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As you may know, your heroine has been clearing out her orphan project basket. This particular bit of knitting was a net shopping bag I started last December, the same week as my rotator cuff injury got to it's worse. Needless to say I could not count stitches straight and it showed. The bag was full of fail. It was delegated to the OP basket.

I got tired of my OP basket whining at me from the sewing area so I have begun to finish these projects. The latest one I have pulled to finish up is this bag. I liked it when I bought it and I still like this project today but I got discouraged.

I've been knitting up a storm on my shopping bag but....I ran out of yarn and guess where the rest of the yarn is. Yes, you guessed correctly, at home. Why is this a problem? I am currently 350 miles away from HOME at the beach. Fortunately I am in the same town as the yarn shop where I purchased this project originally. So I must suffer and go and visit this yarn shop again. Too bad! Oh the horror! hehehe!

Here is my project so far here be peektures )
martelvonc: (busy sewing)
Unless you got your shrubbery for making clothes, apparently not as much as I have. Having specific projects in mind for certain fabric is good but the bin is so full I'd never get all those projects completed. For the next two nights I'll be gleaning out, marking it for projects and will take the excess to our baronial swap meet night at the end of the month. I may look hard at some old garb and just replace it with new. So I'll have that too.

Maybe having the fabric bundled up into projects will inspire me to get crackin'. I have a long list of things I'd like to have in my personal SCA kit. Clearing out the supplies that will not get me there is my priority.

We were very good here at Chez Charlottenburg this weekend. After the Great Sump Pump Disaster a while back the basement got jumbled up in the panic of the water. Finding things became a challenge and moving about even more so. By then end of the straightening and culling we cleared out a pickup truck full of junk that The Knight took to the Swap Shop at the Carroll County Land Fill today.

We made some hard decisions about things that had not been used in over a year. ever.
How many carry on cases can one family of four use? Six? no? We gleaned back to three.
How many folding tables can one family use? Apparently not seven (7). We gleaned back to four.

I have a pretty impressive pile of tubs and plastic boxes to match with a pile O' lids. I haven't decided for sure but I may get rid of those too.

My SCA needlework has suffered from the lack of organization. I have many projects in the fire on that front too. I'm feeling a deep need to put needle to fabric again so organize I will.
martelvonc: (Can't you find something useful?)
I will share with you my shame and eventual motivation. cross posted at [livejournal.com profile] partnersinclean

I've been working at dealing with all the laundry baskets, boxes, & baskets of collected junk that had accumulated. My usual cleaning method is to grab a laundry basket and sweep all the junk into it and then deal with it later. As you can see later was REALLY later, like 6 months later.cut for the gruesomeness of it all )
martelvonc: (Blech)
spring cleaning.

As my readers may have noticed I do this every...single...year. I'm kinda like the swallows returning to Capistrano or the daffodils comin' up outta the ground. I do it because I have to. Clearing out the clutter makes it all right in my crazy little world.livin' in a cluttered world, cause I am a cluttered girl... )
martelvonc: (hanger love)
Yesterday saw me and the kids clean out the front entrance coat closet that had become a hazard to personal safety. Stuff spilled out into the foyer, was falling off the top shelf, the doors would not shut properly, the floor was full of sand, dirt and dog hair.cut to spare those of a delicate nature )
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I cannot stand to hold a yard sale. When I'm ready to get rid of stuff it needs to be gone NOW. cut for brevity )
martelvonc: (Juggling)
I have spent my morning sorting out my SCA computer files so that I can find stuff.

On my desk top I keep two file folders "Martha" for my modern life stuff and "Martelle" for my SCA stuff. The "Martelle" folder was a serious mishmash of documents, images, files etc. that were not conductive to my ongoing SCA research. So this morning I spent 2 hours refiling and deleting information. It still needs more work to sort out the PDF files that are just sort of dumped in there but I got my individual projects into nice neat folders with their related information. Man, I've made a serious boat load of SCA stuff! Scary thing is I don't have photos records for a lot of it. Now I know what they mean when folks ask about an artisans body of work.

I need to burn this stuff on a CD and not just stored on a memory stick. It bothers me that my SCA research life is all on one little 16 GB stick that could go kablooey!
martelvonc: (Blech)
This is because I am going to rid our basement of a black office chair in near perfect condition that no one sits in but was purchased from a U.S. guv-ern-mint surplus sale 15 years ago...because it was cheap.

