As the weather has turned beautiful and sunny, Jimmy and I have been spending time getting to know our yard. We moved into our Urban Farmhouse in December and couldn't peek at the grass hibernating under the blankets of snow. Since the ground has thawed and green has returned, we've been exploring the nooks and crannies of our property.
this is where we started, but far from the end.
Our major project has been removing all the paver blocks that the previous owner laid through most of the yard. I estimate that we've pulled out close to 300 blocks, not to mention bricks, cement borders and broken fragments of concrete. I've also found random pieces of pipe and wood hiding beneath grass and weeds. We used some of the paver blocks to construct our raised bed garden, but still have so many left.
Yesterday, Red started taking down sections of the fence that are no longer needed. We have a fence that surrounds our yard, but then there are extra fenced off pockets in various places. We'll be gaining an extra 100 sq ft of yard space. On an exceptionally positive note, our daffodils are in bloom and the lilac bushes are not far away. We also planted two rose bushes we received as housewarming gifts. I'm hoping to transplant all of those flowers to a more centralized location rather than spread out across the lawn.
In other news, I've been extremely busy with business related things and have set very lofty goals for myself in the month of April. My nanny-family is taking two vacations this month and I get some much appreciated time off. Had Jimmy also had this week off, we'd be taking a trip somewhere. But as he continues to work, I will have my first ever "staycation". I have this Thursday and Friday off and then the entire last week of April off.
My mom will be coming up for a few days at some point to help me sew. I am working toward making 200 tote bags during the month of April. I've been spending the last week getting things cut out and pieced together so I can just sew when she gets up here. My goal for the month of April also including not buying anymore materials. I have a rather expansive stash of fabrics and tee shirts and need to focus on using up what I have and paring down my collection.
Interestingly enough, I was browsing through my blog reader and caught up with "crafting a green world" where they have declared April as Stashbusting Month! Their point, which is definitely true in my case, is that we have so many craft supplies sitting around our homes and in honor of Earth Day -- we should use up what we have instead of buying more.
I've been trying to figure out if there are actually supplies I will need. I did put in an order for more business cards, but those are for the business and not the products. I may need to pick up some more interfacing for my hobo totes and cloth belts as I use those for the straps of my totes. I could use fabric for the straps, but then I will run out of fabric quicker and as a result make less bags. I'm going to see how far I can get.
If I use up my whole fabric collection because I've made so many bags then I will celebrate by replenishing my stash!
Can you participate in the Stashbusting month? Maybe you don't craft (crazy, I know). Could you commit to a non-purchasing month? Maybe cut out clothes shopping or fast food? Have you considered a "green" change you can make for yourself and/or family this Earth Day? April is such a a great month for changes as the "rebirth" all around inspires us to begin anew.
If you are committing to a change, please let me know what it is so I can celebrate with you!