Too Many Irons in the Fire

Tales of a crafty, working mom of four.

You might want to read… 01/24/2009

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Links of the WeekHere are a few of my favorite posts this week, just in case you missed them:

The Thr33 Lies from the Modesty Writers Guild Blog – A great post (ignore the lack of capitalization and other things of that sort that make the eyes scream). This post talks about the three lies that one needs to overcome in this world for a full life. I loved it so much I printed it and put it in my project book so I see it every day.

The Tiffin Lunchbox at Stephmodo – Stephmodo discovered the two tiered Tiffin lunchbox at World Market for a measly $8. It is gorgeous, original, practical and reminds me of the little lunch pails on Little House on the Prairie all shiny and modernized. Fantastic!

DIY Yourself Washing Detergent Saves You Cash – Lifehacker posted an article on making homemade laundry soap. Directing readers over to TipNut for the recipes – not only is there the liquid recipes, but also the powder recipes. Ten of them to be exact! Just in time to make a batch.

My Ecologically Correct Move (Boing Boing) – If you are in California (only locations so far) the service RentAGreenBox.com will deliver recycled plastic moving containers for you to pack and move the next time you relocate then pick them up when you are done. We are still finding boxes of stuff around from our last move, how nice it would have been to help the purge if I HAD to unpack it to give back the containers AND didn’t end up trying to find someone who needed the crummy cardboard boxes so I didn’t have to toss them in a landfill.

How to Make a Super-Simple Recycled Quilt – This post at Craft Stylist shows you how to upcycle old blankets and sheets from the thiftstore (or from around the house) to whip out a warm and easy quilt in no time flat. I think this would be a great way to make blankets for kids beds in trendy themes that they seem to outgrow too fast. The character themed designs seem to cost a fortune and they get tired of them quickly. Using this technique you could repurpose decorated sheets for a warm coverlet that would dress up their room.

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Tackle It Tuesday – My Closet 01/20/2009

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Tackle It Tuesday Meme My closet has to be one of the most neglected areas of my home. No one sees it when they come over and it is the place we stash everything from gifts to junk just to get it out of sight. I made great progress on it about 3 months ago with the intent to continue but didn’t get back to it until this weekend.

I was hoping to do better but I am really happy with the outcome anyway. I purged over 30 pairs of shoes that didn’t fit, I didn’t like, or just plain hurt and numerous bags and purses. I dumped enough clothes that I covered my entire bed in a huge pile and dragged out a total of 6 trash bags worth of stuff for Goodwill.

I know it sounds like I must be a clothes horse, but really I am not. I had things from high school in there and everything anyone gives me. I am the hand me down queen. I will take just about anything and try to make it work. Unfortunately, most of the stuff doesn’t really work.

By the time I was done I only saved three items to refashion/upcycle into something new and everything else went out the door. I now have enough room that the clothes I did save aren’t all smashed together anymore and getting wrinkled. Since everything that I saved are things I really like I will never loose a favorite blouse in the mess again. I have over a half a clothes bar completely free of clothes and my closet looks well organized.

I forgot to take before pictures, but here are my after pictures and the big basket of hangers I had empty after the purge (ignore the messy side of the closet, my DH hasn’t cleaned his stuff out yet :)):