My house is full of "but it was such a great deal I couldn't leave it behind!"

*head*desk*head*desk*
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I finished organizing and cleaning the worst of the club room side of the basement.

My sewing table is clean and all the fabric scraps, yardage and thread spools are corralled in their proper homes again. I still need to do a MAJOR clear out of the shelves and bins in my work area but for now I can find most everything I need without too much effort.

My linen is washed and I found my research bits again for the camicia I'm making. I also need to put the paperwork for this project in a binder so I won't lose it again. It's a little late in the game for THAT bit of foolishness.

I'm still sorting out costume accessory bits as I find them. My SCA jewelry is all over the place.

It's coming together slowly but surely and I feel better for it.
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Yes in three days I've cleaned and pitched more stuff. I'm now in the basement getting ready to start straightening and sorting there. I do actually have to do this so I can work unencumbered on my 12th night outfit.

[livejournal.com profile] bdeb and [livejournal.com profile] isenglass you have been good influences what with the 7 day challenge you put to each other. I'm not doing quite the same thing as you did but I am looking at my older clutter differently now. I've decided I don't REALLY need to keep that stuff as much as I thought I did. I've now moved out 4 copy paper boxes and two (2)* large paper shopping bags worth of stuff in the past week. Sad thing is most of it is extra dishes, kitchen stuff, and small but useful junk. I don't count the bags of trash as I should have been ditching this all along anyway. No brownie points for trash.

Today saw me gathering up artwork that I want to keep but was lying about leaning on things and wrapping it neatly in brown paper to store in the basement. This made me feel much better about storing it properly. Being in the wrapping will keep it clean and safe. I also noted on the wrapping just what picture was inside.

Last year I went on-line to a company that sells mailing and packaging supplies and purchased a 30lb roll of brown paper. Mainly I did this for making patterns because I found buying the small rolls at Wally World was becoming expensive. When it arrived it was one HONKING big roll of paper but I've since used it for a lot of stuff. It was well worth the price, which by the square foot was considerably less expensive than the small rolls.

I'm also sorting out the Barony trappings that I must inventory by the end of the year. So many little things to keep track of.

Well, I'd better get moving. I just turned around and took another look at the mayhem that is my sewing area. I haven't cleaned it up yet from my Bright Hills "TNT" event sewing. It ain't doing it itself.

See ya!

*Updated 11/9 7:56 P.M.
martelvonc: (Lost My Marbles)
I want a personal secretary who will handle all the phone calls, paperwork, forms, deadlines, bills, folders, filing, shredding, that I could ever have.

Cause' I'm tired of it.

that is all.
martelvonc: (Happy!)
I just waved goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] janinas_nest and [livejournal.com profile] baron_rorik.

Win:
They just took away all of our useable paving bricks.
They don't have to buy so many.

Win:
I don't have to take them to the landfill.
I don't have to make two trips to the landfill.
The area behind my shed is now brick free.

Okay, so I got three wins to their two but I still think we all won a little today!
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After all the spring cleaning and space rearranging I’ve been doing, I’m able to find stuff! Who knew? The book shelves are the last major project to do. They need sorting badly so I can find my research again.

Anybody want to help?

I’m feeling like working on projects again. Winter darkness kicks my butt and Paul's homeschooling, my work, & SCA schedules the past year have not helped. Now I feel like doing things and making new things to add to my SCA clothing. What with having an apprentice now I have to set a better example.

I’m feeling balanced again and it feels good. Three cheers for spring! Three cheers for sunlight!
martelvonc: (You sound surprised)
Yea! Go Paul and me!

Paul is being a real sport. His allergies are kicking his butt today but he's working with me and we are in serious "git er' dun!" mode!

The son and I went to the recyling center with a minivan full of boxes and paper.
We then went to the NEESAP charity shop and left a load of household stuph.
THEN we stopped off at the "Swap Shop" at the Carroll Co. landfill and left a computer chair that could still be used but on which the back had gone bad. For free, someone is bound to take it home.

The rest of the day will be spent moving junk down to the basement and gathering together books to take to "The Book Thing" on Sunday.

I'm feeling really good about all this!
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and not wild animals.

I spent last evening organizing the back storage room and cleaning the family room/man cave for the guy's LAN party this weekend. Another stint of vacuuming and it will be ready for the gaming fest.

