Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tidying Up

January went by so quickly! I had this moment yesterday where I was looking at a coupon that started February 1, thinking I couldn't use it yet, then suddenly realized it had been February for three days! How did that sneak past me!?
Well, I hope the start to your year has been lovely. We have been having pretty warm weather off and on which has been so nice! We went for a hike one Sunday with family, I'm looking forward to more hiking this summer!

All of this warm weather has put me into a spring cleaning mood. I started decluttering my entire house. I have been wanting to read this book for quite awhile and after being tired of waiting for my turn from the library and amazon being sold out at the time I found it while grocery shopping and nabbed it because I'm a serious organizing book nerd. Seriously, as a teenager I used to read books from the library and declutter my bedroom ruthlessly at least once a month. My house has been another story. Since getting married I just can't seem to get the entire house under control. So I'm excited to try some of these methods and see how it goes!

I pretty much devoured this book in about three days. I could have read it in less, but I had to start organizing, you know? I started with clothes and went through our closets. And so far, they are still organized and really easy to keep that way. They are my favorite part of the house right now, I keep opening the doors and staring. My one little corner of order. But hopefully soon that will change and the rest of the house will be as inviting!

Next I went through all our is our weakness. Britton and I are book collectors. It's so hard to let go of books. But I did find myself letting go more easily of several books I most likely will never read and if I decide to, will borrow from the library. I am amazed at how much guilt left with those books. Having things around that you tell yourself you will get around to someday just leaves me feeling like a failure every time I look at them and realize I haven't done that yet. It also helped me realize, the reason I haven't read some of because I don't want to. I also got rid of some ugly books. Is this crazy? But seriously, I never let myself buy pretty copies when I already have a perfectly good copy at home. Now I can buy books like this or this and not feel guilty about it. Sheesh I live with a lot of guilt. I did keep more than the book recommended, but books really make us happy and we actually do read books again and again. Plus someday we dream of having a small home library. So for us, I believe it is perfectly fine to hang on to them. 

My house has been turned inside out and it's rather scary right now. But I can already feel the difference and I'm excited to continue going through stuff. My goal is to create a home where things are never lost, and I can spend more time living and doing what I love and less time tidying up and hunting for things while tripping over stuff I don't like anyway. I love pinning pictures of rooms I love on my Pinterest board Homey Things to inspire me in making my home more beautiful and cozy!

Is anyone else in the middle of decluttering right now? What helps and inspires you?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Hello 2015

Every year I get excited about having a fresh start and setting goals for the new year to make dreams come true. "New Year's Resolutions" some people call them...but now days it seems like so many people despise New Year's Resolutions I almost hate to talk about them. But I am a goal setter and a deadline maker year round. A scheduler, not so much. But that's another story. I get giddy inside when I think about setting goals and actually sticking to it and working so hard until it comes to that point where you cross the finish line. 
This year I had many goals, one of them was to finish unfinished projects and I'm so excited that I was able to get my 18 knitting and crochet projects (yes 18!!) down to 4! I was hoping to finish them all by the end of the year but with the holidays and such it just didn't happen. Not to mention two of the projects left are afghans! You're killing me Smalls!

The projects I have left are:

Cable Throw - I started this for Britton before he and I got married! I am SO ready to see it finished! And I have really made a lot of progress on it lately which feels good! I ran out of yarn and they don't make those blues anymore so I am adding in black.

Sunburst Afghan - I started this last January to use up some scraps. I think it's half way! Unless I decide it needs a few more rows.

BFF Cowl - The bane of my existance! But I think I finally am starting to understand the pattern which is super confusing to me. So hopefully that will be finished soon!

Socks - These are super top secret so you can't see the right side yet! I'm designing my first sock pattern! And that green is normally not a color I would choose, but I bought it like 5 days after I had surgery so I blame the pain meds. But it is growing on me.

I do have two more projects that I is a Christmas gift which is super late! And the other is my Once Upon a Time Mystery KAL that I couldn't not join in on. (One of my absolute favorite TV shows) So my goal is to finish these before I cast on anything new! With the exception of maybe treating myself to a new project for my birthday. Because I mean....BIRTHDAY. Birthdays win.

Once I finish those I am about to tackle my sewing projects! My original goal was to have all my projects (sewing and knitting) completed by March 1, but I don't feel like that it going to happen. I'm going to try to get as many finished by then as I can though and then I will reevaluate and set a new goal. The point is, no new projects until they are all finished. If that's not motivation I don't know what is!

