Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Stuff

I have been less than inspired the last few days. It's that time of year. Working on taxes, and cleaning out stuff. The taxes have been broken down into smaller pieces, so I am fooling myself thinking it is less than a job than it is. I am about 80% finished with it and inventory. It's a dreaded, but very much needed chore. Along with paperwork, some of the year's excess gets moved to trash and recycle bins and other places. You know what that means.... we need to move some of the stuff from here - to your house. You're welcome!
Polly and I expect the shipment of American Summer books to be arriving on our doorstep any day. If you pre-ordered, your book will go out to you the same day it arrives here. We would like to have a give-away on the new book too! We also would like to send along a little "gift" with your new book. We have a few "props" that we used to film the book.
How about 3 winners..... each winner will get a copy of the book American Summer and one of these props. They include a vintage sand pail and shovel, a hand stitched beach ball made with Prairie Paisley II, and a vintage miniature beach chair. (It's pretty adorable). While both Polly and I love these..... there is a limit to our space. We are running out of it. Can you please find it in your hearts to make room for a book and one of these treasures??

Just make a comment below before midnight Saturday February 4th and you could be a winner. How about a comment on how you tackle the taxes or how you jump into spring cleaning. That would sure inspire me. And if you can't get enough of old stuff... we have an Ebay auction of some of the props from the Victory Girls book here. The quilt that is underneath it all.... well, it's from American Summer too.
It's called Summer Roses.

Thanks in advance for helping clean my house.

Laurie

156 comments:

Mary said...

We do our taxes ASAP and get it over with. It is also such an ugly task. Love the summer roses quilt. thanks for the opportunity to win.
Mary

Kim said...

I'm afraid I put off the taxes as long as I can. Such a chore dealing with the hubs business stuff! UGH! But once I get going, it goes pretty quickly and I wonder why I always put it off! ;o) OMGosh I love that Summer Roses quilt! Would love to win the book and a prop (ahem...sand pail!). Thanks for the chance!

Monica said...

Well I don't do my taxes. My husband does all that kind of stuff and he waits till the very last moment. And spring cleaning? What's that?

Robyn said...

I haven't done taxes yet and I need to get started this weekend. I'm just sooo dreading it.

Lizzie said...

I do my taxes as soon as all the paperwork is at my home. I love cleaning and do "spring" cleaning all year long. Nothing feels better than organization.

lizzie

Sue said...

Because we own our own business, we hire an accountant to do our taxes! It makes my life easier :)

I love the Summer Roses quilt. It's a beauty!

ritainalaska said...

i start my taxes once i've accummulated all the 1099's and tax forms ... now i'm ready to tackle them, but i need the big tax booklet to work from. they are not mailing them out to everyone this year, and the post office is out of them. so. i may end up at the senior center having them done! love the summer roses!

Nancyz said...

We originally thought we could do the taxes ourselves, but then we started to argue and now we lovingly take them to an accountant and then go out to dinner! Thanks for the giveaway.

KrisD said...

Taxes?! Cleaning?! Guess I need to get it in gear around here...but maybe I'll just schedule a root canal...might be done quicker and less painfully...

pdrue said...

Ooooh! I need more stuff! And I promise not to send you boatloads of my great stuff in return! How do I handle my taxes? With lots of coffee, chocolate, and if times are desparate, the finest wine available (which, in my house, generally isn't so fine). I need to make the summer roses quilt, and I would especially like the little chair to pair it with!

Patti

Becky said...

My part in tax preparation is to collect all the "evidence" and put it in folders for my hubby to prepare our report.

I believe in giving away the stuff I'm not using. I've made many trips to the donation center this year. I may need to read the advice from other readers. I don't ever seem to finish:)

Donna K from N.TX aka Quilting Bear Gal said...

Gotta buy 2011s Turbo Tax to plug in all the info then I'm done. Love the props and the look of the book.

Cyn said...

I gather up all of the paperwork for the year and do the end of the year filing. My husband then handles the taxes. A division of labor we are both happy with!

I'm the one who goes through things, downsizes, organizes and etc. My husband would do so but he would pitch just about everything that he wasn't interested in! Sigh....

Love the beach ball and the minature chair!!!

Cynthia

JoAnn said...

I love your Summer Roses quilt!! That is just a "gotta have" for me. My DH struggles thru the taxes each year while I sit and ponder his language! I love all the quilts you design!

Raedene said...

