Monday, January 28, 2013

My little space . . . .

For the life of me, I have never understood how those lucky enough to have a large craft/sewing studio - keep them neat and tidy.  I see all those beautifully organized work spaces in quilting magazines - fabric folded and tucked away in a antique hutch or stacked in custom-made shelves draped with swags of hand-made bunting.  All that organized/labeled glory simply takes my breath away -- but, then I realize they might be just like me -- creative and messy -- just on a much larger scale!  That all those studios aren't always that pretty all the time.  Which means I feel better about sharing these pictures of my little space - before & after.

Here's what it looked like last week - all the sewing/crafting/knitting leading up to Christmas had taken it's toll.  Which led me to take a few organizing ideas from those magazine studios I've been admiring.  Ideas that will help me keep the space more 'user friendly' and ready to use whenever I have a few minutes to create.

My weekend was spent sorting and purging - gaining a bit of control over the 'stuff'.  Some works-in-progress were put in large zip-locks and stored in the large black plastic tote that now sits on my sewing table. My current project (using only stash flannel - more about that when it's finished) is waiting for me in another black tote under the table - ready when I am.

Other WIPs were abandoned - fabric returned to stash or donated - what matters is that they are gone.   And, I'm telling  you - it feels good to have my space all neat and tidy.  It may not be 'magazine' pretty - but, it's my little corner of the creative world !

Note:  Large plastic tote on table: Target $7.99 - Large plastic bucket tote under table: WalMart $4.84 -- both are very sturdy and hold lots of 'stuff' !!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Making me happy . . . . .

Blue skies - without a cloud in sight (along with warmer temps for this weekend)
Finally - finishing up some WIP (both knitting & sewing) 
Loving - anytime spent with grandbabes (and grand-puppy too!)

These things are making me happy today . . . .

O' one more thing making me happy - - -
For the past few weeks, I've been thinking of these old-fashioned cookies.
I remember them from my childhood - dunking them in milk and biting off the tops first - so good.
After checking with 3 stores in our area and almost giving up -- I found them at Dollar Tree.
I've discovered that they are go very well with my morning coffee.
Color me 'happy' !!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clicking for babies . . . . .

Playing 'catch up' with this post.  Here's what happens when you download pictures and then forget about them . . . .

This is such a wonderful (and much needed) program:
Back in October, I saw the article linked below.  Digging in my stash. I found one purple baby hat almost completed and purple yarn to knit more.  Then, four more hats were finished and mailed.   

My contribution for 2012 - tiny baby hats in shades of purple (guidelines are on the main website).  Knitting purple baby hats will be my 'traveling' knitting projects for 2013.  

Now to see what other pictures / projects have been forgotten !!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Merry morning . . . .

Christmas morning started with a dusting of snow - 
which gave me an excuse to try out my new camera.
Inside it was warm in the glow of the tree - -
there was knitting (and coffee with Peppermint Mocha creamer) - -
and, a bit of playing with my new toy - - -
Merry times indeed !!
Note: first post using my laptop - definitely a learning curve  - but I'm having so much fun!