word up.

January is like a holiday to me.
The whole month.
It's like one giant excuse to clean, purge, repaint, organize and refresh...
...every single surface, nook and cranny in my house.
Lovely, love it.
This year my word to live by is simplify.
Basically an organizers dream word.
It has already brought beautiful messes to my house.
Like...organizing all of my fabrics into colors.
Just look at all the coordinated color goodness.
Then each basket got labeled with a paint chip sample...LOVE!
The paint chips were picked up as I bought sample paint colors to repaint the living room and dining room. So far...the middle swatch(called "crystal aqua"!) and leaving it the same color are winning...what do you think? Either way the walls are in dire need of a fresh coat of the most boy durable paint I can find.
I'm also vowing to be better about NOT beings so late with my birthday gifts and greetings.
Since Aaron was born you were lucky if your birthday card or gift arrived to you in the same month as your birthday...and anniversaries? Fuggetabout.
So this year...on December 31st...my MACbook and I had a date.
We went through and put in each and every birthday and set an email reminder to go out 15 days before each birthday.
Then I bought this pretty calendar from HERE to keep track of all the appointments.
She has another lovely shop HERE.
The sweet owner has given me permission to give away one copy of the calendar to one of you...
...so if you would like one just leave a comment and I'll choose one of you later this week.

I just love a new year and a new start...I've got a good feeling about 2010. :)
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48 comments:

Jamie said...

January seems to bring on the need for organization for me too. I love your paint sample labels on your scrap bins! So clever and fun!
Good luck finding the right paint. I love every shade of blue you've picked so far.

Amy said...

What a great idea for organizing your fabric! And, thanks for the fun giveaway! :)

Laura said...

That calander is so cute! I'd love to have one.

Sherryl said...

Love the idea of organizing and starting out the new year fresh! Love the calendar so I am keeping my fingers crossed!

Amy Bell said...

i could really use you over here.....do you make house calls to help organize??? xoxo

Nancy said...

There is something magical about cleaning/organizing/dumping stuff. Book me a seat on that train. Love that calendar. So bright and fresh and oraganizing! Happy New YEar. Happy painting.

Lisa said...

I think about organizing my fabric and get tremors. Yours look so pretty I'm hoping they inspire me!

Amanda said...

What an awesome idea to set email reminders.....I'm going to have to do that! We've got 27 niece's nephews and so I'm always behind on Birthday cards. I always feel horrible about it too! Going to have to set a date with my computer to do it before February!!!

Aurora said...

Oh, I'm on an organizing/purging kick too...what a great way to start the new year! Love the middle paint color and LOVE that calendar...I hope I win! :) Thanks for the giveaway and Happy 2010! :)

torinem said...

I really like the blue color you walls already are. Thanks for the chance to win the super cute calendar! Good luck with your purging :)

Morgan said...

I love the paint chip idea! And at this point, everyone knows not to expect to receive a card from me lol. And I'm only 21, with no children, so don't feel bad!

I love that calender too! Sooo cute!

venus said...

I LOVE how you organized your fabrics! Brilliant!

Darlene said...

Love your word. In fact, it's in the running for mine, too.

My mind is ready to organize, dump and simply....but my body can't seem to get there. More coffee might help.

Have a great day!

Teresa said...

I have high hopes for organizing in the new year as well....a pretty calendar should would help! Thanks!

Candi said...

I have never considered January as the time to clean, organize, repaint...but really...the is no better time. It is cold outside and you're in the house anyway. I too, love your fabric bins and the way cute way you labeled them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Polka Dot Moon said...

What a great shop!

I'm always purging/decluttering and find that less is more in so many ways!

Happy New Year!
Denise

~Mama Skates~ said...

beautiful calendar!

BC said...

Oh goodness those aqua paint swatches are making me swoon. You have got me thinking about that color for our kitchen now!

That calendar is sooooo lovely, and I sure would use it.

Thanks for all the inspiring posts... past, present, and future!

Angie Mae said...

You are so inspiring to get organized! I love the way you organized your fabric, such a good idea. I love that beautiful calendar too!

Simply Me... said...

Hey miss Crystal... I got my boots on shoes.com I order from there alot :) free shipping and returns! right up my ally... hugs to you

Abbie's Mama said...

I NEED to get organized (my house) and schedule all the birthdays (and other dates)... Please come and help me :)

Happy New Year!

Megan said...

I used to color co-ordinate everything... I thought it was rad. My husband thought it was scary. Oh, well. Poor him! :)

I'd love to win!

