I am truly bummed after having such good momentum to have to take a break at the minimalism game. I have been hit with not one, but two big crisis’ in my life within the last 24 hours. I fully intend to continue when these issues get sorted out. Until then I leave you with day 21 although looking closely at this picture there are 22 items not 21.
If you are playing along, I hope that you continue on to day 31. I am really gutted by this but sometimes life happens. Stayed tuned for my continuation.
I am not going to lie, this is getting harder and harder. Not because I don’t want to get rid of anything, but rather that I just don’t have tons of stuff to get rid of. I’m not including my craft room because I will be doing this all over again there in January. Maybe more than once seeing the over abundance of craft supplies I have that I never use!
So here are the items leaving my house from this post.
If this isn’t an eclectic lot, I don’t know what is. Everything from a handbag to hair color to more cat toys.
You’ll be seeing a lot more Christmas ornaments once we put up our family tree.
Plastic tote bags of all sizes, wall decals, doilies a purse and some more holiday items.
I got into the linen closet here. Notice there are still more Christmas items!
All kinds of wrapping items and three random floral picks.
As you can see, I just pick up items as they catch my attention and add them to the pile. This stuff is all leaving my house so I don’t really care how it’s grouped.
I’d love to know if any of you are playing along or if you plan to do this in the new year.
Okay I have to admit the Minimalism Game is getting harder. As I already stated in my first post about the games, I don’t like clutter. This means I don’t have tons of stuff to get rid of. I’ve had to go through all my cupboards to find this stuff. Never fear though, I will have enough to get rid of 485 items. So here are days eleven through fifteen’s worth of flotsam and jetsam.
Some CDs, a cassette tape and two random frozen Charlotte dolls.
I realize this is more than 13 items but I just wanted to get rid of them and be done with the cd cabinet.
Okay, so here I really get random. There are some Easter decorations, a silver plate bowl, two concrete candle jars, some laces, a handbag shaped box, a book and some wire stuff I was going to craft with.
I had to hit up a cabinet in the laundry room for all these cat toys. We used to have two cats but now only have one. There are so many more toys it’s ridiculous. Our cat, Holly, doesn’t play with toys like this so out they go!
I figured out that I have now gotten rid of 120 items. Tomorrow is a new day of decluttering. I’ll be back in five days to show you more items that will be vacating our house!
Okay, I haven’t even been playing the minimalism game for a week and it’s getting hard. I’m mostly through my clothing, although I may have a few more accessories to go through. So now I attacked my bookcase and that is where I find it get’s difficult to decide what to keep and what to let go of.
I have lots of Bible study guides, sermon notes and personal improvement notebooks that just sit on the shelf. My thought on keeping them was that I would go back and reread them. The reality is that I have not touched a single one and they are just piling up. Please note, however, that this does not include my junk journals and December Daily journals because I do go through them frequently.
The five days I’m showing here contain a lot of books and personal writings. I asked myself honestly if I would ever read any of them again and the answer is “no”. It’s a nice thought but I am always at church taking new notes and in new Bible studies. I’ve decided to review my sermon notes one time during the week they were given. I will allow myself one year of sermon notes and then they will have to go.
Two random Christmas tins among the books.
The Christmas tree added to these seven books is day eight.
I even decided to get rid of my Clever Fox planner from this year. It was a tough decision but I need to get real with myself about ever going back to look at it again. I do have my junk journals from this year which have the interesting bits and bobs I’ve collected, so the year has been saved.
Stay tuned for the next area of my life I am simplifying. I’m not sure what it will be but books are done now.
I have always liked clean and tidy spaces. I don’t like clutter and mess. I am not a die hard minimalist, however, I do like a cleaner and less cluttered look than most people.
I was watching some decluttering and minimalism videos on YouTube last week and they suggested I might like a video called “How to Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game” (link to video below). So I watched the video and it looked like a fun, although not easy, challenge. Every day for 30 days you get rid of one more additional item than the day before. For instance, on day one you get rid of one item. On day two you get rid of two items, etc. If my math is correct, by the end of the 30 days you will have gotten rid of 485 items!!!
I’m ready to declutter a lot of stuff so here’s the first five days of my challenge. I’m not going to explain every item unless there’s something of interest to say about it. Most days will just include a photograph of the items.
I really love this tunic but it’s too big for me and doesn’t look good.
I have had that belt for years because I love it. Unfortunately I’ve gained weight and it no longer fits.
Some of the items I get rid of will be donated and some will be sold. I hope to post my progress about every five days so it doesn’t get too overwhelming to photograph all the flotsam I’m jettisoning!
So if you want to start the new year with less clutter watch the video below and see if this game is for you.
