Thursday, January 28, 2010

Put One Foot in Front of the Other

I want to thank you for all your kind comments on the State of the Craft Room. I am happy to report that I have taken that giant stash of plastic bags to the recycling. (In the first photo, it's the pile to the left of the chair.) The plan was--and you know I am awesome at planning--to make two--or perhaps a million--totes from fused plastic bags. I was collecting all the plastic bags from my trips to Joann's, Michael's, and AC Moore so it could be a craft bag craft bag. Sigh. So clever on the initiating, so crap on the follow through. Oh, and I also looked up the place to send my sneakers to be recycled. So soon those shoes will be up off the floor. One step at a time. Don't want to push myself too hard.

Today, I am baking. I made the dude some cashew scotchies for his lunch and for our neighbor, chocolate cherry bars, a staple in my family since the 1970s. Run, don't walk. At Christmas, we gifted him with a "dessert of the month club" because we knew he wouldn't take money or a gift card for all the things he does for the neighborhood.

13 comments:

Glenna said...

Mmmm baking. I'll give you the address, and you can send some cashew scotchies down here! I love the idea of the craft bag craft bag. And if I were to have done the project, it'd be a craft bag craft bag crafted by an old bag.

Redwitch said...

Glenna's comment :D

Coincidentally I made choc cherry biscuits this week for work, your bars look yummy.

(Thanks for the Valentine list, am going to peruse now :)

Deb said...

I'm smiling at Glenna's comment too!! I think that the dessert of the month club is such an excellent for your neighbor. I might just have to use it for a friend of mine who refuses presents. BTW, those cookies sound wonderful.

Adrienne Martini said...

Can you post your cashew scotchies recipe? They sound like something I'd ear far too many of.

Anna van Schurman said...

Speak for yourself, Glenna. I'm young and hip!

RuthB said...

Yes, just one step at a time. I keep telling myself that. Unfortunately, more often than not, I stop at telling myself that. Somehow it doesn't work as a step though I don't think.

BTW, pass those chocolate cherry bars over here....

doris said...

Mmmmm ... I can smell the baking from here! I love to bake, but since no one's usually around to enjoy it (except me), I only get my fix at holiday time. Truly, I'd be several hundred pounds heavier if I baked and ate like I want to.

Michelle said...

Excellent progress! One thing (or two) at a time. Cashew Scotchies? This sounds like something I can't live without.

Melissa said...

Baby steps are the only way! Those chocolate cherry bars look amazing. I'm going to make some of those tomorrow.

What a great idea to do the dessert of the month for your neighbor. Very sweet.

Jenna said...

I think that's a great start to the cleanup. I know exactly what you mean about stocking up for a project and never actually implementing it. I have stash for several different types of crafts that I've since abandoned. Some of which never got off the ground at all. I think that dessert of the month club was an excellent idea for your neighbor. I've been trying to think of small gifts for one of our neighbors for a while, but they are diabetic, so sweets are out. They are pretty classy (high-end everything and possibly a tad snooty), so I'm not sure that anything handmade would work, either. One of these years, I might come up with some sort of idea.

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Big projects always get done one step at a time -- you can do it! I love the windows in your craft room. And what a lucky niece to have such a creative crafty Auntie.

Oh, and I came from a family that always had a junk room, too. No shame.

Alice said...

Every home needs a junk spot. I think though that you will eventually be happier if the junk spot isn't your craft room. Baby steps will get you there! As to my own pile of junk I always say that if I do a little something every day to make it better, that is good enough. It may not be perfect, but it's better than it was. I love baking. Want to share the Scotchie recipe?

mainely stitching said...

Baking is just the best refuge for procrastination, isn't it? (You'll notice that I bake a couple of times each week ... LOL!)