To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

All I did...

was walk in the room to put away a paper and the next thing I knew, this was completed. I have no idea how this this must be magic. Funny thing is, I read Heather's post this morning and she had the same thing happen to her. She meant to be doing one thing in 'the room', but the fabric got touched, then matched, then cut and since it was cut, well, one might as well sew it together. Next thing you know you've got something very useful and practical sitting in front of you.

Someone will be happy about this as he has been patiently waiting for me to make it. I made similar embroidered covers here and he asked for one to hold the highlighters at work. I didn't mean for it to take this long, but I suppose I was waiting for inspiration (or magic) to hit. But there you have it. Another item off the ever increasing list of projects I want to do.
Speaking of lists, I'm trying out a new calendar method that I accidently stumbled upon during December. I love lists and I'm a huge fan of the list of three, but December always has a flurry of last minute baking and crafting that should get done, and  I wanted/needed to be organized and know at a glance what I still had to accomplish. I printed a blank calendar page from here, pasted it into a spiral notebook and scheduled tasks or wrote completed tasks in the squares. The opposite page held my list of tasks to be completed. I knew at a glance what I needed to schedule time for, but I could also see my progress and I love knowing how much I've accomplished. It worked so well that I decided to keep going with January. Heck, maybe I'll do it through the whole year. Hey, then I'll have a momento to look back on and see how much I've accomplished throughout the year.

I'm putting everything on the list (and still using a small pad for the list of three), like making up that granola recipe everyone is raving about, making homemade laundry soap for the January One Small Change, making cash budget pouches and scheduling a Valentine Bunting class. I haven't hosted a sewing class in a while and they're always fun. Perhaps I'll even schedule a sledding party. I can do anything as long as I'm prepared and organized. Love it!

So, tell me, how do you keep yourself organized at home?


  1. You and Heather are SO inspiring (I should take advantage of all that great snow we are getting in GR tonight and do some creating of my own after Tony is tucked in). I LOVE your new calendar option, I may have to try that. Take care and put some comfort food on as it looks like it will be a snowy night;) Take care.

  2. Love your quilted pen holder! what a fun gift. I use a similar printed calendar to to keep organized. my husband works in the ER and gets a very similar calendar with his shifts written in - i print out an extra copy for myself and that way i have my schedule right along with when he's working. I really like your list of three idea also!

  3. That cloth bag/bin is gorgeous!
    Calendar and lists. I still use a Palm Pilot (and get made fun of, since everyone seems to have iPhones and Blackberries these days). Works for me!