I was chatting with someone on Facebook the other day and they commented that their life was pretty mundane. HEY - all our lives are mundane. It is how you approach those mundane activities as to whether your life is exciting or not!!!
Hey - it was New Year's Day yesterday and what was I doing???? Cleaning out a JUNK drawer!!!!! How mundane was that!!!!!!! But it was exciting (at least to me) and why? Because I am ONE more step towards getting the clutter under control. OK - so we know that complete "clutter under control" is NEVER going to help. However I want to get as close as I can get.
I don't even remember why I went to this particular drawer, but when I opened it - well I had had ENOUGH of the mess. So I emptied it.
|Lots of paper, candles and just stuff!!!!!!!!!!|
|Of course - the STUFF had tumbled out of the drawer and into the cabinet below - so that got emptied as well.|
|OK - so did people just use the scissors in the drawer and put the garbage in the drawer?????|
|And how many air freshners does one household need?????? We do NOT use any of these. Anyone need air fresheners??????|
|FIVE pair of scissors?????? Seriously?????|
|FIVE BBQ lighters???????????? Really???????|
|Scads of notepads, paper.|
A real mix of stuff. I threw out the garbage, got rid of some stuff in the give away pile and then cleaned the drawer and inside of the cabinet. I did put everything back in the drawer and cabinet (that was left), BUT I am not done. I put it there to get it out of the way, but I have a TO DO today. Visit the storage store to find storage trays to make that space tidy!!!!! I mean really!!!!!!!!!!! How does this kind of thing happen????? At least one more drawer and under cabinet DONE!!!!!!!!!! (well almost) What a great way to start the new year!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How about you?????? Did you manage to get some organizing done in your studio???? I know Pat was busy working on hers yesterday! Got a list of priority items to work on this year??? If yes - did you put the other (very distracting) stuff away????? Seriously - you have to HIDE the stuff - it will haunt you - it will taunt you (don't work on that - PICK ME!!!!!!!). Make lists if that helps or I prefer the visual shelf idea. But you must find some way that works. And it may not be the first system that you try. This is my THIRD attempt at making that shelf work for me. Let's hope this time it works. So far it has and the clutter that was on the tables is now gone. At least as far as sewing projects.
In case you think I have been slacking off the last couple of days - I have NOT. Here is a bit of what I have been working on.................
|Got the binding on another quilt that has been hanging around for a while|
|How is that for making a perfect match on that final join!!!|
|I made this note for myself because I normally make binding at 2 1/2" and this one was at 2 3/4"|
|Binding on another small quilt - there is ONE more that needs the binding on|
|Found more of the thread that I ran short on!!!!|
|Then I dug out the solids to try and find something for a project I pulled off the shelf. A lot of solids, but NOT really nice colours. What to do with all these?????|
|This is all the pieces marked for Clue Two|
|Clue Four is all cut and ready to sew|
|Clue Three is DONE!!!!!!!!!!!|
As you know I have a long arm quilting machine. While it works great, I have always felt that it was "sticky" in spots. There are many factors that can contribute to this stickiness - is the table absolutely level, is the table absolutely the same width, what about the position of the wheels. Lots of factors. Well even though I have fussed and fiddled, it is NOT perfect. And it has been frustrating at times. I finally bit the bullet and ordered an upgrade to the system that will "hopefully" get rid of those issues. The bits and pieces needed for the upgrade arrived on New Year's Eve.
|Three boxes of STUFF - that long one is VERY HEAVY.|
We also got one of those Peaksaver thermostats installed. The premise is that the hydro company can lower your air conditioning temperature in the summer. Wel since we don't use our A/C much - I doubt they will ever have to do that to us!!! But it was time to get a new one and since it was FREE - why not.
