New Products Coming to Blue Dasher Crafts!

I’ve been on vacation for the past week, and thoroughly enjoying myself. But on Thursday, I somehow through my back out while doing some cleaning, which left me on the couch for the rest of the week.

In order to keep myself from getting bored and spending too much time on my phone playing World at Arms (which is really addictive!), I decided to work on some of the crochet projects that I’ve been wanting to finish for the shop.

One of these projects is a new product that is actually a set and perfect for those on the go. For example, I live about 18 miles from work, which isn’t a long haul, but it means if I forget something I can’t go home to get it because it’s 30 minutes each way. This set keeps me from losing anything and makes it easy to carry everything without having to carry more than one bag. My husband called it the “on the go” collection. Continue reading “New Products Coming to Blue Dasher Crafts!”

Blue Dasher Crafts New Year’s Goals for 2015

I purchased this planner from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler and I LOVE it!
I purchased this planner from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler and I LOVE it!

I love New Year’s. I get to set new goals, and I get to put my planner together for the year, which is my favorite part. I love picking out new printables and putting together the book that will keep me organized for the year.

This year I put my 2015 planner together with my 2015 blogging planner as well as my 2015 Blue Dasher Crafts planner. I really need to think about getting a bigger binder, things are a bit tight in my favorite pink one!

While I put my planner together, I think about what I want to accomplish during the upcoming year. I came up with quite a few goals for 2015. Here’s what I’m planning for Blue Dasher Crafts this year. Continue reading “Blue Dasher Crafts New Year’s Goals for 2015”

The Bestest Blog Planner Ever!

As most of you know, I’m obsessed with organizing. In fact, I’ve rearranged my desk twice this week alone. And I’m always on the look out for a blog planner. Not that I’m not happy with what I have, it’s just seems like it’s just not quite right.

I got a blog post update email the other day, from one of my favorite blogs: Confessions of a Homeschooler. In this post, Erica disclosed that she had made a colorful blog planner in addition to her other floral planners. I already used some of the pages in her floral planner, but I needed something a bit simpler. Don’t get me wrong her floral planners are gorgeous. But the layout wasn’t what I really needed.

So I was ecstatic when I got this email, and even more so when I got to her site and saw the new planner!

Although it doesn’t have everything I would like in a blog planner, it has still become the main source for all my blogging pages. I do supplement with another planner I found (created by Jolanthe at Home School Creations) that has a biweekly page that I find has more room for planning daily posts, and thankfully the colors actually compliment each other pretty well. Erica’s new planner just looks awesome with my colorful dividers! 😀

The best part is that it actually matches my weekly to-do planner page that I got from I Heart Organizing! It’s awesome! The only thing that would be better would be if Erica and Jen created a blog planner together. Oh that would be heaven!

Okay, so I’m sure you’re all wondering what it looks like right? Thought so, I’ll stop teasing you now. Here are a few shots from my rearranged blog planner: Continue reading “The Bestest Blog Planner Ever!”

Before and After Shots of Our Cleaning Frenzy

And… We’re ORGANIZED!

Ya right… But we’re much more organized than we were previously!! We have gotten rid of so much crap, it’s not even funny.

We seriously were contenders for the show Hoarders.

I love that show!

Do you know how good it feels to get rid of crap that you no longer need, use, or even want? OMG! It’s really a wonder I could write anything at all as cluttered as it was in here!

We got rid of so much stuff that I was able to shampoo the carpets! (We have 5 cats… that’s a big deal).

We do still have a bunch of crap to go through, like the junk in our bedroom closet, Greg’s desk (don’t even get me started), and the pile of “trash” on our living room wall needs to be sorted through again just to be sure we didn’t miss anything to donate, or throw out.

As for our inspection… I was worried for absolutely no reason. See this is the problem with text messaging. Things can easily be misconstrued because there’s no voice inflections, etc. That goes for anything written, which is why really good writers are so hard to find. It’s hard to convey the tone of voice in which you’re writing (“speaking”) and text messages are no different. This inspection thing is the perfect example of that.

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Getting Organized: The Final Stretch

Today is our last day to get lots of cleaning done before the inspection tomorrow at 12:00pm.

I can’t wait till this is over!

We’ve taken this week off of homeschooling in order to get all the cleaning and repairs done. I also haven’t been writing as much, except for on this blog, and my most recent posts haven’t been some of my best work.

I’m a bit distracted.

There’s still so much to do, and so little time. We’ve made a lot of progress, but there’s still so much clutter. I’m sure we won’t get through it all before tomorrow, but I’m hoping to at least get all the cleaning done. I started the bedroom at about 04:00am; it looks better, but it’s still pretty cluttered.

This is much better, honest!!

See, there’s plenty of clutter left. I’m just so tired of cleaning! UGH!!!!

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Getting Organized Series: Clearing the Clutter

I was supposed to write a post about my car today, that Julie DeNeen inspired by her post yesterday.

But with the impending inspection coming up, we’ve been cleaning the hell out of the house.

I’m so tired…

While we’re cleaning, we’re also going through our stuff and getting rid of the junk. I still really want to be a minimalist. We started this process yesterday, ironically on April Fool’s day. We have several boxes, garbage bags and a porch full of all the junk we’re throwing out.

Our trash-filled front porch.
Our trash-filled front porch.

SO MUCH JUNK!!

That’s not even all of it. Most of this stuff is from the shed. Plus there’s a bunch of furniture on the porch that we want to throw out. Our Waste Management company doesn’t offer the dumpster service out here, so we’re not sure how we’re going to get rid of all of it. But we have to before Friday. Continue reading “Getting Organized Series: Clearing the Clutter”