This is what happens when my creative space looks like

A bomb went off.

All the cupboards and drawers vomited everything out.

I’m in hiding in case there is a film crew heading for my front door to do a “Hoarders, Buried Alive” series featuring me.

My craft room has become a "Crap" room!

My craft room has become a “Crap” room!

I can't even get in my craft room.  The floor is piled up.

I can’t even get in my craft room. The floor is piled up.

Forget about trying to use my desk.

Forget about trying to use my desk.

When my creative space is like this, what do I feel?

  • Guilt
  • Disgust
  • Disrespecting the gorgeous hand crafted gifts mailed in packages of LOVE from you all.
  • Procrastination, big time.
  • Frustration.

I have been working on this room for five days now.  I pulled everything out and proceeded to dump it on our kitchen table, in the living room, and on kitchen counters.

The Chemo treatments that I had gone through – the last one was January 23, 2017 – still linger in my body.  Plus I am taking a drug to block my Estrogen Sex Hormone which I will be taking for the next five to 10 years.  This drug makes me dizzy, stagger around like I’m drunk, lose my train of thought, and my energy levels are way down low.  I’m talking near the floor down low.  Like about ankle  height, low.

I am so blessed to have Joe as my husband.  He is so understanding and helpful.  We can’t use the kitchen table for our meals.  He is okay with having our meals in the living room….in our recliners.  Those are the two surfaces I have not piled high.

I need my recliner to nap in during the day to recuperate from the work I have been doing.

I have finally found the “Kathy Orta style Envelope Mini Album” project I started and had not finished.  So I can get to work on it……as soon as I get my crap room cleaned up and organized.

Here is a sneak peek.

I can get in my craft room!

I can get in my craft room!

So, in case you have been wondering where I have been for the past week.  Wondering if I am still alive.  Yes, I am.  And I’m kicking butt.  Although I can kick the butt of an ant or a beetle.  I’m still kicking.  🙂

Leslie

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15 minutes at a time will get the job done.

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Renae Bergstad.  Thank you Renae for your AWESOME creation.

Created by Renae Bergstad

Created by Renae Bergstad

I have been so very blessed by you guys sending me cards and gifts in the mail.  Your wonderful things were piled on the floor against the wall and on my table.  Not the best way to take care of tons of love.  😦

Terrible way to honor love

Terrible way to honor love

I went to Michaels yesterday afternoon to purchase two storage boxes.  One is called a “Photo Box”.  This box holds all the beautiful cards you have made and sent to me.  Now in one place instead of scattered everywhere.

Your cards are in this box

Your cards are in this box

I had to purchase another box, a pretty box, to hold your gifts that I can use in my crafting.  I’ve put your things together in baggies instead of just dumping the whole bounty inside the box and not knowing who blessed me with what.

Box for bounty

Box for bounty

Each baggie has the name of the giver and holds the gift

Each baggie has the name of the giver and holds the gift

Not much has changed in my craft room.  It is still quite a mess but I hope to be able to get another 15 minutes in there today to make a larger dent in that mess.

The current state of my craft room

The current state of my craft room

Michelle Birdsong had posed a question to me more than a month ago.  She had received a large gift of craft supplies from someone.  In the bounty was a set of Flock.  Michelle wants to know how to use the stuff.

Flock

Flock

This coming Monday – February 27, 2017 – I will be answering that question on my YouTube Channel.  So if there is anyone else that has this same question, then stay tuned.

Flock….quite a number of you will remember what that is.  Wallpaper and lamp shades had this velvety raised stuff.  Mostly the images were a form of brocade.  Black flock on white background was a particular favorite in many homes.

Brush up against the wallpaper and some of the flock would come off on your clothing.  High traffic areas would find the flock rubbed clean off the design.

These little bottles of Flock from Doodle Bug Designs, which can still be purchased today, may seem skimpy for content by many standards.  This stuff though is like glitter.  A little goes a long way.

So come join me on Monday, February 27th while I answer a Subscriber Question.  Now I’m going to get the “Flock” out of here.

Leslie

What’s on my work desk Wednesday?

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday?

What’s On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Well, as  you can tell.  A WHOLE LOT OF CHAOS!

