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March 5th, 2015 – Cleaning Out My Closet

I still have more to get rid of and I think its time I tackled my closet. A few of the items I will try to sell but some I will just be donated to thrift. I have a burnt orange corduroy jacket I desperately wanted to love, but carelessness in cutting, sewing, and just in general make it less than stellar and even a bit lopsided so it will go to thrift. I could tear it completely apart and try to fix it but honestly its a lot of work for little reward. I’d rather just drop it off. I also have two dresses (one I need to replace the zipper in first) I made, tried on, took pics, and never actual wore. That was well over a year ago. They are nice dresses, and very suited for an office environment but just not suited to me and my life. Those I will try to sell first.

I dropped off a big bag of pants Mattie doesn’t wear, many almost new, a pair of high heels, and the two cheap plastic dance pads I have for the old Xbox. I have a solid metal and hard plastic one I use and the the cheapie ones move around a lot under your feet while you play which makes them hard to use. I literally have not taken them out of their boxes in an eternity. They had to go.

I did end up bringing a few items from my mom’s here which I want to keep, (namely a really cool coat I made a while back) but that means making room for them by letting other things go. I think I have some t-shirts with many holes or stains I can toss out and some other clothing I’ve made I’m just not crazy about that I can donate.

I’m also slowly going through my craft room and putting things into a bag that I want to offer to Tracy & Jami when we get together next because I just don’t use them at all and they’re taking up precious space in my craft room. That ranges from a few beads, some containers, and a few random supplies. Anything they don’t take will also go to donation. I’m doing my best to organize and get rid of anything I don’t actually use but its slow going and its hard to decide on some things.

I organized all my yarn roughly by color, though some in the bottom right are a bit mixed up- they didn’t really fit in anywhere. Still, I think it will make it much easy to find the yarn I am looking for in the future! A few of these look out of place in the photo- will have to move them next time I am out back.

I also moved all of my fabric, scraps, and other storage stacks into the little closet space where my yarn was hanging. It all fits in there perfectly and is rather tidy. The smallest stack of containers in the middle mostly hold my expansive collection of zippers, organized by size. I may have gone crazy and bought a ton of zippers in various sizes in lots of 25 and 50 more than once. You never know when you’ll need a zipper!

This tiny little closet space is perfect for my fabric and scrap storage! Snug as a bug! #sewing #fabric #storage #stash

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That’s a canvas for painting and a sketchpad stacked on top on the right side and on the left you can see my flattened boxes, envelopes, and other packaging for shipping.

I’m also considering selling off some of the fabrics I have that I’m probably never going to use. Some of these are small yardages of vintage fabrics that might be suitable for children’s clothing but I just don’t have a need for. Cleaning out my fabric bins would be a great help because then not only would they open and close easier, but they could be better organized as well to make things easier to find. Luckily most of the fabrics I measured and labeled with their dimensions when I pre-washed everything. The next few days will have me sorting through them and deciding what to list for sale and what to keep. While I was in my craft room I did some sewing and finished up a pair of pajama pants I had started n a few weeks ago.

My mom also stopped by with the bags of stuff from the damaged/sample sale at her work today and I spent about two hours dividing it up between Tracy, Jami and I. There was a ton of beads and while some were the same as last time, there was a lot more metal in these bags and some stuff we did not see before at all. No yarn this time, but there was some crochet thread I’m not sure what we’ll do with, and she got a lot of rubber stamps as well as some polymer clay. There were also some sewing needles, including upholstery needles, and some stitch holders for knitting. She also found several boxes of embroidery floss (12 skeins to a box) in about five different colors. Anyway, we got a great haul of stuff and I hope everyone is happy with their bags when we meet up next week to pass things out.

Mattie had to take his dad to a doctor’s appointment this evening and I was on my own for dinner so I just made pepper bellies in the microwave. I ate too much though and felt kinda blergh afterwards.

Not much else to say at this point so signing off and will hopefully pop back in tomorrow.

March 4th, 2015 – Wow. So many Things.

