Greetings, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and happy. How are things in your neck of the woods? Today’s post is a small collection of odds and ends – some news, and links to things that I’ve been wrapped up in lately. Here goes…
Art Supply Drive: Big thanks to the six wonderful souls who’ve donated to the art supply drive that I’m wrapping up. I really appreciate you! I’ll be able to teach art journaling to one class of 4th graders next school year. Thank you for your generosity and kindness. :] If you intend to donate but forgot, and would still like to, you may do so quickly, easily, and securely HERE.
Spring Cleaning Fever: Have you ever heard of 40 Bags in 40 Days? It’s a challenge that folks take part in to pare down their belongings and reduce clutter, by “filling up” 40 bags with belongings in 40 days. I decided to participate by going through and purging in 40 different “spots” here at home. Spots included the clothes closet, dresser drawers, bookshelves, the garage, my art supply storage, etc. I was aggressive with what I decided to get rid of, and probably cleared out about three small truckloads of items – most were donated. It feels great to have passed along things we’re not using so that someone else can benefit from them. And it will be less for us to move, too!
Minimalism & Tiny Houses: Along with the purge came some research into minimalism, Tiny Houses, and full-time RV living. I’m not sure we’ll ever get all the way to any of those things, but the idea of simplifying and reducing overhead in order to spend more time enjoying life sounds really good, so we’re taking baby steps in that direction.
This Girl Needs a Garden: I’ve been longing for a garden for the longest time – but apartment living makes that a challenge. Enter Square Foot Gardening, which was brought into being by Mel Bartholomew. I recently purchased his book, and am hoping that our next apartment home has a patio that will accommodate some raised bed planters (with both space and the sunlight needed) so I can give this gardening method a try. Here are the rings I’d like to grow in my first 16 or so “squares”: carrots, parsley, cilantro, kale, lettuce, red bell peppers, chile peppers, onions, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, spinach, zucchini, arugala, and strawberries. Have any of you tried Square Foot Gardening? How did it go?
A Crafty & Cool Conference: I recently attended Craftcation in Ventura, CA. Craftcation is a conference for creative folks and small business owners – it combines business classes and hands-on classes for crafters and foodies. I had a wonderful time and learned so much! I took several classes, including a class for Etsy sellers and hands-on classes on image transfers and reverse appliqué. The teacher of my image transfers class has a fab book out if you’d like to check it out – Playing with Image Transfers by Courtney Cerruti.
That’s all for now. I hope you all have a wonderful week!
*Please note: The links above are just for your reference – they won’t generate income for me. :]Tweet