Back to School


School began this week for the kids around here.  Hardly seems fair, I don’t think school should start until September.  The first of August is still summer.  I’m sure I could get several of those precious young things to agree with me and, truth be told, some of their teachers. 

Me — first grade

Back to school means stores stocked full with new and wonderful school supplies. I love walking down the aisles and checking out the new paper, pen, and folder options.  The start of a new year is filled with hopeful possibility and the anticipation of learning something new.   There is something nostalgic and rather romantic about a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils on a teacher’s desk.  Just reading the words  freshly sharpened pencils, can’t you smell them?

I’m always in search for the perfect pen.  I like a pen that has a cushion on it and isn’t too narrow.  I found these PaperMate Ink Joy pens and I’m feeling some ink joy! 
They write super smooth and dry quick.  The pen diameter fits nicely in the hand without having to scrunch up your fingers which is important for me because my hands don’t work like they used to.  Mine came from Target but this pack sells for $6.99 on Amazon.  Check them out and see if you, too, feel some Ink Joy.

Next week, I can’t wait to share with you a project I’ve been working on for quite some time.  I will also be revealing the After on my second project!  — see the Before shot here .



“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”  
Luke 6:40  NIV Bible

Fantastical, Who Knew?!

Fantastical, Who Knew?!


A couple of weeks ago, I came to the conclusion that my office organization needs to match my personality so that I can be more efficient.  Seems like such an obvious idea, but truly, the idea had not dawned on me.  Hmmm… I wonder what that says about me??

I do know that I like to spread out when I work and I like to see what I need which means that I often sit on the floor to do projects and put my things in piles where I can get to them easily and see them all at once.

Little did I know that I was already showing signs of my organizational personality type; until,  I came across this post which led me to this quiz and then, this explanation.   I was so surprised with the results that I took the quiz twice!   Both times (and even changing a few of the answers) I came up with the same result.   All I can say is… That explains alot!

First thing I did was to get rid of containers that I couldn’t see through so I ordered these clear ones from The Container Store.  They’re awesome!  Now, I can see what I need and easily retrieve it.  I may have to order more because one found its way to my freezer to hold those pesky frozen veggie bags that kept sliding out and landing on my feet and one, now, resides in the bathroom under the sink to hold all the bottles and jars together.

Multi purpose Bins from The Container Store

When I was young, my mother used to keep me out from under foot and help her clean by having me organize her kitchen pantry.  I would spend an afternoon lining up the cans according to color, or type when I was old enough to read.  As I got older, the women in my family would have me come for a visit to organize their closets.  Consequently, my family viewed me as an organized person and if they thought so… I must be, right?
The reality is what appeared to others to be a love of organization was my expression of love to them by helping.  I enjoyed cleaning those hidden spaces because the newly tidy areas gave the recipients joy. 

After taking the quiz, I understand why conforming to the expected methods of organization has been such a struggle.  I’m freed from guilt and frustration over why I can’t seem to stay pulled together as well as the pressure to do what is expected.  Working with my natural inclination, strategically, changes my outlook for success and helps me achieve my goal: a clean office.

Why don’t you give the quiz a whirl?  I’d love to hear what type you are!
The quiz



“Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways.””  
Haggai 1:5  NIV Bible

Magazine Cookie Monster

Magazine Cookie Monster
I devour magazines.  I’m like the Cookie Monster of magazines.  I tear out pages and gobble up the ideas and store them away for later.  I’ve been doing it for so long, I don’t even remember when I started.  Some pages, I’ve kept for so long they’ve yellowed with age.  
I love to read house ( or the more correct moniker –shelter) magazines, in particular.  Designers suggest starting an idea folder as the first step to discovering  your personal decorating style.  You know, those pictures that make you say, ” Oh, I love this _________! It’s so me!”
Well, I started out with an idea folder which morphed into three idea notebooks. 
1. Things I would love to do
2. Things I can afford to do
3. Things I’m attracted to but aren’t my style but might help someone else sometime
Didn’t take long and those three notebooks became six.  
4. Overall house designs I love
5. Do It Yourself Ideas
6. Outdoor ideas

Now, add the six notebooks to a huge file box busting at the seams if plastic could bust and you see my problem.

Clearly, I have a problem.  Some might say I have an addiction.  I’ve passed this magazine cookie monster addiction onto my girl child who loves to do the same thing except she takes her pictures and glues them into notebooks. 

Perhaps, this problem developed from a love of well designed spaces, a love of creativity, a love of the possible and a love of beautiful things to behold.

I’ll be working on this problem over the next few weeks trying to clean up my addiction in my pursuit of a clean office.  If you’d like to read about the start of my office clean up, click  here.

Thanks to each and everyone of you for keeping me on track.  Just knowing that I will be held accountable by posting my progress is helping me achieve my goal.  Much thanks!!!



“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.  You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, 
or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” 
Exodus 20:17 NIV Bible