Friday, September 23, 2011

september 23 - just sharing

I have had so many things rolling around in my head and just can't seem to concentrate on any one thing long enough to get anything accomplished. You know how it is when you have something niggling in the back of your mind that you know you have to do, so you can't really do anything else because you feel sort of guilty for procrastinating on the original thing? Well, I have been feeling that way for a long time about my "craft room" and the closet within. The closet is stuffed, and my shelves and files are in a state of disarray. But now I am being forced to do something about it because my dear husband called the rug installer the other day, and they are coming next Friday to install new carpet in our upstairs of which is my space. They will move furniture around (except for the bed, which we will have to take apart), but they want all the "little things" put away and nothing on the floors of the closets. Think about how many "little things" there might be in all my stitching stash...yes, some are in boxes, but they are mostly small boxes which I have to find a place for. And then I tend to also make piles and stacks and never seem to get around to sorting through them. And the bags....oh dear. It is just too overwhelming to even think about! Hubby says we can do the closet together tomorrow, but then he is leaving for a conference out of town and won't be back until Wednesday. I think I am in trouble!

A bit of good news if you are the owner of a kindle and have wanted to get library books for free...overdrive (the company that supplies ebooks to libraries) is now supported by kindle which means more free books for us! And the best part is, it is so easy to use. Even I can do it, and I am certainly no technical wizard! Any new way to get books into my hands is always appreciated!

We are having a needlebook exchange on Friendly Stitchers and I received my needlebook from Val the other day. This photo does not do it justice...the theme was autumn, which is my favorite time of year anyway, and this is one of Val's original designs. It is so pretty in person...I know it will be kept out on my stitching stand all year long. Thanks again Val!

I also received my completed round robin back this week from Jinger. We are in a small group and we all stitched The Hunt this last round. Mine is stitched on a mottled gray fabric with GAST in Brethren Blue. It looks so much better in person, but you can get the idea. I wasn't sure about this design at first, but I really love the way it turned out. Thanks again to Jinger and Clare for stitching on this for me.

And I just realized that the New Moon is fast approaching (where did September go?) and my ort container looks pitiful...there won't be much to add to the TUSAL this month if I don't do at least some stitching this weekend. Maybe after a hard day of cleaning out the closet I will reward myself on Sunday (After hubby leaves of course!)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend planned. Thanks for taking the time to visit!


  1. I know what you mean about the guilt trip you go in when entering your craft room. I feel it everytime. Last month I had people coming to stay with us, and one of the couples were going to be on an air mattress in my craft room. I had to just stuff things in boxes and stack 'em. I REALLY have to get in there and organize that stuff. When I get back from MB, that is high on my list!!

  2. oooo good luck with the closet ;) and hope you find where you put it after the carpet has been laid .... lovely needle book and hope the postie comes to you soon from me too :) love mouse xxxx

  3. I love your needlebook and how wonderful that it was an original design.
    Your RR is beautiful and they have sure done a wonderful job on it.
    I will certainly check into the Kindle information. Is there anything else I need to know?

  4. hello dear, i am feeling the same at the moment too..all my stash is in a cupboard and now it is over flowing and i need another i am thinking where to put another cupboard..??
    but good luck with the closet..
    i really love the needle book and rr..your rr is so beautiful..
    keep well dear and have a lovely weekend xx

  5. I'm dreading getting new carpet for the same reason! I'm not looking forward to it even though it won't be until next year. Bags and boxes take up a lot of room so maybe it won't be so bad when you go through it. :)

  6. I LOVE to organize stash--my fingers were itching so badly while reading your post! Think of all the great discoveries you could make sorting through it all and the fun of being able to put your hand quickly on new favorites. This may turn out to be one of your best times this year! Hope you really enjoy the new look!

  7. Love the needlebook and your RR - wonderful!

  8. thanks for mentioning about overdrive - i have it on my phone for reading but now i've got a proper big kindle i will have to see if i can use it on there.

    What a gorgeous needlebook Val sent you

  9. Your RR turned out really nice. I've yet to participate in an autumn exchange, but it sounds like fun. Good luck with the cleaning!

  10. I do hope your organization ordeal goes much more easily than you are anticipating!

    I wonder if my library uses that kindle service. I bought a kindle the year it launched, but barely use it these days because they suddenly spiked the prices on the romance novels I intended to use it for! (I calculated that I could save a dollar or two on each one, and I wouldn't have to deal with clutter/guilt of throwing away a book I paid money for.) So, I went through phases where I would buy a handful of novels, and then leave it alone for a couple of months. Then I went back to find that all my novels were list price (Generally 7 or 8.99) PLUS TAX! I am sorry, I am not going to pay almost ten bucks for my "penny dreadfuls"! Especially when I can often buy them for 4-and-change from Sam's club.

    When you couple this circumstance with how I feel that the authors/stories are not at all as good these past few years; I barely use the K any more!

    I have gone back to print (mostly nonfiction).

    As for The Hunt, it is one of my favorites! Can I trouble you to get another pic of it for us? The one you posted to your blog has a terrible moiré on it; I think it happened during the auto-resize.


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