CHAOS:

Synonyms:  disorder, disarray, disorganization, confusion, mayhem, bedlam, pandemonium, havoc, turmoil, tumult, commotion, disruption, upheaval, uproar, maelstrom.

Yep, that just about sums up my creative space.  Now that I am starting to feel like my old self again I think it is high time I get in there and do at least 15 minutes.  Just because I feel really good does not mean that I am going full bore on things.  About 12 days ago I had a Mastectomy of my left breast.  You can watch that video below.  NO, it is not of the actual mastectomy surgery!

 

I’m trying to get back into the swing of my tutorial videos on my YouTube Channel.  My first one is on thinking out of the box.  Creating a tool needed in a person’s creativity when a proper one is not on hand.  Using junk mail!


I have to get my craft space organized and cleaned up.  Pronto!  I have to finish my tutorials on making the Envelope Mini Album Kathy Orta Style.  I have Part 1 and Part 2 done.  Part 3 won’t get done if I don’t have a cleared space to do it in.

So…WHAT’S ON YOUR WORK DESK WEDNESDAY?

Time, event, and life planning. The struggles are REAL.

This is my FIRST time at actually planning multiple items on a daily basis.  Usually I only try to manage two, three tops.  My paperwork, some housework, and time for my crafting.

Yesterday, Joe and I went to Office Depot and I purchased a couple of items for the planning and organizing of my life.  First up….a large wall calendar.

Large wall calendar

Large wall calendar

Colored dots have been chosen to designate several different things.  Of which, by the time I turn the page for October I will have forgotten what colored dot goes with which event 😦

Green dot with an “R” written on it is our trash Recycle days.  Yellow dots with an “X” through it designates Joe’s pick up and delivery locations, and the hotels he stays in, while he is out on the road.  The red dots are my doctor appointments.  Blue dots are Joe’s medical appointments.

I have a solid yellow dot for the evenings our neighbors come over for dinner and a few hours of card playing.  We play a game called “Phase 10″ which is a kind of Rummy card game.  Our neighbors will bring dinner over, from time to time,  and that is enjoyable.  Tasting and seeing what other people cook in their homes and would like to share.  Seriously, they need a break from the bombs I offer from time to time in an attempt to do healthy cooking.  Let’s just say…..”Tandoori Chicken” will NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER be a recipe I will make again.  Once was horrible enough, and I made them suffer as well.

Appointments, work related, and just stuff

Appointments, work related, and just stuff

More appointments, work related, and stuff.

More appointments, work related, and stuff.

I made my own calendar planner for my breast cancer stuff.  I could start at any point in the year I wanted to since I was the one in charge of it.  Have you recently gone to an office supply store to purchase a calendar/planner for the remainder of 2016?  Good Luck With That!

I finally found one that goes into 2017 and am trying to make it work for me.

So a bit of a back story.  I have been attempting for many years to create a business from my crafting.  Never home long enough for craft fairs…..create a stock of items to sell.  Never home long enough to even get my mind focused on any one type of thing.  From 2001 to 2016.  15 years I have been thinking of doing this.

Who watches Food Network’s “Worst Cooks In America”?  I do, I do!  This year they have a celebrity edition.  One of the celebrities was cooking spaghetti noodles.  She did not know the cooking time necessary for done-ness.  She had a test of her own.  Pull a noodle out of the hot water and throw it at the wall.  If it stuck….the noodles were done.  There was quite a good shot of a growing pile of noodles on the floor. 😀

Well, that has been my story.  Throwing stuff to see what sticks.

Last year I found a set of videos on what a person needs to do to have a successful handmade business online.  Rich Mom Business.  Watching the videos and seeing what was needed to start and maintain a business, an actual Handmade Business, I wasn’t sure if that was even within my galaxy let alone world.  I talked with Joe about this.  He watched several of her videos and he approved the business strategy.  Creating, product lines, marketing, and online sales.  I thought it was a great series, being business owners ourselves we know this doesn’t come easy.

In January of 2015 I found out Renae Christine was selling her product line.  Rich Mom University.  Do I?  No.  Should I?  Yes.  Really?  No.

