Monday, April 21, 2014

Under Construction

Hi, I know I've been MIA for a few months but I'm finding it hard to have time to keep my blog updated while trying to finish up getting my degree plus spending time working on my sewing skills. While also being a stay at home wife and stepmom, tending to our home and our new Boston Terrier puppy "Molly".  I've made several things in the past few months and have found Instagram a much easier and quicker way to share my latest treasures. Please feel free to follow me there @dixielandcrafts or keep an eye out on here. I have plans to remodel my blog and hopefully find a way to keep it updated. I've also been working hard to get my inventory up so that I can finally open my etsy store. A huge thank you to all my lovely readers for sticking with me during my hiatus. I love to blog and hope to have more time once I graduate in July. Here is a quick look at some of my latest treasures. 

Thank you again for your patience and understanding. I truly appreciate it. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Organizing My Projects

Today's Monday Motivation was inspired by Marti at 52 Quilts. I have been spending a lot of my free time scrolling Instagram, reading blogs that I follow at Bloglovin and looking through millions of pics at Pinterest. I have found a ton of BOM's, Quilt Alongs and Projects I wish I could join but until we move. I'm kinda on hold which is giving me a good opportunity to figure out ways to be more organized in 2014.

Marti at 52 Quilts has an excellent way to keep up with all her Blocks of the Months. I loved her progress chart and her storage ideas. Since my white board is still packed away in storage in Alabama. I was thinking of a way to keep track of projects using my phone. Since anyone that knows me, knows my phone follows me everywhere.

Well with that in mind, I found a fantastic project task manager app called Weave. I have been playing with it for a few hours and I think it will be an excellent way to keep up with my on-going projects. It also has a finance feature that I can use to focus on just Dixieland spending and income. This is an excellent idea and I'm excited to have found this little app. I will keep you posted on how well it works keeping up with my projects once we move and I can actually get back to work.

Before I run I wanted to share another app I found that I have set up to keep track of my housework. It is called HomeRoutines and works well with daily, weekly and monthly routines like what Flylady uses. I have all my chores uploaded into the time slot when I hope to tackle them. It also resets your lists whenever you tell it. Like your weekly tasks will reset automatically every Sunday morning. I love that it does that for you.

Those are two apps that I have found that I hope will inspire me to have a much more organized 2014. The one I found in 2012 to help keep track of our family budget using the envelope system called Goodbudget (formally EEBA) is my absolute favorite app. It has solved all our budget issues and keeps everything right there for quick access. It took me a few weeks to get in the habit of recording every dime spent but now a year later. The habit of grabbing my receipt and taking two seconds to enter my purchase is second nature. I love the envelope budget system and it has proven itself time and time again to be what works best for our family.

What apps do you love? What apps do you use on a daily basis? My husband calls my phone my brain because everything I need to know at any moment is recorded somewhere on my phone. I am still feeling a little overwhelmed but my loving hubby believes it comes mostly from not being settled into our home and new routines yet. I pray he is right and that once we move in, unpack and start living our routines that I will feel on top of my game as our Household Manager and owner of Dixieland Crafts. Fingers Crossed!!! :)