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Days 183 and 184: The organizing gnome

9 Jul

One of my 29 before 30 goals was to seriously reduce my amount of stuff (and thereby become more organized).  Now that I’ve got a summer free, this has become a priority….so….here it is!   The first edition of

(dah da da daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah)

Marissa’s Organized Home!

This week we will take a look at my closet.  Here is a “before” pic.


My closet was stuffed full of clothes that I DIDN’T EVEN WEAR!!!!!  Believe it or not, I had things in there from college!  Why??????  I kept wearing the same things over and over because THEY WERE ALL I COULD FIND!!!  It was a nightmare.  Not only could I not see what I had, but removing items from the rack was difficult because they were so squished in there.  Shirts would fall off the hangers all the time and end up in the abyss.  Something had to be done.

Out came the donation bags and my favorite closet organizing tool ever……

Slim Velvet Hangers!

It’s amazing how much of a difference hangers make.  Not only do my clothes not fall off of these, but they take up so much less space!

Ready for the reveal?

a streamlined closet

the bottom

I only did the one side of the closet, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.  I donated 5 bags of clothes!

During all this organizing, I did have some crafty time.  My next swap is another dotee swap.  My partner expressed an interest in gnomes.  Well… could I deny her?


Isn’t he cute?  And sooooo happy!



Days 145-148: I’m baaaaaaaack!

3 Jun

Hello there!  Good to see you.  It’s been a while.

So the week from hell is finally over.  Nothing bad happened…I’ve just been super incredibly busy with stuff.  I started a yoga class that will last through the summer.  I’m seeing a new doctor to help with my back issues.  And today was the last teaching day of the school year!!!!!!!!

With everything that’s been going on, I just couldn’t find the time to post.  I did make stuff though.  Lots of giggles happening here!  First up is another funky pillbox hat.

Believe it or not, I actually made this one with my club kids.  They thought it was hysterical.  Theirs came out pretty cute too.  Will I ever wear this one?….probably not.

except maybe this once...

Eccentric much?

Anyway…so that was Tuesday’s giggle.  Wednesday I was just too busy to do anything.  Yesterday’s giggle is a fun photo…

It's alive!!!!!!

Remember my herb garden?  It’s only been a week, and this sh!t’s growing like crazy!  I have no idea which of the herbs those are, but I can’t wait to find out!  I’m looking forward to some homemade caprese salad this summer!

Last of all is today’s giggle.  I’ve been working so much with my curvy mermaids lately….it was time for a bit of a change.  Today, I chose to paint something else…


Isn’t he cute?!!!!!!  I think the next painting will be a curvy mermaid with her pet catfish.  🙂

Day 140: Garden of Eatin’

26 May

Today I tackled one of my 29 before 30 goals.  I began my indoor garden.  A few weeks back, I bought a strawberry grow kit.  It came with seeds, soil, and a cute little strawberry pot.  Unfortunately, I dropped the shopping bag on the way into the house and smashed the contents to smithereens.  😦

My parents are back from their little trip and lo and behold…what did they bring me?  Another grow kit!  This one isn’t strawberries, though.  It’s better.  Today I planted an indoor herb garden!

Here’s my little beauty.  I planted basil, parsley, and cilantro.  We go through an amazing amount of cilantro in my household.  Scott’s in love with it.  It’ll be far better and cheaper to grow my own.  Besides, nothing smells better than fresh herbs!  I hope they grow!

Days 110 and 111: Procrastination is EEEEEEEVVVVVVVIIIIIILLLLL!!!!!

29 Apr

Yeah….I suck.  It’s been almost 3 whole days since I posted here, and I have no one to blame but myself.  You see, I had all week off for spring break, but I waited until Wednesday (the last day of vacation) to start any work.  What happens then?  I’m swamped, of course!

I’ve always had a bad procrastination habit.  I was always the one in college to wait until the night before a paper was due to start the darn thing.  I’m the one who’s always crammed before tests, pulled all-nighters, and gotten up at 3am to finish work before school.  I used to say, “I work best under pressure,” But that’s a load of bull if I ever heard one.  The truth is that I HATE waiting until the last minute to do things, but I just can’t get myself motivated to start earlier.  And yes, I always make my deadlines.

As a result of the massive amounts of schoolwork I had to do on Wednesday, there was no “giggle time.”  I just couldn’t fit it in.  Did I learn my lesson?  Of course not!  Yesterday (Thursday), I chose to do some crafting instead of my work.

Here’s what I made!

It's a little lamby!!!!!!

Yup, he was an excellent distraction!  I ordered a needle felting kit from Fancy Tiger on Etsy.  Remember…learning to needle felt was on my 29 before 30 list!  I get to scratch one thing off my list already!!!!!