Stash Report #7

Hello everyone! I need to apologise for the odd emails you’ve gotten from me the past few days. There was a calendar plug-in that I installed to help me with scheduling posts. Instead it sent random things out there that were still in draft version and it knocked my site down for two days where I wasn’t even able to log on because it damaged the links between my site and the database. Just a tidbit for those of you who use plug-ins – don’t ever use the .0 version of a plug-in. LOL Anyhow, it’s all fixed now and I’ve removed the plug-in so hopefully no more random posts. 

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! Yesterday my little girl and I sat around like lumps (well, I did the sitting while she ran around like a banshee) since hubby had to work. Today we are off to my in-laws to have a little celebration for my father-in-law for his birthday. 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 8 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 3.25 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 11.75 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 7/8 yards ADDED
Iā€™m not sure how to count the panels so I figured Iā€™d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

I don’t think I got any sewing done this week… Then again, I can’t really think too well with this headache I have. I know that I’ve not done any sewing since I got hit in the face with the hunk of asphalt my little girl threw on Wednesday… 

For those of you who don’t follow me on IG, here’s what happened. My little girl and I took a walk up to the store (just over a half mile from our home) and to have lunch. There’s an access road that’s been paved multiple times with large hunks of asphalt broken off everywhere. My little girl started throwing them. I suggested she throw them in the grass in case any cars came that way, they wouldn’t break their tires. (I don’t know where she got it from, but everyday before her daddy goes to work when she’s giving him hugs and kisses by, she tells him to be careful of bumps in the road so the truck tires don’t break.) Anyhow. I was standing -BEHIND- her while she was throwing them into the grass. Next thing I know I was hit with one. She was still turned away from me so I’m assuming that she didn’t let go of it until after her arm was over her head… 

I’m extremely thankful for several things – that I did get my arm up and it hit my wrist first; that it was as big as it was. Why? Because it was so big that it hit my eyebrow and cheekbone and missed my eye! Where it hit my eyebrow it broke a blood vessel. It slowly grew in size for nearly 3 hours until it finally stopped. Since it’s just a bruise, there’s nothing that can be done – it just looks really bad. I’ve been taking motrin for the headaches. The headaches are a side effect, not from the hit itself. I wear glasses because I have astigmatism in both eyes and my left (unharmed) eye is the weaker. Since the swelling is so much, I cannot wear my glasses. The headaches are from a combination of my left eye straining to see clearly and my right eye trying to stay open even under the weight of all that blood in my eyelid.

Anyhow, that’s why I’ve not done any sewing…

Hubby told me that there was some money in the bank that I could use to buy whatever. šŸ™‚ So, I bought this pretty fabric from Merrily We Quilt Along on IG. The prices couldn’t be beat! Plus, I signed up for 3 swaps on IG so I gotta have more nicer fabrics (well, that’s what I’m telling myself anyhow).

 

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 3,144 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,724 yards ADDED

Prior to getting hit in the face, I started on that project with the yarn I purchased last week, but am nowhere near finished. However, I did buy something yarn related that I’ve been needing / wanting for a while. I even had it on my Christmas list I gave to hubby but I didn’t get one. So, when he told me there was some money, I went and bought one for myself. šŸ˜‰ 

For those of you who don’t know, it’s a ball winder. It takes skeins of yarn and turns them into a center pull ball of yarn. As you can see, I already have a “helper” who loves to turn the crank handle. LOL 

 

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 6
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 6 pieces USED

No changes here to report either. šŸ™‚ 

I hope you all enjoy your day!

Stash Report #5

It’s that time again! I was good this week.
Well, kinda. šŸ˜‰ 
I used fabric, had a few finishes, but I did add a bit of yarn. In my defense – it was a bargain I couldn’t pass up!

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 1 yard
Fabric Used year to Date: 7 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
Iā€™m not sure how to count the panels so I figured Iā€™d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

The yard of fabric I used was the heavy denim I used to make my little girl’s skirt that I shared the how-to for on Tuesday. It’s not quite done in the photo. My bff is adding an embroidered unicorn on it and then once I get it back from her I’m going to add some decorative, big running stitches in a corresponding thread. (Plus I have to wash it so the elastic will go back to normal – it’s stretched out in the photo from sewing it.)