Margaret said...

I have been trying to simplify and organize too. We had our 3rd baby last month and I have graduated from college and started my first job. I am trying to make my house easier to clean before I have to go back to work after my maternaty leave. I am making new organizing systems so I can clean faster now that I will be working.

Cute calander.

Wendy said...

Ah, like so many others I too am trying to get more organized. Love the calendar ~ very cute. What a great idea with the paint chips! I think a trip to the hardware store is in order :)

emily said...

I keep everything in Outlook and Google Calendar synced up! Really helps life :)

I also spent the last 3 days organizing and and cleaning and putting TONS of stuff away!

Feels so good.

Top Of The Muffin To Ya! said...

Would love that birdie calendar. Pick me please!

Courtney said...

Ahhh! I need to get organized, too! It's such a great feeling. We have our second baby on the way in April...I'm thinking NOW would be a good time to start the organizing.
The calendar is so cute! Would love a chance to win! :o)

Jennifer said...

Loving the paint chips on your fabric baskets! So cool. As far as paint goes, if the middle color actual includes *your name* in its title, I think you must go for it! Have fun deciding!

Ashley Garrett said...

Thats so funny because I just finished decluttering our master bedroom closet and have moved to the spare bedroom..my husband thinks I have gone mad haha. Love the calendar and could def. use one for the new year.
Thank you for the cool giveaway


-Ashley

Amber said...

Getting organized is a great way to start off the new year! And the key is to do it while you're in the mood to clean, right? I've been in the mood to get rid of extra stuff and donate so I need to get going on that :)

I'd love to win that cute little calendar...love the scalloped edges.

alyssa said...

Yess, I have been a mad organizer lately. Just cleaning up, putting things away, getting rid of things, I love it and it always makes me feel better.

Love the calendar!

The Mangerchine's said...

Those are adorable calendars, and I'm absolutely swooning at your fabric stash!

Jessica said...

we just got all of our christmas stuff packed away today. as much as i LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays, there is just something about putting away, packing up, and giving everything a good scrub and straighten! :)

ScottChrisCoriCassiCali said...

Love the calendar. I gave them as gifts this year. Calendars that is. I would be so happy with this one. It's very pretty.

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

I usually get a repainting bug in January, too! I love that the name of the paint you are considering has your name in it :)
Happy new year!

Alicia said...

I soooo need a new calendar and this one looks perfect! I was so glad to bid 2009 goodbye as we dealt with health troubles with my son and my hubbies business shut down...rough year but I am ready to fight for 2010!!!
Am new to blogging-even started my own-and love yours!

Happy New Year!!

Christine said...

Oh I love the basket ideas!! Can I borrow that for my own home?? And the new color.. LOVE IT!! Here's to an amazing simple new year!! Its going to be awesome!! xoxo

sara's art house said...

Love the calendar!!

fawnda said...

I love the fabric baskets! I would also love a calender!

Kristi said...

I've always wanted a calendar like that! I'm also in organization mode Crystal. In addition to that, I'm trying to work on big home projects. I just bought 16 yards of upholstery fabric to redo a big chair an ottoman. That will be lots of work. But not until I finish a new valance for Ella's room. So fun isn't it all?!

Ellen said...

You have some amazing fabric. I love how you have it organized and stored. Mine is all shoved into bags that I empty every time I want to make something. Good luck staying ahead of your dates. It's not easy with two boys.

Donna said...

I love those fabric buckets! Can't wait to read through the rest of your blog (found you from Today's Creative Blog).

Vanessa Washburn said...

I wish I could repaint (but unfortunately we rent). It would be a blast to change some colors and liven up the place. Also, the calendars are way cute.

YaYa said...

Love the cheerful calander. It makes you want to write or organize on it.
Loved the Moses story. Seems very familiar to me:) Good luck with each and every new fabulous stage.
Renee

.jimaie.marie. said...

oh goodness, i have no idea how to sew really (ok, i have an IDEA ;]) but that fabric looks so deliciously pretty and colorful! what a smart way to organize it all!
And that calender? DROOL....
I think I need one, I adore her shops!

Here's to 2010! :)

mayasmom23 said...

Calendar looks awesome! I would love one. :)

The Perfect Trio said...

I would totally love to have one of these calendars!!!!

jakemelissajakea@aol.com

Anne said...

I don't know if I missed this one..don't see a winner yet.. I would love a calendar to help organize a little! ;)

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