Friday, May 22, 2015

What Are You Doing? Friday Blog Hop #101

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Welcome to this week's blog hop!
This blog hop runs from Friday 12:00 PM through next Wednesday 12:00 PM EST.

Your hosts:

Sara from Content in the Meantime
 

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week
ForksHooks wesens-art.blogspot.com
I love this idea from Wesens-Art, reusing old forks and turning them into hooks for your decorations or to hang outdoor items. I always wanted one of those door hangers. Thanks for sharing!

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


Don't forget to check out the other blogs from last week! 


What have I been doing?

I haven't been crocheting much. I'm planning to play some worship at Special Touch summer camp next week, and I have a practice tonight. At least I had some time to write a blog post about decluttering and reorganizing myself for the future. I didn't realize it was such a thought out topic in my mind. Hope you enjoy reading it!

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

  • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
  • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
  • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
  • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
  • Family friendly posts, please!
  • *NEW* I also added a LIKE feature to the list, so make sure you check out the other blogs and like your favorite! Help me choose the featured blogs for the week! You only get one choice for a favorite though, but if you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Decluttering and reorganizing myself for the future

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When I was younger and my parents would tell me to clean my room, I would say, "I wouldn't be this messy if I had my own home". I always thought I would have a minimal lifestyle. When I go to the store and I find something I like, I either say "I can make that" or "I can't buy this now because it won't fit in my room".


Then my boyfriend started looking at minimal home living, small homes, traveler homes and storage container homes, like the one above from James&Mau in Chile. *drool* One of the many amazing dream homes we could eventually build one day.

Now he is looking to buy a home. And it made me realize, one day I will have my own home to fill. What will I do then? I'd love to buy all the pillows and colorful patterns and figure out my own style. And once a family comes along, there will be more things to organize and declutter.

I first started hearing about the capsule wardrobe from Un-Fancy, a blog I stumbled on reading articles on Facebook. There are so many times I can think of when I purchase something I kinda liked, or I bought something my friends said looked good on me. But when I got home, I saw the outfit in a different light. Some clothes didn't fit the right way, or I would buy something thinking I would modify it and make something else out of it (I'm still holding onto a lot of old high school t-shirts to make something one day).

When I used to work at Starbucks, I had a section in my closet of black pants and polo shirts to choose from every day. I had a couple of khaki pants, but I couldn't wear too many white shirts because drinks would tend to spill on me. After leaving that job, I started collecting more colors. Now working at an office job, I have combined my wardrobes to include black pants and a bright colored shirt. And I could buy all the bright colored shirts I've ever wanted, but will I be wearing them more than once? This is why having a minimal set of clothes is a better way to go. I tend to go to my favorite clothing for work everyday anyways.

I have kept a lot of things I don't need or things that don't fit me. Every week, I have been taking a section of my closet or drawers and removed most of the old things like socks, old t-shirts, skirts I never wore, shirts that have shrunk, etc. I have kept most of these things because I think I will fit in them again someday. The older I get, the further Someday becomes. I'm working out, and I like the shape I'm in. I've already given away those old pair of jeans from high school, but there is still more I can part with.

There has also been a lot of changes in my parent's life, and they may be retiring and moving back to Chile. Who knows how long we all have left to live in the comfort of my parent's house. We've been living in the same house for almost 30 years, and we've seen demolitions and reconstructions over the years. But one day soon we will all move away. The thought of carrying so much junk I don't need made me decide to start giving things a new home.


This simple trick will change the way you tidy up your house – and your life – forever:
Posted by Today Show on Monday, May 18, 2015
I saw this video on tidying up your home, and I had to share it. I've been working on cleaning my room in a different way, not only finding a place for certain things, but wondering if I really need the item. It has changed my thinking to wonder if what I have makes me happy. I try to purchase items that I will use for a long time, but sometimes there are books or art supplies that sit on my bookshelf for years. Let's not talk about the two large containers of yarn hiding in my closet! I want to make sure I make something from it or I will give it away to someone else.


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I remember my favorite outfit in high school was a shirt and jeans. It was plain but comfortable and clean. Too bad jeans aren't allowed in work, because I would wear them all day. But once I find a comfortable pair of slacks, I want to wear them all the time. Maybe I can get back to the simple basic wardrobe, but now I can add statement pieces and other colorful accessories. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

What Are You Doing? Friday Blog Hop #100

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Welcome to this week's blog hop!
This blog hop runs from Friday 12:00 PM through next Wednesday 12:00 PM EST.

Your hosts:

Sara from Content in the Meantime
 

Kassandra from Coffee and Their Kisses

Featured posts of the week:

Posted below is the featured blog post of the week. I love to find unique blogs and post to share about and write little comments on their writings. I try my best to give every blog a chance to be chosen, so check both of the blogs to see if you have been featured!
Sara's featured post of the week
Kassandra's featured post of the week
Crocheted Stitch Sampler Blanket
Darlene shared a stitch sampler blanket on her blog Let it Shine. This is exactly what I need! What a great way to use leftover scraps of yarn while learning new stitches. 

Congratulations to the featured blogs!


Don't forget to check out the other blogs from last week! 


What have I been doing?

I went to my friend's son birthday party with a crochet caterpillar beanie as a present. His brother enjoyed it more than him though. See my blog post Pattern Review: The Happy Caterpiller to read about it and where to find the pattern.

Now it's your turn! What have you been doing this week?

  • Please post the link to a specific blog entry, not just the blog. I look at every link posted, and I comment in every entry. If you don't post a specific entry I can't comment!
  • Adding your email address will add you to my blog hop email list. I will only send you an email once a week informing you of the blog hop. If you don't want to be emailed, just let me know.
  • If your blog is featured on this blog hop, I will be using the picture you posted on the linky.
  • All blog posts will also be pinned on my What Are You Doing? Pinterest board, so others can see the awesome things you are doing!
  • Family friendly posts, please!
  • *NEW* I also added a LIKE feature to the list, so make sure you check out the other blogs and like your favorite! Help me choose the featured blogs for the week! You only get one choice for a favorite though, but if you have other favorites, let me know in the comments!
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pattern Review: The Hungry Caterpillar

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My friend asked me to make a hat for her son's first birthday. The theme was the hungry caterpillar, and she wanted a hat for him to wear. I found this pattern from cRAfterchick and followed her directions. I was really happy with the results!

This was a different kind of project for me, because I had never used polyfill before. I'm glad I got the chance to buy a bag of it, so now I can do other projects like amigurumis and other stuffed parts for beanies. 


I wish I took more pictures of the party. All the snacks were themed from the book too, with apples, pears, plums, strawberries, and oranges.
 

They even had awesome cupcakes!
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The birthday boy seemed to enjoy throwing the beanie around and making me pick it up.


At least his older brother wanted to take pictures with the beanie on his head. I think I will have to make one for him too!

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