Instead of tossing the leftover bits into my scrap drawer/tote, I had an idea in mind for a mini quilt and I cut the remnants into strips right away. Now to find the perfect fabric in my stash to go with it so that my vision can come to life. And, since I must use it all up – the little strips on the left are going into my small scrap bin that I use for applique and the tiny bits on the right are going to be saved to be used as stuffing. See – that’s what I mean by I can’t throw away even the smallest of the scraps. LOL

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 200 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,420 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 910 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2,954 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 1,534 yards ADDED

The yarn I used was for the tops of the 4 dresses I’m making for my little girl. I finally got a battery for my scale and weighed it. šŸ™‚

The yarn I added was 3 skeins I found at the flea market when my bff came over and we went out for a girl’s afternoon to a Mexican restaurant for lunch, then to the flea market and thrift store to waste time (& money). I spent less for those 3 skeins than I would have spent for 1 cheap skein at Wal-Mart.
She threatened to tell on me if I didn’t include these in my weekly report. ROFL (pssst -hey bff – ya know I love ya!)

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces USED

I’ve actually started using up another piece but it’s not finished yet so I’ll share when it’s finally all done hopefully today or tomorrow.

What about you? Have you used up or added to your stash this week?

Linking up with:
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LGO2017 Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week we’re going to organize our Periodicals.

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I don’t know about you all, but in my house magazines are a problem. A BIG problem! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of bookshelves in our home – currently 9 of them. However, between books and fabric, there’s no room left on them for magazines. :/ I guess it doesn’t help that of the 3 of us in the house (hubby, our little girl who will be 4 in 2 months, and myself) are all book lovers! 2 of the bookshelves are my little girls. Hubby has another 2. The other 5 are in my craft / sewing room. Only 1 has books on it, the rest are full of fabric. I cannot even fathom how many books we have. It may not seem like many – only 5 bookshelves with books. But… We have boxes, upon boxes, upon boxes of books all around the house. I cannot even begin to guesstimate how many books we have. Taking a quick count of half of 1 shelf on 1 of my daughters bookshelves there’s about 20 books. It has 4 shelves which would mean there’s about 160 books on that bookshelf alone. Anyhow, I’m getting off track. We’re talking about magazines.

Yea, my magazine problem is about as bad. We (hubby & I) both collect old & new magazines such as Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, Grit, Backwoods Life, and similar. I also collect crafting magazines, quilting magazines, woodworking magazines, and holiday editions of magazines like Martha Stewart, Woman’s Day, Country Home, etc. Most of these magazines I do not like to cut up, nor will I. Also, as a collector of vintage / antique items (mostly books & kitchen items), any magazines I come across that are prior to 1980 will get kept. I came across this image and love it! Photo frames for vintage magazines. I’m thinking once we move (we’re hoping to this summer) I’ll display some of the old Mother Earth News magazines like this in hubby’s office area, some of the vintage kitchen supply ads from destroyed magazines in the kitchen, and some others that have vintage covers I adore in my crafting / sewing room. 

  Image from Industry Standard Design
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However, if those are in bad condition, I’ll cut them up for the things I like from pages that are in good condition. When I’m given any other magazines, I’ll go thru them, cut out things that sound or look good and put them in a binder. However, I recently came across this idea that I absolutely love and think I will transition over to. 

Image from Its Overflowing.
Click image to go to the article – lots of good info!

 

Recipes are sorted into file folders that are put in magazine holders laid on their side. This could also be done with cereal boxes covered with some pretty scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even the brown packing paper. 

As far as organizing the whole magazines themselves. I’m still up in the air as how I want to organize mine. There are lots of different ways. This is also one of those things that is highly dependant on how many you choose to keep. If you just have a few you could do something like this.

 Image from The Contractor Chronicles
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My neighbor does something similar! However, she’s not a magazine hoarder like I am. She limits herself to the 2 wicker baskets she can fit under her coffee table. Once they get full she goes thru them and leaves the ones she doesn’t want on my doorstep. Since they are mostly food and decorating magazines, I typically go thru them right away, remove the pages I want, and recycle the rest. 

I came across this idea for if you have a good amount of magazines and love it. However, in the rental home we are in, this is not feasible. You could build a stand to put those magazine holders on and in that wasted space you could use it to store seasonal items. 

 Image from Apartment Therapy
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I guess the first step for me would be to actually start sorting thru the magazines and getting them all in one place so I can remove any doubles and see if I actually want to keep all the ones I currently have. 

