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Do you think I could do meal-planning? I mean seriously?

I know I’ve done posts and posts on it (oops! Did I just confess to falling off that wagon?), but do you think I really could? I think a lot has to do with cooking ahead. For example, I cooked lots of carrots… and now I have lots of carrots in the freezer… for months!

If I planned meals, I’d use the carrots.

I went to the grocery store Sunday. We were out of food. No eggs, no bread, no veggies, very little meat, no soups, nothing. Apparently family emergency followed by a week at the beach do not add up to an organized/useful kitchen!

So I bought veggies (corn and green beans). I bought potatoes. I bought cream of chicken & cream of mushroom soups. I bought eggs. I bought onions. And now I’m cooking again.

Sunday night we had baked potatoes. I sliced them and put garlic/olive oil on them before “baking” them in the microwave. The recipe called for sliced garlic and I had diced (minced?). I think next time I’ll use fresh so I can slice it, but it was still pretty good.

I don’t know what to call last night’s dinner. I used pre-cooked frozen rice, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of black beans, a chicken breast, a red onion and some garlic. I mixed the garlic/onion/tomatoes and poured it on top of the chicken to cook. Then I zapped the beans & rice. I layered them all pretty on the plate – but the leftovers were all mixed together and I think they were even better (something about the juices maybe?)! My hubby and I had these for lunch today and the little man had it for dinner. Success!

Tonight I’m going to make chicken fried rice. I’ll make a ton of it so that we can have it for lunch and what not. It looks pretty easy and I’ve never made it before, so we’ll see.

Friday I plan on making breakfast sandwiches for the family. I have to wait until Friday because I need cheese, sausage and foil and my food envelope is empty.

Anyway, I want to be a good steward of my money. We’ve been living off barely any groceries lately. I scrape together what I can, but it’s a little ridiculous. The money that I save goes to fast food – there’s some logic for you! So I’m vowing to be better about it, and I’m thinking that meal planning could help. I’m also thinking I’ve tried that it didn’t work I quit (yes, ran together like that, with no punctuation).

things to ponder…

Anyway, I dont’ have a ton of time to take on a new challenge right now. I’m still working Christmas presents (I have a tutorial half-done for y’all!), and we just re-organized our office. I’m also trying to get a handle on my cleaning because August my house turned into a junk yard. My plants are still alive, but I’m not sure how because I’m not watering them. I’m not running. I’m not reading my bible at night. And I’m not waking up on time in the morning.

Sounds like a great time for a new project, yea?

*sigh* I’ll figure it out. Anyway, I’m here. I’m working on a tutorial for you. And I’m semi-contemplating meal planning again.

 

 

 

Ooo! Another thought! I need to work on cleaning, and getting my days right, and getting things done, and cooking. Maybe I should blog about that. Instead of trying to come up with projects, or craft time, maybe I should do what needs to be done and talk about how I do it. I have a great money-tracking system I use! I have great routines (which I’m not currently doing) that have worked great for me! Maybe I could combine my need-to with my want-to, and get back to blogging?

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Coming Soon…

Coming soon to a blog near you…

Packing for road trip success
Sewing tutorial for keeping the car clean
Office reorganization

And much much more! Stay tuned folks!

Priorities?

Wee! Here I go again! Changing my mind! I started this blog to be about sewing. Well, let me rephrase that. I started this blog on WordPress to be about sewing (the blog on Blogger was about? everything?). But lately I haven’t been sewing. I’d like to, but my mind is wandering in different directions.

I like to say I have ADD brain. No, that’s not the same thing as Attention-Deficit-Disorder. It’s more a product of being a happy person who likes to jump around a lot. I guess you could say I’m fickle, but I”m not a huge fan of that word. It reminds me of pickles. Which is just weird to me.

Anyway, lets take a second to throw the WordPress tutorial out the window. Let’s face it, I haven’t completed one new sewing project since saying that sewing is my passion. *sheepish grin* So what do I like?

