Sunday, September 20, 2015

The stuff of September

This week I had another birthday. My husband got me Whole Food's yummy Chantilly cake -- have you ever had it?  It's a favorite!
We went out for a nice dinner and had fresh seafood which is a real treat as it is kind of scarce in landlocked Colorado.
Summer's fading away and the air has a bit of a chill in it, especially in the evenings.  I love autumn, but am always sad to see the end of summer.
I have been spending time the last couple of months on a decluttering project in my studio/craft room.  I try to work on it at least once every weekend, and lately more than that, because I'm finally beginning to see the end in sight.  The photo above shows my son's old toy sorting bin which I have put to good use holding shoe-box sized plastic containers full of ephemera and other craft supplies.
This is the inside of one of my newly straightened out drawers full of lace and ribbon.  I store them carded inside of old sewing machine drawers, which are so wonderfully narrow!
More sorted goodies -- this time laces and doilies and other small embellishments.
Would you believe this is just part of my thinned-out supply of vintage fabrics?  It's sorted by type and color as well as age...
As you can see, it still needs more sorting.  Most of this is the fabric I actually use for projects -- the stuff I'm willing to cut -- not to be confused with the stuff I hoard and love and won't cut up!
I made great progress today -- this is the top of a table that, before today, was completely stacked with unsorted stuff!  I was happily surprised to see all the pretty vintage containers I've collected over the last few years.  Everything looks so pretty in glass.
At this point, I only have a few big bundles of craft supplies that I need to go through and figure out a good way to store -- like the pile of uncarded ribbon, above...
and this whole box of "smalls" -- pretty little things I want to use as embellishments for art projects.  I haven't been able to figure out a solution for storing this particular pile of things, to make them easily accessible and to keep them sorted.  Ideas welcome!
It has been good for my soul to be up to my elbows in all of the beautiful things I've collected.  But it will be even better as soon as all the organizing is finished I will be able to sit down in my craft room and USE it for its intended purpose!  So excited!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Textile love

Remember this wonderful sampler that Terri sent me?  I made it into a pillow:
You can't see the back, but I used a very favorite antique blue cloth I had never cut into before -- I was saving it for something special.  I would still like to find the perfect fancy trim for the edges, but didn't have one that was just right in my stash, so I will keep looking.
It makes me very happy when I see it sitting on my bed.
Something else that made me so happy: a surprise gift in the mail from Linda Sue!  The gift included this beautiful book, Vintage, A Winter's Tale.
 I opened the book and couldn't close it until I had looked at every single page of beautiful photos!
 It was full of everything I love...
and many things I didn't know I loved until right that moment!
The gift box was filled to the brim with beautiful old linens, too!
 intricately hand beaded...
 and perfectly pristine.  This one is going straight onto a pillow and will be on my sofa.
 The stitching is BEAUTIFUL!
 And buttons...
 wonderfully tatted runners...
as well as more for my Little Bo Peep obsession!
I love it all and feel very spoiled!
I have to tell you all about this wonderful film called The Quilted Conscience.  It's short but completely engrossing, telling the story of a group of Nebraska women who work on a story quilt project with Sudanese refugees.  The girls are all new to quilting and the quilters teach them to sew two squares each  -- one of memories from Sudan, and one of a future dream.  The resulting quilt is so beautiful it gave me chills!