I had good intentions of posting Monday...and then again on Tuesday, but I've recently been swept up in an organizing and cleaning frenzy and since those don't happen with enough regularity, I figured I had better just go with it, blog posts be darned! Currently, no closet, drawer or shelf in our house is exempt from my whirlwind purge/clean/arrange whirlwind, which mostly involves making lots of variously-labeled piles: Donate, Fix, Sell, Trash, or What The Hell Is This And Why Is It In My House?! It's a highly scientific process, folks.
On Labor Day, I broke my cardinal rule about celebrating with decidedly non-laborious acts and helped Mike clean both our cars. This is task he is much more regimented about than I, taking care to clean his car about as often as he changes the oil. I clean my car about as often as I rotate the tires, which is to say, NEVER. (They rotate each and every and time I drive it. Duh. Why would people pay for this?) I know, for an artist, my knowledge of car mechanics is astounding.
But because the children were starting to stick to the backseats and often exited the car with dog hair, fruit roll-up remnants and schools of goldfish crackers stuck to their rears, I thought it might be time to give the interior a good scrubbing. During which time, I made a few interesting discoveries:
- There is a definite need for a vacuum extension that can reach into the teeny, tiny crevices where all the crumbs inevitably accumulate;
- Rainbow loom bands multiply like rabbits when kept in the dark, dank depths of car seat cracks; and
- When you spill half your latte under the driver seat and conveniently forget to mop it up, it will solidify into an interesting modern-day fossil containing loose change, bobby pins, potato chip pieces and the random tube of lip gloss. And do you think I can sell it on eBay??
At any rate, many hours of vacuuming (and a few hundred Clorox wipes) later, I had a car that no longer legally requires a hazardous waste sticker on the door. And while its present state will likely be short-lived (I have kids. I spill lattes.) I have placated my neat-car-freak husband for a few weeks. Or at least until my next trip to the Starbucks drive-through.
And speaking of that guy, I'll leave you with a quick page starring him. I made it with the September JBS Kits which contain some of my very favorite papers designs to date. They are library-inspired and go along with several of October Afternoon's Public Library line, as well as some gorgeous Crate Paper pieces. You can grab a kit, or just the papers, and any of the add-ons over at the Mercantile site!
S U P P L I E S :
I've layered lots of the papers with some stamping, stickers and stitched strips. (Say that three times fast!) The title and journaling are one and the same - sometimes that's all you need! I stitched the title down as well, which is a great way to avoid those inevitable fallen letters in the bottom of your page protectors. But at least you don't need a vacuum extension to get them out.
And with that, I'm off to fuel up on lattes and get to work on the Great Pile Project before my motivation (or the caffeine) wears off. Happy Wednesday, peeps!