Monday, October 31, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 2 (round 5): Brainstorming

After three rounds of organizing our stuff, you would think that it was perfect. Ha! If the POW were only so lucky! Unfortunately we have too many warring personalities (and too many kids!) …so organizing is still an ongoing challenge.

Week one asked us to scrap a layout. Here is the one that Creative Me whipped up.

It is another simple layout for Fabulous Spouse’s 2007 Iraq album. (Note to self: Must complete Iraq 2007 before Fabulous Spouse leaves for Afghanistan). We did our inventory, and the POW has narrowed down the list of discrepancies originally submitted by OCD Me.

Here are our top three areas for round 5:

1. Rubber stamp images. We are by no means on the Alzheimer’s in patient list, but Creative Me can no longer keep track of the plethora of images that we have amassed. (We know. No sympathy from the crowd).

2. Homeless Cricut. The Cricut needs a home. We actually use it too much for it to be put away and taken out every time that we need it. It is so bad, that it does not even bother the sleeping 12 yr old cat (ok, that may be a function of being a 12 year old cat) …but where do we put it?!? (the kid's stool is not the answer)

3. Memorobelia. PA Me and the Inner Hoarder are Jedi Masters, and have been long before being a Sith was cool. “This is not the Memorobelia you are looking for” is a mantra that has been spoken so often, we are lucky that the rest of our minds have not been reduced to rice pudding!

As for brainstorming… Zen Master Wookiemouse says to envision our perfect space. We have long stood by our Martha Stewart-esque pewter label and fluted columned space (with the occasional stray chicken laying multi- colored eggs and celebrities popping by). Last round we even asked for a Rosie the Robot from the Jetsons. Personally, the POW has decided that being the designated drop point for EVERYTHING is not helpful. Especially when the Inner Harder and PA Me are two of your most dominant personalities. It just screams sign me up for Hoarders- buried alive! …today!!!

Wish us luck! Also, Happy Halloween! (pics of the kids to come after trick or treating, but here is a sneak peak of Illusive Middle Child’s costume under assembly at the scrap room table…)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 1 (round 5): WOYWW #125 & space audit

Well, once again it is Wednesday, and therefore, it is time to break out the camera for a WOYWW (What’s on your work desk Wednesday) view. For a change, OCD Me has made some headway, and we have a clean work space! (*gasp*)

We tackled all the detritus in the general scrapping/ card making area, and even weeded through our scraps. For more WOYWW spaces (any of which are more interesting than mine!) please click over to the always gracious and fabulous Julia at the Stamping Ground.

Our card this week was our design team entry for the Tuesday Trio Sketch #90: lots of layers! And boy were there ever! Creative Me was boggled at first on how to get so many onto such a small space. However, like always, she came through in a pinch and made the POW and the rest proud in the end!

For those who follow us regularly, we have finally finished round 4 of the Organization Challenge (originally posted here in May 2009 by Wookiemouse at 2 Peas in a Bucket). Since then, it has taken on a life of its own over at 2 Peas, thanks in no small part to the Fabulous Crisann, the moderator since then!

We admit, that we have been a bit slack in round 4, especially when it came to scrapbook layouts. So, the POW promises, PROMISES, to be better in round 5! (and OCD Me will make her stick too it, too!).

For week 1, anyone following along, you need to scrap a layout, make a card, do what you do, and figure out what works, and what you need to change. It could be as simple as moving your adhesive closer (or those dreaded button that Fabulous Spouse hates), or loving the way that the ink is filed. Your inner OCD Me and Creative Me will have a blast.  The rest, not so much. Hmmmmmm….

This week has been super busy and tiring, as Fabulous Spouse was officially diagnosed with pneumonia, and removed from much of the outdoor activity parental duty roster.

However, that does not mean that things slowed down! This week, our boys were the big men on the field.

Oldest Child was the Offensive Line Captain (in red between purple #7 and #23) for the 8th Grade Football game at the High School Stadium.

Illusive Middle Child (in black to the left of blue # 20) was also picked to be the Defensive Line Captain (and have his first game as a starter) the same week.

...and not to be left out, Girl Friday cheered as usual!

Let’s just say that We were very proud parents!