Today sees me working my son near to death as we take accumulated stuff from upstairs and putting it in it's rightful place in the basement. Heavy vacuuming will commence on the first floor after that. Many trashcans must be emptied, a trip to the recycling center and the goodwill store will also be in the cards. Oh yea and the bathrooms must at least start out clean and stocked.

The LAN party always comes at the time of year I like to start spring cleaning so I have an extra incentive to get it done in time for that. I have to work on Saturday but Sunday will be spent getting Paul and The Knight to cleanup after the party.

If you want to play computer games for two days straight, bring your set up and join the party at my house this weekend. We'll have snacks and sodas but more is always welcome.
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I sorted out the basket of doom this morning. This is a basket I keep beside my desk where I drop opened mail, assorted receipts, used SCA event directions for taxes, and other things to be filed.
Normally it's only household chaff but this time it was almost all SCA research and baronial stuph. One bit was a folder of research and the cut fabric for a new needlework project. I've been searching for it for a couple of weeks. Sheesh.

I can also see the entire top of the dining room table now. Boo Yah!

I've so much shredding to do I'm going to take it to work and use the big shredder there. My little one overheats too fast.

I re-read an opinion peice I saved from the Baltimore Sun last year. it was entitled "Cleaning House Brings Relief". The author told the tale of how he and his wife were forced to clear their house of clutter when they hosted a foreign exchange student. He was amazed at the amount of stuff they saved but never ever used anymore. He felt a great deal of relief when the clutter was gone. There was no more worrying about "doing something" about the mess. It was done.

At the end of the article he says a very wise thing-

"In my view, he who dies with the most toys doesn't really win after all. He who dies with a clean slate achieves something far greater."

I want to die with the toys I really enjoy. Not the stuff that keeps me from enjoying my toys.
martelvonc: (Default)
It is what I did today.

I filed most of the loose SCA and household papers and threw away a slew of "WTF did I save this for?" papers (pardon my French). I have one basket to go through yet. Then I can start carting books, that are accumulating on the Deacon's Bench, down to the basement and putting them on bookshelves.

I'm feeling much better about starting new projects now. My random SCA research is starting to be found and filed. Unfortunately I've found I will need to go back to Staples and buy another one of these rolling filing racks for my SCA research. It looks like I will need to break it up into garb on one rack and misc. information subjects and needlework on the other.

I need to buy magazine holders for my TI's that are starting to appear out of the woodwork too.
sigh, If only I was more organized and would deal with this stuff as soon as I obtain it.

I have to go get the daughter from work now and then I'm going to fall into bed. I'm beat!
martelvonc: (Fountain of Smart)
Today I had almost the whole day off. I only had to take Aelfwynn to the dentist. We stopped at Staples on the way home and I looked at the filing systems they had. I really needed a new solution to the rusting metal file cabinet in the back room. SO I chose 2 restaurant rack style rolling lateral files. They were cheap but they are doing the job famously. I spent the past 3 hours clearing out the paperwork from last year that can be tossed or shredded. It's all now on the rack, top row by current year and detailed, and the bottom rack with past years that needed to be saved.

I put my sca research files on the other rack and now I need to sort the pile of copies into project folders. Any duplicate copies I'll take to fighter practice to give away.

Next weekend I'm going to start work on my research book shelves to get some sort of organization to THAT mayhem. I'm considering moving my computer desk down stairs near where I sew and work but I've not decided yet. I'd rather move into one of the kids room and make my own "Girl Cave". I may do it when Paul goes to college in the fall and move him down to the basement to live in the man cave.

Oh well, back to work, the stuff is not putting itself away.
martelvonc: (Default)
I had hoped to sew today. Instead I cleaned and cleared the basement and did laundry. We had unsightly empty box build up. The Knight saves every box from every gee gaw he purchases "just in case he needs to send it back". Ok, I will go with this but when the "just in case" lasts more than 4 weeks it's hasta la vista, baby!

So we cleared out some junk, ditched some boxes, rearranged the back room, visited the recyling center, and put away stuph that due to the holidays had not been properly put away. There is still more to do but I'm about bushed. At least the sewing area is clear and I can start work there tomorrow. A trip to the dump will be in my future on Saturday I think.

I keep telling the family, I don't mind if you keep stuff just A) keep it neat or B) be willing to get rid of the things you don't really want any more. We are a "Flylady" family and proud of it! Though we do need to prod each other once in a while.

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