Category Archives: Charity and Donations

Minimizing: Day 1

So I ran across this “challenge” of sorts on Pinterest, and I thought it would be a good idea.  I also thought it would be a good idea to start on the first of the month, which happens to be today!

So on May 1st, I am going to start getting rid of things that I no longer need or use and try to minimize the amount of stuff in my world.

The challenge comes from a blog called Making It Home.  If you follow the link, it will take you to the challenge.

I am going to break it down to what I think of it: essentially you get rid of things every day.  On the first, one thing.  On the second, two things.  And on and on.  The goal is to get rid of stuff so that by the end of the month you have gotten rid of 456 things, which is hard to imagine that you could do that and still have too much crap.

Anyway, I am here to start today.  And today I chose to get rid of a VCR/DVD player that we have yet to plug in and use in our new house (we’ve lived here for 10 months).  My plan is to have a garage sale in two weeks, so here is one thing going on the chopping block, or the seller’s table.

I am going to reminisce just a bit.  18 years ago, I moved to Portland, OR with two pillows, a blanket and a bag of clothes.  It got me by.  Of course, I was 19, I didn’t have kids, and cell phones didn’t really exist to the peon existence I lived in.  I was happy with a notebook, a deck of cards and a good buddy to play cards with.  I didn’t need anything else.  Matter of fact, we didn’t have furniture for the first two or three months we lived there.  Those were the days.  But now, I really love my bed, so there’s that.  I hope to continue!  Crossing fingers and toes!

Entering A New Phase

I initially started this blog to showcase stuff I did with my kids.  Instead, I am going to showcase stuff I make.

I also wanted to ‘showcase’ a terrific charity organization I just found out about and am making blankets for this year.  It is called the Linus Project.  The chapter I am working with is the Greater Twin Cities Chapter in Minnesota.

The Linus Project is a non-profit organization that creates blankets for various other charities and distributes them throughout the year.  I think it is fantastic.

Prior to finding the Linus Project, I had been thinking about what I could do.  I have always had a pull to helping out those less fortunate then me, and I wanted to utilize my talents as well.  So, I decided to start making blankets.  At first I was going to directly send them to Sharing and Caring Hands, because I absolutely love everything about that place and it’s found, Mary Jo Copeland.  Sharing and Caring Hands is one of the organizations that the Linus Project sends blankets to.

I had thought about my own children and how having a blanket of their own was really very comforting.  That is where my inspiration comes from.  It’s not much, but it’s enough for now.

Anyway, I am done with two blankets, but I have about 50 (not really) in progress.  I just need to find the time to fire up my sewing machine, and the energy to do it too.

Pictures to come soon of the blankets I have created!