January is perfect. So full of possibilities. Dark branches reaching up to the pale blue sky. Cozy fire-lit nights. Completely unflattering but oh-so comfy flannel nightgowns. A chance to begin again, to remember, and reflect. Babies with red noses in brightly colored stocking caps. A time to simplify. To push back all the noise, glitter, clutter, and flash of the holidays and just be still…
We are off to a good start.
The year started off the way every year should~
But the past week hasn’t been all parties and fun. We’ve been working too.
We spent the better part of the week cleaning and organizing. The boys room was in desperate need.
These are some of the before pictures. We had already begun assembling the new furniture when I thought to take pictures so none of these are true “before pictures”, but I wanted you to get some sense of what their room was like before the changes.
We removed the large brown bookshelf and replaced it with several sets of white cubbies. I like the clean streamlined look and the small cubbies help toys and books stay better organized (that’s the theory anyway).
We also bought some silver painted peg board to go above Jude’s desk. It still needs to be hung up but I thought it would be a great place for storing scissors, tools, flash lights, tape, staplers… all the little things that seem to be so easily lost. I find myself wandering into their room and just standing in the middle of it with a happy look on my face
The sewing room got a much needed sprucing up too.
I didn’t take any before pictures of my fabric cupboards. Just imagine, instead of neatly stacked boxes of color coordinated fabric, a tangled up heap of crumpled, disorganized material. Not pretty!
Look what I found under the Christmas tree! I set it in it’s rightful place and the whole sewing room looked happier. I can’t wait to start using it! Part of my motivation for getting the rest of the house in order is so I can have some guilt free sewing time. I have a stack of patterns I am eager to dive into and my new serger is going to make those projects so much easier.
A little bit of sewing happened over the holidays.
I made these little dolly diapers for Eliza’s dolls. I found the link to this pattern on a wonderful sewing blog called Probable Actually. It is my new favorite blog. Do I say “new favorite” a lot? I spend an hour scrolling through all of Gail’s back posts. You really should check it out!
Did I mention another one of my favorite winter evening activities? Sitting in a comfy chair, near the fire with an embroidery needle in my hand an hoop in my lap.
How’s your year going?