And then there is the STUDIO. As we were working on getting out Christmas decorations (several weeks ago), I came across sewing stuff that had got put into the storage room WITHOUT being sorted. So I dug all that out. And I found this..................
|Three bags of????????????????|
|So I washed over 100 juice pouches!!!!!!! And this is just the grape and cherry flavours (plus a few odds and ends)|
|The blue, orange and green pouches are still in this bag!!!!!!!!|
The grape and cherry pouches are still drying upstairs on the clothes rack in the kitchen. Of course, my family thinks I have gone looney tunes!!!!! There is enough to make FIVE bags from what I washed. I don't think there is as many left to wash in the second batch.
|Oh - there is M with cute little Ssammy|
I thought it would be good to document the state of my studio at this time of the year. Then it will be fun to have a peek in 2015 too see how much progress I made.
|The cutting table - yes it looks messy, but remember this stuff does NOT stay there. It is stuff I am currently working on.|
|The ironing board - same thing - stuff doesn't stay - it gets moved off pretty fast and into its home.|
|The other set of tables which DOES need a bit of work!!!!!!!|
|The basket with quilts that needs labels, or binding stitched down or to be pulled apart.|
|The design wall|
|The sewing table - which is pretty clear (behind that stack of paper stuff that I have to deal with)|
|The scrapbook table|
|Quilts to be quilted for others|
|Quilts to be quilted for ME|
|Needs backings, binding and borders|
|You see - there are a few additions to the shelf in the form of SEVERAL laundry baskets with stuff that also has to be worked on this year. OK - you can STOP laughing now!!!!!!!! I truly am serious!!!!!!!!!!!|
|And in the storage room, I found these two baskets. One mostly filled with electronic junk that needed to be discarded and the other has a couple of projects in it which got added to the shelf. Why not!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
Don't worry - I will allow myself to start a new project or two during the year, but I do need to think long and hard about starting something. Many of the projects on this shelf are started and would not take long to complete. The trick is going to be - do NOT abandon something. Keep working at it to get it done. I have been doing a pretty good job at that lately so I am NOT too worried.
The difficulty will be choosing which project goes next!!!!!
The other day I was at Tim's - the lineup was long, so I went in. I ordered my tea and a peanut butter cookie. They laughed and said the cookies were in the oven and I could have one if I waited 10 minutes. So I DID!!!!!!!!!!! Doesn't it look yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And how desperate is that (or should I say - how reluctant to change am I!!!!!!) I could have had another flavour of cookie!!!!
|Fresh from the oven - peanut butter cookie|
|And isn't this just the best gift card holder you have ever seen??????? I love it!!!!!!!!!!!|
Oh yes - so we had Vince and Teresa visit us the other day. Friends of DH from way in university. They live in St. Lucia and we have visited them there. But they currently live in Kenya! They brought me some beautiful stitching from one of the ladies in the local quilt guild!!!!!!!!!!
|I am looking at it and saying how beautiful it is. OOOPS - this is the BACK|
|Here is the front|
|And the giraffe. They are GORGEOUS. Thanks so much guys!!!!!!!! I appreciate it!!!!!|
|I'll just pop my head in this convenient peanut feeder (thanks lady!!!!!!!!)|
|And now I'll eat my peanut in peace|
Yikes - that was a LOT of pictures.
I did the 5K commitment run/walk yesterday. There were only a couple of us who walked. I really HATE running. But Lisa and I had a good chat and I think she has convinced me to try aquafit!!!!! My Fit Bit was in overtime yesterday. I logged 79 flights of stairs and almost 20,000 steps!!!!!! While it was a tad colder than I would have wanted, if you were dressed for it, it was a LOVELY day. And felt so good to get out and walk. Then I went into the steam room and got all warmed up!!!!! How AWESOME is that. Hey Anita - if I STOP moving, I will die. I am just like a shark!!!!! Well - I won't die, but I'll likely just fall asleep!!!! Oh - the bad news - I started a new thriller yesterday. Oh oh!!!!!
I see that it is time to get moving on the day. Got a few errands to run and want to try and get more sewing on Bonnie Hunter mystery done as well.
Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!