Once I go thru them, I won’t be just tossing them in the garbage. There’s too many things that can be done with them. If you are done with them and just want them out of the house, you could see if any of your local day care centers, schools, or scout troops would like them. Lots of times schools have kids make collages and not all parents have magazines at home. Plus, there’s all sorts of crafts that can be made with magazine pages! To get some craft ideas or to see more magazine storage ideas, check out my Pinterest board for LGO2017.

Now, this photo I just have to share. I stumbled across it while searching magazine organization. 
I LOVE IT!!! Everything about this corner makes me wish it was mine. From the pretty magazine storage containers to the wire art on the wall, the vintage kitchen pieces to the art hanging up, the whole thing. I simply love it! Well, I would change 1 thing – I would take that tv out of there. The only way I would leave it there was if I turned it into a fish tank (yes that’s possible just google it).

 Image from Moxie-Girl on Flickr

What about you? Do you have a magazine problem? What, if anything, do you plan to do about it this year to get organized?

 


Stash Report #4

Good morning everyone! I hope you are all doing good and are safe and sound. The weather around here was crazy yesterday and last night! Tornados popping up everywhere, hail, recorded winds in places as high as 151 miles per hours – yes, that’s one hundred and fifty-one. A Wal-Mart in Warner Robins, GA actually lost part of their roof and the store was flooding! There was a wave of bad weather yesterday afternoon around 2pm, a second wave last night around 4am (yes, we were all awake!), and there’s supposed to be a third wave early this afternoon. Fingers crossed. Anyhow, onto the stash report. šŸ™‚ 

Fabric Used (or removed) this Week: 5.6 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 7 1/3 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 8.5 yards + 3 panels
Net Fabric for 2017: 3 panels ADDED + 1 3/8 yards USED
I’m not sure how to count the panels so I figured I’d just keep them listed separate from regular yardage since most of the time they are less than a yard.

Yarn Used (or removed) this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 1,220 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 0 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 2044 yards
Net Yarn for 2017: 824 yards ADDED
I did actually use yarn and finish projects (the tops of the dresses for my little girl), however, my scale batteries died and I’m not sure how much yarn I used… So I guess I’ll just save those totals for next week.

Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Used (or removed) to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 5
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle this Week: 0
Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle Year to Date: 0
Net Pieces of Clothing Purchased to upcycle / restyle for 2017: 5 pieces USED

The 2 yards of fabric that I purchased was this pretty, fine tulle that my little girl picked out and asked me to make her a dress from. How could I say no to that? Plus it was on sale for $1 per yard!!! *score* I’m thinking I’ll make her birthday dress from it since it will fit into the Unicorns & Rainbows theme she decided on. Now I just have to pick out a pattern. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the top is actually a pretty green while the bottom is a baby blue. 

The fabric I used included 3 yards total from 4 different fabrics for the dresses I’m making for her right now that have the crochet tops (this is where the yarn used is for as well). Plus, I cut out all 28 base blocks for the Caught Ya! BOM that I’m making for hubby. So far I’ve made 4 of the blocks and have pulled all the fabric for the applique from my scrap drawers and haven’t even noticed a dent. We’ll see though because these pieces seem like they’ll use up my big scrap pieces quickly. I’ll either have to go to the fabric on my shelves in the near future, or I’ll piece together smaller scraps to make fabric to cut out for the applique. We’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling. šŸ˜‰ 

How about you? Did you use or add any fabric or yarn to your stash this past week?

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LGO2017 Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week is part 1 of organizing our craft area. I’ve started on my yarn stash. I started here because there’s lots of it and I think I can get it organized relatively easily. LOL

What I didn’t realize is that what you see is only about 5% of my yarn stash… I kept finding Joann’s, Michael’s and Wal-Mart bags that where here, there and everywhere with yarn in them… Not to mention mailing bags & boxes of nice yarn from when I got a bit of mad money and was buying yarn from individuals who were destashing on Ravelry… Anywhoooooo. 

A quick Google search or peak around Pinterest will yield lots of interesting ideas for storage. Everything from reusing cardboard boxes taped together to repurposing furniture from other rooms to use for your yarn. There is no right or wrong way as long as it works for you to keep you organized. Plus, since everyone’s stash varies from those with less than 10 skeins to those of us who have several hundred, you really need to consider your stash size before you decide on a storage solution. 

