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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I have been really busy this past week. I got transferred to another department at my company due to cutting back in the data entry department I was working in. I am now working in administration in another department and my role is supporting insurance agents by entering and verifying their information and also handing their inquiries. This week I was getting trained along with two others and it was a big learning curve, but yesterday I finally feel like it was making more sense. It was an emotional experience being transferred because I really enjoyed my last role in the company and the team I worked with and then I had to adjust to the news of moving and then being in a new role and on a new team the next week. This week, my other coworkers and I frequently visited our old team and I am so glad we can still pop by to say hello.

With this change, I have been challenging myself to learn something totally different and new. I have been looking over my notes that were given to me and I have written. I am trying to have questions answered and to make sure I am understanding my new role and responsibilities. I am trying to get to know others on the new team. I am working on keeping a positive attitude through it all. These are all things I had done in my previous job when I started but had not had to work hard at as I went along in my job unless I took on a new task as I sometimes did. We get comfortable with the same work and same team.


Change can be a good thing because it wakes us up and we have to keep reinventing ourselves and also to challenge the thoughts we have about how we can't switch jobs or try something new. Sometimes, like in my situation, life just pushes you in a new direction and we have to have hope and the confidence in our abilities to ride the waves and trust that maybe there is something bigger at work and this is the next step we are supposed to take in our lives. I loved my old job, but maybe I had reached the point where I would no longer grow, as much as I wanted to believe I could. After one year in some roles sometimes you can keep on developing and learning new things and I planned on staying there, but I might not have and there is always a risk of being stagnant in your career. I do believe that I will keep growing and developing and I feel confident in my administration skills and get excited about taking on new tasks and have a curiosity about other roles. I trust that my career at my company will be interesting and will never stay the same for long but in a good way.

Have you experienced a job transfer, job change, or changes in your lives that caught you by surprise but then you realized it was a change that you needed?  Please share your experience in the comments below!

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope you enjoy your weekend!


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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I had a good week. Liam and I went to see the movie Avengers Endgame on Wednesday night and I really enjoy it. It was such a good movie I recommend seeing it if you haven't the storyline was heartfelt and there was a lot of thought that went into it.  I am still working on the Marie Kondo method of cleaning up called the KonMari Method. This morning I went through all of my books.

I have two shelves of books in my living room and I have two shelves of books and had so many that I had not looked at for years. I had 100 books and brought it down to 43 books. I kept only the ones that I will read again for reference or sparked joy.

Below are photos of the books I had before I started sorting through them and deciding what to keep and what to give away.  I sorted them into the categories: general, reference, and magazines. I found some children's books from my childhood so I put those aside for when I go through sentimental items. I also had some notebooks mixed in the piles and put the aside.

Pile of all of the books: before
 Below is a photo of the books I decided to keep. I chose some based on wanting to finish reading them, some because they brought up good memories and I wanted to read them again, and some for reference to go back to such as cookbooks, knitting books, and some self help books to reread.

Pile of books I am keeping: after
 The books below I chose not to keep because I either did not enjoy the book, bought it a long time ago and still did not read it, read it and will not read it again, or it just did not spark joy when I picked it up.
Giveaway pile of books: after
I forgot to take before photos of the shelves, but below are photos of the shelves after I put the books back onto them. The first photo are all books I am keeping and they are visible to guests and open in the living room. I will also be going through the items in the baskets at the bottom there is wool in the left basket and there are DVDs in the bottom basket I had barely looked at for years so I will be going through those soon as well.

Shelf after

The shelf in the photo below has books I decided to keep but also some other books to either give back to family members and some sentimental children's books on the middle shelf. The bottom shelf are miscellaneous and sentimental items I still have to go through. I will share what the shelf looks like when I am completely done the KonMari method  and have gone through all of the stages. This shelf was jam packed before with no extra space between the books and I was even starting to stack books on top of the books standing upright. It is a big change and I look forward to clearing the shelf even more to be able to store things properly and only things I really want to keep instead of just having a lot of stuff to try to hide behind the doors.

Shelf after with some things to still sort through
I also had a stack of books forming on my bedside table shelf and decided that I will keep only one book and one magazine there from now on so I can easily access what I want to read and not have a wobbly stack of books there that topple over.

Thank you for visiting and seeing the updates in my organizing process. There is still a lot to go through and today I will be taking books and clothing to the Salvation army to drop off, so we have more space and are a bit freer from the clutter. Hope you enjoyed seeing my process and I am so excited to continue on and clear more of my clutter away to just have things I love and use.

Have a great weekend!

