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How To Move Out in 5 Days

12 Mar

If anyone is wondering why I haven’t been consistant in my posts lately…I was helping my family move.

Every two years or so my family (consisting of 7 people) packs up and moves to a new house.

This would be my 13th move.

Reason?

My dad is (was) in the army.

But this time, my dad gave us a week notice.

A week notice to find boxes, pack, clean, move, and unpack at the new house.

Ohmygosh.

My mother and I were beyond stressed.

We had a few boxes left from the previous move but we had no idea where to get the other boxes.

We looked at Starbucks, grocery stores, and Barnes and Noble.

No boxes.

None.

Now, I have to give you a tip if you want to find boxes instead of buy them.

Call the store managers ahead of time so they can save some boxes.

Why? Because they all recycle the boxes as soon as the shipments come in. Now I love how the companies are using “going green” in their stores but I hate that they have to do it when our family has to move. It is very inconvient.

When you find all your boxes (or buy big plastic storage bins), start packing room-by-room. And be sure to organize…unless you only have two days to pack. Then you are allowed to throw everything in boxes as fast as you can.

On moving day, get at least two strong men* (or use some mighty girl power) to move all the heavy stuff.

*Remind the men that if they drop your mattress on the muddy ground…you will have a huge fit and be super pissed off.

Unloading at the new house is easy. Just don’t drop anything.

When moving day is all done…go back to the house and clean it up. One room at a time.

If you have never cleaned the inside of your window or spot clean your walls…go get a warm cloth and start scrubbing.

After everything is done. Plop on the couch in your new house and pass out.

 

How many times have you moved in your lifetime?

 

Scrapbooking, Knitting, and Kitchen Fires

24 Feb

When I was younger I had this idea in my head that certain activities were meant for certain age groups.

Elementary kids play tag (and other playground games). Anyone from 13-17 passes notes and gossips. 20 something people party and drink. Most 30-40 year olds make babies and cook. And anyone 50 and higher watches birds, knits, and does scrapbooking.

Now even though I thought of this when I was younger, to some extent I was right. At least for anyone under 30 (sorry mom, you have made 5 babies and you start the kitchen on fire every time you cook, I think I’m right on this one).

Anyway, I realized that I am very stereotypical. Older people do knit and srapbook, but so do teens, 30 year old, and myself.

That is right.

I knit and scrapbook…or at least I used to.

I started knitting (and still haven’t finished) an article of clothing. It was going to be a scarf, but I would need way more yarn for that to happen. So, the possibilites are endless on what it could become, although it will probably just be something I knitted that has no use or value.

As for scrapbooking, I started doing it when I was volunteering at a nursing home. (See? I was right) But now that nobody prints their pictures anymore, I have no pictures to scrapbook.

But I did hear they re-designed those polaroid cameras that print instant pictures…so if you like scrapbooking and want a cheaper way to print your pictures…I would be sure to look into that.

Anyway, it is quite easy to scrapbook (at least compared to knitting).

If you take pictures, paper, markers, glitter, and maybe some stickers…along with a picture book of some kind, you can create a super awesome scrapbook.

Way better than a regular album.

So do you have a stereotypical activity that you enjoy doing?

Junk Mail Into Art

17 Feb

I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of junk mail.

Every day I get at least one piece of mail, usually a college pamphlet that nobody has ever heard of.

And I feel bad when I throw them away.

Why?

Because they spent money on those colorful, thick packets (not to mention how many trees they are killing). Almost all of them land in the trash.

So what can we do to make ourselves feel better about throwing away junk mail (who am I kidding…most of us don’t feel bad)?

The answer is junk mail art.

That’s right. Keep all of your colorful junk mail because you are going to learn how to create it into fancy/cool artwork.

(keep in mind these pictures aren’t mine)

-Using a black sharpie, draw teardrops onto the pamphlets. You can keep them the same size, or make them all different. Remember, you can have words in the droplets, it gives them a little variety.

*You can make a bunch of these or very few. It all depends on what design you want to make.

-Cut them out, making sure you cut outside the black outline (as in make sure we can see the black marker).

-Arrange the droplets on white paper (you can use colored paper, but white give it a clean look). Glue them on using regular stick glue (or liquid glue).

-You can frame them to make it looked even cleaner and more finished…or you can use it as wrapping paper.

Now you don’t have to make an exact replica of the above artwork. Make something unique. Something that suits you.

And you don’t have to do water droplets. Any shape can do. Circles, triangles, weird squiggle shapes…or even straight lines.

Or you could get more artsy and make them into flowers and birds…then use watercolors to make it a spring feeling.

No matter what you do, it will probably turn out great.

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