Taxes are a pain, but procrastinating prolongs the pain. Mine are done.
It's a bit early for spring cleaning, so I don't feel like I am putting it off yet. I enjoy it, mostly when it is over and done. The Summer Roses quilt is lovely, crisp and clean, just like a summer rose.

Anita said...

I can't wait to get my hands on your new book and fabric :) I've been in love with your pails ever since I first saw them in your books, magazines, basically everywhere. I clean up tackling one small pile at a time...paper, bills, are usually the worst. I just grab a pile and stand near the shredder...so nice when its all gone :)

Beth said...

Saw the new prairie paisley fabric at the quilt shop...BEAUTIFUL! I do a rough figuring of my taxes...if I'm getting money back I do them pronto. If I have to pay...April 15 th is my day.

Wendy said...

Would love to win your book and that lovely Doll chair for my sewing buddy. I let my sis in law (who is a CPA) handle most of the taxes, and Spring Cleaning? you mean I skipped past fall and winter cleaning???? LOL
Wendy

Sandy said...

I generally do "spring cleaning" in my sewing room when I can't find a piece of fabric and I thought that I knew where it was! I go buy another rubbermaid tote and stack fabric in it until I can hardly get the lid on. I then label the tote and haul it downstairs and add it to the stacks! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I try to do some spring cleaning of drawers and closets in the snowy months but we haven't had winter yet. I would love a chance to win the book!! Thanks so much!!
Dalene

Quiltingmama said...

Just started spring cleaning, taxes are waiting for the accountant...love the summer roses quilt!! Thanks for sharing your really cool stuff! Angela

Anonymous said...

I'm more inspired to jump into fall cleaning and I did just that last fall. I tackled my walkin closet full of my stash. Everything was arranged just perfect and then last week my shelves fell off the wall and everything was in a heap! My dh helped me put up new shelves and everything was back in order in two days! Boy, did we move!! Love your summer roses quilt and ALL the props!
Janet Kay

Cathy said...

Love Summer Roses! Beautiful applique surrounded by well-thought-out simplicity.

I'm self-employed,so when it comes to taxes, I like to do my return as soon as I can so I know the news, good or bad! I use H&R Block's software because it means I just answer the questions while the computer does the math. You do have to have all your paperwork organized, though. I am a fairly organized person and have a system I used so at tax time all I have to do is take out the folder, and voila! Well, not quite that easy.

findusfaithful said...

The weather has been so mild here this winter so my thoughts are also on spring cleaning. I have lots of wool from my rug hooking projects and I need to come up with a creative way of storing it - plastic bins by color seem to be the solution. But what to do with all of those little 'worms'????
Thanks for the great giveaway - your books and fabrics are just lovely!
Mary

nanci1211 said...

CLEANING AND TAXES... NOT MY FORTE! HOWEVER I AM ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THIS WONDERFUL NEW BOOK AND LOVE READING THE WHITTY THINGS LAURIE ALWAYS HAS TO SAY! HAPPY TAX DOING!

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aztel2000 said...

I've been trying to clear some things out too, but it's so hard to decide what I have to let go. The book looks great--can't wait to see the rest of the projects.
Karen in Breezy Point

audrey said...

i usually give myself the first week in January to quilt, no paperwork. then after that i try to give myself permission to leave the office after as designated time of day, like 2:00 or so no matter what i'm in the middle of. it helps me plow through until i finally get finished up.:)

Gayle said...

Hubby does taxes - I don't deal with them at all (which is probably not a good thing)

For spring cleaning, I like to totally empty a room and then bring things back in and organize etc as I go.

Nancy E said...

I enter the data and DH does our taxes. Don't do spring housecleaning .... I would be sewing.

susan said...

Taxes are done early to get it over with. I clean out drawers and closets during the winter. As soon as I can open the house up and air things out I start spring cleaning.Thank you for the chance to win.

WoolenSails said...

Love the mini pail, thinking of doing a pail quilt from your other book. I let my husband do them, that is how I stay stress free, lol. I do have to do mine though and get it all ready for him to add to the total.

Debbie

Tish R said...

My prepration for taxes is ongoing through out the year by me depositing anything tax worthy into a separate file, then I tally and organize per category! Yeah, I learned my lesson and now I am organized!Ha! Thanks for a chance to win one of your lovely books.

Mary said...

Usually my filing is up to date and I just transfer to a big tax file and reset for the next year. I figure out the charitible contributions and medical and leave to hubby to get the rest together for the tax attorney. However, due to 3 hospitalizations and a rehab stay since 8/23, I was not caught up and the medical stuff was a nightmare. But it is done and I am recovering from a 2nd hip replacement as we speak. This one is going so much better....... phew.

