Mar 252016
 

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Don’t forget, Craftsy is having a sale for their Online DIY Classes, 3/25-3/28.  This is a great time to take a step in learning something new or improving in an area you are already learning.  With 1,000+ classes there is a wide selection available.

With the Craftsy guarantee you know you will be able to watch the lessons any time and from anywhere, and your access never expires.  There is also a 100% money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the product.

Whether you are looking for classes, tutorials, fabric, yarn, paint, art, drawing, painting, baking, cooking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, photography, knitting, quilting, woodworking, gardening, or home decor, Craftsy.com is the one stop place for all your DIY classes.

Mar 202016
 

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If you missed the DIY Class Bundle Sale two weeks ago, you are in luck.  Craftsy is having a sale for their Online DIY Classes, 3/25-3/28

Learn from instructors in 1,000+ classes.  With the Craftsy guarantee you know you will be able to watch the lessons any time and from anywhere, and your access never expires.  There is also a 100% money back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with the product.

Whether you are looking for classes, tutorials, fabric, yarn, paint, art, drawing, painting, baking, cooking, cake decorating, scrapbooking, stamping, sewing, photography, knitting, quilting, woodworking, gardening, or home decor, Craftsy.com is the one stop place for all your DIY classes.

Mar 102016
 

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Ever want to learn a new craft? How about improve upon on you already know?  Try that a new technique to add extra oomph to a project of yours?  Well, it is your lucky day.  Craftsy is having an Online DIY Class Bundle Sale.  Class bundles are groupings of online Craftsy classes curated by experts for the most efficient and comprehensive creative learning journey. There are online videos you can watch anytime, anywhere with unlimited lifetime access to your collection. Craftsy’s online class bundles will be on deeper discount between 3/11-3/13.

The great thing about these classes is no traveling, your access never expires, and there is a 100% money back guarantee.

Last year I went through a mini course on landscaping.  Inspired by what I was learning, I decided to tackle my front yard and turn it into a shade garden.  It was a large project, at a time when I had other large projects also going on, but was made immensely easier by the encouragement from the course.

There are over 100 Class Collections on Craftsy’s website, enough to cover a very wide range of topics.  The graphic above gives you a small sampling of what you will find.  If you have been looking for something new or challenging, now would be a great time to register.  Then, as you have free time or during a rainy weekend you can work your way through the lessons.  You may find a new love of your life.

With the wide variety of topics available, if you could choose one to attend, which would it be?

 

Oct 082015
 

Day One in 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life could not be titled any more appropriately – Discipline is a choice.  Over the past few months I have chosen not to let self-discpline happen.  I have chosen instead to set things aside till ‘later’.  I have chosen to pile up papers instead of filing them away, put off following up on items that should have been addressed months ago, and not finish what I have been working on before starting something else.  I have chosen to blame the circumstances around me rather than view the real issue – I have chosen to not be self-disciplined.

This choice has resulted in a home that feels chaotic, kids who are responding accordingly, a husband who is already stressed feeling even more stressed when he comes home and myself not feeling at all restful or productive.  There are so many things we could be doing but I feel so behind I have no energy to make headway.  So now, at this moment, I am choosing to start changing.  I will show self-discipline and do the important things that need to be done so we can life and enjoy life later.

nature center bird feeders tree pond

Today is the day.  I have room to breath a bit and tackle the things that have been overwhelming me, or threatening to do so.  I have begun to take on one of the larger projects and work on smaller ones, but just as they come up.  From past experience I know that if I were to have a plan and a goal in mind I could be doing so much more.  So here it goes, my plan to get back on the ball, to start up some of those habits I began to drop a year ago when our home life was disrupted by work on the house and adding in home schooling.  I am excited to get going and see what changes can be achieved in the next 21 days.

It is still dark outside and Jack woke up.  Yes, it is 6:35 a.m. which is right at his wake up time, but I was hoping the darkness would give me an extra 30 minutes.  No such luck.

His first question of the day, “What are you doing?”

“I am trying to set my goals for today.”

“Oh.  What are they?”, he asks with an innocent voice.

“I don’t know yet.  That is what I am trying to figure out.”

A few sentences later I clarify for him that I have 3 top goals for today:

  • Finish his school work for today.
  • Clean the garage of as much drywall dust as I can: finish wiping down the walls of the garage, wipe down the washer and dryer, and clean the floor
  • Spend an hour cleaning the house: picking up and moping the kitchen floor to get as much drywall dust up as I can

The last two goals may sound like complicated goals that could be broken down, and they could, but in reality they are not that bad.

