Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 05:01 pm
I hope everyone is managing more on the decluttering front than I, these last three days - I don't think I've managed to get a single thing out of the house, other than food related rubbish. And I've managed to fall into the trap of going into a DVD store to stock up before the school holidays (which start on Saturday), and come home with Far Too Many DVDs.

But on the plus side, I spent about three hours this morning helping a friend with packing to move house. They identified a number of items to go, some of which they weren't sure about until I was able to say 'have you considered giving them to x'. What I *should* have done was go prepared with a container to cart away things, but as it was, didn't have any way to get things out of their house, and all the boxes they had on hand ended up full. Plan is to offer to come past Friday afternoon (as I have to go past their place to collect youngest from school) with bags, so that I can cart things away.
Sunday, June 25th, 2017 10:27 pm
I dropped the ball on Wednesday*, so starting my twice weekly posts today. Did you unclutter today? If so, what?

I spent an hour or so sorting the random piles of books in my bedroom. Lots are still there, but I binned 3 conference proceedings and some other booklets, put three books on the 'leaving the house' pile, and moved some others to locations where I can start to work out whether I need them or not (need to compare against what I have).

* I'm hoping to make Wednesday and Sunday posts, because those are days when I'm usually on the computer
Friday, June 23rd, 2017 05:35 pm
I did not get much decluttering done this week - too busy with other things to give it a lot of time.
I did take 5 books and about a weeks worth of newspaper to B2P - I use newspaper in packing.
Three different books came back with me in a little case labeled Hogwarts Library. These showed up in the workroom, and I remembered one of the prison libraries asked for them, so they will go in the big plastic box in the garage awaiting the next book pickup.

I did putter around throwing away little sample-size bottles of hand lotion left from travel, that I somehow thought I would squeeze the last drops out of. They had been sitting around for months. I also threw away a lot of little packets of sample skin treatments that came in catalogs I got in the mail. I clearly was not going to try them, so out they went. It's part of that It Might Come In Handy Some Day that causes a lot of saving of objects for no good reason. I need to apply the same clear out process to my makeup drawer, with stuff I bought but never used much. None of this makes a lot of new space, but at least it helps clear surfaces.
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 09:04 pm
I'm losing track of the days of the week here! Pretty sure it's Tuesday somewhere (possibly even here!) and even if it's not, it is definitely some point around the middle of the week. And with that in mind, it's time to tackle the one thing that's been lurking.

What's your goal for this week?
Friday, June 16th, 2017 08:37 pm
It's late on Friday, but I said it was a day I could post, so here we go.

I did my big declutter on Monday, moving 22 banker's boxes of books from my garage to another way across town for a book pickup by 3 Illinois prison librarians. 3Rs is a local organization that trys to get books for these libraries - Illinois provides them with NO money, and has not since 2001. I had been collecting books from want lists for about 8 months, and Tuesday was pickup day for them. They all took a good many books, but left plenty as well. My friend whose garage we used will need to get someone to haul them to Books to Prisoners, another organization we take part in, so we can possibly sell them at the fall book sale.

For your interest, fantasy series books are very popular. I managed to collect a complete set of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time for one library, and got a lot of other books for the others.

I have a pile of books for B2P and 3Rs in one corner of my living room. My next project is to sort these and get them moved either to a big plastic box in my garage or to the B2P sorting room. This last has to be done in stages, since I will carry them on the bus in big cloth bags and I can only do one or two of these at a time. I have a couple of stacks of the first to go assembled, and will carry them off on Tuesday.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 08:20 pm
Hi there, I just wanted to introduce myself. I guess I joined awhile ago, but I'm only starting to use DW more. I posted a lot on Craft Grrrl on LJ. I do a lot of machine knitting and papercrafts along with drawing and painting too. I hope to share some projects this weekend with you all when I have more time to round up pictures.
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 01:17 pm
I have been trying and trying to find cardboard easel photo frames small enough for my purposes. It has to fit flat in a Royal Dansk 12oz cookie tin. My booklets just fit—they're 4.25x5.5"; looking at the tin and booklet with a ruler in hand, 4x6" would work, but only just—which means a frame designed to hold a 4x6" photo is going to be too big. Hence my problem, because apparently 4x6" is the smallest photo anyone would want to put in a store-bought cardboard easel frame!

So I am thinking my best bet is to take card stock, cut it so I have a stack of pieces where the outside dimensions are 4x6", and cut a centered 3x5" hole in half of those pieces. I could then glue each such frame itself and my 3x5" art to a hole-less 4x6" piece of card stock.

If I cut carefully enough when making the hole in the frame piece, I can use that piece to make the easel back. I think what I want for that is a right triangle with a rectangle on the longer leg, and I score along the triangle-rectangle border so it will fold without complaint, and I glue the rectangle to the back of the frame so that the triangle can either be out to the back (for display) or flat to the frame (for storage). I guess that means slicing a right triangle with 2" and 5" legs off of the 3x5" rectangle I'm cutting out.

Does that sound like a thing that will work?