Bev said...

This is like the best cleaning tip EVER! It's the "Keep your House Clean with ONE Chore per Day"! It's at the awesome blog: http://www.funcheaporfree.com/2011/12/youre-welcome-wednesday-tip-keep-your.html
and it really works! This has saved me so much time!

Love your book...want your book...

Cheery wave from
Bev

Fiesta said...

Thank you for the chance to win. I wait until the last minute because I have to pay. During my week off from school in March, I gather all the documents and send them to the tax guy.

Tammy said...

My husband takes care of the taxes (yay!). But I do most of the cleaning (boo!). I try to pace myself when getting into the serious task of cleaning out closets and cabinets. Not too much at once or I burn out and end up sitting at the computer or sewing machine. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

SueB said...

I put all tax info on my husbands desk and walk away. I have started in the kitchen and everything on the shelfs that has not been used for awhile has gone to good will. I have two cabinets that are empty. I would love to win the book.

sandra said...

I have the fabric from Prairie Paisley One which I bought as a kit along time ago but now I want to do different pattern with it so I would love to win your new book. Sandra

Sue said...

Taxes, cleaning , organizing .. sounds like my house. I would just LOVE to win your book and a prop.

Laurie in Iowa said...

The Summer Roses quilt is a real beauty.

Margaret said...

Well this year, we had to at least start our taxes early since we had to do that lovely FAFSA and CSS stuff for our college bound child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Nothing like college to get one moving on doing one's taxes! lol! Love that Summer Roses quilt! I would so love to win a prop and a book!

Kathy said...

I keep all the tax stuff in one folder all year long, so that helps when it's time to do them. I like Turbo Tax, too. Makes it go a little easier.

Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Janet said...

I'd be thrilled to help you with your clean out! Taxes? I just gather the info and hand it over to the experts ... we're not touching it!

And Spring cleaning ... let's talk about that come Spring!

Thanks for the opportunity - that Summer Roses quilt is a must!

JoAnne said...

I'm an Army wife, so my spring cleaning is serious this year b/c we are moving this summer. Whatever isn't "nailed" down has to go! (We have a weight limit and my fabric stash is growing...) I LOVE that sand pail, by the way. We are moving from one beach (Hawaii) to another (Virginia Beach) and it would really fit with my decor. As for taxes, they will be great this year b/c my husband was deployed (thus tax-free) for half of it!

Anonymous said...

I would love the book! I was self employed for 17 years and every year I hated getting the records ready for the accountant, it never got better. But it seems you are doing one really good thing, you are not putting it off so it will be over soon! Thanks for the contest, I am a real fan of your fabrics and blog.
Beth F.

mamabug said...

I love Monica's response!!! Spring cleaning what's that!!! I did do dishes today and vaccumed and cleaned a few sinks, Does that count??? Good luck on any inspiration here :)

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

If it makes you feel any better, I take care of the taxes for my mom too, so that's double work. and, I am living in fear of the Hoarders Show coming knocking on my door asking to film in my basement, so that has been my winter project. What fun!
Julie

Smeek said...

I go through and sort and then reward myself with some sewing.
Still a chore but rewards help.
I love that sand pail. Thanks for the giveaway.

DebrafromMD said...

My husband and I do the taxes together but I'm the one who organizes all of the paperwork. And it's not over then; we still have two government financial disclosure forms to fill out for his job. The fun never ends.

emmy said...

We put all the tax info in a folder and then check it with last year's return to make sure we've included all the information. We're in the SE so I don't do fall or spring cleaning. ..not to say I shouldn't!
Thank you for a your generous giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I don't do taxes--my husband does it. As for spring cleaning, I do a little bit every week, all year long, so it doesn't pile up.

Just love the props that go with your new book, Polly. Maybe I'll be a lucky winner!!
Barbara S. from Cumming, GA

quiltnmaryf said...

I have a tax preparer and they schedule me...so I go when they have an appointment available..but the sooner the better is my motto.

Thimbleanna said...

What a great giveaway! I'm looking forward to seeing your new book!

Strlady said...

I don't want to think about taxes!! Ugh! I love that little pail! It looks so vintage. And that quilt! Wow. Love it! Thanks for a chance of winning the book!

Mary said...

So glad to finally learn that spring cleaning needs to be done in the February winter! For so long I waited till the actual spring (in Michigan) like April & May and then discovered that I only wanted to be outside!! Taxes and spring cleaning are a division of labor...taxes my hubby will do and spring cleaning is left to me because my hubby would never get rid of anything!!! Your new book looks beautiful and I'd love to win it!!

