Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Taking the Plunge!

So, I did it! I decided to "re-think" my organization strategy. I am a thinker. I don't want to start anything without a plan, a very thought-out plan. And, since I'd been doing it the same way FOREVER, and it was relatively working well, why change? Well, first off, I'm not cropping quite as often outside of the house. Second, I got this great new furniture which makes organizing "fun" (if that's even possible, which for some of us is) Thirdly, it was just time to take a "risk" (of the milder version)

We all know chaos comes before organization - surely it does here!

Buttons of all sizes (and colors) Which one of my followers knows this dilema: sort by color, by size, by color and size? Too many choices!

And I discovered I don't like to remove items from their original package unless I'm ready to toss it - anyone else that way? So, in some ways I made changes and in some places I just couldn't do it yet. The baskets help me color code what's inside - white basket has black & white ribbon while the green one has greens, etc. The brightly colored box that I received a gift in has all the ones that currently don't fit clearly in a color scheme.

So, I apologize for my O.C.D. ranting but this was just my process and I'm sure some of you do it too!

And all the madness creates pretty, thoughtful cards to hopefully encourage someone and brighten their day, which in the end, is worth it ALL!

Hope you are having a happy day and know I am thinking of you today too!
p.s. - I am looking for layouts to inspire me for a layout about myself - if you see one or know of one you like please let me know! Thanks:)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Birthday Creative~

So let me start by saying the concept was good - execution could use work but not enough time for total perfection (which is of course what I aim for.)

It's the twins party and we are having it at Rocket Lanes (their choice) and so I wanted to make a Roller Skate. Of course, who can do a birthday invitation without a Cricut? No one I know! Anway, I used the boot of Ms. Clause cause it most "resembled" a skate. Then I cut out (with my Cricut of course) 1 " circles in black and placed the grommets/brads in the center. This was a bit tedious because I don't have any tool for this so I had to use my hands which needless to say are in need of a good manicure! I digress. I used my mini-double hole punch for the laces (which was too small and had to be punched a second time but very close to the first set of holes so it didn't look weird) I ran the "yarn" through and then tied the bow. The next morning the kids LOVED them (actually I believe the word AWESOME was used) so it makes all the sore fingers worth it!

Hopefully tomorrow I will get to some scrappin' and organization. Found some very cute things today at World Market that might assist in the organization so I'm pretty excited to get started. Happy Wednesday to you all!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A Beautiful Mess :)

This makes me smile! Really, you say? Yes it does. It makes me smile because sometimes we have to make a mess before we can make an organized, beautiful, creative, happy place.

Yesterday I received a "gift" for our home office and had to move everything out in order to put the new "gift" in. So, this is how my dining room looks currently.

More proof that I am willing to live in "brief" chaos in order to achieve long-term happiness.

This is the gnarly mess my husband gets to organize when he returns from his trip - I love you Honey!!! If I didn't, I would've tried to put it together myself - he he!

And without further delay, here is my "gift" Super happy, Pottery Barn inspired, wooden goodness that will one-day help me be a better crafter, scrapper and all-around happier while in this "work" space.

Can't wait to buy all the little pretties to make it mine! (and a little bit his!) Have a happy day everybody.