Joe knew that I had something on my mind.  When I have a big decision to make and am fighting with it I don’t share it. I keep it to myself and I struggle with it.  I become quiet and introspective.  Distant and remote.  Poor Joe thought he had done something wrong and I was punishing him for it.  Time to fess up.  This was near the end of February.  Poor guy had been worrying for a month that I was upset with him.  😦

The course is almost…..not quite but almost…..$1,000.  Spend that kind of money and let it sit unused for the remainder of my life?  Nope.  That is not a good decision.  Can I make do with the free classes at Rich Mom Business?  Yes.  Would I get the information and clarity as I would with the full course?  No.  Enrollment time was in March and for only 10 DAYS!

When I told Joe what was weighing on my mind……you can imagine the great relief he felt at knowing it wasn’t him!  We talked about Rich Mom University (RMU) for the month of February.  He telling me “GET IT” (because he was so relieved!) and me trotting out all the reasons why NOT TO GET IT.

January 1-8 2016 we were in:

  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Little Falls, Minnesota
  • Fargo, North Dakota
  • Glendive, Montana
  • Bismark, North Dakota
  • Clearwater, Minnesota
  • St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Sharonville, Ohio
  • Burlington, Kentucky
  • Danville, Illinois
  • Dubuque, Iowa
  • Osceola, Iowa

January 9-17 2016 we were  home.

January 18-23 2016 we were in:

  • Blue Mound and Tyler, Texas
  • Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Clinton, Mississippi
  • Register, Georgia
  • Pembroke, Georgia
  • Duncan, South Carolina
  • Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • West Memphis, Arkansas
  • finally home

So, as you can see, I had a preponderance of proof as to why joining RMU would not work.  That was only for the month of January.  February we were gone the entire month.

RMU enrollment day came.  Joe had an hourly mantra going, which drove me crazy!  “Did you sign up yet?”  “Are you going to sign up?”  “Do I have to do it for you?”

I signed up.  The self flagellation began.  $1,000?!  Really?!  While I am kicking myself and berating myself, I have my husband next to me in our business truck…..way out in the back of beyond of McCamey, Texas…….”When are you going to start?”

The Rich Mom University course features online real time coaching calls from time to time.  Training modules 24/7 I have access to with videos and information to start thinking and acting like a business person.

“Really, Joe?!”  I have to watch all the coaching calls on my cell phone.  These live coaching calls come at times when I’m out in the boonies with 200 miles of spotty cell service.  Regular business matters need to be handled during these calls.  Watching the road for fellow drivers – auto as well as trucks – road construction, highway exits, delivery locations and/or pick up locations.

Well, the RMU course sat on the back burner until we came home June 27th when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  July, and August were months packed full of doctor appointments for me.  September things have begun to slow down enough that I can actually begin to focus on creating a handmade business and figuring out how to continue my YouTube videos.

So here’s the daily plan so far.

Today's schedule

Today’s schedule

For the time designated for “Meal Planning” I wanted to see if there was an App that I could use.  Well……there are……265 of them to be exact.

Meal Planning Apps for IOS

Meal Planning Apps for IOS

Okay….I’ve already blown my time management for the day.  TWICE.  I finally had a good nights sleep and didn’t wake until 7:00 this morning (that shot the 6-8 paperwork slot).  And now I am just about out of the time slot for “Meal Planning”.  I have the rest of the day to get back into my plan.

I do have a video to edit for my YouTube channel and get it posted today.  So I better get off of here and stop delaying things!

Leslie

I got sucked into the world of day planners and my head is spinning.

The world has changed and I’ve been left behind.

Long ago, when I first started using a day planner, the only personal planner was by “Day Timer“.  This was way back in 1979.  The cost of a yearly set up was dear.  $50 for the monthly planners.  Each month was separate.  The cover had a 3 ring binder feature.  Each daily page had a perforated triangle at the top right of each page.  Tear the piece away and that was how you knew where you were in the planner.  The binder/cover was so small that only one month at a time would fit in the book.  When a month was over the pages were held in a specially sized box that looked like mini magazine holders.  One year per box.

I found the “Day Runner” brand in 1981.  A cheaper version of the Day Timer.  Well, only as far as cost was concerned.  A yearly planner was more affordable at a cost of $28 to $30.  The covers were more wider and the 3 ring binder would hold a monthly calendar and a weekly set.  The daily planner set would not fit in the binder along with the weekly and monthly calendars.  Pick your battle on planners.