Carol Sc said...

We try to gather our tax information as quickly as possible --- get it out of the way. Kind of the same way I think about spring cleaning. ...can baseball season be far behind. What do you think about the moves the Tigers have made? Think maybe a diet might be in order?!
quiltschon@att.net

Marcia W. said...

I use TurboTax online and muddle along. Like you, I break taxes apart into little chunks of tasks to compile records. My mother is always prepared for her tax guy, so that is an impetus for me to get moving too.
Love that Summer Roses quilt and would enjoy the book, any of the props, and anything quilty that you decide to part with.... Thanks for the opportunity.

Marilee said...

Sooner the better is my best advice for both nasty jobs. So looking forward to summer and your new book.

scottylover said...

Well, for taxes, I do them on-line. Doesn't take long since I don't have much to claim! :)

Cleaning, well, hubby is the cleaner around here. I just do what he tells me to! That way it is done to his liking and I can play after it is finished! :)

Thanks for the great give away!
Sandy A

ranette said...

I wait until the very last minute to do taxes.....my least favorite chore in the world.

I just spring clean one section of a room at a time, with lots of breaks to stitch :)

Love, love, love the new quilt!

Cecilia said...

Our CPA sends us a form to fill out in January and we fill it out as soon as we get all of our tax forms. We sent in our form last week, which is early even for us. :-). It also helps to have my husband take care of most of it. :-)

Betty said...

Hi, I would LOVE to help you clean house. Since I'm a quilter and a hooker this new book sounds great.
Thanks for giving me the chance to win this book and goodies.
Betty in MO

eamylove said...

I'm so lucky...my two boys are now old enough to pitch in with spring cleaning, and last Saturday we worked together to clean and also to organize my food pantry. They will work very hard for ITunes gift cards!

Nancy in WI said...

After I gather some paperwork my husband does the taxes and then I forget about it. Spring cleaning seems so overwhelming to me this year, that I am going to take 1 room a week and spread it out...at least that's the plan!

Diane said...

we have an accountant do the taxes...don't want to end up in the slammer ;)
Spring cleaning--yikes. I just got done cleaning after the holidays and we haven't really had a good winter here yet so technically I don't think I should have to spring clean-sounds reasonable to me.

cocoquilts said...

Uh oh taxes! Too complicated with multiple businesses, I let hubby work on it & it gets finished about the end of March and then we can all breathe again.... Spring cleaning is my area and I start downstairs room by room and heading towards the upstairs. Hopefully finishing before Summer! Oh well, so much for spring cleaning!! Don't you love it! Looking forward to your new book though, yay summer!
Cheers, Colette

Heather said...

Oh dear, I am a dreadful person and just leave the taxes to my husband.

Stitched With Prayer said...

I don't get to excited about getting our taxes done, but our tax lady surely does get enthused about doing them for us, even though we don't have any deductions and they are very simple, we still do it the easy way...let someone else figure it out. The Spring cleaning...ask me when it's not 17 degrees outside, maybe I can work up a little tiny bit of enthusiasm, hehehe. But I would be more than happy to help you out with yours. Thanks for a chance. Hugs...

Northern Deb said...

My husband does the taxes so I don't worry too much about them. He uses one of the big tax firms. Now the heavy duty cleaning is all me. He would keep every piece of paperwork he ever had... and every tool... and every newspaper. I'm brutal, haven't used it or won't realistically need it, throw it away! Now that doesn't pertain to ANYTHING in the sewing room ;)

Anonymous said...

Taxes...I let my husband do that. I make out the check. Spring cleaning...I wait 'til the urge to do it passes...
Hope all is well with you and Polly!
~Joyce in MI

Lisa said...

Taxes are tackled as soon as I have all of the information in the mail; it's just that if I don't get to them right away I keep finding reasons not to. Cleaning and organizing is never-ending, as I sew in a small space so things find themselves about the home on occasion. Those are great props, especially the sand pail. It would look great in our home as we're near the ocean. I also have to note that Summer Roses is gorgeous! Thank you, Lisa

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SandyG said...

American Summer quilt is beautiful,
just beautiful. I can't wait for summer here in the northern parts of America, so in anticipation of spring/summer I started today on spring cleaning. I wandered from one room, closet or pile to another and made a messy trail hmmm... I'll try again tomorrow. Taxes, since the husband took over that chore, he is ready! Really neat giveaways, for which I have room for!