I seen this photo of repurposed magazine holders being used for yarn from Laughing Purple Goldfish. And I love the idea!

But, with several hundred skeins which includes lots of Red Heart Super Savers, Big Twist Rainbow Classics, and Caron One Pound skeins, for me this is impractical. One of those larger skeins would take up an entire magazine holder – IF I could squish it into there. That’s what I mean about the storage solution has to fit your stash. 

Now this idea from Knits for Life I really REALLY love!

However, I currently don’t have the wall space for it… My craft room has 1 wall that’s nothing but windows and a door;  the second has windows and a fireplace; the third has about 3′ on both sides of a set of french doors that lead to the living room; and the fourth is my only real wall space and it has a door to the hallway. Maybe when we move…

If you’re interested, you can find more eye candy and ideas for yarn storage on my Pinterest board – LGO2017.

Anyhow, between the lack of wanting to do something permanent (like built-ins) since we are currently in a rental, along with the considerable size of my stash, I decided to go with simple, yet organized and easily portable. I’ve read about people on Ravelry keeping their stash in plastic totes and having them numbered so that’s what I decided to do. These are the totes that I got – 18 gallon Sterilite plastic totes with snap on lids – that I picked up from my local big box store. I didn’t want to get bigger ones because I’ll be the one to move them around and I didn’t want them to be too heavy.  

Here’s my plan. I’ve already numbered the totes (yarn 1, yarn 2, etc) using sticky labels. As I put a skein into a tote, I’m entering all the information, including a photo, into my Ravelry stash. If you have any sort of yarn stash, you really should be using Ravelry to keep track of it! First off, it’s FREE; second, it’s easy as pie; and third, it keep all relevant information regarding your stash in one place that you can easily access from anywhere with an internet connection. At the craft store and debating if you have a particular skein in your stash? Check your Ravelry stash! Need to pick up another skein but forgot to note the dye lot number? Not a problem – check your Ravelry stash! Out and about and talking to a potential client about yarns and she asks about the fiber content but you can’t remember? Check your Ravelry stash! So far, I’ve only come across 1 yarn that wasn’t already in their database with all the general information (weight per skein, yards per skein, fiber content) and it was easy as pie to add it. šŸ™‚ 

Anyhow, as I’m putting yarn into the numbered totes, I’m also including the tote number to the information in Ravelry. Yes, there’s even a predesignated spot for you to fill in where that particular skein is being kept. 

My OCD will not let me store multiple skeins of the same yarn in different totes, so this is a process for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to say by next Friday that all my yarn is organized… But we’ll see. First I need to go buy more totes. I laughingly only purchased 2 thinking I could shove it all in those. HA! Those 2 are packed full and I’ve only put about 20% of the yarn I have lying around in bags into the totes and I’ve not even touched the skeins on top of my shelves!?! 

If you’re interested in purchasing the same totes I got you can get them here

 


Do you have a yarn stash that needs organized? Have you decided how you’re going to organize it yet? Share with us! 

 

WIP Wednesday #2

What have I been working on… I think the question is what haven’t I been working on? lol Seriously, I feel like I’ve been really productive the past week and half even though my little girl and I are sick as heck… There’s been a few nights that I’ve not slept – not even put my head on a pillow. I literally just skipped sleeping several nights – not in a row! But still. Anyhow, let’s see what I’ve been up to. 

I did have 2 finishes from my #2017FAL listmy fingerless gloves & my oldest daughters Winterbird shawl. Plus I’m working on 4 dresses for my youngest at the same time. Since they are the same thing with different fabric / yarn I’m making them assembly line style. I made one of these dresses for my granddaughter in a size 2 using this free pattern from Purl Soho and wanted some for my youngest. The directions are only for sizes 2, 4 & 6 which isn’t big enough for my almost 4-year-old. So I’ve been winging it with no problems. All the fabric is snuggly flannel from Joanns. These 4 claimed 3 yards from my stash. šŸ™‚ 

On Monday I spent the day “shopping” my fabric stash for several new projects I’m making. First up is the Caught Ya! BOM (see button in sidebar) that I’m making for hubby. It’s an applique quilt and I cut all the base blocks from a bolt of solid white (using 2.6 yards from my stash). Next is the Buttermilk Basin 2017 BOM (see button in sidebar) that I want for me. Someone in my quilt guild gave me a bolt that had approximately 7-8 yards of a gray wool on it and I decided to use that as the base for these blocks (these are all applique as well). I’m proud of myself! So far I’ve only used pieces of fabrics out of my scrap drawers for all the pieces for these 5 blocks I’m working on. 

