Thursday, March 13, 2008

Happy 100th blog post

When I opened my blog today, I realized my last entry was my 100th blog post! I'm sure others have reached that count in much less time hehe. But I'm still proud!

Way back when I started this blog in December 2004 it was a place to talk about my then new-found knitting addiction. And now it's evolved into a place where I can talk about crafting and my life in general.

I had always kept a journal of some sort from 7th grade all the way through my early 20's. I loved collecting those blank unlined books and filling them up with words. I would record good and bad memories, my feelings, lyrics to my favorite songs, and corny poems *cringe* that I hope no one ever has to read. I wrote in it pretty much every day. It was a running joke with my friends...if they couldn't remember quite how something happened (i.e., "When did we get together again??") they'd ask me to look it up in my journal entry for that date. In the back of my mind I've always sort of regretted not continuing to write. So here I am a decade later and this blog has allowed me to come back to it.

In honor of my 100th post, I've decided to compile a list of milestones in my life (not in chronological order):

*having my first child
*watching him ride a bike for the first time
*having my second child
*celebrating his 3rd birthday (and thinking that it's going by too fast...)
*holding each of my children for the first time
*marrying the love of my life
*celebrating our first wedding anniversary (and then the next 3)
*recording a record/album
*singing in front of 37,000 people
*earning my CCNA
*making my first sale on etsy
*celebrating my husband's 40th birthday with him
*buying a house
*finishing our remodel and moving into our beautiful new home that we worked so hard for

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" -- here's to more of those!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Getting Settled In

When we started the remodel last year, I should have took more time going through and purging before I packed up. Now that we've moved back in, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of THINGS we have. Fast forward 9 months and now I have to unpack all this stuff.

I'm doing what I can, unpacking and organizing a little bit every day. I am making keep and sell/donate piles as I go through each box. My goal is to de-clutter! I found lots of great tips on that topic, here.

The first week in the house, I think I emptied out at least 40 boxes. I unpacked all our clothes, the kids' clothes, and all our coats. I sorted the clothes and already donated the baby's outgrown outfits and crib beddings to our neighbor (no more crib -- he's got a new twin bed now). I washed and cleaned all the dishes, glasses, pots/pans, and kitchen appliances. I also unpacked all the pantry stuff. I love all the cabinet space we have now! It's so nice to be able to organize things instead of just cramming them wherever there's space.

Here's our beautiful Crate and Barrel dishes. Our family and friends pitched in to buy the whole set for us as a wedding gift.

That's my husband's BBQ sauce collection there on the top shelf. He loves BBQ!

And here's a peek at our pantry. That tall basket on the floor is where I keep a big sack of rice.

Even with all the boxes I've already unpacked there's still plenty more to go.

There's also a lot of little things that still need to be done around the house, too. For example, my husband finally hung the last door just this weekend. But I know eventually we'll finish!

Etsy Update

Obviously I don't have much time for sewing these days. But I do have 2 new books I'm adding to the shop:

I've already posted this one, here.

And here's the second book, which I should have up in the shop within the next couple days:

You can see more pages from these books, and other japanese craft book photos here on my flickr set.

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