Maren said...

wow, great stuff, the quilt is wonderful,sorry I have no advice for organizing, seriously impared in that area.

Sharon S said...

Forget the taxes & cleaning for now. I am longing for the smells of summer! I bought sweet pea seeds on Sunday & I'm going to plant them this week.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

You have the best giveaways.

Tax stuff is put into a folder all year long so that all we have to do is dump off the folder at the accountant's office. Spring cleaning? What's that?

Susan said...

THat is a pretty wonderful prize to give away since you are the one doing all the work. Count me in...Susan

Siobhán said...

I prepare for taxes by praying a lot, trying to avoid them as long as I can, and then just sitting down and getting it done. My husband is self-employed and so we have to do bimonthly, quarterly, and yearly tax stuff. H.A.T.E. them. Thanks for the chance!

Tracey Rampling (The Peony Teacup) said...

I don't have any tax advice, sorry!

But I'd love to win a book - I have a layer cake of Prairie Paisley II and also American Banner Rose that I'm itching to do something with. :)

Anonymous said...

ooh, ooh, count me in for this one! I can't wait to see the new book. I actually start my spring cleaning after Christmas as I am putting all the decorations away--so it's more of a new year thing for me. Becky in Georgia

rebecca said...

I also feel the need to purge with the new year. Every Monday evening I pick a closet, corner or area and take a box with me to that spot. Tuesdays I drive to Goodwill.

Quilter Kim said...

I would love to help you out and make a home for one of the props(and also the book) I am afraid I can't be any inspiration in the tax department as I have not started mine yet. Wait I take that back, I started a pile of tax looking mail on the kitchen island. Can you tell how excited I am about taxes?? Oh well, a dirty job but someone has to do it. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Vicky said...

The secret on taxes is to get a simple accounting program and enter A/R, A/P and reconcile bank balances all year long. Then at the end of the year, it's done. You can even generate W2s and 1099s. QuickBooks or MYOB is your answer! I hate spring cleaning. It always becomes a bigger task than it needs to be because I procrastinate. Is there a QuickClean program out there? :)

krisgray said...

We have a great accountant so I just have to fill out the worksheet that he sends us. However, it still takes about a 2-3 hours and I have to set aside that time. If I let DH do it, we are getting our info to the accountant on April 13th!!

Michelle D. said...

I try to break up spring cleaning into small tasks so it isn't so overwhelming. It might take a little longer but it gets done and I think I do a better job. The other day I cleaned out the pantry cupboards. Taxes are another story. . . . .
Love the giveaway!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I can certainly find a place for one of these treasures. And as for taxes, I turn it all over to my husband and he does it! As for spring cleaning, I do it a room at a time and it doesn't seem so overwhelming.

Kyle said...

Taxes, I leave that to the expert, DH. Spring cleaning is done with baby steps. I love the theme of your new book.

QuilterPattiO said...

I'm in trouble. I just received a shipment of PPII and now I see this beautiful quilt on your blog and I must make it. Will have to order more PPII and American Summer if I don't win it. Just can't get enough Americana. Thanks for so much inspiration! PattiO

Lorraine said...

Turbo Tax does all the work for me...

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Michele P said...

I am a CPA and procrastinate doing my own taxes......I hate hate hate this time of year.

I tend to do chores in the order I enjoy them. So if the two chores are spring cleaning vs taxes, bring on the gloves and windex!

Emma said...

Rather than inspire you, I'll take your advice and clean out paperwork today. A new shredder is in my future! I'm sure I can make room for your new book. Thanks for another generous offering.

allcounty said...

I think I need a tip too. Don't open the roll top of the desk you will get all the receipts etc all over your feet :)
Spring Cleaning-- I wish I had a maid.
Love your new book. I have a few of your others and treasure them.
Karin E :)

Anonymous said...

Hoping to see the American Summer book at the hook in at Sarasota this month. Been wanting to do the whale rug for a long time and now I will have the pattern.

Heidi said...

Spring cleaning? Does putting away all the holiday decor count?
Thank you for sharing your beautiful talents! I'm addicted to everything you create--fabric, patterns, blog.

QuilterPattiO said...

Ok, I give up. What is the background fabric you used in the quilt. I did a quick search but can't be sure. I just love the look. PattiO
odonnell @ cimtel.net

nngirl said...

I lloovveee old stuff! I feel like I spend my whole time just looking for something that older than myself;)

SheilaS said...

