I am working on penguins, winding yarn and crocheting in the evenings but I got a little diverted for a couple of hours yesterday.
This is an old dresser that Chris and I bought at an auction (for probably $10) about 25 years ago. He refinished it and now it's the Cabinet of Magical Things. It has 4 Drawers of Magical Things. It's mostly the stuff that I use for postcards and other small projects. I had to go into one of the drawers yesterday to look for something for a postcard idea and ended up cleaning the whole thing out. I didn't get any before photos because I was immersed in sorting the contents into keep, share, trash. The share items will go to my friends who do fiber art. Here's how that 2 hours of effort ended up.
The top drawer ended up with Angelina fibers, feathers and a few other decorative things.
During the cleanout I found these metallic papers that I had completely forgotten in the disorganization. Maybe I'll actually use them now. I also found some stamping supplies that belong in the basement with all the other stamping supplies.
The second drawer has my needlework frames, knitting needles and drafting supplies. I even have my Dad's drafting kit from when he was in college. Yes, I do use it quite often. I didn't get rid of much from this drawer. I've been through this one before.
This drawer of ribbons and trims had gotten completely out of hand. I didn't reduce much but I got it reorganized so I can actually see what I have.
Here's where the trash can came in handy. This drawer had all of my metallic painted fabrics and where I'd shove scraps of pre-fused fabrics. I was able to toss about half of it so the drawer is now really magical. I was not particularly surprised at how many TINY pieces there were. I'm rolling my eyes at myself!
No more diversion. I'll get back to winding yarn now.
I'm working on the scrap coasters in fits and starts. I like making them but they are a little rough on my wrists with all the wrapping and holding things taught. I've got 2 done and I've got plenty of fabric and cording for 2 more and probably a bowl too. This fabric is from the backing of my nephew's Fireworks quilt. I pulled these strips when I was squaring up the back and then just piled them on a shelf because "someday"......
The penguins are coming along and I'll have lots of photos of that project tomorrow.
3/12/2020 01:41:54 pm
Super. Sometimes you need to take a long hard look at accumulated supplies. It must have to do with this time of year. I have been purging in my sewing room much to the delight of my guild who are the beneficiaries of my cast offs.
3/13/2020 08:27:38 am
As my Mom would say "That's a good job done!"
3/13/2020 08:49:11 am
I need to spend a few days doing this in my fabric storage area. Your re-org looks nice and things should be easy to get to - at least for a while.
3/13/2020 12:52:18 pm
Ha, I have that exact dresser, that I picked up cheap somewhere 40 ish years ago and refinished. I even have round knobs like you but mine are black!
3/13/2020 03:18:01 pm
Vicki: I truly love your blog and feel so motivated and "not alone" when I read posts about your sorting and cleaning out. Your daily level of activity and keeping to a plan is very inspiring to me. I just wanted you to know.
3/21/2020 12:04:39 pm
I do envy you that dresser! Alas no space for one in my sewing room. Organization is a good thing as long as we can train our brains to keep up with it. Me, not so much!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.