"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pulling It Together With My New Command Center

More than any other single way, the grace of humility is worked into our lives through the Discipline of service… Nothing disciplines the inordinate desires of the flesh like service, and nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh whines against service but screams against hidden service. It strains and pulls for honor and recognition.
~Richard Foster~

That quote is what I now have hanging on the front of the aqua hanging file folder in my new "command center." 

The challenges brought to our schedule and overall lives by my aunt's serious medical concerns as well as the busyness of the summer's beautiful wedding and my husband's erratic work schedule have combined to make my smoothly (or at least not so bumpily) running home not run so smoothly. 

So, after much pinning on Pinterest, and pondering our lifestyle, and snooping through Walmart, I have come up with what I hope will help us not feel so scattered.

We had a big dry-erase calendar, but it was old, stained, and took up too much space, so I bought an inexpensive one at Wally World as well as some frames and went at it.

The hanging paper pockets are a hopeful attempt to plan a Trim Healthy Mama type of menu. The blue cards are "Satisfying" meals and I'm working on pink cards to be the "Energizing" meals. Since I'm not so good at sticking to a regimented menu, I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to pull this off, but I want to make an effort.

This six-part frame holds our daily chores (Round Robin Residence Restoration), weekly housekeeping, and monthly extras. Since they have glass over them, we can use dry erase pens to mark them off as we finish.

I also included some inspirational quotes, which I may change now and then since I love inspirational quotes. :)

The hanging file folder helps control the paper piles and helps me not lose stuff. ;)

Then in a stand-up frame is our daily schedule, in an attempt to get done all that we believe God wants us to do, or at least endeavor to do.

The basket holds lavender that I had cut fresh from the garden and made the corner an aromatic delight. The pen holder was made by Roo in her clay class and adds a touch of artsy character.

It might have been nice to have a small desk here instead of the bookshelf, but I don't really have space for a desk there, and wanted a place to still keep my recipe books and pottery since it's right beside my kitchen. This center has been a help to us already, and we've only had it a few days.

Maybe it will give you some ideas.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July's goals - hmmm

Well, as I said at the beginning of the month, there were no guarantees that I'd be able to get any of it done and, sure enough, not much has happened in the crafting area.

Home has been busy with summer activities and then last week my aunt had a set-back mentally and I've needed to be at the assisted living home with her a lot, to the point of one of our family needing to be with her 24/7 since she was trying to wander away from the home. So no sewing happening.

So, thankfully, during one of my breaks from the home I was able to get some yarn and am working on a washcloth as I listen to her ramblings. Now and then we take walks together outside which are quite pleasant and this afternoon we have an appointment with her doctor. Please pray that God will soon clear up her mentals.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

July Goals for A Lovely Year of Finishes

I'm going to take a leap of faith that life has slowed down now enough that I'll have some sewing time. But that faith is not so big that I'm going to tackle a big project (except the organizing project). Instead, I hope to accomplish several little things. Here they are:

1. Organize the quiltery.

I'm ashamed to even let you see it, but they say confession is good for the soul and admitting you have a problem is the first step toward fixing the problem.

2. Repair the Friendship Star pillow one of my daughters made in 2006.

3. Stuff and close the needlefelting another daughter did as a tea cozy for a tall teapot we had. When the teapot broke, I decided to turn her crafting into a couch pillow.

The front looks like a tall house (with a few snippets of white thread sticking to it).

The back has truffula trees. 

4. Make a quick project as a gift for my oldest daughter's upcoming birthday. That one will just have to stay a surprise for awhile.

5. Finish a baby quilt for a young couple in our church. They know they're having a girl, so the pink one I cut out last year should work well.
6. Choose a pattern and plan out the next wedding quilt (wedding in October).
7. Last, but hopefully not least, I told myself that when I lose enough weight to reach a certain goal weight (I'm not telling), I could make myself an elastic waistband layered skirt. That way as I hopefully continue to lose the weight, I can still wear the skirt. I'm not sure which of these two groups of fabrics I'll use and I'm not sure if and when I'll hit my target, so this one is only a semi-goal, depending on weight, time, and decision-making. I have lost about three pounds, just cutting down on carbs and trying to walk daily.

So, I may be thinking unrealistically, but these are my goals for July. The way things have been going around here, I may succeed at all of them, or I may not even get down to the quiltery. We'll see.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

June's Finish

I did it! I met my Lovely Year of Finishes goal for June...just in the nick of time!

I finished this top/flimsy of a Double Irish Chain quilt which is my wedding gift for my daughter who is getting married toward the end of August.

The great finish happened around 11:15 last night and then, because of a storm, I didn't have internet to post my accomplishment. But I promise that I did finish in June.

She likes it a lot!

Now to go rummage about in the quiltery for the next project to finish in July.
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Gardening and Quilting

It's been a good day! I actually got to play in the gardens...

...and I got to work on the wedding quilt for quite awhile while the rest of the family played Trivial Pursuit at the same table and planned wedding ceremony in the living room. Good times.

And then we finished off with a little silliness in the kitchen.
She finally proposed! And he said "yes."

Sunday, June 1, 2014

June's Sewing Goals

It's still being difficult to get much sewing in. But now that the sewing corner is not flooded, maybe I can get at it more. At least I can move my present project out of the dining room. :)

My goal for June is to finish the quilt top I'm making for my daughter's wedding. It's a queen-sized Double Irish Chain in their favorite colors and the colors of their wedding. The hope is to get Irish crosses and trinity knots quilted into the big white block.
Thanks to Eleanor Burns, the making of it is very simple; I just need to have the time.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - April Goals

Since things are settling into a new normal now that my aunt's medical problems are under control and she's moved into our home, I think I can think about sewing more than just a pillowcase.

So, my goals for April are:

1) Sew two checkbook covers for the education checking account and for the rental/assisted living account.

2) Choose a pattern and plan what to make for my newly engaged daughter's wedding quilt. Maybe even buy the fabric and start cutting. But maybe not. We'll see.

Spring is springing, which means that melting snow makes my basement wet and my sewing corner is in the basement. So I might not get down there for a few more days.