Sewing –
Yes, I do still like it. I want to be able to sew gifts for family and friends. In fact, my husband and I sat down and came up with a list of Christmas gifts for people. So now I can get started! I’m super excited to do this!
I also want to be able to sew things for my house. I’m in the middle of making curtains for my office and I really love the way they’re turning out. I like the pillows I’ve made.
I like the idea that I don’t have to go out and buy things for super expensive – or even watch sales like a hawk. If I want something, I can make it. Sewing is a big part of that DIY spirit I have.

Cooking –
I go back and forth on meal plans more often than Michael Phelps goes back and forth in the pool. Seriously! I want to try it but I’m scared. I see the merits of planning in other people’s lives, but for some reason I think I’m different. I’m the one person, in this whole wide world, who can not benefit from planning meals. Yep, I’m sure of it.
I do enjoy cooking though. I enjoy experimenting on meals, and baking desserts. I want my son to learn to cook with me (when he’s a little older).

Intentional Living/Frugality –
This is a made-up topic that covers a few things I couldn’t categorize well. Last night I spent hours preserving vegetables. I’m a member of a grocery co-op and every 8(ish) weeks I get a huge box of food. We get fruits and veggies of all sorts. I’m learning to cope with huge amounts of perishable food coming in to my home. I have to do something with it so that it doesn’t go bad. I don’t want to waste the food or the money spent on the food. I need to be intentional about my groceries.
I also consider myself quite frugal (or at least getting there). I coupon shop. I am learning to preserve food. I am learning to sew so I can make things myself. I enjoy bulk trash pickup week. I like Goodwill shopping.

Organizing –
This one is big for me. I LOVE organizing. I love having things organized. I think that an organized home runs so much more efficiently. When I know where things are, and don’t waste precious time searching, I’m able to spend more time with my family.
I believe an organized house is easier to keep clean than a cluttered house. I believe it’s easier to organize when you have less of the “stuff” and more of the “stuff you love.” I’m a declutterer and a purger (not in the eating-disorder way).

Home decor –
This isn’t as big, but it’s something I would enjoy getting more in to. I would love to have a gorgeous, well-organized, lived in home. I’m slowly getting there.

Home Management –
This about sums it up. The things that are important to me are my family and my home – and my home is really only important because it is a blessing to my family. By association, cooking, cleaning, organizing, and decorating are important. Frugality and being intentional with my time/money fall in to place there as well.

So what does this mean to you? More changes! Wee!

I want this blog to reflect me. Lately, I’ve been in more of a cleaning/organizing mood than a sewing mood. I haven’t posted anything because this is a sewing blog. But I’m starting to think that’s silly. This blog isn’t about one thing or another, it’s about me. This is a Kristi blog. And Kristi jumps around (and apparently talks in third person occasionally).

Kristi

Busy Busy Bee

I’ve been a busy bee lately! I have spent more time in the office than usual which is cutting in to my sewing/blog time. Come on boss! Don’t you know I need to be online?! haha!

Anyway, last night I was able to get into the sewing room for a bit. I started some curtains for our office re-do. I really like how they’re turning out and I can’t wait to share them with you!

I’m also getting started on my gift list (for Christmas, birthdays, etc). I want to do hand-made gifts this year and I really want to get started early so that I can put the love and time into each gift. I will gift frugal, but I will not gift cheap.

Anyway, I want to thank you so much for bearing with me in this time of transition! I’m really excited about the direction my blog, crafting and LIFE are going in, and your patience is very much appreciated!

      Kristi

Moving Day

Phew! I am all over the place today! My mavericks won last night. I’m not sure, you may be living under a rock and didn’t know, so I thought I’d tell you. I cried. I didn’t break down in a sobbing fit, but I definitely teared up. This has been a long time coming and the guys deserve it so much. It’s like we knew we could do it, but we were all too scared to believe it would happen. And we won!

Anyway, this isn’t about the maverick. This is about me setting up my new blog. The right way. The way that involves thought and planning and all that weird stuff.

 So this morning I’m packing my bloggy-boxes and getting ready to go. There are 37 posts on my old blog (not counting any Verse of the Week or Fill in the Blank type things, which will not be moved). I didn’t realize I had so many. It’s hard deciding what will be moved and what will just disappear. I chose not to move any re-posts of people’s parties. I may join in with those at some point, but they really have nothing to do with the new direction of my blog – or any direction of my blog. We’ll call them filler, and I don’t need filler right now.