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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I feel like Spring is in the air today in Toronto and with that I have been in the mood for doing some Spring cleaning of our apartment. I was watching Marie Kondo's show on Netflix today and watched two episodes and then felt inspired to clean up my apartment. Liam and I have also been talking about moving in the near future, so it would be great to go through our stuff and give away what we don't need before we start planning to move to a house with even more space to stash our things.I absolutely love her method as she tackles each area: clothes, books, miscellaneous or as Kondo calls them "Komono", and sentimental belongs in groups of items so you go through groups of things in categories at the same time and bring them all into the same space to go through them. I think this method works best for me and a lot of people because it brings all the same items together to look through instead of going room by room and having a bit of each group of items to go through multiple times. The method also encourages you to keep like items together once you organize them and decide what to keep.

Today I started tackling my clothes and I folded my clothes using her method and stored the clothes neatly in the drawer. I hung up dresses and blouses in the closet and had so much less when I was done. I can also see my clothes when I look in the drawers instead of trying to find them in the jumble of clothes. It also made me more aware of what clothes I actually like or what"sparks joy"which is her expression, and how easy it was to throw some clothes in the giveaway that I had been passively wearing just because it was there and not because I liked wearing it.


I suggest you pick up a copy of her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Her method is explained each step very thoroughly with tips on how to give away items in each category. I remember her section on books and it has resonated with me ever since and I think of only keeping books that I love or I know I will read again. I will start this more seriously once I go through the books and end up with only books I will re-read or love.I am looking forward to working on my books next. Last year when I started this method I got through my clothes and made it halfway through the book process because I got stuck on giving them away. This time I will be more tough on myself to ask myself if I will read them again and if not then I should give them away so someone else can enjoy them.

Have you tried the Marie Kondo method to tidying up? if yes, did it work for you?

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I will be back soon with some knitting related content and hope you enjoyed this post. I will be sharing a post each week for the next few weeks with progress on using this tidying/organizing method, and how it works for me. I plan to be done this process by May 11th, 2019 and will share my final results with you.


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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I had a wonderful weekend going to lunch on Saturday with Liam's family and going to my parent's place for dinner last night. I gave his mom the knitted bunny topper and she loved it which made me so happy. I also gave my parents the bunny topper yesterday and they liked it. I really love Easter with all the bunnies and pastel colors and this can make really cute projects for knitting. I have been looking on Instagram the past couple weeks at all of the adorable knitted bunnies and eggs and was just thinking how much I love holiday knitted pieces, they are usually the cutest and make me feel so happy because of the holiday memories we associate with seeing bunnies at this time of year or knitted pumpkins at Halloween.


I got this felt board  pictured above about a month ago when I was shopping with my friend at Marshall's. I love creating messages on it and the last quote I made was "work hard be kind stay humble". I think it will come in handy for creating messages for Instagram and here and also for my bridal shower and wedding next year.

I am still reading Quiet by Susan Cain and Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. They are both such interesting reads. I think Quiet is such a good book there is research stories of famous introverts such as Warren Buffet and examples from the author's own experiences. I am trying to pick up my pace in reading these as I am enjoying them but haven't been reading a lot lately due to prioritizing other things to be done.

In knitting, I would really love to find a shawl pattern soon to begin a shawl and will be looking on Ravelry for some fun patterns.

Wedding plans are coming along. We have the venue and are now contacting venders to set up appointments. As my sister says, it is busy at the one year mark in planning the wedding, then once you have all of the vendors and venue then there is a long period of time you don't have to do much in the way of planning. So I am hoping to get all my ducks in a row with the vendors soon, so I can relax for awhile. I am getting excited for the big day!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and if you are also celebrating Easter I hope you have been enjoying your weekend celebrating with family and friends.


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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. I decided to knit bunny wine bottle toppers for Easter and will be giving them as gifts to my soon to be mother-in-law and my parents for Easter.I originally saw some bunny wine bottle toppers while shopping at Pottery Barn years ago and was inspired to make my own. I have shared a pattern I made with you down below if you want to make your own bunny wine bottle topper for Easter or the Spring season.

Bunny wine bottle topper



Pattern

Notes:

  • The finished topper bunny's face stretches over the bottle so create your bunny face how you would like it to look when placed on the bottle. 
  • You can adjust the needle size and yarn size according to how big or small you want your bunny to be. The bunny I made fits tightly to the bottle, as some extra stitches if you would like it to be a looser fit. 
  • Pattern made to fit a wine bottle about 1" in diameter and a neck of the bottle that is 3.5" in length.


