Of course I COULD quit buying more patterns but let's face it - that's not going to happen! I decided it was time to make some room. I know a lot of stitchers keep their patterns in binders, but although I've got most of my patterns in those see-through page protectors I never had used binders. I took a look at what I had and decided that I could make more room by (1) putting my 2 bulging file folders of Prairie Schooler charts in binders, and (2) finding a place for all those half-size patterns (the ones that are sized like the LHN ones). I thought maybe I could find half-size page protectors to fit those patterns and get some of those smaller ring binders to hold them.
So off I went to check out Staples office supply store. They do make half-size page protectors I found out and so got a few bulk packs of those (they were about $5.49 for 25 - Staples own brand).......then I started looking at the vinyl binders to fit that size. WHOA - these binders, even the cheapest ones, were like $7-8 apiece. This was not going to work out if I had to pay that kind of price. Just then I noticed a clearance rack. They had a bunch of Martha Stewart branded office supplies marked way down. I found out from the cashier later that since Martha has a new line out, they were closing out some of her older stuff. Well there was a stack of binders - not vinyl but very nice - and also cute adhesive label holders. The binders were 50 cents each! I grabbed every aqua and brown one they had plus the little label packs for a dollar, and I got 14 binders in all. What a steal!! I didn't even need that many binders but I couldn't pass up a deal like this.
I put all the patterns that would fit into these little binders, putting 2 patterns in each page protector. Martha Stewart also makes various sizes of page protectors so I got a small pack that would fit some of the tiny patterns. I'm real happy with it all and now I have more room in my file drawers. As Martha would say, it's a good thing!
I do have some progress to show you on the Humble Servant Sampler. It's coming along well and I'm enjoying this project a lot.
|Shakespeare's Peddler - Jenny Bean Humble Servant Sampler|
|who doesn't love a purple cow??|