I have to admit, I am a procrastinator when it comes to something I don't like doing...and organizing is not my forte. My husband (I love him dearly) is extremely analytical AND precise. I am grateful since he works as a patternmaker in the aerospace industry and I fly frequently. I wouldn't want him saying "Aww, close enough." when he's building the first working prototype of a new jet engine. The one that every jet engine will be modeled after. For him, everything has to be excruciatingly exact (and in its place). If it's not...Good Lord help us all. Yesterday, we sent out a hunting party to find a screw driver that was placed in the wrong drawer of his toolbox (by none other than yours truly).
I'm not like that, my brain doesn't think like that. It was in the toolbox! Maybe NOT exactly where I had gotten it from BUT in the toolbox none the less. We are complete opposites. Sometimes that is a good thing and other times we end up arguing for 45 minutes about the silliest things. One thing is for certain, I'm stubborn and he's pig-headed.
So this little incidence got me thinking. So what is my organization style? To let you know what it is like right now...I have piles (don't mess with my piles...I know where everything is!) It dawned on me, I live in creative chaos, so why not make my organization style creative minus the chaos. So here's the plan.
Now I know some of you may think this is "Strange & Unusual"...but as a potter, I see this a little differently.
This is a hikaru dorodango. It is made out of compressing and shaping soil or mud and you don't need a kiln as with many other clay projects. To learn how to make these yourself, click here.
To see other hikaru dorodangos...go to Bruce Gardner's website.
New Year's Resolution...What have I gotten myself in to?
I have boxes upon boxes of photos (well, 5 boxes to be exact)...most I took when our children were little and "digital" cameras didn't exist, some I've gotten from family or friends, and some are inherited. Some are very old, so old that one isn't even on paper...it's on a piece of metal! Some are little, itty, bitty squares from the 50's & 60's. Many are black and white or sepia. And some look like they were taken with the lens of night-vision goggles (you know, that god-awful alien green glow).
So here's the plan. This year I decided was the year I was going to scan every single photo (with the exception of the metal one). Using a photo editing software I then could repair those that were faded, torn or taking on the dreadful alien-green glow. Once that was complete I would then upload to my online photo gallery. Simple, right?
Problem 1: I have 1000's of photos on my computer from my digital camera. I have to resize every one to make room before scanning anymore.
For the Smaller photos, the Kodak P460 has an auto-scan function that has made scanning all those standard photos a little less daunting. And at an MSRP of $99.99 it's worth it's weight in gold.
For the larger and older photos the Epson Perfection V500 has a high quality resolution capability that has made editing & repairing these photos a walk in the park! And since I got mine as a present, it was a little naughty of me to look up the MSRP of $199.98 (shhh don't tell anyone).