I am on a cleaning spree!

I recently upgraded to the 4g iPhone, and of course am loving it!  After having everyone else’s hand me down iPhones it is very nice to have my very own new one.  As part of my new phone spree, I decided to see what new task manager programs had come out, and if they had one for a weekly cleaning list.  One that has come out since my last investigation into cleaning lists is Home Routines
I am soooooo in love with this application!!!!!
It is why I have been mostly MIA for the last couple weeks.  With Ms. Diva crawling everywhere, Mr. SD working longer hours, and Ms. T coming in January, I have really been wanting to stop the procrastinating and get a handle on the household mess.  A major factor in this is the two large dogs we have (think constant shedding) and Ms. Diva normally looking like I am using her to mop up all the dog hair.  Gross!!!

So… I downloaded this app, it cost something like $5, and I started modifying the daily lists and the room lists.  I have actually been doing pretty darn good in getting done the daily lists done.  And have actually been getting them done daily, LOL!  A really neat resource with this program is the site for Home Routines run by Rosie.  She has linked up to FlyLady.net, a great resource to help you get started getting a handle on the housework.  Of course as usual I didn’t read Rosie’s whole blurb about starting off slow with the FlyLady’s BabySteps program.
I now have a clean bedroom closet, I have almost all of my weekly Saturday chores already completed, and the laundry is even caught up!  I feel like superwoman!  Here are some pictures of the clean closet (still clean a week after the major clean-up).
Let’s start with a picture of the pile of clothes that came out of the closet.  All stuff I haven’t worn in the past several years, and stuff that hasn’t fit since my early skinny twenties.  You will notice I haven’t gotten very far in sorting out this pile, LOL!
And a picture of the still clean and organized closet…

I really need to figure out a better Sheet box, but haven’t found the right container yet, LOL!  I keep my packing supplies for my Etsy stock in the plastic drawer to keep everything handy.

I also need to get a baseball cap organizer for Mr. SD’s collection.
He would also love for me to find something to replace these plastic drawers with.  I use for all our socks and underwear.  They were easy and cheap, but can be a little hard to open and close with them stuffed now that the laundry is all caught up, LOL!
And this concludes the clean closet tour. 
I am going to be posting about my progress, as keeping up with the housework is one of my main goals in the New Year.  Can you believe I am already talking about New Year’s resolutions?!?!

Fall Harvest Pillow for Mom

I took two napkins Mom purchased, added a couple leaves with my embroidery machine, sewed around the edge, and stuffed to make this cute holiday pillow.

Book Review – Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado

Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado, Published by Thomas Nelson
How can you outlive your life? How can you transform your faith?
Take a look at Max Lucado’s latest book, and you may be surprised at what you find. One thing you learn right off the bat with Max, is what his personal stand on the subject is. As part of the dedication for this book, Max dedicates 100% of his proceeds to benefit children and families through faith based organizations.
Throughout the book Max brings the Old and New Testaments to life, and he shows you how what God said hundreds of years ago applies to my life today. We go along for the ride with the Ethiopian Enuch as he learns about God first hand from Philip. How does this story show us how Philip outlived his life? It shows that by obeying God and sharing both his time and his with an immigrant he outlives his life.
How much affect could your college student be having on someone’s life while away at school? There is an interesting twist in Chapter 13 just for you. It shows you how you can be outliving your life before it has fully begun. We are never to young, to old, to poor for God to use us. God knows no limits and has no limits when using you to your fullest.
I found this book to be an eye opening look into my own faith, and how much I ‘allow’ God to use me. I am very thankful that Jesus did not hinder God’s use of Him, and I pray that my prayer turns to action in my everyday life.
Kimberlee, Thank you for visiting!
I recieved a copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% wholly my own.

Book Review – The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris

The Vigilante’s Bride by Yvonne Harris, published by Bethany House.
This historical fiction romance begins during 1884 in the wilds of the untamed Montana Territory, and has everything a good American Cowboy romance should have. Cowboys, cattle rustlers, Indians, a mail-order bride, shot-outs and a saloon fight.
Emily McCarthy is dislodged from her place at the Girls Home when she is unable to find work in Chicago to earn her keep. The board members of the Aldersgate Home for Girls accept, on Emily’s behalf, a request for a mail-order bride. Emily is told of the boards’ acceptance, and is given no choice regarding leaving the civilized world of Chicago for the wilds of the Montana frontier.
Upon arriving in Repton she finds herself engaged to the town bully who is old enough to be her grandfather. As if that wasn’t enough, she also finds out that her fiance is harassing the local Foundling and Orphan Asylum, of which he is a board member. The hero of this story faces the standard dilemma of overcoming his past and finding himself ‘having feelings’ for the girl already committed to someone else.
 
I really enjoyed the book and Yvonne’s writing style. Though this plot has certainly be done before, I loved her take on it. There were no huge twists or turns in the plot, but it was a comfortable read. I really enjoyed the character developments and the storyline between the hero and heroine was very entertaining.
 