There’s an evolution to A Nest. I started talking about life. My first post touches on family, finances, religion, and home renovation. I quickly moved on to DIY and home decor (although my posting was very sporadic). In January I took the plunge and added home organization to my home decor. I disappeared for a few months, and in March I began talking about home management. Decor, money, time management, meal planning, etc. I also kept a log of my weekend goals, and then a follow up post to see if I was reaching my goals. I disappeared again for April and it was during this break that I discovered sewing. At the beginning of May, I began to write about sewing projects. I have written about sewing, with a little dash of every-day life, since then.

The question is, what belongs in this blog? All of this is who I am, but it is not all relevant to where I’m going. I don’t want to lose my old posts, but at the same time does it really matter whether I completed my to-do list back on March 20th?

I know this entry is long-winded, but this is how my brain works. I’m typing it out instead of just thinking it out. I’m giving you a (probably too detailed) insight into how my mind works. I’m thinking I will cut out the to-do posts and the recap posts, at least before I began sewing. Organization, home decor, meal planning… it’s not that these aren’t a part of my life anymore. A Nest is going to be a sewing blog (at least for now! lol!) but these posts are still about me.

My plan is to post a few old tutorials every week until I am ready to start my new content. I think, instead of devoting an entire day to each posts (like I will with my sewing projects), I will post these in batches. So there will still be exciting sewing content, but I’ll get to keep the posts that (while not relevant) mean something to me.

So after weeding out those posts I’m down to moving 28 posts. 12 of those will be batch posted just for me to have on hand. The rest will be posted every few days until we’re all happy and moved. Stay tuned for more riveting glimpses into my brain on crack creating a new blog.

          Kristi

 

Edit: So Much Fail! I, apparently, am not very good at WordPress yet. Instead of bringing over one entry at a time I accidentally imported my entire blog. So now I have gone back and deleted what I didn’t want to bring over here. So much for the “few a day” approach! haha!

What’s Going On Here?!

Imagine you’re 10 years old. You’re in your room making a mess working on something and mom walks in.

“What is going on here?!”

You jump! You’re not doing anything wrong, but you still feel like you’ve been caught. Remember that feeling?

That’s me, right now.

I was unhappy with Blogger. I’m not going to go into all the gory details, but the straw that broke my back is that for the past 2 weeks I have been unable to post comments on other people’s Blogger accounts. I have been “commenting” by sending out e-mails. This is annoying and I don’t do well with being annoyed.

So here I am at WordPress. I’m a new blogger, trying a new blog site, and possibly a new blog subject. Weee!!!

For those of you looking for fun fabric-y goodness, it’s coming!
But to answer your questions, this is what is going on here:

Reposting old blogs

I asked the advice of a few bloggy friends and they agreed that it was a good idea for me to re-post the content I had on my old blog. My goal here is to make a smooth transition. I don’t want to link back to my old home for anything. While it’s a bit of work up-front, I think this will be the smoothest way to transition. Now, if I had blogged for years I may feel differently about this, but since I’m a newbie, I won’t have much work to do.

Fun New Content

While I’m posting the old content, I will be stitching up some fun new content! When I began writing ANM, I dove in head first. Then I got out of the water, and dove in again. Then I got out, and jumped right back in. This time, there will be no diving. I want to put some thought into my posts. I think it will help me a better blogger, and also make things a little more organize for you, my reader.  I never really branded myself. I never really thought about who I am as a blogger, and what my blog will be about. Which leads us to…

Branding Myself

I’m answering some hard questions. These are the questions most people answer BEFORE they start a blog. I’m a bit late, but I’m doing it! You’re invited to join me for this process. I’ll blog every step of the way. Granted, I don’t know if this is a 2 step process or a year-long journey, but I will be involving you!

Make Things Pretty

This is pretty obvious for most bloggers, but I never bothered to make my old blog pretty. I didn’t have a header. I didn’t have a blog roll. I want to spend some time making ANM more user-friendly and entertaining!

I’m glad you’ve found my new home on the web and I hope you’ll bear with me as I make some changes. The new ANM will be a lot more exciting and fun, and I’m excited to have you along for the ride!

