Whew, it’s been a busy, trying week! So I’m just gonna share some things that are on my mind and heart today. First of all, a couple weeks ago I mentioned two organizing projects I wanted to get done around here, a paper recipe purge-and-file, and dealing with my workroom fabric and craft shelves. The recipe project was completed but the shelves were a little more daunting:
You might not think it from this photo, but these shelves of fabric did start out organized by color or print – you can even see the labels I used on the top shelves. Obviously, that system didn’t work for me (a-hem) so this time around I am using a combination of baskets for the smaller remnants and just a few stacks. But mostly just a lot less fabric.
Which I had no idea would be so hard to part with. Of course some pieces are clearly a “what was I thinking?” kinda thing and some are waaaaay out of date, but most are basic colors, stripes, or solids. I just haven’t used them, so it’s the big question: will I? Uggggh, here’s where my use-what-you-have mentality can turn into hold-onto-it-forever-just-in-case. I only seem to have this problem with fabric and craft stuff. Odd, huh? I love purging clothes, paperwork and such – it must be that I like creating things and if I had more time I really would be using more of this…and so I think one day I will have more time.
Hmmm, so the process is, um, taking awhile and I’m walking around piles of stuff in my workroom. I’ve been seeing lots of organizing projects around the web, though, that are inspiring me like this one:
Yes, I’m aware that it’s a pantry. But you know what I found when I searched Pinterest for fabric organizing? Lots of lovely piles. Which I know don’t work for me. Or each piece of fabric wound around a rectangle of cardboard…yeah, right. So this pantry inspired me with it’s coordinating labels (done on PicMonkey, which I love). The labels help all the different containers seem like they match. And I have different containers, so this is my goal.
I’m so happy Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer shared these Turkey, Pesto, Onion, Cheese, Poppyseed Sliders in time for the Superbowl! I’m making these for sure – even though Sandy said the Hawaiian rolls were key, I think they would be great with my Soft 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls, don’t you? And I have my stash of freezer pesto to use, of course. What I’m really excited to try is the fun poppyseed sauce they are topped with – it’s making my mouth water just to look at it!
I have a post up over at The Happy Housewife, how to make a Hot Sauce Bar in a Scrap Wood Box, that you might be interested in if you have trouble thinking of creative (and inexpensive!) gifts for men (and if you don’t, I’d like you to share all your secrets with me!). I can’t take credit for this idea, though – it was Brian’s idea for two of our brother-in-law’s birthdays. He made the boxes and picked out all the different hot sauces. He loves having a variety of hot sauces, so this was a gift from the heart for him. I just thought it was a great idea.
I’ve been thinking about the menus here at AOC after this announcement. Thanks to all who wrote sweet comments and emails letting me know they enjoyed the menus – if even just to catch up on the latest happenings in my world. And while I can’t go back to posting weekly menus, I have decided to try posting a monthly menu the first Monday of each month.
I actually have never planned monthly, though I know others do regularly, so I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes. But mainly it will be my check-in with you all where I plan to share whatever has gone on in the past month. Look for the first one this next Monday.
Finally, a bit of sad personal news I’d like to share with you: our family would appreciate any thoughts or prayers you might think to offer for Brian’s dad – he’s been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor that is most likely cancer. We are navigating uncharted territory for our family and it’s a huge paradigm shift for us – as I’m sure any of you who’ve gone through something similar with a parent can grasp. It’s been so big a part of our life these past two weeks, in fact, that I just felt the need to share it with you – my online friends. Life isn’t all great recipes and cool projects, though there’s nothing wrong with that. I just want to be real and share with you my real life – I hope you don’t mind.
It’s weird, but after writing so long and hearing from so many of you, I do feel like I have this large group of friends who would put their virtual arms around us as we walk this path. So thank you. Really.