Gettin My Crafty On

My life can get pretty crazy. Especially being a one car family while having a daughter in middle school sports, a crazy retail work schedule, a son who is in the process of job hunting, and a commuter cyclist husband who will snag the vehicle on inclement weather days. We balance things out with the public transit system and our trusty Honda Pilot.

2015 is my year to simplify things, purge my home of items that are not being used and to help the rest of my family stay in communication with each other in the most convenient way possible. In my last post, I shared the liberating act of cleaning out and organizing our kitchen cupboards. This week, I got my crafty girl on and decided to make a chalk board. I’ve been wanting to do this for quite awhile, but was a bit nervous about ruining the side of one of my cupboards. When I saw small cans of chalkboard paint at Lowe’s a couple of months ago, projects started popping into my head that I could no longer ignore. This is the first of many to come. I have a couple of doors I want to cover too. Who knows, maybe my entire kitchen will be redone.

The finished product took three coats of chalkboard paint, waiting a few days to properly set, and the application of a sparkly green border. I had extra decals on it, but they didn’t stick very well. All together it cost around $30 to make and I have a ton of paint and primer left for future projects. My next project requires me to spray paint our old dirty white plastic file cabinet. More on that later. For now, my daughter is excited to start leaving messages for people. So much more fun and classy looking than a dry erase board. Here’s to future efforts and fun with paint. Sláinte!!

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Project 2015

With all the possibilities a new year can bring, I decided to create a journal of goals for myself. So many people make promises to themselves they can’t keep. They want to lose that 50 pounds without really trying to or even wanting to. They want that instant gratification. A new year represents an out with the old and in with the new mentality. It’s a drug and everyone wants it. This year I’m turning 40 and with it, I want to stop with excuses I so often give myself. I need to stop telling myself I don’t have enough time or abuse the Scarlet O’Hara “After all, tomorrow is another day” approach. So, with that being said, writing on here is one of the first things on my list. I’ll be blogging at least once a week about the progress made through the year. Some days I may only have a poem in me or a great quote. Other days, I may be in full project mode and will want to record the process. Today, I’m starting out with what I will refer to as Project Kitchen. My kitchen cupboards have been driving me crazy for a long time. We’ve been in our house for almost 14 years and as you can imagine, things pile up. I have not always been the most organized person, but I can feel the riotous part of my personality coming out the older I get. I like minimalism. The more things I seem to have, the more stressed I become. Today, I had the day off and dove head first into my first project of the year. I have a box of donations, two trash bags full of crap and emptied two trash bins worth of recycled items. I made space for all electric items such as crock pots, a toaster, coffee grinder, etc. All pots and pans have easier access to them, our corner cupboard has been cleared of any item I haven’t used in the last year, and our pantry makes sense for the first time ever. Expired items were put either in the compost bin or the trash and even drawers were cleared of items that made me question their uses. I’m tired as hell, but it’s the most gratifying feeling to know there is now a bit of order among the chaos.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!


All in all, it’s a nice way to begin the year. New Years resolutions don’t have to be a joke. Be honest with yourself. Make realistic goals. They don’t have to be big. They can be simple and straight to the point. Look back over the years and pinpoint certain things that may drive you crazy about yourself and strive to change it. 2015 is going to be a great year. I can just feel it. Here’s to new opportunities!