Next up is the Diamond Hill BOM (again – see sidebar) which I absolutely fell in love with. Immediately I seen it in my head done with a  deep gray background and Kaffee Fassett prints. But… Seeing as how I only have 2 different 1 yard cuts of his fabric in my stash… Well, I decided I wasn’t going to make one for me right now. But, it’s so pretty! And I really want to make one! So I decided I’d make one for my mother-in-law for her Christmas present for this year. She’s all about pink so stash shopping was easy for her colors. LOL All I need to get is 2 1/8 yd of a solid, light green (for all those applique vines). That middle pink will be the main color.

I’ve finished cutting out all the applique pieces for the applique mini quilt swap I’m in on IG. Not sure what color(s) I’m going to use to sew the pieces down yet. But I know I need to pick up some sky blue for the quilting. 

I’m hoping that I’ll be pulling out a sewing machine tomorrow and start actually sewing all these things – the applique pieces onto the 4 Caught Ya blocks, the 1 Buttermilk Basin block, the 4 dresses, the 1 large Diamond Hill block, and the mini quilt. What am I doing today? Hopefully cutting out the pieces for the Diamond Hill block applique, the Twas the Night Before Christmas BOM (also an applique), and the pieces for my mini quilt for this weeks Project Quilting challenge.

On a side note – as this little girl is getting bigger I’m loving the conversations we have. Lately they’ve been revolving around 2 things – her upcoming 4th birthday and the garden. She’s decided that she wants a unicorn and rainbow birthday party!?! (Seriously where do they come up with this?) And, she would like her own garden this year! LOL I asked her what she wanted to grow and she told me “rainbow flowers and tomatoes because tomatoes are good.” ROFL I guess it’s a good thing I already had plans to expand the garden this year. 

What have you been up to?

LGO2017 Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This week we’re going to organize our garden seeds. I realize that some of you may not save seeds, but for us, this is a big problem. Well… For one of us this is a big problem which causes the other stress because I can never find them! But I’m not saying who is causing the problem. šŸ˜‰ LOL

If you don’t save your seeds, take this week and look thru all those pretty seed catalogs that came in the mail and figure out what you’re going to plant this year. If you don’t garden, pick something else that you would like to organize this week – Do you have a problem with getting too many emails? Go unsubscribe to all those unread emails cluttering your inbox. How’s your “dumping” area looking? We have 2 – the kitchen table and what we call the cubby – it’s a built-in shelf in the wall. Go organize those and see if you can come up with a system to help keep the clutter to a minimum that not only you, but your family can agree on. If you set something up and magically expect them to start using it, guess again! Talk with them, get their input, and make it a family thing otherwise it probably won’t last long…

Anyhow onto the seeds. I keep mine in numerous shoe boxes. Yes, I said numerous. I’m a seed hoarder collector. I like to grow and save seeds from many varieties of heirloom tomatoes, peppers and squash. During a move a few years ago, I lost them all… šŸ™ It was really devastating to me. I had been growing and saving select seeds for years. Since I’ve started over, we really don’t have a system in place anymore. Since there’s no one place for seeds now, anytime I go looking for them I have to search everywhere in the house, on the car port, and in hubby’s truck… *sigh*

My first step is to go purchase some plastic containers with tight-fitting lids. The plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store and even Walmart don’t fit into this category. You want something that if you drop it, you won’t be picking up seeds for days. One thing I want to mention when picking out a container. Pick out a container that has a handle that’s on top of the container. If it’s on the end, when you pick it up, all the packets of seeds can (and will) shift and move all around. After going thru the trouble of organizing them, you don’t want to have to do it over and over every time someone picks up the container by the handle. I’m going to be getting more of these containers. 

They come in an 8 pack for $29.99 which comes out to about $3.75 each. There are numerous reasons why I prefer these. The top is very secure so I don’t have to worry about everything falling out if it’s dumped over. The size ie perfect for the way I store my seeds. I use these little baggies to keep the majority of my seeds in.

