About Me

This blog is an experiment in down-sizing my life. You see, I have to downsize something because the size of my family keeps growing. I have four children and I live in a home that was built in 1860 and back then they had way less in the way of crap. So, here I find myself trying to jam my clutter in a house that was not designed for that sort of excess. The more I cram the more stressed my life has become. Somehow I don't think it was meant to be this way...Am I right?!!! Here's what I have in mind for 2011: get rid of things I don't use, finally find a solution for the paper that piles up on my computer desk and organize, organize, ORGANIZE, and make stuff to pretty things up a bit! If I can do this for a year I might add five years to my life and I plan to use those five years to finally write that book, I've never wanted to write.

31 comments:

  1. I love your blog, and would like to follow it, but I can't see a way to do so. (Maybe I missed something?) Anyway, is there a way to follow you by e-mail? I am too old and ignorant to understand feeds.

    Thanks for a day brightener of a read.

    Jayni
    Texpert2@yahoo.com

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  2. You're a smart young lady, I just keep collecting project matter and just now am deciding things need to start getting done. I'm 55 so I'd better get going. Thanks for being a plethera of ideas.

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  3. Really enjoyed looking over your site. I have a question about the Roman Shades you made. How do you clean them?

    Thanks,
    Cathy

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  4. Someone pinned a picture of your roman shade on pinterest and I was wondering if you remember the name of the fabric you used. I have been looking for something with those colors and I love the print.

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  5. Found this on Pinterest. It is Brilliant. I have suuuper long windows and custom shades were going to cost a fortune. I was resigned to bareness. You are my $avior!! Thanks :)

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  6. Hi, I have a 31 purse and would like to make some covers myself. I found your site and tried to print the pattern out but it was tiny. I wasn't able to download it. Would you please e-mail it to me at sherriledbetter@sbcglobal.net. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern with others, what a nice thing to do.

    Thanks again,
    Sherri

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    1. I too like to make some thirty one purse covers but the pattern is to small could you email me the right size too. Thanks Hoptoad Email is jevans1978@hughes.net

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  7. Oh my goodness! I have the same problem in my house! It was built in the 50's and has no storage whatsoever. I am on a crusade similar to yours. I am tackling one room a month to purge, organize and beautify...I think I will love reading your blog and I am excited to see what ideas you share.

    Glad to have found you!
    Melissa

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  8. Hi there,

    I ran across your blog through something that was posted on Pinterest. I love your enthusiasm and creativity. I'll be keeping up with your posts as you have sparked the creativity bug in me.

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  9. I can seem to download the purse skirt pattern. Does anyone have the pattern they could send me via Email vramsey1961@yahoo.com

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  10. Thanks for this cool site.I was looking for a patern for my newly purchased 31 skirt purse.Thanks will try it out.I too am finally redding out STUFF in my home of 28 years.I gre up not waisting & have decided enough is enough.It's driving my boyfriend nuts !I am pitching or donating things REALLY not needed.Thanks again for all your cool imput. Best of health & blessings to your family. Kenna from Ohio =)

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    1. Where in OH? I live in Dayton.

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  11. Found you through Pinterest and am following your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I just discovered you via searching for purse skirt sewing pattern. The more cluttered our house becomes, the worse I feel. I discovered what papers I need to keep, started going through everything little by little. I had 2 sons 360 days apart by c-section. We lived in a 600 sq. ft. home. Not much clutter then. Years later, room addition made, now we have too much stuff. I would like to become more self-sufficient by doing crafts. I do ceramics, sewing, leather crafting, and more. This way I can make gifts that are wanted and more importantly needed and not cluttering. LOVE YOUR SITE, on the sewing. Haven't visted the other info yet. Thanks so much. Dayna
    PS: I'd like to email others in this type of endeavoring if possible. Have a great day everyone.

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  13. Can you please email me the 31 skirt purse pattern? it won't let me open it. mwalkerfam@gmail.com

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  14. Could you please email me the 31 skirt purse pattern. I can't download it from your site. Thank you.. angela.forshee@gmail.com

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  15. I cant download your skit purse pattern it says the page is no longer there, could you please e-mail me a copy? Thank You
    molly44156@yahoo.com

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  16. I'd love the skirt purse patters as well. k_pride@bellsouth.net. Thank you so much.

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  17. Thanks for posting the skirt purse tutorial, but like everyone else I wasn't able to down load the file for the template. Could you email it to me- I love your blog, keep it up.
    I also have a blog if you are interested

    http://kristin-notdying-blog.blogspot.com/

    Email me back at ness.kristin@gmail.com

    Kristin

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  18. The link to the pattern is gone can you email me the skirt purse pattern? jnjmom413@aol.com Thanks,Cathy

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  19. I tried to download the pattern for the skirt purse but it said it was blocked. Can you send me one? Email is anna4bama57@yahoo.com

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    1. did you get the pattern to print? If so, can you email it to me? All I was able to do was download a picture of what it should look like.... nothing to 'break apart'... thanks!!!!
      hopeard2011@yahoo.ocm

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  20. Hi, I found your blog looking for easy roman shades. I love your instructions and, of course, the results. I'm just wondering if you could share a picture of what they look like in the fully retracted position (i.e., pulled as high as they can be). Mine will almost alwyas be positioned like this. Thanks! Amy [abalfe1 "at" hotmail.com]

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  21. Thank you for the pattern. I am confused though when trying to construct it. I sewed the binding to the base along the top. Now I also sew down the side but stop short as to allow for the bottom of the binding to be turned under? I turn it under and iron a hem allowance. Then what? This is where I am lost. Also, to make things worse, I have just found out that the lady I am trying to make this for has the City Purse. I didn't know the difference, but her skirt that she sent to me to look at has separate sides and a bottom piece. From what I just saw on youtube, this is a City Purse. Do you know of anyone that has a City Purse pattern and tutorial? She doesn't want me to deconstruct her skirt, so I am helpless without a pattern to make anything for her.

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  22. This pattern would be fantastic for the skirt purses but I cannot seem to get it to print to the right size even after saving to my computer. Can you email me the full size pattern at matilda1517@gmail.com Thanks

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  24. Do you have a pattern for a organizer for the skirt purse. I love making the outer covers but wish the inside could be organized.
    Thanks Nan

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  25. I would like to have the 31 skirt purse pattern but cannot seem to download - it comes up greyscale - can you help email is linehansue097@gmail.com

    thanks

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  26. Can you email me the pattern for the 31 skirt love it!! Sjchurchwell@gmail.com

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  27. Do you happen to have an update/pattern for the new 31 Suite Skirt Purse?

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  28. merci pour ce blog super sympa, de belles idées, les stores vénitiens ! top alors c'est exactement ce que je cherchais, merci à vous ! Mamie Maria

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