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Hey There

Hey there seemed like an appropriate title for this post. I read once that you’re not supposed to do clever posts. Nobody will ever find this in a google search, and if you don’t bookmark this, you’ll spend hours going through archives trying to find this post again. Of course, this isn’t a particularly memorable post to come back to.

I started off a post about rambling by rambling. Great.

I’ve been cleaning. I re-organized my master closet and the office. I threw out tons of fabric (and by threw out I mean donated) that didn’t appeal to me. See, what happened was, I started sewing and tons of people started donating. The nice people at our benevolence center gave me a ton of fabric. They said I didn’t have to keep it if it wasn’t me, but I was so hyped on the sewing experience that I wanted to keep it all. People, I had 3 shelves FULL of fabric. I wish I would’ve taken a picture for y’all to see. I had so much fabric that I lost my inspiration. I think when you have a lot of fabric you don’t particularly like, the fabric loses it’s ability to speak to you. I no longer saw a future pillow or drapes or apron. I saw a pile of not-so-cute fabric taking up space in my pretty hutch. That’s the end of the line. When the “pretty” fabric stops being pretty and starts being annoying. I still have a lot, don’t get me wrong! I have all the fabric I actually purchased (of course!), and all of the fabric given by friends. What I got rid of is the fabric that was purchased 10ish years ago (not quite vintage, not quite cute) and never taken from the benevolence center because nobody wanted it. Guess what? I don’t want it either. *lol* it’s quite liberating actually. There’s some really cute fabric left in there and I’m inspired to start some projects for me once I finish the Christmas presents.

Speaking of Christmas – no new progress. I enjoyed my final days off by going to Ikea, cleaning, taking care of my plants (which is a bigger shock than you know) and resting. Tomorrow I go back to work and life returns to normal, or as normal as life will be now.

I started running again. I ran by myself a few times this past week, and ran with my friend Sharese once and Cherami once. Sharese and I used to run regularly but 109 degrees at 7pm does not agree with us. Cherami just started running, but she’s my bestest friend so any time with her is a blast. It feels good to run again.

Next week I start helping in Sunday School at my church. I’ll be in my son’s class which will be nice. I’ve never taught before and I grew up Methodist so this will be a new experience for me. I am excited though.

A few weeks after that our Shine Groups (small groups) start up. This is something Derek and I did not participate in last year. We are joining with some of our friends. They have a son a few years older than Braden and a daughter just a few months older. I’m excited to get to know more people our age in the church, and to experience more and be more involved.

My bible study has been covering watching over the home lately. I’m really enjoying this study and it truly has changed my attitude about keeping watch over my home. I pray that I continue to learn and to grow. I’m a little more than half way through the study. Is it funny that I want to start it over as soon as I finish? I feel like I can learn so much from going through it again. I’m so thirsty to learn God’s will in my life.

So that’s all that’s on my heart right now. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks but I’m anticipating life will calm down. I don’t know about this blog. I mean, I’ll still be here, and I’m sticking to my sewing/cleaning/organizing/crafting/etc. I just don’t know if I’ll be ready for a month-long-intensive-blog-marathon again any time soon. To those of you who are working on Christmas, good for you! Keep it up, and I’ll keep working on mine! I”ll still be posting about my progress, I just (obviously) don’t intend on being done Wednesday evening. haha!

If you made it this far (hi!), you are now a candidate to be my best friend! haha! I know I can talk!


Things to Come

July is drawing to a close and my kitchen is looking great – if you look past the crumbs and the tiny fingerprints, but at least it’s being used more efficiently! This is not my re-cap post so I’m going to leave you in suspense as far as details go!

August is going to be a busy time for me. I turn 25 on the 16th (Happy Birthday to Me!!!). I am going to two rock shows. I have a surprise baby shower to throw for a co-worker (don’t worry, she doesn’t know I blog). My mom’s birthday is the 17th (Happy Birthday to her!!!), and of course we can’t forget the good-ol’ 9 to 5 11 hour job.

