Sunday, December 30, 2007

Should I do it?

Look out, I'm in a mood to organize!! Must be due to the new year coming.

My question for all you stampers out there in blogland is:

I'm thinking of reorganizing my stamps and sorting them according to themes. For example, put all of the thank you stamps together, etc. I bought a bunch of jumbo stamp storage boxes to consolidate many of my stamp sets that go together well.

What do you think. Am I crazy? I know that to resell them later, I'll have to put them back into their original boxes. Also, as a demo, I keep the more recent and new sets in their original boxes. I'm just wanting to consolidate my old favorite stamps mostly the sentiment stamps.

I'd love to hear what you all think about this plan.

Happy Sunday!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Embrace Life!

Embrace Life! Sounds like a good New Year's Resolution, doesn't it?

My resolutions are simply a continuation of current resolutions. All of them center around getting organized, prioritizing, and simplifying. General, I know, but let me share a few rules I try to live by:

1. Clear out clutter every day. I don't even bring junk mail into the house. I throw it out immediately unless it needs to be shredded. Whenever I feel overwhelmed by clutter or chores, I just walk into a room and find 10 things that need to be thrown out or given away. I keep a bag by the back door or in my car that goes to Goodwill.

2. When overwhelmed, just get up and do something! Usually there is laundry to be done, or at least a random dish that never made it to the dishwasher thanks to the kids!

3. Reevaluate my purchases. Do I really need more ribbon? (don't answer that) Do I need more Basic Grey Christmas paper? I try to use what I have before I place another online order!

So how does "Embrace Life" fit these resolutions? If I'm organized and on top of things around here, I have more time to be with my family and friends and I'm more relaxed! It's that simple!

So, how will you Embrace Life in '08?

By the way, this card uses the Embrace Life stamps from SU as well as River Rock, Really Rust, Choc Chip cardstock and Ginger Blossom DP. All supplies and ribbon by SU!
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Very Merry Christmas

Well, the presents have been opened, and I'm exhausted, but happy! My children are very happy too! We were able to give them some great gifts that they really love, and we also received some very thoughtful gifts from friends and family.

Most importantly, Chris was home this Christmas. Santa could have brought me coal and I still would be happy.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I'm really looking forward to church on Sunday when we can sing my favorite Christmas hymns!

This week, I've got to complete and mail out my swaps! I'm also hoping to start to tackle a painting job in my home. I'm getting plantation shutters and before I can pick out the exact color, I've got to start repainting the moulding in my home. We've got crown moulding and chair rail moulding in a number of rooms on the first floor and that means I'll be painting until I'm blue in the face!

See you soon!
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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Taking a Break

Hi everyone. I've decided that I must take a break from blogging. I have many other things in life that I'd like to accomplish, and the blog must go for now.

As much as I love to hear myself chat, I need to put more time into my kids growing list of activities and crazy schedules.

Thanks for reading and leaving such nice comments. I'll still read your blogs and comment as much as I can!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Feeling overwhelmed

Ugh. I just made my to-do list and it's huge! It's actually the fifth to-do list I've made this week, and it keeps getting bigger! And, More Expensive! Argggh!! I'm totally overwhelmed by my list and I don't know where to start.

Sometimes when I get overwhelmed like this I have to say to myself, "Get up and just do something!"

So, I thought I'd type it in addition to saying it out loud. Maybe that will motivate me.

I really would like to just sit and stamp for fun without a to-do list. Send some motivational thoughts my way!

Be back later....

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A quick tag time!

Hi everyone! I just wanted to check in and say hi! Kittie tagged me also, so I wanted to say a virtual HI to her and respond to her tag.

This tag is another round of "7 Random Facts About Me" so I'll add a few more random facts about me that are holiday related.

1. I used to be so obsessive/compulsive about my holiday decorating. Everything had to match and coordinate. Now, I let the kids have at it and decorate however they want. Nothing matches and we have both white and colored lights on the tree. I think it looks great!

2. I am not at all creative at the holidays. I'm in too much of a hurry. I just use techniques and templates that I'm comfortable with and get it done fast! I always go back to my favorite stamp sets, City of David and Cold Play. Sorry, my holiday posts and photos will not be that creative!

3. Both my parents and my in-laws live within one hour of me! No traveling on the holidays!!! woo hoo!!!

4. I bought my own Christmas presents this year and last year. Last year, my hubby was in Iraq, and this year, he travels almost constantly, even on weekends sometimes. So, this year, I let him off the hook and I bought myself a coat and I'm getting plantation shutters. Works for me!

5. I did ask my husband to take me out on a real date for a Christmas present. He had to plan it all. None of this, 'where do you want to go?' 'I don't know, where do YOU want to go?' He has to do all of the planning and take me out like the good old days before we had kids.

6. I have red snowflake flannel pj's that I bought for Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I wanted to look festive on the holiday video! (pathetic, huh?) I also buy my children cute pj's to wear on Christmas Eve so we all look festive on the Christmas morning video. I'm never sure what my husband will put on. He's the wild card in the family.

7. I would really like to have a Christmas where I don't hear about anyone else who has a tumor, or any type of cancer scare. I just hear the words tumor and cancer too many times these days. I just visited a friend today who had a HUGE tumor growing around her ovary. They removed it as well as her ovary and some other fibroid tumors. She's doing well fortunately, and another aquaintance of mine also had a recent scare, and she's recovering well. I'm praying for them both as well as their families that they both heal quickly and have a Merry Christmas!

I'm not sure who to tag at this point. I'll blog hop and see who has not been tagged. It's time for bedtime stories with the kids here. Night night!