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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Flossing....not the teeth..........

Feel like I'm running 70 miles per hour lately but got to find time to squeeze in a post.   First, I want to say a big welcome to some new followers I've gained recently - glad you stopped by!   I haven't had time to go out and look at Bloglovin' yet or figure out what I'm going to do when Google Reader goes away.  It seems constant change is getting to be the norm with technology these days.   I use Feedly to read blogs from my iPad mini and I really like that.  However I don't like commenting on blogs using my iPad........it seems about 50% of the time when I go to a blog and try to leave a comment I spend time typing it all in but then something goes wrong when I try to post it.  I prefer to do my commenting on my home computer as I don't have time to be redoing things and being frustrated!

I'm glad so many of you liked my little chart binders in my last post.  I'm still working to reorganize my DMC threads. Since I don't use a floss chest or box,  I decided to use some plastic drawer dividers I ordered from Amazon.com (they're made by Oxo) and stand up all my baggies in a drawer in my stitching room. I tried it first with some cardboard taped into the drawer to see if the concept would work and I liked it.  I've always used Floss-Away bags but they didn't look so good...since they have writing on them already and then to add the floss number on top - well it looked sort of messy as you can see.


I checked around and found clear baggies sold at JoAnn's  (made by Darice) and I'm converting over to those (with the help of several coupons....)  They are slightly taller than the Floss-Away bags.   I found an old post on Daffycat's blog and liked her idea.  She puts a 3X5" plain index card in each bag and it helps it stand up straight, and the floss color is easy to see too.  I wrote the floss number of both sides of the card, inserted it into the bag, then re-punched the hole in the bag (the bags are prepunched but the index cards weren't).  Then I transferred my floss over. Sounds simple doesn't it...well let me tell you it takes forever to redo hundreds of floss bags!  I have done up thru the 900's so far.  I've been working on them gradually in the evenings while watching TV.  I feel like I'm on an assembly line and of course the husband is wondering why in the world I'm transferring threads from one bag to another!  I put the numbers on both sides of the card so I can reverse the direction of some of the bags in the drawer, otherwise they get sort of skewed to one side because the floss makes one side of the bag thicker.   I didn't gain a huge amount of space but I really like it.  It's all neat now and the floss is so easy and quick to find, I just look down and grab what I need.  Not to mention I have all nice clean new bags....didn't realize how grungy some of my old bags were looking!  I'm picking up extra packets of the bags too whenever I have coupons - just in case they stop stocking these bags.

 
 
I still keep my silks and overdyed cottons on rings on my pegboard but there's just not enough room for all the DMC.
 


I do have a couple little finishes to share today.  If you're a quilter like me you know when you go to sew with friends or go on sewing retreats it's helpful to have a little ironing station set up right by your sewing machine.  Prevents having to get up and down and travel to the ironing board constantly.  A friend of mine made one of these to carry a small iron with her and we all just had to have one!  It folds up to look like a cute little purse, but inside it stores a craft-size iron.  Because one side of the bag is made of  silver heat-resistant material and the inside padding is also heat-resistant, you can use the open bag to iron on. I have no idea how people come up with these ideas!

"Caddy Pad Jr" pattern by Sisters Common Threads

the ironing side

the outside when unfolded

I also did a cube finish for a friend - this is Lizzie Kate's "Ho Ho Ho".  Isn't it cute??  Been a long time since I did a cube but I like how it came out.  The hardest part is finding good ribbon...you know they make a lot more thread colors than they do ribbon colors but this time I got lucky and found just what I needed on sale at Hobby Lobby.



I had relatives in town over Easter and houseguests this week so time has been really limited for stitching lately.  Thought I'd be further on my Jenny Bean sampler by now but any progress is good I guess.  The pattern doesn't have you fill in the window panes on the house but I think I'm going to try to fill them in and see how they look.   Next week I'm starting a little SAL with a stitching buddy...it's Heartstring Samplery's 'Baby It's Cold Outside".  I loved all the finishes of this I've been seeing on blogs for months now and can't wait to get stitching on it.   I happy to report I wasn't all that tempted by what I saw from the Nashville market...a couple things went on my wishlist but mostly I decided what I already have in my stash was just as good as a lot of it.

