Kitchen Fun

January 29, 2014

Well, fun may be a bit of an exaggeration.  The background is this:  We have 2 pretty deep cabinets in our kitchen.  They hold a ton of stuff but are a giant PITA because it’s hard to get the stuff in the back.  Everything in the front has to get pulled out.  I have most of the stuff in bins so I’m only pulling out 2 bins to get the stuff in the back, but I’m still pulling out 2 bins.  Blah blah blah.  After much deliberation we ordered 2 sliders (one for each cabinet) to test it out.  The installation was easy.  The hard part was getting everything put away again.  It ended up being a huge kitchen reorganization project.  If you’ve been here before, good luck finding things.  We shuffled a lot of stuff around.  But it works.  There’s space for Joshua sippy cups which we’d been jamming in next to our bowls and wine glasses.  Bowls are easier to get to because they aren’t nested anymore.  Etc, etc, etc.  And then there’s the cabinets where the sliders were installed.  I am happier.  I am approaching happy.

Why my hesitation with the cabinet sliders?  Loss of usable space.  I should say a “perceived” loss of space.  In reality I have gained a lot of space because I can now easily access the entire depth of the cabinet.  But I lose about 2.5 inches on each side for the slider rails.  I think it is just me being me and I need to get over it.  We had a little trouble fitting everything that was originally on the shelf on the new sliding shelf but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.  I think it helped when we threw away the expired and stale stuff.

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What Bill thought was going to be an afternoon project turned out to be an afternoon, next day, following morning project.  But it is hugely improved and we are going to order sliders for the remaining shelves.  I’m so close to being able to check this off my to-do list.

And because I hadn’t done enough organizing already, I shuffled the furniture around in my craft room.  My sewing tables are back to back now, going out of the wall instead of side by side against it.  It will make quilting a lot easier.  If I like this set-up, I am going to get new tables from IKEA that we can hack to sink my machines.  There’s a great tutorial on it.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to like it like this.  It doesn’t feel like the tables are taking up more floor space.  My seating area seems a little more cramped, but that’s also because I have a bigger chair there now.  We shuffled some chairs around in this process.  (Joshua was getting a little crazy on the rocking chair in his room so it’s now in our room, the chair from our room in my craft room, the craft room chair in Joshua’s room.)  I’m also planning on getting a new coffee table for the craft room/playroom which will be a much better surface for Joshua and his cars and garage.

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As a result of my craft room shuffle-roo, I started going through all my stuff.  (It’s a WIP so pardon my mess in the photos.)  I have so much scrapbooking stuff that I need to get on top of.  Stuff from when I was in high school.  Ugh.  I went through a couple of binders and threw a lot of stuff out.  I’m also going to get rid of a bunch of my magazines.  They’re now available on CD or for download and that will take up a lot less space.  I have to give my mom credit for that idea.  I have decisions to make – fabric scraps, scraps and more scraps, more clipped articles, and let’s not even discuss yarn.  Overall, progress is being made.


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Birthday Wishes

January 23, 2014

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I just celebrated the last birthday of my thirties.  Crazy.  Where has the time gone?  I can hardly believe I’m this old.  I don’t feel old, and I’ll always be Young, ha ha.  (A little bit of an inside joke, sorry.)  It was very fun, except for the cold that I’m still getting over.  Bill and I saw a movie, we had a nice family dinner (2 of them, actually).  Lots of the most delicious cake, made from scratch by my sweet husband.  I couldn’t have asked for more.

I’ve been knitting a lot.  I’m doing Ysolda’s mystery KAL and spent way too much time trying to pick out yarn from my stash.  It would have been so much easier to buy new yarn but I am truly committed to reducing my stash this year!  The beading bug has bitten me.  I’ve started some new jewelry projects.  Fusion Beads has some amazing inspirational projects.  Most importantly, I’ve begun to “catch up” (my resolution for 2014).  I started by writing down all my to-dos.  They are separated into different categories: house projects, financial, craft, etc.  I even checked something off the list already!

Suffice it to say, I’m feeling good.  Keeping busy, wonderful birthday.

I leave you with a funny picture of my cutie pie.

GEDC1803


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Happy New Year!

January 8, 2014

Yikes!  It’s already a week into the New Year.  Where has the time gone?  I lost a couple of days to the Virus of Death.  Bill was on vacation so we were trying to knock a few things off the to-do list and get in our last bit of relaxing family time.  We had such plans for Bill’s time off.  We had planned on watching a couple of movies, catching up on tv.  A couple of days a go, Bill said to me “I’m so glad we were able to watch all those movies.”  We laughed.  We did not watch a single movie.  But we did watch a bit of tv, cleared some space off the DVR, and got to relax.

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I was thinking about my last post and realizing that despite how busy I was, I found some time for holiday crafting.  I managed a Christmas table runner.  I have bought so much cute Christmas fabric over the last couple of years and I finally managed to do something with it.  It’s a simple runner, strips of varying width, quilted with diagonal lines, hand sewn binding.

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And I managed to knit us all Christmas hats.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the three of us in our hats, but we all have them.  It was a fun knit.  The hardest part was the pompom and getting one that was full enough.  Bill and Joshua wore them to the farmer’s market ever Sunday in December and got a lot of compliments.  Yay!

Of course with the new year, I’ve been thinking resolutions, but I’m not sure I’m going to make any formal ones this year.  I need to finish some from last year, unfortunately.  Now that I’m thinking about it, my resolution for 2014 is to Get Caught Up.  Catch up on projects I’ve had on my to-do list for a couple of years, catch up on last year’s resolutions, and projects that have been on my mind.  I feel pretty good about this.  Wish me luck!


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