As far as projects go I have a few things in mind. I’m a horrible decision maker, so I thought I would leave it up to y’all! Please leave me a comment and let me know what I should focus on!

a) the office/sewing room/play room
b) Christmas in August
c) finishing up those pesky loose ends

The most obvious project (when you glance around my house) is the office. I have fabric scraps all over the floor. I just moved a new hutch in, and the bins I previously used for fabric are empty and taking up space. My sewing table is trashed. The desks are cluttered (with stuff and empty coke cans). It’s not a usable space right now. It’s supposed to be a play room and I’m afraid to let my son in there.
Now, even if this is not my August focus, I’m going to clean the crap off the floor so little man can go in there. So don’t let the safety of my child sway your vote! I’m not heartless! hehe!
If I focus on the office, I will discuss storage of my crafty stuffs, sewing stuffs, bill paying stuffs, and toy stuffs. I *may* touch on computer storage of my digital stuffs and possibly some debt management Dave Ramsey stuffs.
The only downside to doing the office is that it will have to be redone in about a year anyway. We are going to be making some big changes to our whole house (and what room is use for what), so my whole vision will 100% be changing. Lol!

This Christmas, Derek and I have decided to do primarily homemade gifts. I will be sewing gifts for our family and friends. I am still a novice sewist (I don’t know if that’s a word but it sounds better than sewer! ick!), and I want to give myself PLENTY of time to make things, not like them, try again, etc. I have a fairly complete list of who gets what and I’m ready to get started!
If I focus on Christmas in August, I’ll share homemade gift ideas, progress on making them, as well as a few tutorials for things I make up as I go! This will primarily be a sewing month, however I’m not ruling out other projects (there are a few people I haven’t decided on yet). If I do go this route and you have great gift ideas (or know someone who does), let me know! I’d love to do a features post, or even have guest posters if anyone is interested!

Finishing up loose ends is probably the least glamorous of my projects. There are a ton of things I need to finish up around the house. Off the top of my head, and without even looking up from the computer, I need to a) finish the curtains in the office b) paint the master bathroom vanity doors c) finish painting the master bathroom d) make a wedding gift for my friend e) make a baby shower gift for another friend f) finish painting doors (front & back) g) bleach the outside chair cover so I can use it as a pattern h) spray paint the outdoor chair (orange?)… I could keep going!

As far as the logical order goes:
Having the office clean and organized would help with making gifts and give me a clean space to tie up those loose ends.
Finishing with Christmas stuff (or at least getting a good start on it) would allow me to relax a little bit and ensure quality gifts come Christmas time. It would also be a HUGE weight off of my shoulders, because I dwell on this a lot!
Finishing up those pesky loose ends would clear my to-do list to work on bigger projects like the office and Christmas.
So yea… the logical order is to do all 3 at once! haha!

Ok voting time! In a comment, please tell me which you think I should do for August and why? Remember to also let me know if you have a post you’d like to be featured and/or would be interested in a guest post. My e-mail is anestinthemaking {at} gmail {dot} com! July is almost over people and it’s time for a new POA!!!


*Linking Up At*
A Bowl Full of Lemons
52 weeks
Delightful Order
Serenity Now

Good morning! My recipe post is also a bit behind schedule. Things are rough right now as your prayers are appreciated. I hope to get the post up this weekend, but please bear with me as my family deals with illness.

Thank you.

Good afternoon!

Today’s post on my meal planning experience is going to be a little late. I had a very busy weekend of snuggling, playing dinosaur, grilling out, and going to church. There just wasn’t time for blogging. haha! But it will be up – just a little later than expected!


A Comment Challenge

Ok! I’m a blog reader lurker! I’ll admit it! I read too many blogs for my own good, I even follow tons of blogs on my google reader – but you won’t know if I read your stuff. Why? Because I don’t comment!