Moping the kitchen floor is a smaller goal I have had for a while.  It is the first thing we see when we come into the house and really set the mood for how I feel about the house.  With the drywall dust and work dust having covered it often these past few months, I have also noticed exactly how much it impacts the cleanliness of the floors in the rest of the house.  Don’t believe me?  I now have white foot prints everywhere to prove it.  This really, really, really needs to be done.  And to that end, it is also why I am wanting to clean the floor in the garage.  We enter the kitchen from the garage.  The two floors are united almost as one.

The garage is 95% of the way done.  Wiping down the walls and the washer and dryer should take about 10 – 15 minutes.  This part is a step toward working on my Mega Project.

Quick project to jump start the 21 days: mopping the kitchen floor

Mega Project: Paint the new drywall in the garage and house

I will need to sit down later today and break my Mega Project into smaller bits.  For now I am going to finish up the first step I started this past weekend, which was wiping down the walls and ceiling in the garage.  Below you can see what it looked like before being cleaned out and after.  It is harder to see exactly how much dust was wiped off, but it was enough to cover me and make the whole room look white.

new garage clean out

Is there a quick project that you have been putting off?  Make time today to tackle it, then share with us how long it actually took.

Mar 142013
 

 

Yesterday, I was able to finish the first coat of paint in our downstairs bathroom.  This was the quickest of rooms that needed touching up on paint.  The areas were mainly places on the wall that had been damaged or marked up the past few years.  Also included were areas around trim or door frames that were missed when the room was painted originally or were damaged when door frames were changed out.  I also took the time to patch a place on the wall were a hook has come off, taking some of the paint and drywall paper with it.  That area needs to be sanded and painted today, as well as a second coat on the other areas.

On the list below, I have marked (bold and in red) two projects I am going to be working on the next few days.  I decided to put both of these together as they really are related.  It doesn’t matter which I do, painters tape will need to be up, paint brushes out and the ladder needs to be brought in from the garage.  (We have very high ceilings on the main floor of our home, which means I can’t reach the top of what needs painting just by standing on a chair.)  Some places need priming, others just paint.  I am not sure if I will take this one room at a time, or do two rooms at once.  It will depend upon how much time I have and how long a step will take.

Today I am going to be gone all morning, then have a meeting at my house over lunch.  Nap times have been decreased this week (in hopes of having easier/better bed times), so I will have a shorter time frame in which to work than I have become accustomed to.  Also, Saturday will find me gone before the sun rises and home after bed time.  I doubt I will be painting then, though I might be installing an outlet cover.  This is mainly to keep chipping away at projects.  Yes, I could take a whole weekend and knock out several projects, but I don’t have the time for that.  What I do have the time to do, right now, is work on them a bit at a time.  If I do a little each day the progress will add up and soon I’ll have them all done.  A saying of FlyLady’s that I like is, “Anything can be done 15 minutes at a time.”  I completely agree.  One thing I have come to find out, though, is you actually need to get up and do those 15 minutes.  Dreaming and thinking about doing them doesn’t get you very far.  =)

Lists of my 21 Projects:

  1. Spackle stairway walls
  2. Prime spots to be painted (from previous replacement of door and window frames)
  3. Paint spots around door and window frames – work in progress.  1st coat in one room completed.
  4. Repaint Horse post by street
  5. Strip vent covers in bathroom and kitchen
  6. Repaint bathroom and kitchen vent covers
  7. Seal pots and paint with chalkboard paint (to be used with herb plants on the deck)
  8. Add outlet cover for washer/dryer
  9. Add outlet cover for outlet on front porch
  10. Check credit report
  11. Replace light fixture in stairway
  12. Remove weeping cherry (to create a place for blackberry bushes)
  13. Put out a bird bath
  14. Buy new kitchen trash can – work in progress
  15. Organize and label kitchen pantry
  16. Move clothing totes to back of crawl space (instead of right in front), add shoe rack and rod to hang winter coats
  17. Divide out future clothing sized into clear totes, label
  18. Put camping stuff in tote(s), label
  19. Clean bathroom grout
  20. Seal bathroom grout
  21. Make and freeze 4 different soups, 3 months worth each – work in progress.  2 made and frozen.
How is your progress on your projects?  Have you come upon any bumps along the way?  Do you find you have larger blocks of time to focus, or have to fit the projects in where you can?