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crochet:: yo yarnchick, where you been?

April 17, 2014
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Painting.  Not crochet.

Yeppers, you heard right.  I’ve been doing a little painting.

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Had a little paint party with my besties, Barbie from Ta-Da! Workshop & Miss Cortini.

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OOOOOOOooooo, my last name starts with a G.  Betcha only about 3 of you knew that one :)

So friends, have a ridiculously amazing day and I will show you more of my painting projects this weekend.

Happy Friday!

~LV

photography:: cat of the day photo

April 2, 2014

lexi march

photography:: cat of the day photo

April 1, 2014

cali march

crochet:: ipod cozy 2.0

March 29, 2014
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A little wool, a little velco, a lot of jams.

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 ~a very happy 10 year old chick~

crochet:: toasters get cold too

March 26, 2014
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There’s this cool little lady that drives around town in a yellow VW bug with flower power & peace sign stickers all over it.  I met her recently.  Her toaster was cold.  I made her a new toaster cozy.

toaster cover

life:: art & wine, bitches

March 22, 2014
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Lately, the neighbor girls and I have been inspired to paint.

We started an Art & Wine Night.

It’s friggin fun!

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Bottles of wine are consumed and we let the art take us where it will.

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We use plain old acrylics and inexpensive canvases.

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And then we create masterpieces.

At least we think so.

We also have a blast.

Next time…we will be painting large wooden letters to hang on our front doors.  It will rock.

life:: how to be an organized hoarder in 743 easy steps

March 18, 2014
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Well maybe only 3 steps to get started.

I admit it already.  I think I am hiding it, but we all know I’m not covering it up well.  I am a pack rat, a hoarder, a sentimental junk collector.

There I said it out loud.  Isn’t that supposed to be the first step?

Yeah, about recovering from this…not gonna happen.  Instead, I spin it my own way into being organized.  Can anyone define OCD for me?

I love to collect snippets of life along this journey to remind me of thoughts or feelings or events.  Not that I re-visit them all that much, but I still save stuff.  Perhaps you have seen my card album post?

1.) Enter the SMASH BOOK

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It’s messy and colorful and my life mushed into a non-scrapbook scrapbook.  I get to continue hoarding meaningless baubly silly stuff and I can do it without encroaching on every inch of living space that I share with 2 other human beings who seem to like clean and orderly living.   Win.

2.) Pinterest

I know I link to it often, it’s just that I am still in love with it.  It’s digital hoarding of stuffage that I want to read, research, try, explore.  Even though I’ve been on it since the beginning I still have an obsession with it.  For me it’s not the thrill of digital collecting just to be collecting, although that’s valid if you are so inclined cuz it takes up a lot less space than say collecting real taxidermied wild animals, which is also valid if you are so inclined.  Just not my cup of tea.  

The disclaimer on the fabulousness of Pinterest is this::  when your boards reach critical mass…stop.  Just stop collecting and start organizing.  I made the mistake of thinking I will have only 10 boards, that’s it!  Then my problem became scrolling till my hand cramped to find exactly what I KNEW I had pinned 2 1/2 yrs ago.  Now that I have broken out some of the critical mass boards into usable storage boards, I am getting more inspired all over again.

I am obsessed with the organization of information I can actually FIND again when I have the time to read, research, try or explore.  It also tames the out-of-control paper tiger that was wreaking havoc on my home.  No more printing information to stack up only to get lost in the abyss of my office.  Another win.

3.) Contain it

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I am a big believer in glass jars & baskets.  They can contain anything.

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And if you are still finding yourself at critical mass, try 40 bags in 40 days.

Holy cow it works!

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