My Already Done List

Well, you can’t call it a To Do list if the items are already crossed off, right?  And I’ve been a busy girl.

I attribute some of that to the fact that Dear Hubby is leaving Canada and coming back home.  And I am so, so, so very happy about that.  My friend Susan says I’m nesting for his return.  She just might be right.  That and Spring Cleaning have struck me with a vengeance.

So here’s a list of a few of the things that have consumed me lately.

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1.  Downton Abbey.  Not exactly a To Do List item.  But definitely falls into the category of things that have consumed my time.  Did you watch?  Oh, my.  I don’t know when I’ve been so engrossed in a TV show.  I won’t give away anything in case you haven’t watched.  I’d have to do a big spoiler alert.  But can you believe that ending?  I may never recover.  Well, maybe I will.  Since we have to wait forever before it’s on again.  Really?  Do they have to cram it all together so much and then make us wait so long?  I protest.  But I probably have plenty of time to recover.

2.  I emptied and cleaned out a whole cupboard in my kitchen.  I’ve had lots of energy lately.  And I think I’m trying to cram everything I intended to do over the year Dear Hubby was gone into the last 3 days.

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I was so caught up in the organizing that I forgot to take a before picture.  This one was during.

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Here’s after.  Now I go into the kitchen multiple times a day and open this cupboard just to look inside.  I love an organized cupboard.

3.  Bought a cat tree.  Which means I have been taking pictures of the cats as they investigate it.  Yes, you heard me.  Cats, plural.  Boo has a new friend.  And as soon as I finish sorting the 3,428 pics I’ve taken of her/them, I’ll do a whole post about her.

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It looked much bigger at the store.  Boo sort of has to hang over.  But he does lay on it occasionally.

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But Panda has definitely taken over the tree.  As well as every one of Boo’s favorite napping spots.  I will tell Panda’s story one day soon.  And show you lots more pics.  Because I’ve got a gazillion of them.  And you need to see them all.

4.  Inklingo Mystery.  I totally meant to blog about each clue in this mystery.  I know I told you about the first clue and picking out my fabric.  Well, tomorrow Clue #4 will be posted and do you believe it?  I’m already behind.  I know you’re surprised.

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I have never cut so many tiny pieces of fabric in 2 days in my entire life.  With curved edges no less.  But thanks to the amazing video posted by Linda, I was able to do a big chunk of those curves with my rotary cutter.

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See?  Lots of little chunks.  And with this project I have successfully exorcised the perfectionist in me that has always made me cut precisely on every single line.  It is so unnecessary if I am hand piecing and I have beautiful stitching lines.  Thanks to Inklingo, I have those.  And I am finally caught up on the cutting.  My rotary cutting hand may fall off at any moment.

My normal mode with quilting with Inklingo is to print a little, cut a little, sew a little, repeat.  I get bored doing too much of one thing.  So this mystery has challenged me in many ways!  But I’m happy to have left behind that perfectionist gal.  She was getting a bit annoying.

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But I only have 6 units stitched of the 72 of these units that we need.  At this rate I figure I’ll be ready for Clue #4 by Christmas.  Maybe if I stay up late enough tonight I can move that to Thanksgiving.  And I think I need a bigger box.

By the way, it’s worth it to read every post on the Inklingo blog just to see Monkey in his red snowsuit making snow angels!

5.  Feathered Star sample for new class schedule.  I made this one totally by machine.  Not exactly my favorite way to piece when precision is important, but Inklingo made it super simple.

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And with Linda’s fabulous step-by-step instructions included in the Feathered Star Design Book that comes with the collection, I had this quilt top done in less than 3 days.  And I had a ball doing it.  I would definitely do it again.

6.  Cooking.  Been doing lots of cooking lately.  Loving my Baked Oatmeal for breakfast each day.  And today I was back to Pinto Bean Waffles.  Another favorite I hadn’t had in awhile.

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My breakfast the other day.  Chocolate Baked Oatmeal with strawberries on it.  Yum.  Aren’t you hungry now?

7.  Organizing piles.  Oh, my.  They had been accumulating again.  So much paperwork to go through.

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Do you have this kind of stuff?  Please say yes and that I’m not the only one.  I am, however, happy to report that the piles are under control once again.  I feel very organized.  Must be that nesting.

I still have a To Do List.  But it is getting shorter all the time.  I just love crossing things off.  Such a nice feeling of accomplishment.

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One last pic of Panda.  Isn’t she just the cutest thing?  Many more pics of her to come.  She’s very photogenic.

Happy Organizing,
Barb

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9 Responses to My Already Done List

  1. Suz says:

    WOW! Just WOW! I can’t decide if you are making me tired or inspired! You go girl! And yes, Panda IS the cutest thing! 😉

  2. Cathi says:

    Love, love, love your fabric choices for the mystery! And yes, I think you need a bigger box!
    Panda is absolutely adorable – her coat looks like velvet!

  3. Diane says:

    Ok now you have me inspired to clean out and buff up! Love the feathered star! Love blue and white!!
    Glad you have double kitties. They keep each other company, and you too!

  4. Susan B. says:

    We are finally moving back to our house next week, and I haven’t packed a thing. Your blog inspired me to get going, so thank you! Panda is adorable, what a sweet face! That feathered star in three days? Incredible, Barb. The Inklingo Mystery project….I am so envious. Okay, off I go to start packing! 🙂

  5. Yvonne says:

    Oh Yes, I did some organizing of my mail last weekend and I emptied 3 big drawer’s with maps, travel guides and such……I am a collector and take every brochure or map I can get my hands on from our US vacation and drag it over to Holland……. Why? because I love watching it and you never know when you will need it again. No I threw a whole lot away. I just have one basket left.
    Love your cats. We have three, Pebbles, Missy and Utah and we love them!

  6. Karen Smith says:

    Panda is so pretty…glad to hear your family is all together again.

  7. Sandi says:

    Love your piles!!!!! They make me very comfortable. LOL. So glad hubby is coming home.

  8. Love the “Already Done List”! You have been one busy girl! We’re about neck and neck on The Case of the Secret Garden – I’ve got about 12 clue 3 units done but haven’t finished cutting. Definitely not ready for clue 4!

  9. What a great idea! Start with a list of the things you have already done! Why didn’t I think of that? Oh Barb, you are so clever!

    Davene

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