Materials needed:

  • Circular needles or double pointed needles (I used size US 4 3.5 mm circular needles)
  • White yarn or color of your choice (I used Aran (8 wpi) weight wool)
  • Darning needle
  • Black, white, and pink thread
  • Sewing Needle


Body
Cast on 20 stitches
Knit in the round until piece is the length you desire I knitted until the piece measured 3" inches long
Start decreasing (k2tog), choose your rate of decrease. I had 20 stitches and chose to k2tog every 3 stitches so I decreased 4 stitches 1st round, then knit one round, then decreased every two stitches, then 1 stitch until I had 8 stitches left then cut off and threaded yarn through darning needle and then closed the top of the bunny's head.
Final piece measures 3.5" and about 1.5" wide.


Ears (knit in stockinette, knitted right side for outside of bunny's ear and purl inside for wrong side)
Cast on 1 stitch
Knit the first stitch and knit into back to create one more stitch
Purl the next row
Repeat row 2 and 3 until there are 7 stitches and stop increase
Knit right side and purl wrong side of ear until it measures 7".
Decrease 1 stitch (k2tog) every other row and continue purling the other side, until 4 stitches remain and bind off. Sew the ears onto the top of the head by the end where you bound off.
Ears measure 8" when finished.

Face
One one side of bunny, create a face for your bunny.
Sew the eyes as desired. I sewed them as small circles
Sew the nose as desired. I sewed the nose as an upside down triangle below the eyes
Mouth: sew as desired. I sewed the mouth as a short line below the nose then two other short lines in an upside down V below.

Your bunny is finished! Enjoy giving the bunny as a gift to your host on top of a bottle of wine or enjoy decorating your own wine bottles with them to celebrate the Easter holiday or Spring season.


Joining along with Ginny and others for Yarn Along.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you enjoy making your very own bunny wine bottle topper. Please let me know if you try it out, I would love to see your projects on Ravelry, your blog, or Instagram!

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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It has been a bit busier lately and I am also getting ready for a new season. Last night I went to my great uncle Paul's celebration of Life which was a funeral service at the church, followed by a reception and many lovely speeches about memories of him. He was an amazing man and had so many friends and family that adored him,  he will be missed. It made me reflect on our lives and how we touch the lives of others and what kind of legacy we want to leave behind to family and friends. We choose how we treat others and ourselves each day and we can work on accomplishing our goals and dreams so we feel fulfilled at the end of our lives. A recent retirement party at work also made me think of this as well as she was well loved and respected by so many colleagues. I can learn a lot from both my uncle and my manager for the lives they lead and how they treated others.

“We are made for loving. If we don’t love, we will be like plants without water.” ― Desmond Tutu.
“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ― Robert Louis

I finished the Michele hat a couple of weeks ago and I have not cast on a new project since. It always feels so weird when I don't have a knitting project on the go. I love to knit and watch YouTube and television shows and my hands feel so empty when I am not knitting. I also love how you can feel so productive when working on a project while watching things otherwise I have this feeling like I should be doing something else. I will probably go by Michaels to pick up some yarn for a new project soon and maybe start on a quick project in the meantime. Easter is coming so I might be inspired to knit something for Easter. Some projects that I found on Ravelry that looked cute and fun to knit were Henry's Bunny,and Tiny Parlor Cat. I might knit both of these as gifts. I am still researching shawl patterns to start one soon.

I am still reading Quiet by Susan Cain and A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult. I am enjoying both books and will be finished soon and ready to start a new book.


How was your weekend? What are you reading and working on?


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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It was the first day of Spring here in Canada yesterday and we still have a bit of snow on the ground, but it has been so much warmer and brighter out later in the day. I am so looking forward to it being warmer out now. It has been good that we have had Winter because there is a lot of knitting inspiration, but I think it has been here long enough now. I can find some lighter knitting patterns.

I am finished knitting the Michele hat by Sarah Punderson.  It was a great pattern and a fun knit. I seem to always feel like knitting hats around this time of the year, right around the end of winter. I used the Fleece Artist yarn in the colorway of Blue Face Leicester. I enjoyed working with the yarn, it is soft and light.

Front



Side

Back
Pattern: Michele by Sarah Punderson

I don't have updates on reading that are different from Sunday's Post, I am still reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and Quiet by Susan Cain. Both are very interesting and I am enjoying them.

Joining along with Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unwraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well and enjoying your weekend so far. I have had a busy couple weeks at work, I volunteered to take on another task for a couple weeks so I have been preoccupied with that.  I did not get much knitting and reading done during this time as I was planning for meetings and thinking of ideas for those. I have also started getting into wedding planning and looking for a venue and it is coming together now so I am getting more excited for the big day. 

