Destash challenge

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I love fabric – all kinds.  And I have been collecting / buying for many years. One of my favorite parts in the creative process is picking fabrics for a project.  For the most part I use pieces I have on hand, but I have decided to really challenge myself to make 5 items a week using only what I have on hand.



This is just a portion of what I will be using. I know it doesn’t look “pretty”, but I assure you it’s organized and I know what is in each of those tubs !!  What you don’t see here is the closet full of tshirts ready for upcycling.

This will be fun !!  The hardest part will be deciding what I want to make.

FYI, many will be available for purchase on my Etsy site



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Bye bye handpainted wallpaper

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At the advice of our real estate agent all our interior walls will be painted in a neutral color – prospective buyers prefer a neutral palette.

Currently we have a vibrant color scheme on our walls as well as some stenciling that took me DAYS to complete many moons ago. But the walls that will be hardest to let go of are in our laundry room.

The red, yellow and blue fingers and palms of our 4 children created this “handpainted” design. I remember putting them all in smocks, lining them up in the hallway, covering their hands with paint and sending them into the laundry room to “stamp the walls”. We repeated this process over and over again until we had it just right.

As I look at the size of the little hands that grace these walls, I am brought back to an earlier time when this house was noisy with the sounds of 4 kids, their friends, 2 dogs, and assorted pets that we had over time (guinea pigs, lizards, bunnies and a snake). Those memories are so precious to me. I miss the clatter of backpacks thrown on the floor as they arrive home from school, the conversations at dinnertime. As a matter of fact I miss it all, the good, the bad and at times the ugly.

So before those hands disappear behind a wall of tan paint, I took pictures. This is my way of preserving these walls forever.

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Patience, Patience, Patience – some things take time.

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My new job as “downsizer in chief” has certainly tested my patience.  I would like everything done NOW, but I know that is a fantasy.  The reality is that it takes time to adjust to a new normal in your day, and this is a journey.

Today I decided to bake some bread.  This process is an exercise in patience.  If any step is rushed, you run the risk of your bread not rising.  I used the following recipe from the King Arthur site

Guess I passed my patience test for the day – look at the final product – I can’t wait to try it.



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Some things just make you cry

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Last Saturday I gave my husband the task of cleaning out the hallway closet.  I did this mainly because it is full of DVDs that he has been collecting and I needed him to “let go” of some of movies that he will never watch again.  I’ll sell those unwanted DVDs on  The cool thing about this site is they take everything.  It may not be alot of $, but the idea of trying to sell them individually on Cragslist or Ebay makes my head hurt.

Another group of items in the closet were our oldest photo albums (think wedding, photos of the kids as babies).  THIS is what made him cry.  I found my hubby sitting in the living room with a stack of albums in front of him reminiscing as he turned the pages in those books.


It’s going to be bittersweet leaving this home and letting go of items that invoke memories of our past.  And at this moment in time I am SO thankful that I was the crazy mom who took lots of photos – those images are irreplaceable.


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Day 3 – Get up and Get moving !!!

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So part of my daily goal is to exercise, which during the winter months means hitting the treadmill.  I have always had a tough time sticking to a plan, but I need to DOWNSIZE me as well 🙂

Today I walked 3 miles in one hour.  For some that may seem whimpy but it’s a great first start.

GO ME !!!!!

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Day 2 – Getting my Etsy & Craiglist going

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Wow what a learning curve I have for this new challenge!

Having NEVER sold anything on line (even though my kids have been after me for YEARS to sell my sewing creations), this has and will be quite a challenge.

I decided to break down day 2 into two segments.  The morning was devoted to Craigslist which is pretty easy as long as you remember a few rules.

#1 – Post clear images so the buyer can see exactly what you are selling.

#2 – I live in a rural area and DO NOT want the folks shopping on Craigslist to know my location.  Make sure the “Show on Maps” is not checked.  I would also suggest you don’t check the “ok for others to contact you…..”  because you will get a LOT of spam.

#3 – I noted in all my “for sale” posts that my transactions will take place in a public area.  This is much safer than having the buyer come to your home.  Most of the items I plan to sell will fit in the back of a truck or car.

#4 – I am taking CASH only – then there are no issues with bounced checks.

Here’s a link to a good site to get you started:

Now ETSY is a different story – a lot more complex.  I have quite a few smaller vintage items that I think will sell better on Etsy.  I am keeping to lighter weight items so my shipping won’t get prohibitive.

Check me out !!! Only have a few items there now, but I will be adding more.



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1-24-15 Reinventing Looneys begins

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Yesterday was my last day of full time work – a big step forward to our transition / downsizing /move to Vermont.  My husband Tim and I have decided that life is too short to wait until we are Social Security eligible to live lighter and less stressful.  Our “game plan” has been evolving for several years, but while Tim’s parents were still living next door to us we put this on hold.  Sadly, both Granny & Gramps passed away in 2014, their house has been sold and we are ready to move on.

My first and primary task is to reorganize, downsize, sell and prep our house for sale.  A daunting task for sure as we have 26 years of accumulation to sort through.

My second goal is to begin my Made by Mamo sewing business.  All my friends and family have been after me for many years to get this going.  Now is the time….

I have decided to chronicle my days, in hopes that it will accomplish 2 goals.

#1 – Keep me focused daily on the tasks at hand.

#2 – That our journey may be an inspiration / help to other “empty nesters” who are making the same type of life decisions.

Here we go – no looking back, only forward !!!!!


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