Friday, January 31, 2014

Declutter Week 5: Blogs

I really wasn't focused on doing much in terms of decluttering this week but I did manage to do some electronic decluttering and clean up my blog list.

I had eighty.. yes eighty blogs on it. Way too many to follow. On quite a few there was nothing new to follow as the bloggers were no longer updating their blogs.

So I got busy going through the blogs, deleting those that had lapsed through inactivity, removing the couple that were now private for subscribers only and a few that covered topics that I'm no longer overly interested in or that were focussed on hobbies I'm not currently doing. I don't need any new hobbies. I really don't need any new hobbies. 

I pared my list down from 80 to 27! 

Next task - to find a blog reader I like.

I was using Google Reader but that product/program has been discontinued. I'll add finding a new blog reader to my list of projects...

So not a lot of progress this week, but at least I accomplished something.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Yes I used a pattern.

I spend hours looking for patterns on the web and finally find one that looks
"almost" perfect. Then I start changing everything:

  • the fabric used was a different weight than the fabric in the pattern
  • The dimensions were changed.
  • Top stitching was added.
  • A slightly different casing positioning was used than in the pattern.  

Seeing how simple this project is there wasn't anything left to change after that. 

I think it turned out pretty good though if I say so myself.  

It's a shoe bag.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's still clutter...

I discovered a hidden treasure trove of clutter this week. All ready to go out to the Salvation Army store too! But look at it.. It never made it out of my house. 

~ Sigh~ 

I'm good though. I haven't gone through the bags and I'm not going to. I'm just going to focus on getting rid of them and not repatriating the clutter. 

My goal this week is to get it into the car and to the Sally Ann.. Even if it's packed and ready to go it's still clutter if its taking up room in my house.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Scrappy Goodness

As a quilter I seem to collect scraps of material. They've been getting put into a couple of bins.

 One of my projects recently has been to go through my scrap bin and either toss it or use it. I'm proud that my bin is now closeable! I've done that by either tossing or using. I've still got plenty of scraps left but its a lot more manageable than it was.

I've been making these blocks with scraps from my bin.

And now have a whole lot of them!

Decluttering and creating. Always fun!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Bathroom Counter clean up

Spurred on by my friend Bonnie at I decided to join her in a decluttering challange for 2014. Here is my small start at the mess.

Here it is after decluttering. Much stuff was put away while some was tossed.

A bit of progress to start the year!