100 Things (and why I love January!)

Before I get too much into project I’ve completed during my blogging hiatus, I wanted to talk about what I’ve been doing over the past few weeks.  As I think I’ve mentioned every January since I’ve been blogging, January is my favorite month.  Sure, other months have great things like warm weather or great holidays, but I love January because it is the only time of year where I feel like I get to really get caught up on things (like all the projects I haven’t found time for) and I still have time to relax sometimes with DH.  We usually have very little going on with our social calendar and usually things like swimming lessons don’t start up until at least a bit later in the month.  So we have…time.  It is an amazing feeling!

Also, following all the extravagance of the holidays and all the stuff that accompanies them, I am always filled with a huge rush of decluttering/purging motivation this time of year.  (If you read other home bloggers or read home magazines or look home catalogs this time of year you’ll see that I am definitely not alone in this!).  This year I’m challenging myself to get rid of 100 things in January.  It feels.  so.  good.

I started by making a list of cluttered areas in the house that I knew I needed to go through but haven’t had the time to tackle (things like my sock drawer, the pantry, and our game cupboard).  Each night I’ve tackled another space, and as I’ve been finding things to let go of I’ve kept a list.  So far I’m only in the low 60s so I think I need to step up my game bit!  I suppose it depends on how I count though.  I’m not counting each individual unmatched sock, for example–I listed “unmatched socks” as one item.  So it is starting to be slow going.  But for the spaces I’ve gotten to already, it is so nice to open them up and see a streamlined drawer/cupboard/closet.

DH and Sydney have gotten into it too, so I’m sure as a family we’re well over 100 things by now!  We’ve already had one charity pick-up and sold a few items through our local online garage/yard sale Facebook groups.

Now that I’ve tackled the low hanging fruit, there are a a few more spaces to go that I’m not very excited to tackle.  Like the basement (ugh), the front hall closet, and my bathroom vanity.  But I plan to persevere and get to 100 things (even if this bleeds into February a bit–I still want to enjoy some couch time after all!).

Have you tried this in the past?  Did you make it to 100 things?  Do you count each individual unmatched sock?

Cheers,

G

 

Back!

Whew!  It has been an exciting ride these past several (okay, 9!) months since our second daughter was born.  We’re completely in love.  She’s a super sweet baby who loves to eat and smile and (sometimes) sleep.  What more could a mama ask for?

We’re finally starting to feel a teeny bit more settled into our new routine around these parts.  Now that I’m back at work and juggling full-time work, a long commute, two kiddos, and now…the blog again, I’ll probably have to slow the pace of my blogging down a bit (at least for awhile) so I don’t completely wear myself out.  I’m definitely at that phase in life right now where I’ve realized that even though I love working on our house, I often have to choose between working on the house, or hanging out with my family, making memories, or enjoying early morning snuggles with the girls.  Guess which one I’ve decided I should choose :)

I’m hoping to still post regularly since I am continuing to work on and (sometimes) complete more projects around this place.  But I’ve definitely decided to slow the pace down a bit and concentrate on the family a bit more for a while.  I’m hoping to spend the next few months getting you all caught up on all the house happenings over the past 9 months.  Stay tuned.

Hope you can still enjoy reading, even if the updates come a little more slowly these days!

Cheers,

G

 

Handmade Christmas: Year 3

Merry Christmas Eve!

Though I’m not back to blogging (for real) just yet, I didn’t want to miss a chance to continue my tradition of sharing the handmade gifts I’ve been working on for Christmas.  This year I had two kiddos to make stuff for, as well as many, many daycare teachers!  I had lots of ideas of things to make, but these are the ones I actually got done before the big day.

For the teachers at daycare, I made these Nordic-themed rice-filled microwaveable hand warmers:

hand warmers DIY rice

I had a lot of fun with this project, including making a sample, picking out the fabric (actually, a flannel pillowcase!), and designing the packaging.  These are pretty easy, but I did get low on time when I found out just how many teachers had been helping out and the number of these that I needed to make doubled.  Each set of hand warmers requires 8 squares of fabric (two each for the interior bag that holds the rice and two for the outer bag, times two because most people have two hands!) and both machine and hand-stiching.  This is about half of them:

hand warmers DIY rice

For our new bundle of joy (who is now 8 months!), I started with this adorable bunny teething ring:

bunny teething ring

I used the tutorial from here; it is in French, but this one is so easy that you really just need the pattern.

I used some of the same fabric to try my hand an making an actual stuffed bunny.  This one was definitely a learning process for me as I’ve never made a stuffed animal before.  I made plenty of mistakes along they way (for example, the first time I sewed all the pieces together the arms and legs were on the inside!), but luckily this is one of those projects that looks cuter if it has that made-by-hand vibe:

DIY bunny stuffed animal

I used a Simplicity pattern, but I find that those are actually pretty hard to follow if you don’t use them frequently.  I much prefer patterns found from other bloggers as they tend to be written in a more understandable way.  But I digress!  Here you can see how the two bunny-themed items coordinate:

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For my big girl (she’s now 4/1/2!), I only got to one of the projects I had planned–a new blanket and coordinating pillowcase for her to use during naptime at daycare.  My kiddo is sort of obsessed with blankets and loves to use them for play as well as for sleeping, so I knew she’d love a new one to add to her collection!  The blanket is pretty simple to make–just minky dot fabric backed with cotton quilting fabric.  For the pillowcase I used the same cotton fabric and added a contrasting fabric trim:

DIY minky blanket and pillowcase

Happy Christmas!  See you in the new year…

Cheers,

G

 

Baby Break

You may have noticed that the posts have tapered off here at 2BB, and for good reason: our second daughter, Fiona, joined us a few weeks ago!  While we get to know her better (and deal with middle of the night feedings and constant diaper changes..) projects will slow down around here for sure.  So I’m planning to take a little break from blogging until things are more under control around these parts.  I may still do some updates to the blog if I can find some time, and I may work on new content for once I’m back online, but don’t expect any major updates for a few months!

Thanks for the support!

Cheers,

G

The right tool for the job and the importance of shopping around

bathroom vanity organizer

I know we all have places in our homes that seem to collect clutter.  I can’t be the only one.  I’ve been trying to address these spaces methodically this year–there are so many to tackle that I had to prioritize. … Continue reading