Until next time!

                 Kristi

Oo! Look! A WordPress!

Hi! I’m Kristi from A Nest in the Making! I’m thinking about making a change to Word Press. For now, I’m just playing around to see if I like it more. If you’d like to see my actual blog, please go here!

Thank you for your patience!

                Kristi

>…but you can call me Kristi.

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There’s a lump of metal that sits on the table in my office. It has spinny things, and pokey things, and pully things. It has Singer written on the side of it, and it is on loan from the girl in the next cubicle. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, I have a sewing machine.
 It’s probably been 4 weeks since I first borrowed the sewing machine. The first week it didn’t work. The thread got jammed up by the bobbin (not the bobbin thread, the “main” thread). I had a friend who is quite the little seamstress come out and look at the problem. It took about a week for her to be able to come out, but it was well worth the wait. She walked in, glanced sideways at my little machine, and *POOF* it worked! Apparently it just needed a knowing gaze to tell it to quit jackin around. I wonder how many projects you have to do to earn the respect of your sewing machine? I mean, of course, if you don’t have a Theresa to come over and put it in it’s place.

 My first big project was a set of curtains for the office. If you look here you’ll see my pretty new office – and my ugly mess of cords under the desks. My husband picked out the fabric for this project on a trip to Hancock’s. This is the first time he’s ever “liked” a fabric, so while it wasn’t in line with my original plan, I quickly changed paths and bought a few yards. I made simple panels, hemmed on each side, with the top folded over for a rod to go through. Of course I didn’t have a rod, or really any way to hang it. Enter super-fantabulous IT-man husband. He had some cable stuff (technical term of course) which we threaded through my curtains and wrapped around the desk. It’s sturdy enough that the curtain doesn’t dip in the middle, but descreet enough that you’re not thinking “oh my goodness! What has this girl done?!”
 My next big project was to make a shirt for myself. I used this tutorial and it was such a breeze. See, I have a pattern, but I’m terrified to use it. I’ve gotten as far as cutting it out to the correct size, but to be hones I”m intimidated by it. So my solution was to go patternless! The tutorial was great. The only problem I ran in to was my own doing. My advice would be to try on the shirt you want to use as a pattern. What? That’s obvious? Oh. So after finishing up my pretty new shirt I squeezed in to it and thought “why is this so tight?” I then squeezed in to my pattern shirt and thought “that’s why!” It fits, it’s just a bit snug going over the top.
 Anyway, I’m not done with it. I still have to clean up the arm holes and the bottom. I chose to leave the edges raw because I think it looks nice that way I am nervous to hem anything. It actually looks pretty good, however I am incapable of cutting fabric without leaving a million jagged little edges, so I still need to clean those up.
 The shirt, while cute, was a little plain for my taste (and Kelly’s  as well, she added a ruffle neck but I didn’t want to was scared to try). So I made a ruffle, and turned it in to a flower. I see tons of tutorials for these out there, but they all require a) felt and b) a glue gun. I have neither. I started on the edge and just tacked every few inches together. It was floppy, and had to be arranged correctly on the shirt, however once I sewed it on it looks amazing! I’m not sure this shirt is machine washable any more, but it may never have been. I’m not 100% positive I backstitched at both ends of my seams. So to be safe, I will be hand washing this baby.