Wow. Where do I begin? A few weeks ago, Mattie and I had a bit of a falling out, and I stayed with my mom for a few days. We’ve since patched things up and I’m back, but wow are things in disarray! I’ve donated a lot of items to Goodwill, including about 6 or 8 shopping bags full of books I have not touched in years (I read everything on my Nook now in digital form), quite a few articles of clothing, and some video game related stuff. I donated the dance pads I had for my Wii and the two DDR games I had along with it because while the DDR games are really good for the old Xbox, they suck on the Wii. I have more stuff to donate still which I am sure I will find as I continue going through things, but slowly the mess is getting more manageable.

Food has been okay though no losses from what little I’ve been on the scale, and my grocery shopping is mostly on target. I was also so lucky as to get to take part via my mom in a damaged goods/sample sale from her work (she works at an art and craft store warehouse) and get a ton of beautiful beads and other things for a total of $20. Pictured are just a few of the beads I got from the sale.

More of my awesome #crafting supplies!

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She also got me some yarns (12 skeins total), a 10 pound box of air dry clay and some random other items. A few things I donated, and I divided up a lot of the duplicate beads I got in the haul between myself, Jami, and Tracy. I still have tons left for myself and there was a lot I did not share out at all.

Anyway, tomorrow and Friday her work is doing the sale again and I am asking her to get me two more bags as well as a few bags for Jami, and Tracy. I’m looking forward to more gorgeous beads and all sorts of wonderful things. Tracy and I requested yarn and rubber stamps as well as jewelry things, and Jami was like beads beads beads! LOL I can’t wait to get the bags and go through them all and meet up with Jami, and Tracy and divide it all up.

Anyway, I’m still alive, I’m trying to simplify things, and trying to get rid of things I no longer use or want. There is more out at my mom’s I intend to donate but I don’t have a lot left out there. So much of what I donated came from there after sitting for years.

February 10th, 2015 – Just Some Stuff

Its been a while since I’ve shared any photos, but I’ve got a few for you today. This was our girls nosing around the yard this afternoon while I tried to get photos of my new slippers I knitted. Sashi had a bit of a belly ache and was intent on finding just the right bit of greenery to soothe her stomach. Lucy was just ambling around behind her as if she thought Sashi might suddenly do something interesting. Sashi did not, and I can only imagine that Lucy was disappointed.



Here’s a quick pic of both my new monsters pants I made Sunday and my slippers I finished knitting yesterday. For more photos of the slippers, just click on through to here. There are I think four photos in the blog post there. While you’re there you can also see all the cool stuff I’ve got up for sale- there are over 250 items and I am always adding more!

sidesYeah, my yarn I used looks like some sort of neon vomit accident but its nice and soft on my feet and it knitted up so quickly! I’m totally not sure what made me buy that yarn in the first place but I came home with 14 ounces of it and I still have 8 ounces left. Eek!

Tracking was good the first half of last week, but halfway through I stopped. I’m starting off good with tracking this week so far, and hopefully I will continue it through the rest of the week. I’m seeing some foods I need to stay away from if I want to stay even reasonably on target, and quesadillas are one of them. 2 ounces of cheese, and two tortillas are 12 freaking points! Holy crap! I can’t even get my mind around that bit or ridiculousness! I posted the food diaries from Sunday and Monday a few minutes ago and I feel like yesterday was just all over the place. I had a quesadilla for lunch and if I had not had that, I would have finished the day perfectly on target but nope- instead I was way over my goal at the end of the day, and the beer I had at pool and the frozen yogurt afterwards did not help.

I’m doing better at pool now and I am attributing it to two things- one my game is getting better because I’ve been playing longer. But even more than that I am attributing my continued improvement to the fact I’m now completely off of the Wellbutrin and all its side effects have had time to dissipate. My hands are steadier and I’m sleeping better as well. I’m tired a lot more now that I’m no longer taking it, but my sadly diminished sex drive seems to be back and overall I feel a lot better being off of it. Anyway, I am up to 19 wins for this season at pool, and my goal for this season was to win at least 18 games. My first season I won 6 games, my second season I won 12, and if we play next season I will be shooting for 24 wins. We get $2 back per win at the end of the season so right now I’m getting $38 back,¬†which is nice.