I have a tidy house! Can't help myself - There's a place for everything and I like everything in its place. However, I do have to confess that sometimes my sewing room doesn't quite make it! Oh yes, there IS a place for each little item.
My embroidery threads are all in correct order in these containers. For years now, I have had a complete set of Anchor Stranded threads - yep, every colour. As soon as a colour is about to run out, I purchase another.
I even have spares of the colours I use lots of, ready in the drawer. There's nothing worse than running out in the middle of a project and when you live a long way from the shops and might have to wait a month before you can get there, it pays to be organised!
My fabrics are in clear crates so that I can see at a glance what I might be looking for.
Scraps are in their own little box. I used to fold them all neatly too, but gave up on that idea as I was always rummaging through looking for just the right fabric for an applique or two. So now they all just get pushed in and I up-end the box onto a table to do a search!
Charms and embellishments have their own containers too.
So, YES, there is a place for everything. But the last thing I feel like doing when I have finished a project and there is a pile of embroidery bobbins, scraps of ten different coloured fabrics, a pattern in a plastic sleeve, a packet of beads and charms and a reel or two of sewing thread, IS TO PUT THEM AWAY IN THEIR PROPER PLACE! The call of a new project is just too strong! My solution is this little basket:
It is SMALL - on purpose. I find it is just big enough to hold the bits and pieces until I decide to put everything away, but it is small enough that it won't hold much, so I can't accumulate. In reality, the putting-away job that I put off doing, usually only takes a couple of minutes, but there's something about human nature that procrastinates, isn't there!
I can't blame procrastination for not getting much done this week. I had to go out on four days, then a couple of days were spent writing up patterns, so the week seemed to fly by. I did find time to cut some strips to make this braid:
It's going to be a table runner. Now I have 84 applique pieces to make! We're going on holidays in a couple of weeks so I'm thinking needleturning all these pieces will be a good project to take along with me when I feel like a change from my crochet ripple blanket.
My TV time was spent finishing this applique design - couldn't bear to watch TV without some stitching in my hand. I love being curled up under a quilt on my recliner, making pretty things! It's the highlight of my day!
With another bleak and cold day upon us, being curled up under a quilt sounds like a great option!
Have a great week.