books.Complete! And I knocked this one out of the park. According to GoodReads, I read 38 books this year! Plus, I surpassed my mini-goal of 5 non-graphic novel books with 9 books!
  4. Make more items for charity. Complete! This year, I made several batches of women's scarves and children's hats for a local charity. Plus, at this moment, I'm finishing up another small batch to send in.
  5. Harvest a successful garden this summer. Complete! My garden produced quite a bit this summer. Including enough tomatoes and peppers to make a batch of salsa for canning! I also used quite a bit of kale to use in juices, and lettuces for whatever.

Not a bad year, right? Stay tuned for my 2016 resolutions!