Saturday, May 14, 2011

Trying to Find My Footing... Ooop! There It Is!!!!

Sometimes, life just whips you. Others whip you, too. And sometimes... it just gets to be too much and nothing that YOU wanted to do gets done.

I can't blame anyone but myself. I'm the one who volunteers and who gets volunteered. But I'm the one who ultimately does not say, "NO!". I pride myself in helping out when and where I can, for whoever might need it. And my stuff (no matter how piddly it may be)... gets put on the back burner. And it fizzles out. (I did the decos in the background here... for the Father/Daughter Dance...)

You know what I mean, right? It fizzles out, because I'm worn out or the "mojo" just isn't there anymore. Dunno know if it's truly a depressive state or something else, but I'm trying to get it back and find my footing. Sometimes, you have to move stuff around to find it again!

So, there you have it! Thank goodness for my friends. I have wonderful friends. I have friends in the blogosphere, as well as friends (and family) in real life that encourage me and tell me how great I am. Although it may be a lie, it gives me a sense of hope in myself... a feeling that I am not totally doomed; I just need to find the right step.

And so today, on this day, I am thanking (specifically!) Lisa (love the name, don't you?) at Papergrace Designs. She has influenced me to get off my ass and do this "challenge". What challenge? Um... S.O.S. And that's exactly what I need.

While some may believe SOS to be "Save Our Souls" (Selves... WHATEVER!), in this case, it is "Shopping Our Stash," which may well save my "self" or "soul". Because... Um... I need a challenge to push my butt in gear.

Sure... I've done challenges (like Jingle Belles!), but I got a lot to do at one time and am now a whopping 5 weeks behind! (6, if you count this week's challenge!) One thing I've done a lot of is shopping my stash. I haven't bought anything for any of those challenges since before Christmas 2010. Actually, except for the rare impulse buy or great deal or necessity item (doing my daughter's grad album!), I have seriously been using my stash and then some.

But... as you will see... I have a whole lotta stash to deal with. The first challenge, which they gave some of us (the ultimate procrastinators) 2 whole weeks to do, is to post pics of our area... our stash. I've had the craft room for 10 months now, and have never posted pics, except on Twitter. huh.

I've always promised that I'd straighten it up, add a little pizazz here, a few touches there... and then I get all overwhelmed again. But NO! The peeps at SOS want us to NOT straighten and organize it all, just to post it. Woohoo! And... I can do that.

And without further ado... here we go! (hey...! NO judging!!!):

and behind the black curtain...

the super duper messy table!

the wall!

cutting station

sewing station and other supplies
 And YES! I know I need to clean it up, but with Mother's Day, Prom, lots of birthdays, PTA stuff, Kindergarten classroom stuff, etc., I've just been all over the place and not quite had the time to clean up after myself. (It's not like the crafting critters are gonna come take it all away, now... are they?) My footing is right here, where I left it. Things just need to be shifted around a bit for me to keep it.

And now I challenge YOU to join in... maybe we can all push each other to reach to a higher limit, to use our stash, to SAVE money, and make the best of what we already have. AND! If you link up, maybe YOU could win some blog candy, too (they're offering some FABULOUS stuff!)!!


  1. What a FABBY post, and GREAT space! I WANT YOUR WALL! Awesome.

    I'm so happy Lisa pushed you to play. Sounds like you're already on track! This is going to be such fun!

  2. awesome! I love the is fantastic....

  3. HOLY SMOKES!! Your room is fab-u-lous!! Yo have so much room. Love your sewing station. AND a cutting station?! Wow... *drool* That wall is also absolutely gorgeous. Your decor in there is just so beautiful. I'd love to visit. :)

    Thank you so much for your beautiful and heartfelt post. And thank you SO very much for joining the SOS challenge crew this week. Can't wait to see what you come up with on future challenges. xoxo

  4. Wowza! I am in serious LOVE with that wall! Just amazing. What a great space! Thanks so much for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

  5. What a grand space you have! So many storage areas and stations! Love "the wall"! Thanks for joining us at SOS!

  6. I LOVE your space, all the shelves for storage is fantastic!! I love that you have a cutting and sewing station. I would definitely use my sewing machine more if I didn't have to drag it out and set it up everytime! Thanks for showing us your space over at SOS :)

  7. Oh my, you lucky, a whole wall of cubbies.

  8. I can't even believe how many supplies you have. I'd faint dead away with all of that! You're so lucky!!!!

  9. Love your space! It's difficult to say no.... people volunteer you because you are capable as well as helpful! 2 great qualities. Shop your space I am going to shop mine.

  10. Awesome! Love the large wall of shelves - did you buy it or had it custom made? Clever idea with hiding things behind the curtain! ;)
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash! Hope to see you again soon!

    Alica ;)

  11. loveee your shelves!! I am sooo proud of myself I been suing my stash for almost a year now...did splurge and buy some paper I HAD to have...


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