Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I have my crafty eye on this lopi poncho (afterall, what else does one do with a mountain of authentic Icelandic lopi but make an authentic Icelandic garment), so I had to teach myself stranded colourwork. I did. Thinking a phone sock to match my wallet would be cute, I crafted this little sleeve . . . and then tossed it out. "Major ugly" as my mother would say.
Knitting success: $0, learning how to do some colourwork
Knitting failure: $.57 in wasted yarn
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The frayed fleece catnip ravioli I made for Fattie.
Investigating this new thing.
And she loves it.
Sometimes I feel like I'm not a very good mom for my cat. I know, I know . . . there are layers of crazy at work in this. But still. I should brush her more and be nicer to her. We used to have a standing 10pm date for a brushing and some TV watching and I've been neglecting that. I know she loves her track and ball toy that she once had and now is lost, but I cheaped out of buying one since it was $9 or $13 at PetSmart. Instead I went home and made her a catnip ravioli with some scrap fleece. I think she likes it . . . but I'm still thinking of a made in China plastic bit of assuaging of the guilts.
I can't imagine what real parenting is like. I so couldn't hack it . . .
Drugs not hugs: $0, fleece from my stash, catnip from Fattie's.
In all of my destashing and purging and housecleaning I am not missing one single thing I've gotten rid of. Even more proudly, when I dropped this off at Goodwill I took a quick spin through the store, fawned over a few things, but ultimately left empty handed. I really don't need anything.
Friday, May 25, 2012
So I went to a yarn store to procure . . . and accidentally bought this one sad leftover on sale remnant skein of Boboli multicoloured yarn. I didn't mean it. I just always wanted a ball of yarn like this. :(
Desimplifying . . . $9.97 at Knit-o-matic
Sunday, May 20, 2012
This was a pretty good week for Simplifying! And I don't mind my "no buying stuff" policy at all. So far so good.
I sorted through all my fabric and gave one enormous tote bag full of all the stuff I'll never use to Goodwill. Set out a freshly emptied Rubbermaid bin by the side of the road. Now all my fabric is in two Rubbermaid bins. That's it. Two!
I put a "Summer Vacation" notice on a blog I author for a group I'm involved with. My term on the committee is up in early December, so I'm thinking that might actually be the end of that. I did it for three years and have no real energy left for the project.
I killed my bulky filing system. I went through all this effort and expense about a year ago to set it up, then never used it. So I gave the file folders and hangers to work, the big box to my sister, and tossed the few things I need to keep in my junk drawer. Lesson learned - don't fight nature. You are not a file folder alphabetized person, Erin, you may as well own it.
Oh and one of the banks I used has shut down some of their financial services altogether, so I got a letter indicating that my financial life now had one less thing in it. So that was actually kinda a nice simplifying decision made by someone else.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Postdoc at University of Helsinki. Wouldn't that be marvellous? Weekends in Estonia. Weekdays evenings drooling over Marimekko products. Learn a bit of Finnish. Finally become the moguls master I was born to me.
Did I mention the Marimkko?
Käly Dress you're mine!
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Last night I whipped up a super cozy scarf and today I'm basking in the feeling of being enormously pleased with myself creating something lovely and stylish for free. I wonder how many other yet-to-be-made treasures are waiting in my bins of fabric?
Circle scarf: $0
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Oh Goodwill. How you tempt me so. I scored this cute birdie for $3 and it was the perfect addition to my reworked living room wall. I am so amazed at how much better you can feel about your home just by reworking what you've already got! I'll post a photo of the wall tomorrow and then you can come over for tea, eh?
This week in simplifying:
- I cleaned out my Google Docs (I have such an allergy to digital clutter)
- and promised not to buy anything unless it is food, clothes, or something I need to finish a project (e.g., ruby coloured thread, scotchtape) until at least June 1 (my birthday!). Time to break some bad habits (I'm looking at you Goodwill)
I'm doing well with my simplifying, but I think I need to step it up a notch and get some more stuff out of my house and finish up some more projects.
Cup: $.75 at Goodwill
Dish: $3 at Japanese store in Niagara on the Lake
Travel objects: Almost as nice as travel itself
Friday, May 11, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This week in simplifying I:
- got rid of all the old, yucky mats on the landing for our shoes and took my mountain of junk to Goodwill
- cancelled all my weekend plans and took a serious mental health day bike trip through Niagara region. It felt better than I could possibly describe to just be outside, be by myself, and get some fresh air. Oh dear, how I wish I could have more nature-alone time in my life.
This week I have a bit more down time and am hoping to finish up a few craft projects and get some school work done.