I love that summer rose quilt. I noticed it under the props before I even saw the next picture of the finished quilt. I Also LOVE the cover of your new book. Thank you for the opportunity to win it. Taxes, we don't really have a large enough income to merit a lot of record keeping!

PamKittyMorning said...

THAT QUILT IS GORGEOUS!

maggiesfarm said...

It's that time of year isn't it? Taxes....grrrrrr.
I'd love the chance to win.

joeypack said...

love that quilt! Guess I need to pre order a book! once again, you are getting me excited to see a new book you have coming out!....

Nancy D. said...

I am married to a procrastinator, so April is when we do taxes. As for cleaning out...I try then I bring more stuff in! Your book looks charming!

Amy said...

I screwed up our taxes royally the two times I did them, so DH takes care of that every year... I just have to file the papers. (Bleah.) As for spring cleaning, I host our quilting bee in February which jump starts the process!

sue said...

Yes, death and taxes are the only two certain things. Getting everything together is such a pain. Love your props and would love to give one of the them a home.

Jackie B said...

Can't wait to see the book. Have a teddy beard in bathing suit with a red/white inntertube that would go great.

dpagel52 said...

We are farmers and our taxes our due Feb 28th!!! So, right from the get go, everything is kept up to date and at of year, our software program spits out all the necessary government forms and then we proceed to the accountant for him to analyze the taxes! As for spring cleaning, I'm always cleaning some room, just a little bit at a time, but always find time to quilt! Love the Summer roses quilt. Thanks for your generous give a ways!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie and Polly- I can't help you with the taxes (my husband does them). But----- I have been going through my stash and am putting everything together for quilts with patterns attached, just in case I want to start a new project everything is all ready to go. When I buy yardage I always safety pin the amount of fabric so I don't have to measure it out every time to find out how much is there. I would love to win the sand pail.
Debi

Lee said...

Beautiful quilt and cute props and thanks for the giveaway. Taxes I do asap - spring cleaning? ... well I usuall make a list and then go read my blogs ! lol thanks!

Deb said...

Me, Me - I would love one of the books and props, how cute. Have the taxes done already, should get the refund shortly. We're at the point where we have NO deductions left, so it's simple to file...but boy do we pay too much!

Heather said...

I usually do the taxes the day we get all our info. Usually it involves money back so it doesn't seem like such a chore. This year, however, is a different story. We owe, so I won't be filing for awhile:{

Mary said...

I do my taxes the same way you do - separate things into piles and do one at a time. Works for me.

Debbie R. said...

Can't help with the taxes, but would love to help with your cleaning! Love the quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

BL said...

Well -- taxes, I try to stay organized throughout the year -- then drag it all to the accountant. Cleaning -- spring cleaning?? My mother and her sister grew up in town where soot from steam locomotives was a fact of life. They washed the front porch TWICE a day so dirt would not be brought into the house. After listening to a few of their tales -- cleaning wallpaper (shudder!!) -- I'm convinced I don't need to do spring cleaning!!

the girlfriend gap said...

giving the first 10% of my day to tackle cleaning cupboards.That seems to be the only way for me to get it done. Takes to much thinking time later in the day. And trying to find a least one thing in each cupboard that I do not LOVE anymore and now that you mention it since i have been purging I would have room for some of your sweet things. love all that you do . thanks for a chance to ease your burden. I love the little rose quilt. Janita

......Thimblefolk.......Barb McNamara said...

Tax prep is done, my sales tax was due on the 31st....

The new book looks great, thank you for having the give-away and a chance to win!!

Barb

Anonymous said...

I have someone do my taxes in exchange for honey from my bees. It's a great deal for both of us.
Love the new book!
Connie H

TheLazyQuilter said...

I don't know why but my taxes are slow going this year. :/ Wish I could offer more help!

Marlene said...

I'll share a secret with everyone here. I'm a corporate tax accountant, and I HATE doing our own taxes! I basically lock myself in my home office. Family members quietly bring food to me, then promptly leave, as they know I'm crabby during the week I do our tax. Sort of like a mini-prison time.

I love your design aesthetic. I grew up going to one lake or another, depending upon where we lived...from Lake Erie to Lake Michigan to White Rock Lake to Table Rock Lake to now Lake Tahoe, I live your design aesthetic, and my house reflects that.

I have made several of your quilts.

Remember to have that glass of wine after you've finished that nasty tax chore.

Brynne said...

I am trying to do some spring cleaning. I hit Ikea and they had pots and little plastic plants that actually looked pretty good. Now I have green in the house.