For us they are the perfect size for most seeds with the exception of peas and beans. Why not peas and beans? Because in order to get a decent harvest, we need a good number of seeds. These little baggies don’t hold enough pea or bean seeds to make a full row for us. However, for you these might work for all your seeds. We typically plant at least a full row and for peas or beans that means upwards of 150-ish seeds. Plus, another reason I like these baggies is because of the white area to write on. Yes, I know you can also write on the plain baggies with a permanent marker, but for some reason, it seems to last longer on these. I also use lots of these baggies for my crafts!

Anyhow. If you’ll notice the size of the baggies, they are 2″ wide by 3″ high. The storage containers I use are a smidge over 3″ high and they are just over 7″ wide by 11.5″ long. That means you can fit 3 rows of these little baggies in them. What I do is cut some cardboard from cereal boxes to use as dividers and keep the rows all nice and neat. I also cut some to fit in between the baggies to separate the types of seeds. For seeds that I have a lot of, I’ll subdivide them. For example – with tomatoes, I’ll separate them first by if they are determinate or indeterminate. Then I’ll separate them by type – cherry, small sizes, beefsteak, plums, etc. Then, if a group still has many in it, I’ll further divide it down by color – red, pink, yellow, purple, green, striped, etc. For the peppers I’ll separate them by heat – sweet, mild, medium, hot and YIKES! LOL

My task for this week is to go round-up the seeds we do have. Then since some were stored in not ideal conditions I’ll have to test those for viability. There’s no sense to save them if they’re dead… Then I’ll organize the ones we have, decide what we want to grow this season and order seeds that we don’t have.

For those of you who do online shopping, here’s links to where you can source the mentioned items. These are affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

Here’s the containers I’m getting

Here’s some other plastic containers that would also be good

 Here’s the plastic baggies that I use

 

 

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LGO2017 Week 1

Welcome to the beginning of Let’s Get Organized in 2017. This is week 1 and we’re going to organize our home inventory.

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With Christmas just behind us, now is the perfect time to update our home inventory to include all those new things we received for Christmas (along with remove any that we got rid of to make room for the new things). There are many reasons to do this. Insurance purposes & police reports to name the big 2. No one plans to be robbed, and while you typically have some time to prepare prior to a hurricane, things like waking up to knee-deep water in your home from a flash flood, fire, and a tornado are things that give no warning nor time to prepare. While you think you may be able to remember everything, when stressful events like these occur, it’s hard to remember lots of things. This is where your inventory list comes in very valuable. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel on this, there’s plenty of systems out there to do this. Here’s some that I found that do the job very well.

For those who do everything on their mobile devices here’s some apps to take a look at:

  • The award-winning Know Your Stuff Home Inventory Tool helps you record and safely store a comprehensive list of all your belongings, organized by room and property. With the Know Your Stuff Home Inventory Tool, you get: safe and secure cloud storage of your data for all of your item details, photos and receipts; downloadable reports for easy record keeping; a completely free tool ā€“ no ads or in-app purchases; a tool that is backed by the expertise of the Insurance Information Institute, the leading independent insurance research and communication organization.
  • Liberty Mutual Home Gallery app is free and available for anyone! You do NOT have to be a Liberty Mutual customer to use this. This app allows you to: take photos of your belongings; catalog each item by room and/or category; add item details or scan item bar code for images and descriptions; capture an item by importing photos from your phone; note purchase price, purchase date and/or take photos of the receipt for each item; track items in multiple properties or homes; quickly browse a gallery of your belongings; export your inventory as a spreadsheet or PDF for easy sharing or as a backup in case your device is ever lost or damaged.
  • DreamVault for iPhone and Android lets you create an inventory, generate reports and find an agent near you. In the event of a claim, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you have a record of all your belongings.

For those of you who prefer paper to hold in your hand, here’s some free printables that you can use:

Personally, I like, and will be using, the Liberty Mutual Home Gallery app. I like that I can include photos of the receipts (which I think will be very helpful for all my crafting supplies).

