Thursday, September 29, 2011

Trash or Treasure Thursday Think Tank [September 29, 2011]


Thursday Think Tank
I sat down to a late dinner this evening and thought hmm, when the girls go to bed I shall write my Thursday Think Tank post.  Then, a split second later, I remembered...  Groan, oh no it is Trash or Treasure Thursday Think Tank.  How does one go about trashing the treasures you were so in love with just a few weeks before?   More importantly for your purposes, how does one go about making it visually interesting and not just one long list?

Ha.  Well...let's see if I can figure it out...

Thursday Think Tank - A Trash or Treasure Edition

First a brief explanation.  Come on, bear with me.  For as long as I can remember I always carry a journal everywhere I go, I draw, write, rip paper out, add paper in and basically store all the things I need to do or brainstorm about all day long.  Right now I carry two journals; one is a visual journal the other a written one (which is totally silly because I use them interchangeably so I am breaking my own idiotic rules).  In short, I am a list-aholic.  But, being the visual person that I am I don't just cross off things on my list I also rank and prioritize my lists with a series of doodles and decorations.  
  • Straight cross-off means it is accomplished.  Yay!  (Yes, sometimes I include ! as a pat on the back)
  • Asterisks means the item is urgent and I better get my you know what in gear.  
  • Question marks indicate that more information is needed to get the item finished.  (I know, dork.)
  • Arrows & dates in little drawn boxes demonstrate priority and deadlines
  • And then there are the squiggled items.  Items that have squiggles through them are items that no longer apply.  Yup, I don't just cross them off.   Instead I like to see that it was never finished or forgotten it is simply that I no longer have a need for it.  

I'm an artist/lawyer and the daughter of two engineers.  Of course I have a crazy OCD system.  Oh, and my habit of making lists with numbering/bullets drives my BFF absolutely bonkers so that is a small bonus.  Heh heh...

Why this (no so brief) explanation?  When I am *trashing* my Think Tank items I am either crossing them off because they are completed or I am drawing a squiggly line because for whatever reason the idea no longer appeals to me.  I mean no disrespect to the idea or its original creator and am not judging the idea on whether it is good or bad.  Happy Shiny People, people, Happy Shiny People.  {As always original sources are linked via title so further investigation is completely encouraged!}

Trash
::First Day of School::Scrappy Journals: My Christmas Gift recipients are all under 5 this year. So I am replacing this idea with Crayon Rolls...  Thanks again to Stitched in Color for both wonderful ideas!  I'll be at the journal point in a few years time.Jewelry Display Boards: As I wrote in this post I have already created some jewelry boards.  I have also earmarked how they will hang in my bedroom around my vintage vanity (love!)...I just need to get the Mr., a hammer, and some nails together to finish it off.  So this is a Cross OffSewn Lunchbag: Okay...I really like this idea and perhaps when I return to work (sniff, sniff, and miss my poor babes) I can make one for myself.  But the original intention on the Think Tank List was for the Mr. and he is just not going to carry around a cute bag like this.  Let's face it - he is a tupperware man.Autumn TunicShirred Dress as seen on Fussy Cut: Summer is over.  I've started making an Autumn Tunic instead for Miss E.  This Think Tank has been replaced for this one...  DSC_0058Swaddling Blankets: Man, I can't start thinking about whether I'll ever have another baby so it is best to get this idea out of my head now.  Regardless, this was on the list because of a new baby coming into the family and it has been substituted with these...  The Bee Cross Stitch: Oh, Bee how I love thee.  But Anna Maria Horner just came out with cross stitch too...and we all know my obsession for AMH.  Plus I have you in fabric form anyway so we are all good.  I'm just going to squiggle you off...


Jane Market Bag as seen on Twin Fibers: Oh, just looking at this photo makes me want one!  But, here is a little bit you most likely didn't know about me unless you know me in real life.  I have quite a collection (okay some might say obsession) with designer handbags.  Yup.  Loads, of 'em.  So...unless I was given one of these in a swap (yay!) I really have no business making another bag even one as cute as this!  xoxo Jane Market Bag!Chalkboard Door: We rent our home so no actual door for us.  But the Mr. and I got motivated one weekend and very friendly with the peeps at Home Depot and created this Chalkboard Board from scratch.  The top is for our my lists and the bottom is for Ms. E.  Ms. V simply watches her sister or rubs off all the chalk she can reach!  Fun for everyone...

Treasure



    

      





Middle Row Left to Right: Mug Rugs, DIY Haircomb, Bouncing Bubbles

Bottom Row Left to Right: I Spy Placemat, Pillows, Plastic Bag Holder

Whew.  Wow.  That really took some serious thought and fighting with Blogger to get all of that on here and formatted.  Loud exhalation (literally).  On the other hand, it was totally worth the effort to see my list pared down to what I am still interested in creating.  Excellent!  Good work Rebecca Lynne!

Do you have anything on your list you can cross off or are ready to draw a squiggly line through?  And, while I am asking questions...  What do you guys think?  Is this kind of layout for Trash or Treasure cool or would you rather something different...




As always...

Feel free to rattle off anything that has been brewing in your creative heads.  It can be anything, quilting, home improvement, fashion, crafting, DIY gifts, cooking...whatever you have recently thought "hmmm, you know what I should create" is perfectly appropriate for the Think Tank.  Have a blog?  Grab the Thursday Think Tank button displayed on the right.  

Please leave a link to your T.T.T. on your blog in the linky party below or leave a comment with your Thursday Think Tank ideas!  

Feel free to submit Think Tank Links Until Next Thursday's Think Tank!

- rebecca lynne

7 comments:

Erin @ Missy Mac Creations said...

Nice plastic bag holder. ;) Ha ha.

I know I should do this month's Trash or Treasure TTT. I should. I will. I might. Ohh...

Lauren said...

And, in fact while I was reading through your system of list symbols I was going a little bonkers... And then I read your comment and cracked up!! An "!" When you complete a task? Really??! Hehe.

Charm About You said...

The explanation of you journals had me in stitches! Brilliant if a little OCD :) I really love your creativity Rebecca!
Lucy x

Rachel Hauser said...

I like the squiggly line concept. It's true that projects get replaced and that's just the way the world goes round. Right now I am trying to decide between a new paper piecing project or cross stitch a la AMH. Now, if only the AMH appeared magically at my house. That would make for an easier decision.

Rebecca Lynne said...

As I emailed Rachel - if AMH showed up magically at her house I'd be the next one to move in! I <3 AMH!!!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love this post!! I don't keep one journal, never mind two...yes, that's why my sewing room is so organised, it matches all the separate compartments in my head ;o) Love the idea of you rolling up at RH's door with your suitcase in search of AMH!

Toni said...

Wow, there is all kinds of crazy going on it that pretty head of yours, isn't there? Only kidding, I can admit here that I actually have a very similar system of straight lines and squiggles, used both on to-do lists and my grocery lists. Your "treasure" items look fun. I love that pillow!