Friday, August 09, 2013

Organizing Projects

I have started a bazillion and one projects in the last year.  Now that I'm **this close** to having my free time back, I did a little pre-organizing.
» read full post

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fancy New Notebook

Ooooo!  My new notebook is perfect for knitting notes!  As you can see in my knit kit I like to mark off knitting rows on graph paper.  The paper in my new notebook is even better than graph paper!
» read full post

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Helena Sweater - Knit Kit

I bought this case to fit in my project bag and keep all my bits and pieces from getting tangled up in my yarn.  Each project has it's own set of must-have bits.  Here is my knit knit for the Helena.
» read full post

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Home Projects

This weekend we got some organizing done around the apartment.  It's amazing how a little rearranging and consolidation can make your space feel 10X bigger.
» read full post

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Yesterday my friend Diane of Craftypod posted a video blog entry titled
A Problem With Putting Things Away.  I too, suffer from this malaise.
» read full post

Monday, July 19, 2010

Craft Supply Storage

I love to modify and enhance packaging to reuse it.  I haven't shared many of my construction mods here, but trust me, I'm a whiz with thin cardboard, invisible tape, and binder clips.  But the absolute best is when you can reuse packaging without any mods at all.
» read full post

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

New Notebook

My craft notebook was commandeered for moving duty.  All our notes and lists and whatnot used up a bunch of pages.  I ventured over to Borders to see if they had any more notebooks the same size because I can use my fancy page moving technique to keep all my crafty stuff together as long as the paper and binding are the same.
» read full post

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Moving Pages In A Wire-O Notebook

The type of binding used to make my craft notebook is called Wire-O.  I like it because it doesn't crush easily, and it allows me to open the notebook flat.

But my absolute favorite benefit of using a Wire-O bound notebook is that you can easily move pages around.  This is the only reason I can use notebooks at all, otherwise I'd have to use binders because I HAVE to be able to add pages in the middle.
» read full post

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I Bought A Notebook

Diane of Craftypod and her sweet Mom, Pam Harris of Gingerbread Snowflakes record a podcast every year around Christmas, and it's one of the highlights of the holiday season for me.  In this year's podcast Pam said that she had the whole year's blog posts planned out already.
» read full post

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Keeping My Workspace Clean

This is my craft table.  The thing on the left, under one of Andrew's old t-shirts, is my sewing machine.  On the right is a black desk organizer which houses my most used tools (scissors, stitch markers, pins, etc) as well as my floss drawers, a pen bucket, and some stackable shelves.

Since this is my only workspace, it's very important that I keep it cleaned off so I can use it.  I'm terrible about cleaning up in between projects. I just don't do it, so I've devised a work around.

This is a close up of the stackable shelves.  They are my secret weapon. The middle shelf (with the monkey) is a dumping ground for bits and pieces of completed projects that need to be put away.  When I come to my table and it's a mess,  I put everything away that has a place to go (like the scissors) and then the rest gets tucked into the middle shelf.  Mostly these odds and ends are large bits of felt and unused strands of floss.

The bottom shelf is where I keep my other secret weapons.  These two boxes hold my bits of felt and unused floss.  They are the most perfect containers from a terrible tasting Trader Joe's meal.  I mean, this meal made me sick to eat, but the containers were so awesome that I ate two of them ... and I would have eaten a truck-load more if Trader Joe's hadn't stopped making them.

Anyway, once a week or once a month or whenever, I'll take the wad of stuff out of the middle shelf and sort through it.  Here you can see the two containers on the left and my pile on the right.

I put the felt bits in the felt container.  They get used for stuffie eyes, test runs, and other things like that.

The floss bits get put into to the other container.  I take 3" x 5" cards, cut them into four strips (3" by 1.25").  I cut a slit in the side, wind up a floss strand, then cut another slit to hold the other end.  Above it, I write the color number.

"Full" on the first one refers to the fact that the floss bit is 26" long, which is the starting length of floss that I always use.  I don't measure them initially, it's just when you pull out a piece of floss from the skein that's "two pulls" long, it equals 26".

When I have leftover floss, I also toss the skein on the middle shelf, too, so I'll  know what number it is when I wind it up.  The fact that I have skeins of floss hidden away on the middle shelf is usually the reason I decide to clean it out.  Otherwise, I think I'd have an elephant sized wad of felt and floss squeezing us out of our apartment.

These are all of my little floss cards in the box.  I don't save really short bits.  Well, I used to, but I never used them for anything so I don't anymore.  You can see a loose piece of ecru on the right.  I use that color for labels a lot, so I don't bother winding it up.  I always know to check this box first for ecru.

If you have trouble keeping your workspace clean, a small box where you can dump the mess until you have the time (or inclination) to take care of it might be the solution for you, too.
» read full post