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Friday, September 4, 2009

MFTSC97--I Did It, Plain and Simple!

Well, the second week of school is almost over for us. Homework for both the kindergartner (really!) and the third grader is already in full swing. I can say our afternoon/evening routine...we've got it down to a science. It's a little more hectic on Wednesdays, when Lindsie has gymnastics, but if I have the presence of mind to put dinner in the crock pot those days, I'm golden. Now let's just talk about the daytime hours when Susan is here alone while the kids are at school. I have no routine. I'm floundering around. Oh, I've got plenty to do, but I don't know what it is...When I have lots to do, I don't know what to do first, so I think and think about it and then do NOTHING! And it's not like these things I need to do are these great big overwhelming tasks. It's everyday stuff...sweep the floor, dishes, laundry. I do like the fact I can do my stamping during the day instead of into the wee hours of the night, but I still don't do that at the most opportune times. I'm sure Eric likes that I don't turn on my heat tool while he's trying to sleep and dreaming of burning me with it! I think what I need is an old fashioned routine. I know my mom (hi mom) often has told me her mom used to have a set routine, like laundry on Mondays, ironing on Tuesdays, worked in the yard a certain day, etc. Does anyone do this anymore (besides spending a whole day ironing)? If you've got any great ideas or tips let me know before I end up wasting this entire school year floundering!

Anyway, one day this week, I did nothing but stamp. Still didn't get too many projects done (I spent WAAAY too much time trying to make a template for something I ended up trashing), but I did manage to make this card for the Sketch Challenge for My Favorite Things. I thought the sketch was a perfect time to try the ribbon pleating technique I learned about and LOVED on Lisa Johnson's blog, Poppy Paperie HERE. It just makes me want all the colors of the stitched Papertrey ribbon, so if you don't like yours, I'll be happy to take it off your hands. I placed the new Spooktacular Swarovski crystals from My Favorite Things on each of the spiders' booties to make them super sparkly! I'm lovin' the sparkles here lately! In fact, I just ordered THESE, too!! I love that they come in different sizes and will be stalking my mailman very soon!

Well, I do know I need to go get in the shower (I usually do this earlier, but Eric let me sleep in this morning. Darn him!). My plan is to make eating lunch at the school with the girls on Fridays part of my "new and improved" routine. Once I figure out what that looks like.

SUSIE Q-TIP: If your stitches from your sewing machine start to look at bit wonky and crooked and you know it's not your skillz (because you've been sewing since you were six years old), check the manual about changing the tension of your upper or lower threads. Just so ya'll know... I did this AFTER I made this card.

Stamps: Ghoulish Labels set (MFT)
Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), White Perfect Panels (MFT), Plum Pudding Bitty Dots (PTI)
Ink: Palette Noir (Superior), Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Sewing Machine/Black Thread, Tracing Wheel, Spooktacular Swarovski Crystals (MFT), Plum Pudding Stitched Ribbon (PTI), Glue Dots, Jody Boosters


  1. This is SOOOO super cute! LOVE this colors, the new MFT stamps, the bling and I LOVE the ribbon too!! AWESOME!!!

  2. This is fabulous Susan! Love the colour combo!

  3. Susie what a cute card thanks for sharing. Yes I am trying to get a routine together too with the kiddos back to school, but your Mom's theory for housework is what works for me too. Set days for certain chores keeps me from finding out on Friday night I didnt wash the soccer uniforms that I need Sat morning. Also I have a 2 week system. One week kill all the germs and grind week with other week clorox wipe week. Good luck

  4. Love the card...I've yet to try sewing on paper but loved your tip. I've been sewing since I was 6 but never on paper. Will keep your tip in mind.

    Funny about the routine. The more I have to do the more I get completed. Its day that I don't have to "really" do anything and have hours of free time...the less I get done. I just flit around from one thing to another.

    My mother always had a routine which included a hour afternoon nap. I've never been about to force myself to do things on certain days but my lovely neighbor know it's Wednesday because her wash is out drying on the line.

  5. Susan, have you ever tried Flylady? She has quite a lot of advice on routines and keeping up with things . . . it might be worth a look-see!

  6. how cute is this card love that ribbon

  7. Love your crafting Sue. I certainly know some who love a routine for getting things for some, not for others. I only have one day off so yes I certainly have a routine so I keep on top of things. Part of that routine is "time to craft" for sure!! fly Lady is a good suggestion....good luck working out what suits you best.


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