I recommend this book as a fun, lighthearted read. I was provided a copy of this book to review by Bethany Publishers. The opinions I have expressed in this review are 100%, totally my own.

Five Question Friday – 10/22/2010

Another week has flown by…  I have been busy getting Stay-Put Towels ready for the holiday craft fairs.  I have one show confirmed, and another one still pending.  Both are indoor events, and should be a lot of fun.  This weekend I will be working on holiday themed burp cloths, and should have some pictures ready for Monday’s weekend wrap.
In case you missed it last week; we announced the winner of the 200 Follower Giveaway.  Check out the post, and find out which pair of towels she claimed!
Here are this week’s Five Questions from My Little Life:
1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse?  Definitely him.  Ex-firefighter and all, LOL!  He loves to cook, and actually cares what he eats.  I am just one of those cook whatever is easy and be done with it.  So… I do a lot of dishes.
2. How often do you talk to your mom?  All the time.  We live close, and are always calling each other too.  She takes care of Ms. Diva while I am at work, so that also gives us a chance to talk every day.
3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe?  I hate following recipes (or sewing patterns for that matter), but I always tend to get in trouble when I don’t follow the recipe (I am much better with the sewing, LOL). 
4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe?  Just a tad longer.
5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?)  Nope.  Not a big fan of the holiday.  Ms. Diva will be a Candy Corn since we will be going to the church’s harvest festival and a wedding later that day –

Quick Fall Garland How-To

I have been very envious of all the wonderful fall garlands that have been popping up in various link parties.  Here is what I came up with that fit my commitment level, and used materials that were on hand.  First off, this is a very simple, quick fall garland project.  There are many tutorials out there that take more time and give you a fancier effect, but if you are looking for something quick that you can get done in 15 minutes, this How-To is for you!
Grab four sheets of fall colored felt.  Stiff felt would have worked better if I had been buying felt.  I had regular craft felt on hand, and it worked just fine. 
A length of ribbon about 1.5 times the width of your opening or window.
Two thumb tacks.
Print out your letters using a font you like.  I used Arial at 500 pt.  Under “format font” (or maybe “format character” depending on your computer) select “outline”.  No sense is wasting a lot of ink to print out a extra large letter.
And grab your pinking shears!

Plan out what color of felt you want for each letter.  Then pen your first paper print-out to your
first color selection.

Cut out the letter using your pinking shears.

Cut slits for your ribbon to pass through.  Fold over the top 1/2 inch, and make sure to not cut to much!

All I had for thumb tacks were these ’awesome’ red hearts.  They aren’t the perfect thing for a fall garland.  So, I cut small pieces of the light tan felt from the scraps to wrap around the tacks.

I also added a large green button (clearance at Hobby Lobby) instead of cutting out the hole in the “A”.  I like how it added a touch of green, and that it was quick!

 Finished!

 Don’t the covered thumb tacks look much better than the bright red would have, LOL?!?!?

Linking up with:
Lucky Linky Tuesday at Lucky Star Lane
Take-A-Look Tuesday at Craft Edition

Etsy Tuesday – 10/19/2010

Welcome to Etsy Tuesday! This week’s feature shop selected by Random.org is Treacle And Ink. Here is a little about the shop and Amanda:
I’ve pretty much been into creating things since I was little, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I really realized how important it is to me. There is something about the creative process, seeing something go from being just merely an idea to a completed project, that is just exhilarating! It’s wonderful to have something to show for your work at the end of the day. Whether it’s a recipe, a song, a character, or a crafty project, I was born with the need to be creative. At first, I made things just for myself and my family and friends, but about a year ago they encouraged me to try my hand on Etsy, so here I am. It’s so much fun to see items that I have made (or discovered, in the case of my vintage items) find their ways to people who will appreciate them.     ~ Amanda
Here are some fun items from Amanda’s shop.  Learn more about Amanda and her shop on her blog at http://treacleandinketsy.wordpress.com/
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Etsy Tuesday Rules:
1. Link up your Etsy shop, and choose a picture of your favorite item to share.
2. Visit the shop before and after you on the list, and send them a convo about an item you like in their shop.
3. Visit as many shops as you want, and give them a heart if you wish!

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I'm Kimberlee, the owner/creater of 'The Spunky Diva'. Here is a little about me... In addition to my love of blogging I adore all crafts, sewing, quilting, improving my non-existent cooking skills, and playing with my two girls. We have a 'collection' of animals around the place to keep us busy; two 'huge' dogs, a cat, kittens, several horses, and assorted wildlife. We live east of Austin, Texas, in the middle of farm country. Here at 'The Spunky Diva' blog I get to share daily life moments, fun crafts, sewing and quilting progress/finishes, and brag about my 'Babies'. Thank you for visiting and sharing some of your day with me!

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