The throw away 7 things a day rule

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I’ve been reading Maria Gracia’s organizing newsletter almost every week for more than a year now and today I discovered another fun and very doable solution for clutter-free houses. And she says :

Get rid of 7 things each day. Get rid of paper you no longer need, email you’re done reading, plastic containers that have been gathering dust, and basically anything else that isn’t of any use to you. If you get rid of 7 things each day for the entire year, you will have lightened your load by 2,555 items by the start of 2010!

Let’s see how that goes! 🙂

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4 days to Christmas – getting ready

 

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So it’s Sunday. The house is a mess, but it will be cleaned. The cookies need to be baked. The house needs to be reorganized and decorated. The guest beds are to be made. The plan needs to be properly drafted:)

What i found is that the literature does not get me in the mood to organize, but the pictures do:) Simple as that!

So here are some hints to get you going:)

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Ok, I’ll stop now: D

I think I’m in love

So I just discovered this guy, who claims he is just a weekend designer but, boy, do his creations make me rrrr.: )

His designs are simple, but very well constructed, just like an architect’s (is he?) He also gives instructions for the things. 

Did I mention I love his punchline too? – It ain’t rocketscience. Oh, my.:)

TWO of my favourite creations:

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My new “ninas” bag!

I love it, i love the material, the shape, the girls:)

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This is the inside

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and these are closeups of the girls. Aren’t they lovely?

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Can’t wait to see what my friend did with her half:> Dana, what say you?

A thing to read after a good fight

Fighting is a craft in itself. Some do it horribly, other with such a talent that you walk away smiling. But sometimes they can make you really miserable. A British columnist, called Mil Millington, wrote a blog (first) and a book (after) all about the numerous fights he has shared with his superbly “mad” girlfriend, the German Margret.

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Skirty issues – how not to be afraid of skirts anymore

Chances are you might not look like Barbie. (It’s not her fault she’s so beautiful:P) And that you might be a fan of some women magazines. And that, even you are all grown up, smart and serious – not to mention extremely hot:)- you might think that your legs are too fat/too chicken-like/too short/too strange/too manly. That’s all fine. 

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What is not fine at all is that you say no to skirts. Not as long as there are so many fun ways of dressing up. OTHER than pants. Or jeans. 

All you need is a little knowledge (know your body type), a little sewing skill (mend it to make it your best fit-that is why you’re doing it yourself, right?) and a little guts. 

So just get out and make a gourgeous dress that will make your girlfriends green with… admiration:) And swim in those long, long looks the men are gonna treat you with:)

 

Look at some fun skirts I have on my list, maybe you get the feeling. (Sorry I have no idea which is from where. But this time only, I promise:)

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How to make buttons from plastic beads

One of my problems lately was fining really special buttons. I have a lot already, various colours and shapes, some with I am so in love that I cannot decide on what to use them. I bought a big bag of plastic beads and I made some coasters and pins, then I made some buttons from them. This is an example. If you like it, please  see the tutorial below:)

 

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Bookworm session – How to use Google for your crafty needs

You might not be surprised to find out that The Mighty Internet is actually a good resource for sewing info and tips. I remember my own excitement a few years ago, when I discovered www.craftster.org. I thought I have reached heaven. There was not other place where you could ask silly sewing or crafting questions like: how do I build the bottom of a messenger bag whitout using interface:)

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Buuut, today we will be talking about google books. Exactly. Put those glasses back on, because there are some craft books that you can read without going to the library and without making your significant other mad with the craft things you bring into the house. (Another craft book? But you have 100 already??)

Now you can use your own online personal library to store your favourite craft books. 

I have some in my library and will be adding more. (Can subscribe if you want to:)

If you are a complete beginner you can try these two easy giudes: this one is better for understanding your sewing machine and the other one for shears and cutting techniques.

And if we’re talking about 101 sewing you can also take a look at this one about fabric, machine and sewing tools. Have fun:)

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