Saturday, 8 September 2012

The week that was.

I've been sorting boxes, moving them from one place to another, as you do. When the Middlest went off to college I thought, great, I can use the underneath of his bed to store the see thru plastic boxes that are full of my fabrics, only a couple of colors in each & one just for organzas & silks. When he came back from sea for a few weeks summer holiday he decided to buy a double bed & to avoid too many costs he'd use plastic fish boxes as the base, just as his brother did when the neighbours came round & said 'do you want a free double matress, we ordered the wrong size?' Well, you'd say yes, wouldn't you? (he does mow the lawn occaisonally while they're away as a thank you, in between his split shifts up at the hotel) Anyway, I had a few in the greenhouse which, a couple of years ago were growing tomatoes. There aren't many left now, perhaps if I'd looked after the tomatoes earlier this year they wouldn't have taken them?

Anyway, I've lost the 'under the bed' storage - I can't keep fabric in the studio over the winter, it gets decidedly foosty, bad enough in the summer months. He's gone back to college & I've lined them up against the walls where I can actually see the contents better. Hopefully he won't notice when he's back for a visit.....

How do you store your fabric?

In between B&B's & the day job I've managed to reawaken my Etsy shop it's been on my list to do long enough. In honor of it's awakening I finished making this purse.


A few items of clothing (I loved that dress!) stripped  & stiched with a little touch of lime green chiffony something.






I would have used the 2 small triangles cut off the top for the toggle button, if I could have found the piece I cut the purse from.




But no mind, I pulled some tiny pieces together & made one up & while I was there I made an earring to go along with it.


I just read that last week I hit 200 posts so I thought next week I'd have a giveaway. It'll probably be along the lines of an experimental pack with some recycled fabrics, book pages possibly a printed sheet of my painted papers & then maybe a card or 2. It might encourage me to carry on with the sort out ;) Then tomorrow i've got to persuade the DH to help me cut back at least 100 heavily gone to seed Alchemilla Mollis plants. I really must prevent having 150 next year but i fear it may be too late!


8 comments:

Nellie said...

I continue to be in awe of your creativity, Emma! It would be great fun to be able to stay at your B&B. My problem is crossing that great expanse of water between here and there. No planes for me, thank you.

Oh, I have fabric stored in a cabinet in my laundry room, stored it there when we moved into this house 8 years ago, and there it still is! My motivation to work with it has apparently left me.

Happy week-end to you!

artymess said...

I store my fabric in clear boxes and in suitcases under my bed beside my bed in my workroom in my caravan and even in my car ....its out of hand ..lovely purse ......i forgot to buy that card from you must sort that one out ...xx




















Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Sweet bag and earings. I shall hop over and check out your esty. Fabric storage is always a problem. I try by color, but then how do you decide when it's a bold pattern. So I just keep rearranging...lol.xox

Saturday Sequins said...

Beautiful purse! I love the closure.

My fabric is in my closet, stored in those nice decorated boxes with the fancy paper on them. Mr. Sequin's fabric stash, which is much bigger than mine, is laid out everywhere in our guest room. :)

Maggi said...

Lovely purse and earring - will it get a partner?? I store all my fabric in see through boxes on shelves in my workroom. Far too many and far too much. I am thinking of having a good sort out soon too. Good luck with the Alchemilla Mollis, I spend most of my time having to dig them out too as they proliferate so freely.

Su said...

I love the purse but the little earring is even more gorgeous!

I store my fabric in a combination of wicker baskets on shelves, old wooden fruit crates and an old cd storage tower for the smaller bits. BUT I can't ever see what I've got so it often ends up in piles on the floor while I find that 1 piece that I really need!

Robin Mac said...

I live in the tropics so I don't have the frost problem, but I share everyone's problem about room! Mine are in see through boxes (far too many) and I can barely move in my workroom - a tardis would be very handy. You have been very busy creating again, the bag and earring are sweet. Now i am off to google Alchimella, I haven't heard of it before. Cheers

Iz said...

Love the jazzy orange on the bag, together with the aqua colour. In my desk/cupboard thing I have a drawer each for water-soluble, silk, calico and other plain neutral cotton eg old sheets, and two drawers for coloured/patterned cotton. I then have other drawers in another room for "miscellaneous" remnants and snippets, a drawer just for felt, a drawer for "posh" fabrics ie. bought for a project never stitched, and then HUGE heaps of stuff on all "spare" surfaces in my husband's office, waiting to be turned from salvaged clothes/whatever into folded pieces of fabric and duly filed....trouble is, there's no more drawers for it...oh yes, I also have several plastic pots for tiny snippets and offcuts that I can't bear to throw away when I sweep my desk...