One thing to remember, regardless of which format you use to take your inventory, make sure that you not only keep it in a safe place but also keep a back up in a totally different location in the event that something happens to the first copy. You don’t want to go thru all that work just to end up loosing it. I strongly suggest keeping a copy in a fire & water proof safe. It doesn’t have to be big, just big enough to fit your inventory, some cash, and other important documents you’ll need in the event of an emergency. (affiliate links for the safes – this does not change anything, just gives me a few pennies to help keep the website running if you purchase anything thru the links) Here’s some that amazon has, as you can see, some of them are quite affordable!

sentrysafe-h0100cg-fire-safe-waterproof-chest
Currently on sale for $29.87
first-alert-2602df-0-36cf-waterproof-fire-chest-with-digi
Currently on sale for $79.99
sentrysafe-sfw123dsb-1-23-cubic-feet-combination-fire-safe
Currently on sale for $179.99
sentrysafe-hd4100cg-fire-safe-waterproof-file
Currently on sale for $94.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

On another note, you’ll see that for week 3 we start on part 1 of our craft room / area and that there’s a total of 7 parts for this. If you don’t have a craft room / area, or if you have another area of your home that needs some intensive work, simply sub out the part of your home that requires a really in-depth area and start thinking of ways you can break it up into 7 different parts so it’s not so overwhelming. For some this may be the 2 car garage that you couldn’t squeeze a bicycle into, the attic that is so full you have no idea what’s there, or even your family room that really needs a good deep cleaning. Once you decide which room / area you wish to break up into 7 parts, start thinking of how you’d like to break it up. If you don’t have any rooms / areas that require 7 parts to get cleaned up and organized, you could even break it up into 2 rooms / areas that would take about 3-4 parts each. It’s not enough to think about it, write it down now so you’ll have your plan all laid out for you. 

For those who do have a craft room / area, I’ll be doing a really in-depth cleaning / organizing (since I REALLY need it!). For example 1 week will deal with fabric, another for yarn, another for patterns / books, and another for paints, etc. 

If you’re on Instagram, tag your Let’s Get Organized in 2017 photos with #lgo2017

Enjoy your day!
Mel

 

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Anyone Need Yarn?

Yea… I know I’m on a craft supply diet, but I came across this sale and just HAD to share!

Remember all that Loops & Threads Woolike yarn I shared with you yesterday? Well, today it’s on sale again. It’s not $1.29, however, ALL Loops & Threads yarn is on sale on the Michaels website buy 1 get 1 free. Since you’re only able to buy in quantities of 3 online, make sure when you’re finished picking out colors that you have an even number of skeins in your cart – that way you can maximize your savings otherwise you’ll miss out on a free one. 

Plus, if you use online code “5DOLLAR1117” you’ll get $5 off $25. I also found out that (buy overstuffing my online shopping cart) that it will take $10 off $50; $15 off $75; and so on! So it’s not just for the first $25!!! Whoop whoop!

I’m NOT a Michaels affiliate. However, I do have a referral code for you for Ebates! What does Ebates have to do with this you ask? Well, go sign up for Ebates FIRST, then go to Michaels. Right now you’ll get 2% back from them on your total from Michaels online purchases.

PLUS!!! If you’re not yet an Ebates member, and sign up through my link, not online will I get credit, but YOU’LL get an extra $10 back! So, basically, if you’re not yet an Ebates member and you go buy some yarn, you COULD get 18 skeins of the Loops & Threads yarn for a total cost (after all discounts) for ONLY $18.28!!!

Let’s break it down

Loops & Threads Woolike yarn is typically $2.99 each * 18 = $53.82 
After the buy one get one free discount = $26.91
Minus the $5 off $25 = $21.91
Plus US shipping of $6.95 = $28.86 Which you’ll pay today
Then if you sign up for Ebates first and activate your cash back at Michaels
Minus the 2% you’ll get back brings your total down to $28.28
Minus the $10 you’ll get back for signing up for Ebates brings your total down to $18.28!!! 
For 18 skeins of yarn! That’s brings it down to less than $1.02 per skein which is about 66% savings!

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Plus, what I love about Ebates, if you have them pay directly to your PayPal account, you’ll automatically get your payment deposited into your account every 3 months. šŸ™‚ When you install the button onto your toolbar (just a matter of clicking a few buttons) it will flash and pop up when you’re on a website that has a savings offer! Plus, it’ll show you ANY available coupons for that site as well!!! 

Ok, sorry for bugging you mid-day, but I’m not sure how long the sale & coupon is going to last so I wanted to send it to you while I know it’s good. Have a great day everyone!