I really did organize!
Creating new projects as well as taking unwanted & underappreciated items & upcycling them into something you love.
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Introducing my first Personal Project Planning of 2013 - this is really #18/2.0. In the process of being organized this year, I started with my notions cabinet. #18 on the list was covering my unsightly fabric boxes but having to empty them made me reorganize them also, hence the 2.0. I did a double project, I LOVE when I trick myself like that! I used the iron-on transfers that you can print from your computer. I found those butterflies on some gift wrap & followed the directions on the iron-on transfer paper. I cut them out & ironed them onto some fabric. Then hot glued them onto the box fronts. Updated & organized, I'm pleasantly surprised when I reach in for something I need. Ok I have more than 4 fabric boxes , these are the only ones that I can reach right now. This stuff takes time baby, but I'm off to a good start! I promise that there is not a mound of stuff out of camera range--
I really did organize!
There are many ways to help Habitat for Humanity . . . your time and your money. An incredible home building experience, not only changing the life of the family receiving the newly built home, but the volunteers who work diligently to raise the buildings from the ground up. Volunteering on this level is quite a feat. Without these generous groups physically helping, the process would be at a near stand still.
There are those of us who somehow are not in a position to volunteer on such a grand scale, but want to support. There are two ways to do this.
First way is to donate to your local Habitat Restore Store. They accept leftover building materials, furniture, accessories, nearly anything you might have that is usable by another person. Every time I enter the McKinney Restore Store I am amazed what I find in the vast warehouse! I can't stop myself from looking up and down every isle to see what I can see. Knowing people and businesses donate every item makes me feel proud of my community.
The second way that I prefer to participate in this wave of generousity!? I SHOP. I spend my money to help build the homes for deserving families. How can a shopping trip at the Restore Store be wrong? So many of the items are much cheaper than regular retail stores. If it is the same price, well, where is the money going? It is worth it to spend there rather than the big box hardware stores.
There is another advantage to the Restore Store. There are the regular run of the mill sinks, washers, doors, shutters, tile, self adhesive tile, weird moulding, beds, sofas and artwork. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary -- for example a tanning bed or light bulbs the size of your head -- The Retore Store is your place.
So, consider your next shopping experience at Habitat Restore Store as a community service. It puts a whole new spin on spending your money.
Shop Restore Store, Shop Often!
Now that were are in the post holiday funk, it's time to look forward to spring. OK, I'm going to back up a little bit--that black whole between January & March is going to be filled! I usually kinda dither my time away trying to figure out what to do at this time but somehow waste it away over thinking it. I ping. . . bouncing ideas without direction and no true commitment to finishing anything. This year will be different, I say that every year, but this year will be different. I am creating a . . . "Personal Project Plan."
I will pull out my bulging files of magazine cut-outs, small pieces of paper I'd stuffed in books & make a monthly line up of preferred projects. I usually get 40% of my own projects completed, they are usually done on a whim without plan. So, there is an additional 25% sitting in the back of my closet (or in the barn) crying to be re-recognized. You know how you have those ideas, & you think it will be the bomb & it BOMBS? That pesky idea that just doesn't do what you wanted it to? Now, what you say to yourself, "off to another idea & hope it percolates into a full cuppa.
This is where my P3 comes into play. I'm going to place my ideas & whims onto a calendar to give myself structure. There is nothing like a completion date--just like projects for my work- I will achieve my goals for myself. Now creative goals are different than work goals, they are further down the food chain of To Do's. This year they are climbing their way up. The only way to do this is with action. I am by no means a lazy person, I do more than most people, but I can do better & I can do more.
So, the calendar is coming out, and with pencil in hand (I do need an eraser) as I will plot out my top 10 projects of the year. It's going to be hard picking the top 10 because I want EVERYTHING. The calendar makes the ideas a little bit more of a reality. I go to the dentist, I celebrate other people's birthdays, why can't I do this for myself? And
again I think this year will be different.
My Top Ten list includes 20 things. If a project doesn't run, I still have a horse in the stables. So saddle up & let's get ready!
Personal Project Plan - P3
20 ideas for 10 projects - a girl can change her mind, even with a list!
1. Create my favorite dog photos into silhouette pillows or prints
2. Make envelopes from old shopping bags or vintage paper
3. Make totes from recycled fabrics
4. Paint a painting of a photographed animal
5. Create a felted, flower pillow
6. Make vintage, sewing notion jewelry
7. Photograph and blowup a picture and frame artwork
8. Make trendy looking, monogrammed or stenciled hand or tea towels
9. Finish enclosing my back porch with screen doors and shutters. **This is a
biggy** I have been collecting doors & shutters forever!
10. Get the "baby" dresser from the attic. Clean, repair and find a place for it
11. Tile my back fireplace & hearth (spending allowance only $40 - ReStore Store visit in order!)
12. Paint a fresh coat on my outdoor furniture - it's a massive undertaking
13. Make a Christmas runner with the vintage patterns I scanned from a client's project I created in 2011
14. Make those Christmas cards I have talked about for 15 years!
15. Do something with those GIANT acorns I have stashed for a year
16. Paint a bird on silk again using a light box
17. Finish that neglected trellis (paint it too)
18. Cover all those mismatched fabric boxes with something I like,
19. Finish painting that vintage bed
20. Rewire at least 2 of those hanging lights in the barn and do something with them
Wow, this is a drop in the bucket of my running list of "wanna do's", but is a good beginning. No more pouring through the magazine "tear outs", no more wandering from room to room, gazing at each wall - trying to inspire myself - then going off doing some laundry. Lucky #13- 2013!
P3 has been chosen . . . some are easy, some - well not so
simple at all! These are things that have been waiting in the wings for ages. I will see how I can cut through this list. What does your list look like?
I go into this year with a full heart, hand full of artistic materials and a true desire to get it done!
We are all worthy of feeling satisfied about where we are in our homes. Our approach to the adventure is as important as the results. The journey of finding our design ideals shifts with seasons & people passing through our lives. We are more likely to enjoy the creative process when things are made easy and How To Love Your Home's passion for finding & sharing tools, tips, & triumphs is here for simplifying the journey to a commonsense approach to homemaking & design!