It must be August…

August 18, 2013
Crafting

“If you would create something, you must be something.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 – 1832) After a long break I have decided to resume the blog: the death of my nephew coupled with some health issues, and more of life’s happenings had my attention focused on so many other things.  The spamming was time consuming and I have temporarily disabled the registration page until I can learn more about Feedburner. Somehow August always marks a return to the craft room, maybe that fall feeling in the morning air centers us more on home and “nesting”.  As last year this is “finish craft projects” month and a chance to revisit the organization of the studio.  I have decided to work slowly on making it even cozier, calming as I plan on spending a lot more time in it this winter. Our first finished project is this sea glass wreath; I have wanted one for our family room for a while.  I used tutorials found on the net as inspiration (check out my Beachy board on Pinterest).  I used a wire wreath form, covered it with sea foam ribbon, and used the hot glue gun to cover it with sea glass purchased from AC Moore.  I find the hot glue does not hold well, I will try other adhesives I have and let you know which I prefer for this project. So pick a project and get creative! Namaste

In Memoriam

In Memoriam
March 20, 2013
For the soul

“Grief is neither a disorder nor a healing process; it is a sign of health itself, a whole and natural gesture of love. Nor must we see grief as a step toward something better. No matter how much it hurts—and it may be the greatest pain in life—grief can be an end in itself, a pure expression of love.” ~Gerald May It has been a longer break than anticipated; Life has shown us again how unpredictable it can be.  A few weeks ago, my nephew passed away unexpectedly.  He was a young man, struggling through life with so many talents and gifts.  He suffered the cruelty of our conformist culture and the pain too many suffer from the systematic exclusion of what is deemed “different”.  He was smart, inquisitive, caring, tender, and so very special to all of us. I have taken time to grieve and honestly, whether my house …Read more

Lost in books…

Lost in books…
February 6, 2013
Home management

“A house without books is like a room without windows.”  Henry Ward Beecher I have had a lifelong love of books which has been picked up by both kids, there is nothing like snuggling up under a blanket with a good book on a cold winter night or in the summer shade.  A book opens your mind to another world, to new information, to yourself… I could not find a book I needed for my school so organizing books was definitely the next best task on my list.  When we moved back in after the remodel, we were so exhausted, worn out both physically and emotionally, that I unpacked the house as quickly as I could, trying to set things up as best as I could but speed was the main concern to resume a normal life as quickly as possible.  We love the new “library” wall but without an …Read more

Do you want to get organized this year? Let’s get started!

Do you want to get organized this year?  Let’s get started!
January 15, 2013
Home management

Everyone wants to transform, but nobody wants to change. Frederica Mathewes-Green Let’s embrace change this year!  Why organize our homes and ourselves?  It is a part of our personal world and reflects both how we feel and impacts how we feel.   If one of your resolutions is to be healthy, happy, and less stressed then getting your personal world in order is part of that journey. Life constantly changing with children growing, job changes, and our home needs constant care to change and evolve with us.  You can follow a ready made plan that suits your style and needs such as the one on A Bowl Full of Lemons or Home Storage Solutions.  Maybe you like the FlyLady who has great reminders for daily tasks.  Chose one that speaks to you, matches your style, needs, and desired outcome.  Do not hesitate to make it your own, the more you personalize …Read more

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
January 2, 2013
Blog news

A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year. A rich man celebrates each day. But the richest man celebrates every moment. ~Sri Sri Ravi Shankar With winter here, our focus turns to the house and inward.  I love the hibernation, resting, and home focus of the season.  A time to reflect and plan for the warmer months to come.   The organizational changes that I started last year have lasted for the most part: the pantry storage works but could use a little cleaning, and I could be more diligent at filling jars versus stacking containers, etc.  I will have to show you our craft and sewing space that is taking shape.  I will start a series of posts on home organization, along with wonderful resources I have found and used over the years. In a couple of weeks I will celebrate my first anniversary of going vegan. …Read more