Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cleaning, organizing, etc... at my mom's house

I know this isn't a craft post, but... last fall, I helped my mom get some big clutter out of her bedroom closet, her office, and a little in the living room, and I wanted to share because of how awesome it was she was willing to go through this process and get rid of so much stuff!! 

Here goes!!

I totally forgot to take before pictures of her office (sorry!!) since we just got right into cleaning, but here's the afters of about 7 hours of work, over 2 days...

Office after

Office after

Office after

Office bookshelves after
 I'm hoping she will be able to go through the rest of the books and trinkets on these shelves, and if she can, I'm pretty sure we can move the books to a shelf in her bedroom, and be able to move ALL 3 SHELVES out of here so she can have wall space to display her art stuffs she's trying to paint, and have less cluttered feeling overall to WANT to paint more!! :)

Now, her living room is a project for another day, but at the very least, we did get an oooold shelf (seriously, she's had it since college y'all!!) and got her more space next to her recliner/the sofa:

Emptied out shelf from living room ready for donation!

I mean, just LOOK at that thing!!! Doesn't it look old and rickety!! Yikes!!

And here's the space she now has with the shelf gone!

Shelf #2 gone! The space!!!

Next was her bedroom closet:

Closet shelf - before

Closet floor - before

Closet shelf - before

Closet shelf - before

Needless to say, the next handful of pictures are of the clothes racks before...

And now for some after shots! She still has a bunch of clothes, but she is doing a fantastic job at getting in to a better diet and losing weight so she can fit into some of these clothes items she's been saving for just that! She's definitely doing a better job than me at the dieting, that's for sure! ;)

Closet shelf - after

Closet floor - after

It's a little hard to tell in some of these photos, but she did get rid of a lot of clothes! The biggest reason it's hard to tell is she has a number of these hangers (the black ones) that have a hook on both ends, with holes in the bar in between. These allow you to hang multiple items of clothing on the same hanger, but then have them hanging vertically instead of taking up horizontal space on the shelves! They're awesome if you have a small closet, however....well, you get it. :)

This picture is here to show you how she's got her necklaces arranged, however, although they are in fact organized on this holder, there are so many, it makes it look cluttered. Something to watch out for when you have an organizer like this. (Did anyone guess that it's actually a shoe rack? ;) )

And now the part I'm sure you're all excited for: the trash and donation piles!!!

Donations first!

Piled in my dad's office (yes, there's a ton of movies.. the man was a

Donation pile from combination closet, bookshelf in living room and mom's office

And the 2nd pile in the living room:

More donation piles!!

 Aaaaand the trash pile!! Yay!!!

Trash pile!!!
 The next, and final part of the 2 day, 12 hour cleaning spree was to load up the donations in my and my mom's cars: 

Mom's car is stuffed!!  
Mom's full trunk of donations....

Back of my car is stuffed too!!

Whelp, there you have it!

2 days, and 12 hours later, there's muuuuch more space for my mom in her closet, and particularly in her office, but there's still much to be done.

Organizing and cleaning can be a difficult process, but it's best if you have someone to help push you along, keep you motivated, and if anything, help with the heavy lifting!

I know you can do it! :)

Until then...craft ya laters!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Mini quilts

Pinterest can sometimes be the devil.

I know many of you know this, but I just wanted to say it again, because honestly!! I see all these cool ideas and projects, and think, "I'm TOTALLY going to do that! I'm just gonna get the supplies this weekend, and it'll be done by next week! Yeah!!"... Ha!

Colors for project 1

Then weeks, maybe months pass after I get the fabric or beads or whatever supplies....and here we are again!

Colors for project 2

I am hoping one day to work on at least one of these perhaps, maybe posting and sharing with you will encourage me to do something, but I'm pretty sure my sewing projects are going to take a backseat for a little while longer while I catch up on my cross stitching projects that are sitting unfinished...

Colors for project 3

Anywho! I can't recall if I've shared with you yet, but I happen to think miniature just about anything is the most awesome things ever!! It's just amazing sometimes how you can take something that is a lot of work in regular size (say, a quilt) but then make it in miniature form!! 

Project 1 - Pattern/instructions can be found here.

Honestly, the idea itself is cute to see something smaller than it's meant to be (kind of like when I re-create my art canvases from those BYOB classes into little 2"x2" or so canvases), but it also serves a purpose of practicing techniques or skills when you make a smaller project, before you go all-in for a much larger project and perhaps might ruin or waste the materials you had purchased, and then you're super sad and have to decide whether you have the will power to re-do, re-purchase the supplies, or .... try to turn the large failed project into perhaps a smaller successful project, because really, who's gonna know!?

Project 2 - Blog and pattern/instructions found here

So mini quilts sound like the most awesome idea to practice measuring, and being precise when it comes to sewing together the squares (or for Project 2 above, triangles!!) to make an awesome picture in the end, and I can't wait to give it a go!!

Project 3 - Square patterns for whole quilt can be found here and instructions/tricks for making it easier to sew the quilt blocks and make it look super awesome here courtesy of Angela Pingel's blog Cut 2 Pieces

One day, when I finally do end up making any of these, at least you know I'll share them with you!! :D

I sure hope that's at least....within the next 6 months? With a stretch goal of 3....yeah......

Craft ya laters!! :) 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Monthly Flowers Calendar in Cross Stitch - Update 1

I told you all back in November last year that I was going to start a "Monthly Calendar" in flowers cross stitch project, found here.

I haven't worked on them in quite a while, but I wanted to update you on how far I did get before life got in the way!

Straight lines and single Xs are so easy, but it might get tedious after doing this border 13 times.... lol

First off, January - Carnations:
Started with the leaves first on the carnations

Got really excited and ran through the greens I did have, then started on pinks...

Previous pic, no flash
Got some darker pink added
Previous pic, no flash
Carnations done!!
Carnations done!!!,... no flash
 Next up, February - Violets:
First sitting working with the violets for February

First violets sitting, no flash

Little more work on the violets

And a little more... 
Almost there.....

Almost there, no flash

And done!!
Done, no flash

I hope I can get started on the March flowers soon, but I have a lot of unfinished projects I need to work through at some point!

Craft ya laters!! :)