I feel like the holidays went so fast this year! It almost felt like they weren't even here before they were over! But we did get some snow which was lovely. I love snow. 
 It's also been the winter of hot chocolate with whipped cream and sprinkles. We had several Christmas movie nights with my niece and nephews. We watched The Santa Clause, Elf, and The Polar Express which I had never seen before! Watching Christmas movies with kiddos is way more magical. Especially when one of them plants himself right between you and your husband and holds your hands through most of the movie. ♥
I'm excited for this new year and I hope all of you are too. I hope to blog a little more because I have really been missing it lately.
How were your holidays? Do you like setting goals every year? If so, what are some of them?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekend in the Woods

Back in January my husband and I attended a newlywed retreat that some dear friends of ours host every year, and even though we aren't technically newlyweds anymore, they were so lovely to let us come anyway since we missed it the first year we were married as we unexpectedly moved away! Anyhow, at the retreat we played The Newlywed Game and we won...5th place, I think? The prize was a night stay at a lovely cabin in the woods. We finally found the time to go this passed weekend and it was so lovely! Such a nice getaway after a hectic summer!
There was a gas fireplace, which I was SO thankful for because Britton and I both can't keep a fire going to save our lives. We really should learn how one day. Survival skills are important, right?

Our cabin was right next to a creek, we walked out on our back deck and this is what you see! It was lovely to listen to while falling asleep! And just gorgeous!

 On the way up we stopped at my favorite place, Sahalie Falls. I took some of my hand knits to get photos of them. I've always wanted to stand this close to the was amazing! And I got so wet! But it was worth it. I felt like I had fallen into a chapter of Lord of the Rings.

My new favorite hand knit that I just finished last week is my Hinagiku Hat. It is so comfy and the perfect amount of slouch! I can't wait until the temperature cools down here, I'm going to wear it all the time!

 There is this Christmas store on the way to the cabin that we pass every time we go to the valley. We have always thought it a random place for a shop all about Christmas, but this trip I decided I wanted to be adventurous and stop and check it out and buy something! Just so we could say we had. I got this little Rudolph ornament, isn't it cute? And it's made in Oregon which is cool!

Now we are back home and even though it was a lovely trip, it feels so good to be back. Which in my mind means the trip was successful. We had just enough time away to make us miss home.

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back Again

Hello friends!
I've been staring at this blank blog post for the past few weeks trying to figure out how to pick back up what I've neglected for so long. I didn't know if I should recap all the time lost, or simply start where I am at today. I decided I just needed to dive in and break the ice and go from there. 

I have to admit it has been a nice break, but as the year is swiftly passing by I find myself missing taking time to write. Not just post pictures. As much as I love Instagram I feel like I've gotten lazy about writing, and sometimes I miss it. So hopefully as I feel inspired, I will post a little more often.

One thing I will share with you that happened over my summer is that I had abdominal surgery. It was supposed to be minor and turned into something a little more major which meant 6 weeks recovery instead of 1 week. But I was so blessed through everything with good friends to take care of me and bring me meals. And it really was good for me to be forced to rest and not feel guilty about it. I'm doing much better now and I'm mostly recovered, but I'm still very easily fatigued so life is slower than I sometimes wish it to be. But maybe that's God's way of telling me to slow down and not take on so much. Through it all life is really good and God has taught me so much about trusting in Him and finding peace and joy through trials and frustrations. 

Lately my focus has been a lot on exercise and trying to eat healthy. (I can hear that maple donut I ate last night laughing at me right now) It's a very slow road but I'm determined to fight it out to the finish. I have been walking about 2 miles a day and working out every other day or so. And after just about a week, I am feeling stronger even though I don't see much difference. 

I've also been reading a lot and working on a project challenge which I will share in another post. (the project in the photo above is Pepple Beach Shawlette in Supernova) My favorite books lately have been Fairy Tale inspired. I've fallen in love with Gail Carson Levine novels and stayed up way too late a couple nights finishing Ella Enchanted and Fairest. So good! Right now I'm reading The Captive Maiden by Melanie Dickerson and really enjoying it. Cinderella was my favorite fairy tale when I was little so I have a soft spot for stories based on that theme. I'm hoping I can pluck up the courage to read a Dickens novel this Fall/Winter. But we shall see.

How has your Summer been? Did you do anything fun? Any exciting plans for Fall? Reading or working on anything fun?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Season of Cozy

Well hello little blog! It's been awhile! Life has been busy but now that we have finally found a house to settle down in things are feeling calmer and I'm enjoying making everything snug and cozy for winter! And just in time too, it's snowing outside today! Not a heavy snow, but a swirly dusty snow that makes me feel like I'm in a snow globe. It's so pretty!

We have been having egg nog everything lately! Egg nog ice cream....egg nog French toast, and just plain old egg nog. Mmmm, so delicious! To make egg nog French toast just make a batter with egg nog and one or two eggs then dip your bread and fry just like regular French toast! So easy and super yummy!

I think one of my favorite things to do in the evening is to snuggle up with my knitting and watch a good movie with my husband. Right now I am working on lots of Christmas presents. I love working on them while we watch movies. We just watched all the Narnia movies and it inspired us to read the books again. We each read a chapter aloud before bed. So fun!

We have our first Christmas tree this year since we've been married! It makes me so happy! It smells so good too! Seriously, come over and smell it. And I just might share a pumpkin muffin and a mug of egg nog with you.

I hope your having a lovely holiday season! What have you been enjoying?