Susan W said...

We started our taxes by getting into the CPA's offices and keeping on tiop of them all year long.Like every two weeks! Takes a while...more fu nto sew something.

newburyarts said...

*****wow...look at the number of posts! taxes...son-in-law does them! as for cleaning...set a kitchen timer for twenty minutes and see how much you can get done in each room. this also applies to hooking (and quilting)...twenty minutes a day and you can accomplish quite a bit. good luck with your give-away.

Anonymous said...

Seems like we just did the taxes! The year slipped by way to quickly, must mean we are having tooo much fun quilting!
Bonnie

Anonymous said...

ok all my tax stuff is saved all year long in an envelope for our tax guy, h e LOVES me!! Cleaning, my kids HATE me! UMM, obsessive yeah! Bins is the word: garbage, recycle, put away and donate.

That quilt is wonderful and I can't wait to get my hands on that new book :}
would love those props too! Wendy

farmhousequilter8 said...

I have been working in taxes also. I like to get them over so I can breathe again.
Paula

Elaine said...

Hubby does our taxes and takes his sweet time. However, I think we are taking them to a tax place this year, probably at the last minute.....
Love all your quilts and contests!

Miss Jean said...

We're moving which is the ultimate spring cleaning! Thanks for the give-away opportunity!

Lynn said...

It might as well be Spring since the weather is so mild. I thoroughly clean one room at a time throughout the year so I don't have a huge job every Spring. Now the garage is another story!

Linda B. said...

Taxes? I've finally learned to delegate - my husband adds up receipts, I organize it all, and then it goes to the tax man. Much easier with help!

I'd love, love, love to win the give-away. Everything you do is magic!

Julee said...

Great giveaway, Thanks. I work as a receptionist at H&R Block. It has been non stop and long hours and won't let until end of February. I throw things I need into their large green envelope and when I get my W2's and other 'keep' info from the mail it goes in there and the rest is shredded or trash. Do this all year and you can keep on top of it. I don't get my taxes done until March...after the rush.

Judy Hansen said...

I was a tax preparer by profession years ago, and I now don't like the task. But it's necessary to keep us all square with the government.
I collect little chairs, so the little chair would be charming in our cabin in Michigan. Or any of the props - they are so cute. Fingers crossed!
Judy Hansen

Dot said...

Taxes - hope springs eternal to get them done early but reality makes them a last minute thing.

Ter'e said...

Oh Gosh! I love that precious beachball.
Re: taxes. I do all our prepwork and then the bulk goes to the CPA. The hard part is done for him.
My tip is to do a little each month. Get a little more organized each month.
THEN it won't be so mind-boggling!
Voila!

Anonymous said...

I am lucky and have a sweet husband that takes care of all the tax stuff. I don't mind to clean and sort as long as I don't have to deal with the money or taxes. Love your Summer Rose quilt. Will have to add that to the want to make list...just as soon as I finish the closets....lol.....Trudy

Anonymous said...

Feb. Greetings, Polly and Laurie, About taxes and spring cleaning, I have the solution - because I am married to a CPA (39 wonderful yrs.) He does all our tax work and I get Spring Cleaning done in the evenings when He is doing tax work. Would love to win the book and especially the sandpail - I have your sandpail book - wonderful Deb Himes

basketsofcheer said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the little white chair -- what a great addition it would be to my sewing room -- where I would bag about who it came from each time I had a visitor. :) Taxes -- husband walked to the mailbox every day in January looking for the mortgage interest statement. Yes -- we still do snail mail. When it did not come by Jan 31, I made a call and got "the number" ... followed by an online session setting up an account so I could check this online rather than waiting next year for it to appear. :) It will be quicker next year -- though not as much fun as watching DH come back in each day dejected with empty hands -- hehehe! :)

Laurie said...

my husband sends all of our information off to his cousin in TX who is a tax attorney for a large corporation (or used to be - I think he's retired now, lucky dog!)...and for a Virginia ham and a pound of Jamaecan Blue Mountain Coffee - whala :) Thanks for a chance to win one of those treasures! laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

vivianjane said...

Fortunately for me my husband takes care of taxes. My job is to sign it.

Gail said...

I always look forward to doing my taxes. I keep very good records through the year and organize my receipts so I'm not scrambling around looking for documents.

I guess I'm kind of weird but I am a loveable quilter and would love to win one of your give-aways, ha, ha.

Kelly L. said...