Back in the early 1980’s there were, believe it or not, “Planner Snobs”.  I kid you not.  The people that carried the Day Timer thought they were hot stuff and looked down their noses as us that had the Day Runner.  I would be challenged by the Day Timer user about the size of my planner.  Women would tell me they could drop their planner in their purse, men would show me how well their planner fit in their shirt or coat pocket.  All the while I stood there with my 8-1/2 by 11 binder.

One man I worked with in a real estate office started my mornings off by declaring the Day Timer is superior and the Day Runner was a “wanna be”.  It was a good natured snipe.  There were some days when the snipe would be a little aggressive.

Sheesh!  It is just a calendar!  I told him to get over himself.

In the mid 1980’s I found “At A Glance“.  That planner featured a bright yellow stripe along the outer edges of the monthly calendars.  I found that I liked that feature because I could use it for birthday notes or work project deadlines when I worked at Arizona State University.  I was in the secretarial pool of the Agriculture Department.  One of the professors selected me to fill in for his assistant while she was on bed rest during her pregnancy.

That was a time in my life that I don’t think I’ll ever forget.  Computers were not common.  The drives were slots for giant 5 inch disks.  One slot held the operating instructions for the computer to come to life the other slot was to run a word processing program.  Once the program was open the disk was removed and a different one was inserted to save all the work done in the word processing documents.  I think that program was called “Star”.

I can’t tell you how many times I lost information.  Stuff I thought I had saved to the disk disappeared.  I had to retype pages and pages all over again.

Now, I have to admit that I am a rather vocal person under stress.  I don’t deal with stress very well.  The halls of the Agriculture building were marble.  The walls and floors were echo-y and sound traveled very well.  Even with the door closed to the office I worked in my frustration was heard on the entire floor.  Classrooms, professor offices, and the different labs.  One professor from the new computer science section knocked on the office door I was behind, then came in.  He asked me if I were alright.

Humiliated and ashamed of myself for the verbal outburst.  I had to apologize to him.  I had lost one entire section of a document that I had been working on that morning.  The paper was to be submitted the next day to be reviewed by the group of peers to the professor I was working for.  I was TOAST!

Needless to say my introduction to computers was not my most favorite time in my life.  I longed for the days of the IBM Typewriter that I had been using for many years.  Type on paper and everything is there.  You don’t lose hours of work on a typewriter.  The words just don’t disappear into a different world when using a typewriter.

Now, here in the 2000’s, things have changed so much.  Day Timer is still around.  As is Day Runner.  And my favorite At A Glance can still be purchased.  The Day Runner and the At A Glance are available at my local office supply store.

The past couple days I have been online looking at planners and trying to figure out which one I want to use in 2015.

There is MidoriHobonichiFranklin Covey.  It is crazy the different types of day planners that are out there.

I just want something that I can use for my truck driving stuff and my personal stuff.  I’ll stick with the Day Timer style I’ve used for years.  The only thing I don’t like about this type of a system is storing the yearly information.  Being a 7 ring binder type the pages are all loose at the end of the year.  I just put them in a file folder and put on a label indicating the year.

My Day Timer

My Day Timer

My weekly Day Timer

My weekly Day Timer

I have some pocket files with To Do lists for each part of my life that I want to get a better handle on.  Goals for the week.

Goals for the week

Goals for the week

House work using the Flylady system.  I have modified it to fit my physical abilities right now.  Let me tell you.  I did one hour of cleaning in my living room this morning and it has whipped my butt.  I think this Sepsis thing has done a right good job on throwing my butt on the floor.  :/

House work folder

House work folder

Blog post list for my Foolishness & Mayhem site.

Foolishness & Mayhem

Foolishness & Mayhem

Blog post list, videos for YouTube, and my craft room folder for Message In A Fold.

Message In A Fold

Message In A Fold

And finally, a folder with my wishes and goals for getting my Etsy shop working.

Etsy folder

Etsy folder

I think I have been resting long enough now after my cleaning stint that sapped my strength.  It is time to get ready to go create the video on using a Sliding Blade Trimmer.

