Wednesday, July 6, 2016

WOYWW and My World

It has been quite sometime since I have posted anything here…it has been quite sometime since I have done any arts and craft stuff too.  I keep buying the products and making the plans but somehow it never gets done.

Here is a picture of my crafty stash and desk today!
 Definitely a mess!  I keep piling stuff up and it keeps getting taller and taller till it finally slides over.  I am planning on doing a major toss out soon…just have to get the energy to do it.  I have stuff that I have never used from years gone by that I know I need to donate!   ...but what if I need it?  It can be overwhelming and then I just sit and stare!  Same story different day.  It will be done by the end of the summer…I promise.

My daughter gave me four of these awesome 2x4 Expedites from Ikea and a 2x2 when she moved to California last month.    Heather said she just wouldn't have enough room in her new craft spot and I gratefully snapped them up.  I have a lot of storage in my room right now but as you can see I can use some more.  I think I want to do something with those Clip It's and store the bling and flowers by color in binders so they stay less dusty.  Any one have any ideas how I could do that?

As you can tell by the desk picture I have my 12"x12" card stock stored in the Expedite at the back.  The 3 drawer lateral file cabinet on the wall is literally full of 12"x 8 1/2" card stock from Stampin Up!  I have way too much colored card stock but try to keep it organized and out of the light…It won't spoil so it will keep till I need it.   I also have a lot of print paper that I keep in plastic 12"x12" storage containers.  I am going to have to try and organize that also…I think I will go with the designations of  girlie, boy, rustic, steampunk, floral etc…so much stuff.

Okay that was my desk!  Drop by Lunch Lady Jan's blog and visit other folks desks for some interesting ideas and insights for WOYWW.  I am going to show some photos from around the yard now…

Corn harvest is over this year…this is an 8'x8' bed and it yielded 60 ears of corn…I picked it all and blanched them in the husks and put them in the freezer with the husks intact.  It turns out it keeps it fresher and less freezer burn.

Pulled up the last of the onions last week.  There are a lot of medium size red and yellow onions and several good-sized ones.  I laid them out on the deck and washed them and let them dry.

Chuck dug up all the Yukon yellow gold potatoes before he left for Austria in June.

My little place of peace out on my deck…now it is a place of peace!  Last week I was chasing people out of my yard and responding to fence walkers demanding I unlock the gate to the 'community pool'  I have since put up signs stating it is private property and no trespassing allowed.  I don't know where people come up with the idea that just because it borders a park it is part of the park.  I actually had one guy argue that he had received a notification from the homeowners association that there was a pool available.  Oh well I said…go take it up with the homeowners association.  

We had to have a new pool liner put in the pool this year due to wear and tear on the old one.  Happens just about every 8 years or so.  It always gets discolored and last year it started wrinkling and floating up!

I love tropical flowers…Hibicus is a favorite!
walk to the pool...

 I really like this new pool liner.  I have been in a couple times now and the water feels like silk! 

view from my deck chair!

looking back from the diving board.  
looking along the fence line to the garden.

I guess I could see why they would think it was an open pool…but does that look like a community center? 

I will leave you with a couple pictures of produce from my garden!
a rose... 

 I canned  7 pt and 4 quarts of green beans in the past couple weeks off my small patch of green beans.  I am very pleased.  Also pulled up the rest of the beets and managed to get a quart and a pint of pickled beet!  Fun times in the garden!

Okay I am off to see what kind of trouble I can get into around town.  Have a doctors appointment in an hour so better get to it.  Have a great week!


  1. Hi Vickie, what a beautiful home and garden you have! I love the Expedits, I have a few in my craftroom too. they are great storage. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #5xxx

  2. Hello Vickie, it's good to see you back!! I wish I lived closer, I'd help you with the sorting....I love doing that sort of thing. You'll feel so much better when you do start.
    Am loving all your produce from the garden, I've never really bottled anything, only frozen stuff. Your pool is fab but how dare people assume they can use it too. Grrrrrr.
    Hugs, LLJ xxx

  3. I know how hard it can be to let stuff go. For me it helps to box things I'm not sure about and label it to throw away next year. If I use something before that I put it away in my room. It also helps me to label what's inside the box very clear.
    Fresh veggies, your lucky to be able to grow your own!

  4. Your garden looks like a wonderful place to relax. Love all the veggies you've managed to produce! Your craft room looks like a lot of fun. Bet once the weather gets cooler again you'll be in there more. I don't like throwing/donating crafty stuff as I'm sure as soon as I do I'll 'need' it.

    Have a great week
    Sharon K #27

  5. Your craft room is going to take a while to get sorted the way you want. You'll find some treasures in there for sure. Amazing that people thought they had the right to use your own personal pool from where it sits I wouldn't think it was a public pool at all. Hugs Nikki 6

  6. Lovely to have you back on WOYWW - you have been missed.
    How annoying to have people thinking they can use your private pool. I must say it looks gorgeous and I am green with envy. Not surprised you haven't had time for crafting - if I had a pool like that ...
    Love the storage you have got from your daughter, it will help you get your room started. Good luck!
    Hugs, Neet 2 xx

  7. Having just been through the stash sorting and tossing myself I feel for you Vickie! You definitely will find lots of treasures.Love your garden, and what you have managed to grow and preserve.Love the hibiscus. Good luck with the sorting. Good to see you back!

  8. I feel for you with your sorting of your stash. I thought if I do a box a day it would soon be sorted but I found that I just have different boxes!!!!
    Well done on your bounty, nothing like home grown vegs.
    Take care and have a good week
    aka Bishopsmate #21

  9. Your pool looks wonderful! I'm ready to jump in!!! Love your ikea shelves!
    Have a great day!
    Diane #24

  10. You have been a busy bee this Summer. I love your yard, garden and have a little slice of paradise in your own back yard! Did Chuck plant his butterfly garden out front this year?I really admired that a few years ago. The harvest looks so healthy will be eating well when we are all eating crap come Winter.
    The craft supply organization seems never ending. Mine is all over the place and I want to challenge myself to get it all together and make it easier to actually use. My cats love to explore mine so I have to keep it contained or it will be ruined since I gave my craft room to Hubby as his office and hobby space.
    The hand me downs from heather should help with your dilemma. I'll come over one day and we can chat and maybe piddle with it. Did the Michael's baskets work?
    Have a great weekend and I'll see ya next week for BB meet up!!

  11. You might find unused treasures when you sort your craft room, that will be cool! I am drooling over your pool and garden - what a wonderful place to be! I am glad you are keeping those trespassers out of your private paradise! Loving all your veg too! xxx

  12. Hi Vickie, What a lovely home you have. Very envious of the pool. Maybe you should charge people to use your pool:) Also envious of your vegetables. You've made me crave some beetroot now:)

    Good luck with the sorting.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #9

  13. So nice to see you back, Vickie, but sorry to hear you've had some health issues recently. Your creative space looks lovely and busy, and great new shelves too! Like you, I need more energy to lick mine into shape too, and tidy up and have a clear out. Thank you for your visit and your nice comment - glad you got a laugh out of reading about my new bin!!


  14. Welcome back- no wonder you haven't had time for craft, with all those crops you've been producing! your new pool line looks fabulous - hope you don't get any more "wannabe" swimmers! cheek... take care and hope to see those units filled up and tidy soon (ahem!) Helen #1


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