  
I'm gearing up to drop some money on Rolling Stones tickets...yes I'm one of those pesky aging baby boomers LOL. (at least the Stones are still older than me!)  I've been a fan since I was a teenager and seen them many times so I just have to go.  We're going to try to get tickets to the show in Las Vegas since they aren't coming to Phoenix on this little tour at least.  The last few times I've seen them I keep telling myself "this is probably the last time I'll be able to see them" but they haven't given up yet.   The first time I saw them (decades ago) it was a general admission concert at Soldier Field in Chicago.   My college roommate and I slept on the sidewalk outside the stadium the whole night so we could get in early and get a good spot.  Then we spent most of the day sitting in the hot summer sun waiting for the concert to start.  It was an ordeal but I sure do miss those days!    :-)   

19 comments:

Patty C. said...

Your cube if just PERFECT !!!

Deb said...

Your cube is perfect and I love your traveling ironing board. I could really use something like that! And I keep my floss in those nail drawers that you buy at the hardware store - four colors to a drawer and then pop them into bags to use them, but you're systems looks like it will work really well.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Great finishes! Love the iron caddy. That's the bee's knees! Love the cube too. That ribbon curls just perfectly. Very festive!

Vickie said...

You are so organized!
I miss the days of being able to sleep on a sidewalk and get up again!!

Annie said...

Cute stuff! Love that little back to carry the iron. Clever construction and so handy to have that faux ironing board at the ready!

Margaret said...

Wow, that iron cover carrier thing is so clever! Love it! Love your finish too! And Jenny Bean is looking good. Hope you get to see the Stones in Vegas. What fun!

marly said...

I like the idea of adding the index card! Perfect cube and good looking sampler.

Marie said...

I really am wondering why you use the bag system over the plastic bobbins? (just really curious ;D)

The iron cover/holder is fantastic, clever and so useful.

Your cube looks wonderful. I have never made one and am wondering if there is any sewing involved and what is inside?

Jenny Bean is looking great.

Good luck with the concert tickets ~ sounds like fun.

Shelly said...

Lucky you! The Stones are on my bucket list. They may retire before I could ever see them. But then again they may never retire!

Love the cube, very pretty. I need to attempt one of those. Jenny Bean looks great!

Corina said...

Great finishes! I love the idea of the ironing purse!

Chris said...

Wonderful post. I love seeing your organization of your stitching stuff.
The cube finish is awesome. The ribbons on top are just wonderful. Great sampler progress too.

Sally said...

Lovely finishes Jeanne. Love your L*K cube.

Jennie Bean is coming along beautifully.

It's always nice to see how others organise their stitching stuff :)

Denise said...

You did an awesome job on the cube!And you Jenny Bean sampler is beautiful!
Thanks for sharing your method of keeping your floss organized, has me thinking now.
Happy Stitching
Denise

Mary said...

Jeanne, could you please come to my ouse and take control of my floss bags? I'm so impressed. Jenny is looking great!

Carolyn NC said...

I love the iron cover/pad. Soo cool. Grwat finishes and stitching, too!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Great organizing and presentation of all your floss!!!

Your little iron bag/mar is adorable! Great finshingn on the cube as well!

woolwoman said...

First - I'm envious and impressed you are traveling to Vegas to see the Stones - we saw them in the 80s
and they were great. Love your iron carrrier - too cool and the cube finish is just darling - love every special detail. I need to do some organizing - maybe if you keep showing us ideas it will inspire me. Hope you have a good week! melody

Karoline said...

Your Iron cover/carry bag is very neat & the cube it is very cute

Great progress on the sampler, it's looking lovely

Melody said...

What a gorgeous cube finish!! I love it.

Also, a great idea for the travelling iron. I know what you mean about the organizing of supplies. you are doing a great job with your dmc. I don't have an organizing method for the overdyed floss I have. I need to think about that.