Monday, January 28, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I did discover a few things (besides dust bunnies and a wealth of scrapbooking supplies I forgot about) these past couple of days....I have pretty great kids who are "caring" and "care" about other people. I see them take their ability to "make something with their own two hands" and give it to someone else to make a difference. Even something as simple as a birthday card can make a difference for someone!
My daughter did something completely beautiful ~ sweet ~ selfless ~ and totally caring for someone else today. Someone she has never met, and will never know. It makes me a little emotional to really "think" about it. So your asking what did she do??? Well.....let me preface this by saying that she knows that I am participating in a huge auction/effort to donate $$ to the surviving family of a woman who was killed with four of her children by a drunk driver on New Years Eve. Today she wasn't feeling well so she stayed home from school and while she was upstairs she decided - on her own -to make a necklace to add to the auction efforts. She brought it down to me and asked if I would auction it off for the family. It is a beautiful necklace and was carefully made by her, to the best of her crafting ability. I am so proud of her, she is a beautiful girl inside and out!!!
Search Ebay from now through the 20th, with the search terms "Beth & Angels". Ebay prohibits us to tell you that the money from the auctions will be donated to the families of the surviving victims - but all money is being donated, some sellers are taking out their fees but donating everything else!
Ok, the second thing I figured out this weekend....I found that I let myself get buried in life and didn't take time to "capture" the moments that were burying me!! I barely took any pictures this past year!!!! I have 4 digital cameras. one always within reach, and barley took any pictures!! What is wrong with me!!! I am feeling very "reflective" right now because my "baby" is turning TWO on Friday!!! TWO ~ where did two years go???? And then on Monday, one of my other "babies" is turning 10....how do these things happen!?!?!?
So part of my FOCUS is to Focus on keeping track of all those little details....each and every one!!! More photographs...More pages to scrapbook....More cards to make...yeah! My ADD just kicked in.....ahhhhh
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
(OK...so my picture is not complete with ribbons, stamps, etc...sorry!!!)
My daughter did the smaller spiral bound notebook. Isn't it cute!!! We had a really good time doing it together....a little Mommy&Daughter time!
Monday, January 7, 2008
OK..focusing on what I wanted to tell you!!!! It still makes me pretty excited just think about it! ....I met this really cool lady in the "Machine" section of the store....I got my very first Bernina for Christmas from my Mommy!!! She loves me....OK, focusing again
!! I met a Craft Celebrity ~ she has been on the Martha Stewart show and she just had a book published! So Awesome!!! Anyway, I am getting all excited talking about it now! She makes the cutest things from felted wool - super cool!!! Her name is Betz White, and she was so nice! She gave me some great pointers on what I should do with some of my items. You have to check it out!!! They are so cute! You can buy her book on her site and also on etsy. I can't wait to try some of her projects. My mom and I were just recently talking about how we should take some of the our old sweaters and shrink them down to make mittens. I bought some cute mittens at a craft fair this winter and they seemed super simple to make!! Because that is EXACTLY what I need to do....add another project to the mix!!! LOL!
So, What Crafty stuff is going on in Crazyville??? Well, I took on a painting project this week....we (my mother and I) are painting one daughters bedroom and it is taking just a bit longer than I thought!! My "free" project, has started to take a terrible turn..lol! My great oops paint ran a little short, and because it was an oops paint how easy do you think it was to replace??? Exactly!!! Then, I had paint left over from a different painting project, so I thought... I forgot I gave away the full gallon to a girlfriend for one of her painting projects! And to make it all even better....my mother who is otherwise a pretty good painter gave new meaning to the term "oops paint" because every two minutes I heard....."oops, I can get that cleaned right up....oops, where is my wet rag??"....nothing like aqua drip dots all over the tan carpet!!
What is with all this craziness???? I need to get off the computer and get to bed...that was part of my New Years Resolution...to get to bed by 11:30 every night. I really should go to bed even earlier....but it is already 1Am. Good Night Ladies!!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
- hitting my goal weight
- getting back into "my life"
- getting organized AGAIN ****This is the TOP of my "FOCUS" goal!!!******
- finishing tasks
- balance between life and "work"
- getting business together
- getting "it" all done to spend time creating
- focus on things that make me happy
- focus on spending more time with the kids doing "some thing" meaningful to them
OK, that is the abbreviated list. I know that it is hard to "focus" on one task at a time when you are a mom, wife, woman, person...etc. But, it is something that we need to do.
Getting organized as you know is a BIG GOAL right now, and I am going to FOCUS on it first!! LOL. Many of us have the same goal of getting "organized" this year, since every shoe doesn't fit every woman the same, I have decided that instead of trying to "reorganize" and "regroup" for you, I think it is best for you to decide the order that works best for you and I will work in the order that works best for me. We can do it together, but in the order that we need.
With that being said if we equip ourselves with the proper tools, it will be easier - now, I am also "focused" on saving money this year...so look for the "girl on a budget" post coming soon - lets use resources that we have on hand to help us get organized!
First step...Make a list! ~ Tools required: Paper/pencil
What goes on your list??? Whatever you WANT to do...purge your mind! Get it all out and on paper...your brain will feel lighter!! I divided my list into two sides....Right Now, Near Future.
After you have "Your" list, you can decide how you want to break down your projects. I would start with the one that is nagging you most! If I close my eyes right now, the thing that comes out like a green monster is the garage! It drives me crazy, I can't find anything in there right now....why?? Because we let our systems in the garage fall by the wayside, so everything is out of order and out of its place! It is driving me crazy...especially since there are Christmas decorations that need to be put away! Now...the garage is not on the top of my "Right Now" side of my list, but it is on the top of my "Near Future" list. As much as the garage is driving me crazy, I need to "shut the door" - literally - until I finish what is on the "right now" side. You might have an area that you need to do this for...go for it...it will still be there when you finish what needs to be done "right now".
So, "RIGHT NOW" I need to make Birthday invitations, finish two projects for a friend, meet a few deadlines and get pictures back on my website! I will be checking them off my list as I go :)
Good luck, get started!! Check back soon, I have a cute idea for you to use to keep yourself and your lists organized!!
Friday, January 4, 2008
I am on a "Organizational" challenge right now to pull it all back together! I have "teamed" up with some other internet buddies to take 8 weeks and get everything organized, so look for some great tips and strategies. I was once a very organized person....it wasn't the four kids that made me unorganized. I just let my systems fall out of place. I NEED to be organized again! With a business to run, four kids, one with health issues that require us to travel out of state frequently for appointments, school, sports.....and then of course there is the husband and house that want some attention!! I am in the "PURGE" mode right now....not part of the challenge, but part of my new year goal simplify...I took 4 big bags to the consingment and 8, yes 8 bags to donation! I told the kids to not sit still too long or they might end up there too....lol!!
It has been a few days since I last posted anything and I have a oodles of things I want to post.....I have some projects to show you...I have a few menu ideas to share....and the list goes on!! But the almost two year old that is kicking me right now is cutting this one short...
Check back soon!!!