Here is the second weekly challenge I am doing for the Paper Outpost Facebook group. This weeks challenge is to take three items from the kitchen and make something from them or using them. Thoughts of strainers and other cool kitchen gadgets used for making marks in mixed media came to my mind. I came to my senses quickly and decided spraying inks and using acrylic paints on my cooking utensils probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do.
After opening and closing all my kitchen draws and cabinets I decided look in the recycle bin instead.
Here are the three items I pulled out to use. One is a letter from a window salesman but it is printed on very heavy white paper. Then I chose a Trader Joe’s cookie box and a pull tab off a can.
I cut the box around the cutout star and then cut it to tag shape. I cut a solid tag piece from the box for the backing of the tag. I cut the white letter paper to fit the tag and then applied white gesso and a blue mermaid marker to create an icy looking background.
A cute little snowman sticker was sandwiched between the two box pieces. The tag was then inked around the edges and the can tab was added. I embellished the tag with pompom trim, wavy glittered tape and little glittered stars. Leftover blue wool pieces were used for the ties.
These mini challenges are so fun and really get my creative juices flowing. If you would like to join this Facebook group the address is:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/3469195439809733/. You will be required to answer three easy questions to enter the group. I hope you join us and stretch your creativity!
I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for so long but getting my YouTube channel up and running has taken so much of my time. I’m back now and hope to be a little more regular at posting here.
I want to share a fun little challenge I am taking with the Paper Outpost Facebook group. This weeks challenge was to take one envelope and create three items from it. So here is what I did.
I started with this great kraft paper envelope.
I just cut it up into three pieces. For the two end pieces I used a glue stick to seal the flap of the envelope down.
I created two pockets and one flip up writing space to add to junk journals.
I added some paper elements, stamping and inking to the various pieces. These are the fronts.
These are the backs of the pockets. I didn’t decorate them too much as I may glue them to a journal page or tuck them under a tuck spot. Either way, only the front will really show.
This is the inside of the flip up. The back of the center part will be glued to a journal page.
I hope you try this little challenge for yourself and make three things out of one envelope. The link to the Paper Outpost Facebook group is:
You have to become a member of the group to play along, but it’s simple to request admission to the group. Each week we will be given a little challenge to try and I hope to post all my projects here on glitteronmyface.
I have been making a lot of junk journals lately and although I love making them I find something lacking in the repetative process. What is that something? Paper, paint and glue!!! I miss making a big mixed media mess. So I decided to make a master board with no end projects in mind but rather to let myself have some free play time.
First I just randomly glued papers to a large sheet of drawing paper. I also got out some tags to use up any leftover scraps. I even included some glittered tissue paper from wrapping Christmas gifts.
I chose a few colors of acrylic paint I thought would go well together’
I pretty much just scraped it here and there over the substrates with an old gift card.
The colors were too bright and garish for my taste so I toned them down with some white gesso. Then I splattered them with watered down paint for a fun effect.
I stamped over the painted with orange, black and white stencils.
When the master board was completely dry I added a few doodles with a fine tip black marker and a gold marker. I then used dies and punches to cut out all these mixed media elements that I will be able to use on upcoming projects.
Here are the finished tags I made using some of the pieces I cut from the master board and the matching tag bases.
I encourage you to make some master boards and have fun getting paint and glue all over your hands! You don’t have to think of how you will use them until a later date. As a matter of fact it would be great to have a stash of master boards on hand for when you get inspired to create with mixed media!
I just finished making the cutest pocket or pouch out of a plain manila envelope. I was inspired by a video by Christina Betts in which she made one to hold some of her ephemera pieces. I made mine with the thought of using it to send happy mail to a friend. Here is the link to Christina’s video:
I also made a video of my process in making my pouch which you can find here:
Unfortunately the video cut off a few minutes before I finished so you didn’t get to see the final results. Here are some pictures of my finished happy mail pocket.
Close up of front
Close up of front
Back of pocket
Close up of back
Close up of back
I decorated several envelopes to fill with goodies for this happy mail.
I hope the recipient likes this pocket. It was super fun to make, used up a lot of scraps and provides a great place to store small paper items.
I bet if you look around your house you will be able to get your hands on a file folder to make some pretty pockets for yourself or as a gift!
I decided to make some Spring treat baskets from peat pots after noticing that the ones I made several years ago got re-pinned on Pinterest more than anything else I have made. Here is a picture of the original ones.
The new ones are slightly different and I didn’t have the same style peat pot and I ran out of the wire.
This whole sleeve of pots only cost 50 cents at a thrift shop. You can buy them inexpensively at dollar stores also. As you can see, these are smaller than the original ones I used and they don’t have the rim around the opening.
Watch here to see how I made them:
I love how they turned out and they were so easy to make. I challenge you to pick up some peat pots and create something for Spring yourself!