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Winter Blues…thread organization!

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thread organization

thread organization

Where have I been?   I guess you could say I have been a victim of the “Winter Blues”.

I did go to my quilt retreat last weekend and I had a great time, but on Monday I slipped back in to a “funk.”  Then last night we went on a “date night” with my family and I realized what I had been missing all along was….”sister time.”  I have three sisters and one brother and we are very close.  Like everyone we get busy with our daily life and sometimes forget to check in with each other.  So today I called my sister and decided we needed a road trip.  Last weekend I was working on some machine applique and realized I needed more bobbins.  My local JoAnn’s doesn’t carry Viking bobbins, so we needed to travel to “the Big City”.  The bonus is that they also have  Panera Bread which is my FAV!

Last weekend my friend had this great container for all her sulky thread and I remembered how disorganized my thread was at home.

thread organization

thread organization

After I purchased my bobbins from a very unfriendly Viking dealer,  we were off in search of the organizer.  What luck… 50% off,  for $15.00 my thread is now so organized.

thread organization

thread organization

Sometimes it’s the small things that make you happy.  Oh that is not the truth, the truth is it is my “sissy” time that makes me really happy.  Of course, it didn’t hurt that she treated me to dinner at Panera!!!

Now for true confessions…I have traded one addiction for another. That may be another reason I have not been posting!  Remember my addiction to Pinterest, well my sister just had to tell me about this game she plays on the computer…Candy Crush.  Never, never play it because it is so addictive.

candy crush

candy crush 

I don’t know if you can tell, but I am now on level 45.  That is too many hours of playing.  The worst part is I am also playing on my iphone.  I am on level 54 on my phone.  The good part about that is that yesterday I decided I would walk on the treadmill while I played on my phone and I have already walked an hour and a  half.  I am still determined to lose this weight…lol.

 

 

 

Embroidery Floss – organization

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Floss orgainzation

Floss organization

Happy December! I thought I would post the rest of my closet organization. This is a picture from an earlier post on fabric organization.  The little green book is where I logged all my fabric.  The other container is all my embroidery floss.

Tackle box for floss

Tackle Box for floss

This is the tackle box that houses all my embroidery floss.  I have every color wound on a little plastic cards that I got a JoAnn’s.  It is all labeled and in number order if it is DMC.  Yes, at one point I felt like I had to have every single color of floss that DMC makes.  I soon found that I had floss stashed in projects and ended up with several of cards of some of the colors. So  this has helped me because it give me some place to put the floss when I finish a project. (not that it always happens).

floss organized by #

floss organized by #

I hope this gives you a clear picture of how the floss is organized.  I got the tackle box at Wal-mart a few years ago, but I am sure you can find something similar.  If you have a small collection for floss, you can get the individual container at most craft stores.

Ends are labeled with #

Ends are labeled with #

As you can see by the picture, I have labeled each container with the number range of DMC that is included in that box.  The bottom box also includes my Weeks Dye Works floss.

If you look closely at the picture you will notice the green chair rail in the background.  That is now dark grey.(or is that gray)  I have been a little slow in my posting, because I have been working on painting that room.  I should have some posts soon on the projects I am doing in the room.

Fabric Organization – part 2

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Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus

I know the title of this post is fabric organization, but I couldn’t resist posting a picture of my Christmas cactus.  I was given a start for this plant from a former customer when I worked for the Post Office.  I learned that there are two types of Christmas cactus’.  One actually blooms at Christmas, but this one blooms two times a year, around Thanksgiving and around Easter.  Isn’t it beautiful.  The flowers don’t last long, so enjoy.

Fabric organization

Fabric organization

In an earlier post I showed you an under the bed fabric organization.  Those containers house the less than one yard pieces of fabric.  This is my solution for the fabric over one yard.  I was lucky enough to already have a closet that has been divided into @ 12 inch sections.  I now have the neatly fabric folded and divided by yardage.  1 to 2 yard pieces, 2 to 3 yard pieces and pieces large enough for  backing.

fabric organization

fabric organization

I then took it one step further and recorded the measurements in a photo album.

fabric measurement

fabric measurement

measurement album

measurement album

album

album

The album is stored here.  The next organization post with let you know what is in the box pictured here…

Fabric organizations

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fabric organization

Under the bed fabric organization

Have I mentioned that I have an addictive personality?  Well at some point in your life you have to admit you have issues. Maybe I should start a support group, FSA, fabric stashers anonymous.

“Hi, my name is Kim and I am addicted to quilting”.

That wouldn’t be so bad, but it is not my only addiction there is also  scrapbooking and card making just to name a few .  Now that I am retired, I felt like I should start organizing the stash.
This is my solution for my “less than a yard” fabric pieces.  As you can see, I have them all sorted by color. My secret is they are hidden under my bed!!  I bought the plastic containers on wheels and they roll nicely under the bed.  You will have to have a dust ruffle or bed skirt on the bed so that it you can keep your fabric well  hidden.

I am now busy working on the organization for fabric over 1 yard and I will keep you posted on my progress.  If you happen to see me on a milk carton, call the FBI and tell them to look under the fabric stash……

Dry Erase Frame

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dry erase frame

Dry Erase Frame To Do List

I just returned from Fall Sewing Days at Irvalee’s and we had a ball.  I got some sewing done and a lot of laughing and eating.  Above is the gift Irvalee made for each of the “girls”.  It is a simple picture frame with an acrylic “glass”.  The package was filled will goodies, including a dry erase marker.  As you can see, the first thing on my to do list is:

1. Send Irvallee a thank you card

This would be a great inexpensive gift to make for Christmas…just saying it will be here before you know it!

gifts

goodie bag

Cord Storage

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I have been working on cleaning and reorganizing the garage.  I was using a heat gun to strip the paint off the door and needed my hubby’s orange extension cord. He has a certain way of winding it up when he is done and I can never get it right.  I finished the stripping the door and needed to wind the cord…

extension cord storage

What a mess!

5 gal bucket

5 gal bucket

 

I then noticed the empty 5 gal bucket.  So now the cord has found a new home.

extension cord storage

extension cord storage