As a cautionary note.  If you don’t want to lose several hours of your day….DON’T go to Pinterest  and do a search for Day Planners.  Trust me.  You can get totally lost in there.  However, it is quite informative.  Seeing how other people use their day planners and make them work for them.

Now a “Call To Action”.  Leave a comment with information about YOUR day planner and how you like to use it.

Thanks, Leslie

From “CRAP” to almost “FAB”. Some hard work for this “Sissy La La Pants”.

Man, there were a few times I nearly gave in to the urge to just quite.  But I DIDN’T!  I kept going.

Here’s the “CRAP” photo.  The before.

From CRAP

From CRAP

Here is the, almost, “FAB” photo.  The after.

Almost FAB

Almost FAB

I thought I was going to have to put on my hard hat a couple of times during the cupboard organization :/

My hard hat

My hard hat

I just have a few items to go through and sort out.  Then I can begin working on finishing some cards I started in October before I had to go back out on the road.  I want to get back into the “Scrap Rehab” project I began.

Some work yet to be done

Some work yet to be done

Pretty darn good, if I do say so myself, for a confirmed “Sissy La La Pants”.  This is my son-in-laws favorite phrase when my grandson says he is too scared to try something new.  While cleaning out my craft room I came across some photos from our trip to Disney World last summer.  Can you spot the “Sissy La La Pants”?

Find the Sissy La La Pants

Find the Sissy La La Pants

You need some help?  Here.  I’ll help you out.  And you can even find my grandson, aged 4, being braver than me :/  He is behind Joe being looked at by his Mom, Aunt Loreli, and Uncle Chad.

Look at that Sissy La La Pants

Look at that Sissy La La Pants

This is more my style.  Yep folks.  Scary rides are too much for this old broad :/

My kind of ride

My kind of ride

Are you starting to get organized this month?  January of 2014 is here and ready for new beginnings.  Make the best of them.  Hopefully you will find some lost treasures….or possibly incriminating evidence….while you are cleaning and organizing your space(s).

Leslie

 

 

 

I didn’t know I had that! The things you find while going through the disorganized mess.

For the love of Pete!

Wait.  Who’s Pete?

Never mind.  I need to have a mild curse phrase because the one running around in my head is far from mild.  More along the lines of an “F” bomb or three.  I am now working on the fourth cupboard along the wall of my work table.  You will see the doors standing open.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

All the CRAP that is on my work table….well most of it anyway….has come from the cupboard with the open doors.  I just can’t believe that all that crap was crammed into that space.

The "Before"

The “Before”

How the heck had all this CRAP stayed in that cupboard?!

So much CRAP

So much CRAP

Taking a closer look at what I had stashed away in that frightful mess, I came across a piece of my husband’s history.  An address book that someone in his family handled a lot.  They are long dead now. This address book is from the 1930’s or 1940’s.

An old address book

An old address book

Okay.  Maybe not the 1930’s or 1940’s.  There are postal zip codes in this address book so it is sometime around the 1950’s though.

Old addresses

Old addresses

I will give this to Joe when he gets home.  I’m sure he will be surprised to see this treasure from his past.

And he might not be so thrilled at the next piece of his past.  Joe and his friend, Cliff, modified a pickup truck in 1979.  The truck was transformed into a van with a flatbed at the rear.  The two guys fabricated the cab to fit on the chasis.  They upholstered the inside of the thing.  The two of them spent months working on something they thought could be sold by a car manufacturer.  They did sell it to someone that blew smoke up their a$$ and screwed them out of a patent and any royalties.

An old document from Joe's past.

An old document from Joe’s past

Sorting through this unbelievable mess I had to work out a system of putting like things with like things.  The stuff that I pulled out will be put in a different space in my room.  A better place than where it had been that is for sure!

This cupboard will be used to store my “Bling”.  Flowers, chipboard embellishments, half backed rhinestones and pearls, and all the stuff that I keep telling myself I don’t have any of.  This is ridiculous!  I have more embellishment stuff than I realized.

Now this cupboard has gone from CRAP!

The "Before"

The “Before”

To FAB!

Embellishment cupboard

Embellishment cupboard

Hey, I’m making progress.  The floor is open now and I don’t have to worry about breaking my neck.  I’ll take the little skirmish wins as I do this battle.

Leslie

 

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