Category Archives: Challenges

Progress Report: 31 Day Organizational Challenge

I’m taking Laura’s OrgJunkie 31 Day Organizational Challenge this month.

I’ve been making progress by fits and starts.

I took Laura’s advice and cleared out all the obvious trash and junk first. Made more of a difference than I’d like to admit…

And then there were things like this. I lifted up the comforter that was sitting on top of the plastic milk crate that was sitting on one of the dining chairs that had migrated into the living room… and found a nest of light bulbs. I have Absolutely No Idea…

Nest of Lightbulbs

I’ve been steadily working on getting the crafting stuff shifted into the craft room. Which isn’t going to make *that* project easier – but it’s doing wonders for the living room! I’m not trying to sort or purge any of it (except for the cross stitch stuff that I know is going out.)

Then, after no one on Freecycle was interested in a FREE TV, my sister came over and we got the tv and stand loaded into the cars and hauled off to Goodwill. It’s only been sitting idle in the corner of the living room for three years now…

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I’ve jumped ahead on a couple points. In the Planning step, I decided I wanted to use the living room to store my knitting supplies, which are overflowing a pink portable case and covering half the sofa. So I decided a bench with cubbies for under the front window would be perfect. Well – while scouting Target to see what might be available, I found just what I was looking for – on sale. So, I bought two! Plus the six fabric boxes to go with them. My sister’s coming over this weekend to help me put them together.

The other point I jumped WAY ahead on isn’t even in the PROCESS list. I bought paint samples and painted two poster boards to audition them. Bless Pinterest and blogs – I now know how to paint faux-paneling. And, thanks to this challenge, I’ll be able to get close enough to the walls to do so!

So far, so good! I’m happy with my progress and can see how I’m going to finish by the end of March.

Plum Medallion Card

I have a new Silhouette Cameo die-cutting machine. I’m having fun.

This card started from a challenge at Monica’s Creative Madness¬†for Silhouette owners. The rules were: square card, use a digital stamp, and add buttons. This is what I came up with.

Thinking of You Plum Floral Medallion

The card is 5″ square. (and it is square – I need to practice my craft photography!)

The digital stamp is from Fred, She Said’s Sentimental Flower Doodledallion Set, colored with two different styles of gradients in Photoshop Elements. The flower is attached with foam tape, and the edges of the white pieces are paper-pierced.

The cardstock background is printed from Beth Nixon’s Altered Journey digital page kit (no longer available.)

The font is English Hand WF from Walden Font Co.

The buttons were a delightfully fortuitous find – I was looking for small pearly buttons and found these which are perfect! (Belle Buttons by Dritz #BB517)

I do love Challenges! And I’m utterly delighted with how this card turned out.