 My other big project to date is the tie I made for my son. To me, this was the “no big deal” project. It didn’t take long, and was pretty easy to do (re: straight lines). I didn’t have any velcro, so I used a large safety pin instead. My little man wore this to a wedding Saturday and it was a hit! He got SO MANY complements there, and at lunch afterwards. In fact, he had so many compliments, I decided he would wear it to church yesterday. A huge thank you to Nicole at Wannabe Crafty!
 I’ve made a few other projects I do not have pictures of <links coming soon>: snack bags and tissue holders mostly. The snack bag I liked a lot. It was for a gift to my son’s day care teacher. I made a few homemade cookies – check out Sugarbelle for some great inspiration! She is amazing, and the reason I thought to attempt cookie decorating! – and packaged them in the re-usable baggie. I stuck a note inside explaining exactly what the bag was. She seemed excited, and I hope she enjoys it and puts it to use.
 So what do I want this blog to become? I enjoy blogging. At the same time, I don’t think I can keep up with the pace I had strarted for myself. I was “great” at blogging and “bad” at family, or vice versa… and you can see which won out. 🙂 But that is important to me. As much as I think I would enjoy having a popular, stunning blog – it’s more important to me to have my family life where I want it. Maybe one day, down the line, I’ll be able to devote more time to blogging. The blog world is such an exciting place, and I would truely be honored to consider myself a part of it. But now is not the time.
 I find myself rambling again, but to answer the question I have posed: I would like this blog to be a record of my accomplishments – mostly in sewing and crafting, but possibly in other things as well. I enjoy cooking, and I am starting to try new recipes and/or my own creative spin on recipes. I think it would be nice to document this so that I can see how far I’ve come. As I said, I’ve recently begun sewing, and I would like to use this as a place to list my projects. I think writing down my progress weekly will help me to stay on track and not lose interest. I think many of the reasons behind my “project add” are based in my forgetfulness. I want to do this! and this! and THIS! But I never do any of them. I may start a few, but I quickly lose interest. I’d like to keep a tab of what I accomplished this week, what I’m currently working on, and what I’d like to start in the near future.
 The final thing I may do with my little piece of the web (I say “may” because I am most definitely NOT going to over-commit myself), is to link up to my favorite projects. Right now, I have a filing system on my computer for projects I’d like to try. I use notepads, copy/paste the direct link, and put a quick title “shirt for me,” “baby gift – blanket,” etc. I think .
 So there we have it folks. The thoughts of an accountant-turned crafter-turned blogger-turned blog hermit/lurker-turned blogger again, but you can call me Kristi.
***I will have more pictures and the rest of the links soon. I just really wanted to get this posted while it’s on my  mind.***
***How could I forget my other major project! I made these pillows for the living room! The original pillows are a deep brown suede-ish material. They are pretty enough, but I need some color in my life! I used an envelope-back pillow tutorial <again, link coming soon> to make theses cases and I LOVE them!

>A Place to Start From…

>Aloha! Ok probably not aloha since I have never been to Hawaii… but my boss just got back from Hawaii last week so I’ve got the islands on my mind!

I am not a blogger. I have another blog. I write in it faithfully… about once a year. I also change the topic of my blog faithfuly once a year. So here’s to a(nother) start (again).

My husband and I are in reno-mode. We are renovating our home, our finances, and truly our lives. That’s what I’m going tot alk about. Me, me, me and MY family! haha! But really, what you can expect from me is a recount of what’s new within the Griggs household. I will try to keep updated on developments within our financial overhaul (thank you Dave Ramsey), our remodeling of the house (a big thank you to my husband and father-in-law), and the changes I am making to my personal life in the process. Oh! And couponing! I’ve been doing it for a month and I LLLLOOOOVVVEEEE couponing!

My family is at a cross-roads. Derek and I were married in April of 2009. Our son was born in February of 2010 and all of a sudden things changed. The cute little house we have with the nice sized yard suddenly was in a horrible school area. What does that mean? It means we have 5 years(ish) to get out of this neighborhood and into a home I want my son to grow up in. There is a cute little country town about a half hour from us now and that is where we plan to go. The problem… debt. Don’t I just sound like every other spend-happy American out there?! Ugh! So in a few short weeks my husband and I grew up. We need to get a handle on our finances. We need to get out of debt. And we need to get out of our little “‘hood” (affectionately named of course).

We are 8 months into our journey. Some things have come to light that I did not anticipate. Namely, my spiritual life. My husband and I both grew up in the church, but it wasn’t until Braden was born that we were baptized. We now attend service regularly on Sunday and Wednesday. I am trying to learn how to be a good Christian woman. I am learning to be submissive to my husband in a biblical sense, without feeling like (or becoming) a doormat! I am learning about raising my son with strong Christian values and being a good example to him. There is so much to learn!

So join me on this journey! We have four and a half years to get out of debt, find a new house, sell our current house, and lay the groundwork for the rest of our lives!