Tuesday, February 23, 2010

S is for Sewing......My Sewing Planner

Dearest Readers,



I have been slowly organizing my Sewing Planner (I purchased the PDF from A Little Grace and Charm) starting with this page....



It is so nice to be able to sketch my ideas for my next jumper, making notations and calculations as I go along.  I will print out a sheet for each project and keep them in my planner...how nice to have a record of my sewing projects. Here is the page, safely tucked inside my planner...



I also am copying the front and back of all of my sewing patterns and putting them in my sewing planner (a homemade divider keeps things easily accessible).  How many times have I been at a store or charity shop and come across beautiful fabric or trims, but couldn't remember how many yards I would need for a particular project?




I have a nice pocket in the front for sewing/crafting coupons and fliers and I added a pencil bag to keep a measuring tape, fabric samples, a pen and calculator all ready for my next shopping trip.



The back pocket holds paper for taking down notes or making lists.



Hooray for organization....an essential element in the well-run household!


How do you keep all your sewing and crafting projects organized? Do tell.


Yours kindredly,


Shan


P.S. I don't receive any compensation for any of the products I mention....I just want to share my lovely "finds" with you!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

For the Love of Dishes....


Dearest Readers,


One of the loveliest adornments ever to grace a home....beautiful, elegant, charming dishes!  So delightfully unique, they lend beauty wherever they are placed....



Whether they are from your Great-Great-Grandmother's collection, thoughtful gifts from your darling children, or thrifted for mere pennies, dishes are a true delight!



I admit to an addiction for all orphaned dishes and feel compelled to bring them home and give them a proper home.  I am especially drawn to flow-blue and fruit or rose themed dishes...they just speak right to my heart....



Of course, I can't resist Currier and Ives dishes and not only use them for my everyday dishes, but love to decorate here and there with any "strays" that I bring home....



Why, I have even been known to use dishes as "hangers" for swagging shawls and fabric on walls....


(I am terribly fond of this particular vignette and have been "swagging" shawls and fabric ever since...)


I just adore dishes...how about you?



Yours so kindredly,


Shan

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Groundhog Day Tidings!....


Dearest Readers,


I hope you are enjoying a lovely Groundhog Day wherever you may be. It is sunny and fairly mild here on our Colorado homestead, so mild in fact, that we are not even using our woodstoves at present....we will light the fires this eventide.


Dearest and I have spent time in town today gathering much needed supplies from the bulk warehouse to fill our pantry.  I needed an odd assortment of things to round out my larder and it is always a good idea to go on a sunny day instead of waiting for an anticipated snowstorm...too much of a crowd to suit us.


This afternoon I am working on a few organizational projects as I have just received my Planner and Organizer PDF download from A Little Grace and Charm (this link will take you to the page containing the sets).  I chose to purchase the entire set and I couldn't be more delighted. 


I have already started on a Sewing Project binder using their adorable and functional pages and will now be able to take everything I need with me when I go out looking for fabric and notions. I just love organization...don't you?


I am simultaneously working on my Homekeeping binder and updating and changing my Menu and Recipe binders...some would find this tedious and boring...ha ha...not me...I am just that boring exciting!


I promise a peek when I get the binders finished.


Hmmm, what else?  Well, baking, cooking and a little sewing are on the agenda this week. I seem to have been a little "gad-about" lately, so keeping close to home this week will be just fine with me.


Yours so very kindredly,


Shan


P.S. I do not receive any compensation for mentioning products I purchase. I just enjoy sharing my "finds" with other kindred spirits!