Off to travel the world, one desk at a time! Happy WOYWW!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 29 (round 4): WOYWW #124

It is that time of the week again… and better late than never. It is What’s On your Workdesk Wednesday, and here is where ours stands today…

Yes, we know. It is not that much different than last week, but we have not been terribly productive this week either.  For other fabulous desks, visit Julia at her always fabulous Stamping Ground. Theoretically, we are preparing for our finale in the Organize your Stuff Challenge for this round, buuuutttt…

…we have been busy. That is PA Me’s story and she is sticking to it. The Inner Hoarder is breathing heavily into one of the kids’ brown paper lunch sack, as the POW and OCD Me have almost (but not quite) gotten the energy to overthrow her and regain control and restore cleanliness to her chaos.

We did however, get a design team card done for Tuesday Trio’s Sketch #89: butterflies. We chose time flies…because well, it does! …especially when you are NOT cleaning.

In our defense, we are currently sleep deprived, and Fabulous Spouse is SIQ (Sick in quarters) with a nasty cough. Football has been in overdrive, as we had three games since the last WOYWW.

So... off to hop the desks.  The POW promises some forward progress on the room (after we are done browsing the other desks of course *wink*)!  Have a great Wednesday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 28 (round 4): WOYWW #123 & card supplies

Welcome back for another whirl wind views of the world… one desk at a time. What is on your work desk? … here is ours…

For other fabulous fun finds, feel free to visit Julia at the Stamping Ground!

We were super busy this week. However, we did manage to make some cards for card supply week. OCD Me wants you to know that we make all of our cards from scratch (although in the past we have not been above buying them precut and scored from a box store to embellish). However, we do still buy our A4 envelopes in bulk (4.25 x 5.5…or half of an 8.5 x 11).

Also we had our weekly entry for Tuesday Trio's Sketch #88. We had to channel our inner bridesmaid and come up with something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue… here is Creative Me’s result…

In our personal lives, here is Girl Friday at the American Girl store picking out her first American Girl Doll. These are dolls that come from different eras in American History and teach that history through a series of books and videos (and of course accessories) from a girl’s point of view.

Girl Friday loves hers… and she and the doll have been inseparable ever since! See her asleep after all the excitement during the car ride home!

The following day was football (we lost), and Girl Fiday's Birthday dinner out... at the RAM.  Fun was had by all of the shoe inhabitants. (yeahhhh!!!!).  Have a fabulous WOYWW! See you soon!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 28 (round 4): WOYWW #122

For starters, let us bid a rainy hello to all the wonderful What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. If you are looking for sunnier climates, it is only a click away at Julia’s Stamping Ground! In two clicks, different continent, hopefully more sunshine!

Today the POW had Creative Me frantically working on our Sketch #87 for Tuesday Trio, but did not quite get it in on time as it was a redo (translation to English error the first time… black and white card was original request, but colorful card with a black and white element was the real request). Just goes to show that we are all human. Here it is anyway, even if it did not make it to the site posting.

It has been franticly busy here for many reasons. The saddest of which was the unexpected death of one of Illusive Middle Child’s football coaches on the weekend of their rivalry game (we won 13-12) in a car accident.  The coaches made the rough decision to tell the boys after the game.  As Coach O was one of my son’s favorites, the POW has been listening to PA Me and letting a lot slide to help him deal.

Also, on a happier note, this week was Girl Friday’s birthday! It is hard to believe that she is growing up! Many presents and many, many cupcakes were made and consumed today!  Our house still smells of artificial strawberry from the 50 cupcakes that we made for the cheer squad! The hardest to find present… Black Beauty- the original movie (by request). The coolest present… an IOU for a trip to the American Girl store in Seattle this weekend to buy Girl Friday her first American Girl doll. (Whip Me, Beat Me and take away my charge card!...Space Camp).

We will be visiting desks and leaving a post on Card making supplies at the end of the week!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Organize your Stuff: Week 27 (round 4): Operation Write Home Blog Hop

This is a quick post today at the request of OWH due to the 125+ blogs we need to visit! (This blog hop goes live at 3 AM Eastern time).

The POW loves Operation Write Home. This organization has touched our family, as it has allowed Fabulous Spouse’s brother to write home… and made our Awesome Auntie smile when she needed it.

Also, our dear Fabulous Spouse is due to deploy to Afghanistan after Christmas this year, and we hope to recieve some mail of our own.

It also justifies some of the Inner Hoarder’s scrappy purchases!

Today is National Card Making Day! In a work up to the holidays, we have been asked to share a holiday card for the troops…
…hope you like it!

Supplies: Cardstock, patterned paper, stamps: Close to My Heart; Markers: Copic; star brad: BoBunny ink: Momento

Thank you to all our soldiers, sailors, and marines for making our sandboxes safe!

Click below to return to the hop!