I sorted all my receipts for tax purposes while watching the rose parade. I like to get things done and organized right away...problem is my husband doesn't see it that way - oh well, at least my part is done!

Laurie Shain said...

Pretend like you are moving to a much SMALLER house....start in one room with boxes. One for keeping, one for giving away, one for pitching. You really get UN sentimental!!! (I always said I need to have a bonfire and a sale!!) and the taxes....ugh....oh yeah...the taxes. welllll. Ya just dive in. Hope it's a backstroke all the way.

Laura T said...

I get an accountant to help with taxes as it's a taxing job and one I would rather not do:) Thanks for the opportunity. Love all of the props and would love a book of yours!
LauraT

ledamewood said...

Taxes - Everything is gathered ahead of time, then I designate the day I'm going to do them. When complete, I get the rest of the day to myself to do whatever I like. It motivates me to start early, rather than drag my feet going to the office. Of course, I don't have a business, just personal taxes.

Debra. said...

Only spring clean so I can find more places to put my fabric collection!
Debra.

tepee said...

OMG that Summer Roses is gorgeous (is that spelled correctly???). I don't do spring cleaning. That's no way to spend a beautiful season. Taxes, now that's another story, a must do, but no fun. What is fun is putting my Dear Jane together, knitting a lace scarf, and checking out all the neat ideas on the blogs. I would certainly love to win a copy of that new book.
tp

gloria g. said...

O M G would love, love, love that book and a prop!!!! Maybe me....anyway. Taxes - that's an ugly word for me. I hate them, and this time of year......

gloria g. South Carolina

gloria g. said...

P.S. from gloria - I gathered up old blocks, bom, and misc. things and donated them to our quilting guild. Our workday group put them together and made quilts for our Community Quilt project. Made me feel real good to see them going to someone who really needs a quilt hug.......and I'm cleaning out.

Kathy said...

Just signed up for your blog. After a childhook in coastal GA,I have lived in the midwest for decades. I need inspiration to hook a seaside rug. Would love to win a copy of your book and any of the props. One of my treasured books is Polly's A Rug Hooking Book of Days which belonged to my mentor and friend, Jean.

Kathy said...

Oops, that should be childhood--guess I have hooking on my mind! Back to work on my current rug.

sand said...

Oh my what a beauitful amazing quilt Iknow what quilt is on my list after our son and future daughter's wedding quilt. Summer roses is mine my DH even said the same thing. I don't do the taxes my husband does and they already. Spring cleaning I jump in and I don't mind just wish the house could stay that way after I'm done. Would love to win the book and sandpail! Thank you for you for your fabulous designs. Debbie

Allie said...

UGH taxes! I used to do them the very first day I could [I had H&R Block do my EZ form for me, lol] and hubby waits til the very last day in the afternoon to start them. Apparently he feels NO pressure. Great idea to break them down into smaller tasks.

Spring cleaning - I do one room at a time, and set daily goals, and give myself small treats for finishing them. The de-cluttering process can be hard, but if I haven't used it in a year, out it goes. I love streamlining my decorating and cleaning for the warmer months - in winter I tend to layer up stuff, but in summer I want my rooms emptier!

Your new book is first on my wish list for this year...I love anything summer or seaside [or Lakeside, Lake Huron in particular!] and the cover takes me there right away! What amazing designers you are!

mnneedleworker said...

The sashing on your american rose quilt is inspired. Love that idea. So soft looking - lovely. Thank you for the chance to win. I'm a retired IRS agent - taxes are my thing :)

Sandra said...

It is the "least" I could do, to help you clean out! We may be looking at a summer move here, so I've been doing a lot of cleaning, and selling stuff on ebay. No good advice, just gotta do it!

Anonymous said...

We tackle our taxes usually in April - however during the year I keep all the receipts etc in a labelled binder so that before the deadline I just take the binder with everything in it - in it's proper section to the company who completes our tax return. Usually don't have to worry about anything being missing as each item has it's own compartment. As for spring cleaning - well I have done alot throughout the end of last year - was home from work on sick leave so decided it was a good time to go through things and clean or get rid of so that is what I did. This new book looks great and the props are so cute. Wonder if I will be lucky or not. Talk to you soon. Karen

kitty said...

After watching Hoaders on tv I'm always inspired to clean out. I've taken treasures that I have keep too many years to Goodwill. Special things I give to special friends. My husband does our taxes, but getting rid of things is taxing on me LOL

Barb in Mi said...

TAxes - oh my. I usually tackle them on one weekend in February and hope the best... Thanks for the giveaway!

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