Sometimes when I'm feeling overwhelmed it helps to organize something--anything! It's pretty much impossible to organize your whole life in 10 minutes or even a day. But you can organize something.
Your sock drawer, your closet, your junk drawer, your purse.
I'm always amazed and how much better I feel after making even a small change toward order.
My sister was here today and told me I need to be more self-promoting, so in light of that, I'll just say that zippies are a great way to organize your purse. Tissues, gift cards, lipsticks, those personal things we don't talk about, your iPod and all its cords and little headphones, make-up, you name it. Zippies are wonderful.
I finally sat down to redo the shop after all the code disappeared when Typepad changed. But it's up and running once more. So, take a peek...
Now I just need to finish up those ABCs of Living Simply. I have not forgotten about it, I just ran out of steam for a while! I'm anxious to finish, so I can print them all out and make myself a little book.
So this whole update thing to Typepad has now messed up the shop page. Menus and buttons are just gone--and I didn't touch them! I've opened a help ticket and will let you know when everything is up and running again.
Here's something else I've worked on this week...the reversible tote. Each bag measures approximately 15 tall x 14 wide x 3 deep inches with a 20-inch strap--great for toting around in hand and slipping over your shoulder.
Great for errands, a trip to the library, a day bag for your children, Bible study, a purse, or whatever else you can think of. I don't know about you, but I can't seem to have too many totes!
Click on the pictures for a larger view.
There are two of each available in the shop while they last.
Some of what I worked on yesterday was new zippies for the shop. Here's a peek at what's now available at The Simple Wife Handmade.
I especially love the new strawberries, winking owls, and rosy neighborhood fabrics, as well as the London, New York, and Paris fabrics. It was fun to match up fun fabrics for lining too--I like to unzip and find something surprising inside!
As always, all items include tax and shipping in the price.
Thanks for all the recent zippy orders. I just love zippy bags--I really use them for everything and all the time. In fact, I think there are three or four in my purse right now. One holding my ipod, one filled with gift cards/frequent shopper cards, a big one holding all those random things that like to float in the bottom of my purse: lipstick, tissues, extra pony holders, hair pins, girly supplies, a pen or two, and such.
While most of the purses I carry have lots of interior pockets--I don't really use them, except for my car keys and cell phone. I prefer zippies. When I switch purses or bags, all I have to do is grab the zippies and my wallet, keys, and phone and I'm done.
Holly scanned this handout for me from an Emilie Barnes talk she went to--all about organizing your purse. What does she suggest? You got it--zippies!
Kristen took some pictures for me, so I've updated some things over at the shop. Or, shops, I guess. Since there's now a page just for books and another for The Simple Wife Handmade.
I need to get sewing again. It's been weeks since I've spent time in the mad workshop. But the Girl Scout cookies are worth it. (And that reminds me, I've got to start walking again in the mornings. Daisy and I are getting, well, soft would be the nicest way to put it!)
Today was the last session of Jesus the One and Only. I'm always sad to come to the end of a study, even though I'm starting to look forward to the next one. (We're going to do Beth Moore's Stepping Up: Psalms of the Ascents in the spring.)
Instead of meeting in the school cafeteria as usual, we had brunch at my home. It was fun to prepare and set the table with pretty things in anticipation of everyone coming over. I kept it simple: a couple of quiches, an orange and grapefruit salad, some homemade cinnamon/raisin/walnut bread, coffee and juice.
I'm always excited to use my party plates--glass plates with matching cups that sit on the plate. My set belonged to my grandmother and they're so fun for a light brunch or dessert and coffee. My mom had them for a while and had taken them to a consignment shop when I mentioned I'd like a set. She drove to the consignment shop and took them back for me. Thanks, Mom!
Whenever I come to the end of a Bible study, I like to go back through the whole thing and note the key ideas or lessons that stood out to me from each week, and then from those to come up with one lesson that I'll take with me. I write it in the front cover of my workbook, along with the date and where I did the study.
After spending time in a study everyday for ten weeks, I don't want to put it on the stack on the shelf and just walk away. When I think back to a study, I want to be able to quickly remember what it was I learned.
So for this study, the key lesson for me has been this: Come away with me. Come away with Jesus each day--to follow him closely, to receive rest, to listen and learn and then obey, to partner with him in ministry.
One of the lessons of this last week was to remember. The angels asked the women, "Don't you remember what he told you?" when they were amazed to find an empty tomb. Jesus had clearly said he'd be handed over to sinful men, he'd be crucified, and he'd be raised from the dead. They'd just forgotten what he'd said in the midst of sorrow.
It's all too easy for us to do the same. To forget what he's told us, the lessons we've learned from him. Writing them down like this is one thing that helps me remember.
P.S. For all you Beth Moore Bible study junkies...there are some great Bible study workbook covers over in the shop. My friend Janna made me one for my birthday last year and I get so many compliments on it. I've made one for my mom and she loves it too. You can switch to to whatever study you're doing--and go to Bible study in style!
Oh my goodness, I can hardly believe it--500 posts!
And so, to celebrate, I'm opening a shop page here. My books, some handmade goodies, a little of this and a little of that are now available. Go take a peek!
To kick it off, let's have a month of little giveaways. Beginning next Friday, November 30, I'll be giving away a little something. Simply leave a comment on the Giveaway post by each Friday and I'll have one my little elves draw a lucky winner each Friday until December 21.