Monday, April 30, 2012

Hacked emails, new blog...

I recently had my email hacked and after several issues was forced to create a new email address. That led to importing all my contacts and emails, saving all my Google docs, and even giving access to this blog to my new email. What a pain!
The one thing I didn't think to do though was to save all my Picasa photos...and now my blog is all blank! What a drag!
This is a huge set back for me (I've had my blog for 4 years!), but I have been thinking of getting a new blog url where it's my name instead of the "kraftykandikrafts" url. Although this was not the route I hoped it would take, it's here now and I'm going to follow it.
I had felt for awhile that I was losing the joy in paper crafting and I wanted to somehow rekindle that passion. Life is always going to be busy and I love that I have something just for myself but I found I couldn't commit deadlines on myself lately.
So with all that, I'm setting up a new blog...yay and ugh all at the same time! ;)
I have a lot of work to do on it, but if you'd like to continue to follow what I'm up to, please visit me at:
ETA - Apparently Blogger's spam bots are working overtime and their system auto detected my brand new blog as spam so disabled it, yikes! I get they are trying to protect everyone, but it's a brand new blog with nothing on it so I'm hoping it get's back soon! This blog came back up tonight so I'm confident they are working on the issue and I can schedule my posts as planned on the new blog...so much fun, ha. ;) I will update this blog as the new one is ready to go! (5/1/12)
Hopefully I can work on it this week and weekend so I'll be up and running by National Scrapbook Day on Saturday!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Closet – Clothing Organized App

I read somewhere that women wear 10% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. Think about that stat for a minute…

I would agree that I fall into that statistic. I have my favorites and I tend to wear those outfits or tops more often. I also run into a problem, that I’m sure is common among most women (and maybe even some men), where I spend more time than necessary trying to figure out what I’m wearing in the morning. Whether I feel like I have “Absolutely no clothes!” in my closet and lament the shortcomings in my wardrobe, or I try on five different outfits in the morning until settling on the first outfit I tried on, some mornings are just rough in the clothes department. So what’s a simple and organization loving girl to do?

Find an app, that’s what.

Since my iPhone and I are besties, and my whole life resides in my phone and calendar, it only makes sense that there had to be an app to solve this issue for me.

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After a quick search for “outfit organizer” I found a few different apps and all seemed from the details that it would be a fit for what I was looking for. The only downfall I thought, was that each app was $2.99 or $3.99. Now I didn’t have a problem paying that price, but what if I didn’t like the one I purchased and another one might have been better?

Luckily there was an app that was a “Lite” version and was free to test out. Closet Lite is a basic version and you can really get into the app and see what it’s all about. The only downside is it only lets you upload about 15 items, which I didn’t even get through all my shirts with this. By that point though I felt like this would be a good solution to what I needed and it was user friendly which I loved. I went ahead and purchased the full priced Closet - Clothing Organized app and started adding in all of my tops and bottoms, and then created my own categories for skirts, cardis and tanks.

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Something I loved that was a result of adding in all of my clothes, was it forced me to evaluate what I had in my closet. If I didn’t think something was worth being photographed and possibly become part of a randomly generated outfit, then I knew it wasn’t for me anymore. Sure it was still cute and in style, but just not something I loved anymore. I organized my tops and tanks (that I layer with cardigans) and was excited to see everything laid out in front of me, just ready to be paired up into an outfit!

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Once you’ve added in your items, you can start to create outfits. I do have a couple casual outfits in here, like for Fridays, but my main ones are work outfits, which I created a category for. The nice thing is you can go as simple or extreme as you want when adding your items in. I didn’t add in shoes or accessories for the most part since those I just pair up in the morning and they’re easy, but you can add those in and they take up the blank space to the sides you see. You can create your outfits manually, or get random outfits when the app pairs up items for you.  As you can see I have a lot of black pants to work with. ;)

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I’m on my second week of using this app, and I had scheduled my outfits four full weeks out. The great part - I won’t wear the same top over the course of four weeks!  I didn’t add in my casual weekend wear clothes though, only my work type outfits. This not only saved me a little time, but made sure that I was getting my main outfits in that I would be consistently wearing.

 

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Another fun feature I like is you can click on the outfit at the bottom to see what pieces these are (you can name each piece and outfit) and even see the dates you’ve worn these on. That was one of my problems too, I would forget what I had worn the previous week, ha!

I’m not a fashionista or trendy dresser by any means, but I am a girl and I do love clothes and a cute outfit. Not only can I stay organized, but feel like I’m getting more out of my wardrobe! If you have other fun tips to share on staying organized, or if you have recommendations on other organizing apps I’d love to know!

Friday, April 13, 2012

A Fond Farewell to SSD

You may have noticed that I have not been participating in the weekly Skipping Stones Design sketch challenges recently. After much thought I decided to step down from the team. I know I will miss the weekly challenges, and working with some fantastic ladies, but I had to take some time out for my family and my kiddos.

I absolutely love this amazing hobby, but I'm going to step back and enjoy the next few months. With spring upon us and summer on the horizon, we're in for lots of softball games and practices and wrestling practices and tournaments, and all the joys of summer.

I had been on the team since December of 2009 and felt so privledged to be working with Heather, the owner of SSD, and the extremely talented guests and DT members. Not to mention some super cute stamps. ;) I'm sad to step down but I'm excited for the girls that are on the team. I love seeing what they've been up to!

With that being said, my posting on here may be a bit more sporadic than it has been this past year. I'm debating on what to post in the future. I'd like to mix things up like I'd intended to once up on a time and make it more than just a craft blog. Definitely something to think about.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a little note explaining my absence and to thank SSD and all the amazing ladies on the team for showing me such a wonderful time these past couple years!

Take care and have a great weekend!