So here’s my challenge to myself. If I read your blog, I will comment. If I stumble upon you through a link and go through your entire blog, I will comment at least once. Why not? Why do I need to be the creepy lurker in the background!? And anyway, I love comments and want to get comments and isn’t it a little hypocritical to want comments but not give them? AND on top of all of that, I said here <edit: I just noticed that I never actually published that post… and I’m not sure it makes sense anymore with the direction that I’m taking my blog. So umm… let’s just say that I want to make friends!> that I want to make friends through blogging. As far as I know, you don’t make friends by going to the mall, sitting on a bench, and waiting.

So I’m putting myself out there, and I want to encourage you to as well! Are you here? If so, say hi! I’ll say hi back! Maybe we’ll become best friends, or maybe not – but at least we’ll both have connected with another blog-loving soul! And that has to count for something!

>January Challenge!


Jen over at IHeartOrganizing has issued a challenge for January! Clean out your paper clutter!
Where does your paper monster live? Mine is in the home office. It started out admirably enough. “Oh my goodness! This house is a mess! I have GOT to get the ____ [insert messy room name] cleaned up or I’m moving!” But then lazy happened. “I have this huge pile of stuff I need to file/put away and it all goes in the office… maybe instead of spending 30 seconds doing that right now, it would be a BETTER idea for me to take the stack and set it on some random flat surface in the correct room! That way I can promise myself I’ll get to it later and never do it!”
So that’s what I did. Once… twice… thrice (???)… A MILLION GAZILLION TIMES! So now the office looks like this:

(This is a slightly cleaned up version… I actually started picking at the office in December so this isn’t the lowest of lows).
This is actually great timing for a project like this one! My dear husband and I have been talking about re-doing the office. It was a great place for two gamers to hang out when we first moved in. When we found out we were having the little man we had to do start office renovation part one.
I originally had an L shaped desk floating in the middle of the room with both of our computers on it. It actually looked pretty cool, but there were cords EVERYWHERE and somewhere in my “OMG LEARN ABOUT BABY” books it said that infants shouldn’t play with electrical cords. So that’s how our computers got where they are now.
We took the L-Shaped desk and took out the middle joint section leaving us with 2 regular desks. We threw them up against the wall, and put our filing cabinets in between to hold the printer. Why do we have two filing cabinets? Well, I had one in my apartment, and my lover had one in his apartment… so when we moved together we had two! Can you tell I’m an accountant? Look at that math! We bought a futon to put along the other wall and put a bookshelf in the corner. It was actually realy cute looking… if not entirely functional.
Fastforward almost a year (my little man will be one in 21 days… but who’s counting?) and we’ve re-arranged again. First of all, Dave Ramsey told us we should sell stuff to have an emergency fund. Goodbye futon and bookshelf! Hello baby step #1!
So then we had an estate sale for my grandmother and I picked up these two lovely chairs!
Doesn’t that beautiful orange just scream 1973?! So those will be my first re-upholster project… wish me luck! We also inherited a nice big dining room table which makes me sooo happy!
Our smaller round table has made it’s way to the office. We trashed our big ugly falling apart office chairs and are now using our small ugly “retro” chairs at the desks AND at the table when needed. It’s really not half bad! Except… do you remember that picture up at the beginning?
Here it is again:

Oh yea! There’s no room for anything! So anyway, here is my plan for the room:

For those of you who can’t appreciate my insane paint skills, I plan to push the computer desks up to surround the window on the front wall. The round table will be folded down to take up less room on the wall where the desks are now. The computer accessories (silhouette, printer, router, NPC scanner, etc) will be on floating shelves in the corners above the desks. I plan on making a fun chalkboard area for the little man also. The filing cabinets are GONE! I figure the few paper things we need to keep can be put in a small portable file (thank you Jen for the idea) in the closet, and we can get rid of the cabinets completely! So I’m going to sell those on Craig’s List, and use the proceeds to get the portable solution for the closet!
And now for the great segue you’ve all been waiting for…
If I’m going to get my room to go from this:

To this:

I’ve got to get my paper clutter in order (and for the most part shredded and gone).

Stay tuned for updates as this transformation takes place!