Friday, February 24, 2012

What do I do all day you ask . . .

. . . so I'm going to drag you through one of my "normal" days . . . 

I have a to do list . . . The Dreaded To Do List . . . and my own weird way of working it.  I have listed all my chores I need to do and then added all the projects I am working on, setting aside 1/2 hour each day for each project.  You will see several of these projects as the day unfolds.  My rule is I can't move a chore or project forward on my list; it must stay on the day it should have been done.  So in effect today is November 1, 2011 IN MY WORLD.  I wonder how many days I'll be able to scratch off today?  

I read the Nov. 1 installment of A Tale of Two Cities through Daily Lit.

I finished step one of the November 1 2011 mystery knit-along dishcloth.

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I posted a movie review about a French-Canadian film I view and loved recently called C.R.A.Z.Y. 

I tidied my new giant kitchen (we recently moved into a much larger 2 bedroom apartment) . . . 

In our last apartment only one person could fit in the kitchen at a time, had tiny appliances . . . and you definitely couldn't fit a table in it.  I'm planning on buying a white pantry cupboard and getting rid of that pine shelving.  We'll start decorating and adding colour (I must have colour) after we've lived here a little while and we are sure how we want things.

My living room/dining room is now tidy.  Yes, my living room is pretty naked.  Hal and I are hoping to get a sofa and matching chairs and a dining room set for this space.  Tim and Krystel will inherit these old, but very comfy, chairs.   And then we will know how to decorate this room.  I'm really going to miss my comfy chair when it goes.

Don't tell Hal, but having a dining room table and kitchen table means even more people can scrapbook in my giant apartment . . . LOL . . .

It is now November 2, 2011 IN MY WORLD . . . and I just read the Nov. 2 installment of A Tale of Two Cities.

Here's Part 2 of the November 1st Mystery knit-along completed . . .

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This is my big craft space/office.  It is as tidy as it is going to get today because I have several projects on the go.  I've tried every angle and can't get a good photo that shows how big the room is.  Here I can create and relax all day.  The lovely old sofa bed is how I can still call this a guest room as well.  We are thinking of sending Tim the sofa and putting a futon on that wall instead.  I love that I can find all my stuff now instead of constantly searching through closets and tote boxes.  Everything is handy.  The only decorating I think I will do in here are some altered projects.

I just finished 3 more squares for this very funky granny square afghan.  I never thought I would ever do another granny square afghan because they do get boring after a while but I just couldn't resist this one.

Tidying the bathroom is pretty simple.  And its the only room that has any colour so far.

I really enjoy working on a counted cross stitch project.  Love all the colour in it.  Sadly it will probably end up in a case with all the other cross stitches I've done but can't afford to frame.

The beds have been stripped and remade and the bedroom tidied.  I tried to do some laundry but the dryer is broken.  

This little hallway joins the bathroom, bedroom and crop room.
There is room for a bookshelf or some kind of little table in here.
Not sure what I'm going to do there yet.

I published a blog post of all the scrapbooking I did in October 2011.

And now I'm off to do dishes.

I spent a half hour on another afghan I must must must make . . . It's called a Monet afghan.  Unfortunately the yarn I am using has been discontinued and I apparently didn't have enough.  I'm hoping that by the time it's finished the darker replacement yarn won't be too noticeable.

As many of you already know, I love making paper piecings and selling them online and at crops is my way to pay for my very expensive scrapbooking addiction.  Right now I'm working on Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.  They are very popular and never last very long.  You can see my paper piecings at Pam's Paper Piecings.

I just finished part 4 of the mid-February 2012 KAL.

It is now November 3rd IN MY WORLD and I've just read another installment of A Tale of Two Cities before completing Part 3 of the November 1st Knit Along.

My only finished project today . . . The mid-February KAL!!  The name of this design is "In Celebration" and appeared in the breast cancer Calendar of Hope for 2010.

I was able to put in another 1/2 hour of stitching on my current counted cross stitch project . . . Edible Flowers.

I guess its time to start another mystery knit along dishcloth.  This is part 1 of the February 1st KAL.

It's time to get packed up for a scrapbooking crop at the local Salvation Army Church.  I'm looking forward to it.  I will be bringing copies of some of my books tomorrow, my Relay for Life donation jar . . . and tickets to sell for the Relay for Life Crop in April.  Hope I don't forget anything.

I'm about to make an adorable Valentine paper piecing but if you want to see it I guess you'll have to wait until tomorrow.

And that is how My Dreaded To Do List works . . .