I knit quite a bit of the Michele hat at one point and almost to the point of finishing it, then I realized I was not happy with the part of the hat with the slip stitches pattern, I had knitted a bit too much and missed some slip stitches, so it was not raised on one of the sides of the hat. So I frogged it to start over because I knew I wouldn't be happy with it as it was. I have started again with the pattern and I am on round 11 out of 29.

Pattern: Michele


I decided to take a break from reading Thinking Fast and Slow and I am now continuing to read A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and started reading Quiet by Susan Cain. A Spark of Light is good so far, I find the first bit a little confusing to figure out who each character was. I feel a bit more like I understand the set up now and feel like I will get more into it now that I passed the first bit. I started reading Quiet years ago and never finished it, so I am looking forward to reading it again during my morning routine.

Books I am reading

It is getting warmer out now and I am getting excited and hopeful for Spring to come soon. It has been more enjoyable walking outside lately to the gym, and it is nice not freezing when stepping outside. It was snowing a bit more today and chilly, but I am hopeful that it will stop snowing soon and warm up. The first day of Spring is this coming Wednesday on March 20th, so it should be a lot warmer.

What are you working on and reading this week?

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you again soon!


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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. It was another snow day today and I was able to work from home. I am so grateful to be working in a job now that I can work from home, I enjoy it so much and can avoid going out in bad weather.

As some of you had reassured me that the hat would indeed turn out okay and fit, I am happy to say you were right and it does fit! I am glad I decided to go with the number of stitches that the pattern called for. they say to cast on in the pattern as it just makes following a pattern easier for me. I am loving how this hat is turning out so far and like how the slip stitch every other row and every 6 stitches creates the vertical lines along the hat. I am following the pattern 'Michele' by Sarah Punderson on Ravelry. I also love how the yarn looks in this pattern with the white and the speckles of purple. The yarn is from Fleece Artist and the yarn is Blue Face Leicester DK yarn. I am noticing that I am so drawn to white yarn with speckles of color.





I have been thinking of my resolutions that I made in January. I have been making progress slowly on each of the goals I made. Monday night I was grocery shopping and was glad I brought my reusable bags and also my produce mesh bags I bought at the Superstore. I also almost picked up a plastic bag with baby carrots as a habit because I love having them with hummus as a snack, but I picked up a a few carrots tied together with an elastic band instead to use less plastic. I will take some time today to chop them into small pieces and put them into a container to bring to work. As for knitting a shawl, I have been keeping this goal in mind and will be looking out on Ravelry for a fun pattern. In my reading goal, I have read 3/15 books so far for this year and am currently reading two which are A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. According to Goodreads I am one book ahead of schedule for my goal of reading 15 books, so that feels good.  For my knitting goal of knitting 12 projects, I am on project 3 now so I feel like I am in a good position to meet my goal for knitting and plan to knit a lot this year. It is always fun to knit some smaller projects as well as one larger one which will be the shawl. I have been looking at some venues for the wedding and there is one we really like so I will probably have that resolution completed soon. We are getting married next Spring so we need to secure one soon. For weight loss, I have been working out a lot and eating cleaner, but I can definitely work harder on both. I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks but have been feeling slimmer. My personal trainer tells me to just focus on how clothes fit more than the number on the scale so maybe its a good thing I haven't replaced the battery in the scale yet.

Joining Frontier Dreams for Crafting On and As Kat Knits for Unraveled Wednesday.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you have a great day!

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Hello Friends,

I hope you are doing well. This weekend my sister came by to visit and we had a great time catching up having dinner, a sleepover, and an all-you-can-eat sushi lunch today. It is fun when she visits me in Toronto and we make a whole weekend hang out of it. She left now and the rest of the day I plan to work on writing in my planner to plan for the week, knitting, doing laundry, and meal planning for the week.

 I started knitting a hat using the pattern called "Michele" by Sarah Punderson from Ravelry. So far I have cast on 100 stitches as directed as it is a one size fits all pattern. I am using the yarn by Fleece Artist and using size 4.50 mm needles so far as my smallest needles to obtain the correct gauge. I really like how the hat brim is looking so far and hope it fits properly. I will let you know on Tuesday how it is turning out and if the 100 stitches were enough to fit my head.



I am still reading A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult and Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. Both are good so far and I am interested in reading more of them. I will also make some time this afternoon to catch up on some reading.


Thank you for visiting and hope you have a good weekend too. Hope you have a great week!


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