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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Organising and sorting craft stuff

I was woken up again for the umpteenth time (since last year) this morning with wind bashing our house ......goodness knows where it comes from.  I sat downstairs at some unnatural hour, how the other 3 sleep through it is beyond me,  I just seem to be such a light sleeper since having kids. I just give up now and get up.  There is always a plus  though,  we were going to go to Carmarthen today but went yesterday instead , on the spur of a moment sort of thing , so at least we are not travelling in it, though our little trip was very foggy and drizzly yesterday.  I used to time I got up so early to do some pleasant sorting.  More of that later in the post.

My blogging friend Kim (wisdom with needle and thread) http://wisdomwithneedleandthread.blogspot.com/ invites you all over to her blog to help her,celebrate her 60th birthday.  Kim is planning on sending out 60 "Random Acts of Kindness" throughout the year and would love it if you popped over and leave a comment,  you never know you may be picked.

Sorting out the cutting dies spurred me into having a light bulb moment.

I had these wardrobe hangers knocking about for some time and was on the verge of popping them into a charity bag when I thought , they would be ideal to store my card making supplies.  The hangers are double sided and in the past I used them to sort Little Miss' hair clips and bobbles and elastic. Little Man had one for his Thomas The Engine engines...  for kids pencils, pen etc and little toys they are great.

Well so far I have a washi tape hanger , card topper hangers , perle thread and sewing thread hangers but I intend to order a couple more.
One I am going to store my sewing machine bits like spare needles, bobbins etc  (again so I
can see at a glance what I have) I also want one to store craft bits like charms, yo yo and Pom Pom
makers...   The storage possibilities are endless, make up, nail varnish, bathroom bits like spare ear buds, soaps,  I also have one in my wardrobe where I store necklaces and scarves .



Perle threads



Sewing threads






Washi tapes




Card toppers


Yesterday I also stocked up on these...scrapbook split. rings..here this packet for £1.(The works) I had been racking my poor old brain for a cheap way/solution to link die cutting sets together and as these rings easily pull apart , problem solved.


Die cutting sets and sets with small dies are so easy to become separated .  You can buy magnetic
sheets but this can work out quite costly if you have a collection of dies.  I have begun now to ring my die sets in their newly numbered pockets...like this

Nothing like a spring tidy up of craft stuff to get the creative juices flowing.  It is so easy to forget
what you have isn't it?  This week alone I have been more inspired to do more .  Seeing everything I want so easily at hand is so much better for me, rather than my usual trick of trying to remember what I have and where to find it, usually by the time I find what I want I can't be bothered!

Oh and I found this little lovely in The Range...cute or what!

Right better get a wiggle on 
I have a couple of swaps and a 
present to post
before midday.
All the little shops and Post Offices 
close here by 1pm
on Wednesdays...




22 comments:

  1. I love to have a sort out it really is refreshing and inspirational. Love the way you have solved your storage problems with the hangers, such a simple but very effective solution.

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    1. Thank you, frees up a bit of space too and saves a lot of time I usually spend looking for bits.

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  2. Great bit of organising a brilliant way of storing your dies, you could easily put up a small rail to hang the hangers on, it has been blustery today I went into Carmarthen there was a fair amount of branches down across the roads

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    1. Well I have a cupboard in the annex and a over door hanger in the dining room so I can move the hangers in between as I need to.

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  3. A fab way of organizing your bits & pieces. I'm having my very own sewing room soon & have been busy planning how to store & display things. xx

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    1. It really has freed up some space and I have been making a few cards most evening so it works for me.xx

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  4. I wake at the drop of a pin since having children too. Your craft organising is great ;-)

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    1. Thank you...I am slowly getting there.

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  5. Ooh I love a good de-clutter and tidy out.

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    1. Me too and good to remind me what I have lying around too.xx

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  6. My life is sorting stuff! A school library day in day out gets messy all day long! I'll never run out of sorting! Love all your sorting ideas for craft stuff!

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    1. I can only imagine it must be like treading water'xx

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  7. Oh my - you have given me some ideas......to organize my stash...but now I think I"ll sit and stitch
    P.S. thank you for posting my birthday celebrations. I appreciate it.Hugs to you and yours...
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Kim, I will send you a e mail soon.xx

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  8. Love the bun-bun! I came down to the "pyjamas" of a baby bunny this morning which my cats had left me, so spring must have arrived now!

    What a good tidy up you have had. All I can say I have done in the way of tidying is putting embroidery floss on yet more of the 100 plastic spools I bought recently on Fleabay (and dared to order from China, where I always thought things might be dodgy . . . but no, they arrived quickly.)

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    1. Good for you, I think that is always the best way to store threads like that.xx

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  9. I adore your new bunny!! Too cute!! Your idea for storing all of your little bits and pieces where you can see them at a glance is a very good one. I have all of my tapes in a tin which is all well and good, but I have to tip them all out to find one! Enjoy getting organised! xx

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    1. I couldn't resist the glaze or the colour of the bunny!!! I do like a good sort out.

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  10. getting up early lets you have some time alone to be creative and have great ideas xx .. and enjoy NOT being out there in the wind xx

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  11. It must be Spring Cleaning time for craft rooms as mine has had a good clear out too. Xxx

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