Sunday, 26 April 2020

A post of many things

 Another busy day spent in the garden making the most of the lovely weather.  All is nice and tidy now so tomorrow I plan on having a day off.

While I've been off work like many people I've taken the opportunity to have a good sort out.  I do have a clear out on a regular basis but the small bedroom where I keep all my crafting things had become a bit of a dumping ground.  I have a tall cupboard behind the door which holds mostly stitching related things, and a chest of drawers which is home to all my knitting/ crochet, yarn, needles and what not.  Those weren't too bad but my threads and charts were in a bit of a muddle.  I had two baskets of threads from finished projects that hadn't been put away and charts I'd stitched mixed in with new charts.  

I spent a whole day the first week I was off and sorted it all out, now I can find things and I'm forcing myself to put away threads when I've done with them!

All my threads, those in boxes are in floss bags and on a ring.

I don't have a big stash of stitching fabric so that fits in quite neatly.
The bottom two boxes have ribbon and trims and a mixture of different craft items

Buttons and needles, the tartan tin is full of buttons too 

These two boxes are charts, one for the ones I've stitched and the other is mainly free charts

The little suitcases are ribbon and trim

I have a small shelf above the chest of drawers, the two file boxes are charts to stitch

I sorted all my mini skeins into baskets.
I worked on my mitred square blanket quite a lot the first couple of weeks I was at home, these first two baskets are what i'm choosing from

Once I've knitted one square I'm putting the remaining yarn into this basket.

Some of the skeins were larger so I will probably use those colours more than once.

I love this blanket SO MUCH!  It's so addictive too, once you have knitted one square it's so hard to put it away.

So that was all a few weeks ago now, this week we had another birthday.  My daughter, Stevie-Leigh turned 26.  I have no idea how that came to be, in my mind she is still 16  :-)

Of course, you still have to have a cake made, even when you're 26 and can't have people round to share it with. 
I made my usual plain sponge and made the icing with biscoff spread.

Baking has been another lock down pastime for a lot of people, me included.  I found a recipe card this weekend for a marmalade and fruit loaf.  I had everything I needed so made one of those too.

It's more like a light fruit cake than what I would call a fruit loaf, but it's nice.  If anyone would like the recipe you will find it on the 'recipe tab' on the top of the page.  If you try it let me know what you think.

I received a lovely card in the post yesterday from Jo.  Thank you Jo.  
I haven't had a letter though the post for a long time, so yes, it was lovely to receive a hand written note and a cute card saying hello.  It made my day :-)

Well, that's another week done, I wonder how much longer we will have to wait until more shops are allowed to open?  I don't know about you but I hope that the first places to open are hairdressers.  I think if you have long hair it wouldn't matter so much but when you have short hair things can change pretty quickly, especially if you have hair like mine which grows out as well as down!  And we won't mention the root problem, (and no, i'm not ready to go grey yet thank you very much, lol)

I hope you are all staying safe and well and trying to find the positives of staying at home, it's for a good reason, we have to beat this horrible virus so that we can eventually lead our normal lives again.

Take care



AlisonB43 said...

Your blanket is lovely, the pastel colours are so calming.

Purple Pixie Dust said...

Your organizing is lovely, care to come over for tea and help me. I love your cake and card. big hugs

Cathy said...

I love the blanket you're making; one small square at a time is very doable. Congratulations on getting everything in your craft room so well organized. Mine is in desperate need of that too.

Julie said...

Your stash does look nice and tidy.
The blankets very pretty, lots of minis to choose from in your basket.
Belated birthday wishes to Stevie.
Both cakes look delicious.
Take care Maggie

Jackie said...

The colours in your blanket are so very soothing.

What a great tidy of your craft stash.

God bless.

Barb said...

We must have been on a similar wave length. I spent 3 days last week organizing my craft room. The cakes look yummy. I hope your daughter had a good birthday in spite of the virus! She is such a pretty young woman.I am resisting baking as I need to loose about 20 pounds!!

Jo said...

How lovely and organised, you'll know where to put your hands on anything when you need it now. Your blanket is looking so pretty, I love all the muted colours you're using. Mine is just a mish mash of colours, but I love how it holds lots of memories of things I've knit in the past. I hope Stevie-Leigh had a good birthday, the cake looks absolutely delicious. Glad you liked the card, it always makes me smile to receive something handwritten through the post, though it doesn't happen very often these days.

Poppypatchwork said...

I love a tidy stash, and I love looks at other peoples, I am fascinated on what different people keep in their stash, and question if it will all be used, I know alot of my cross stitch items won't get used unless I get my stitching bug back. We will try your marmalade fruit loaf, sounds perfect for us.

Clare-Aimetu said...

It's always good yo have a tidy up, for the soul and the mind. Baking is a must at times like this, stay safe x

butterfly said...

I wish my things were that tidy , I try but then look for something then I get a mess again.
Love your blanket .
Have a good week hugs.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Like you, I've reorganised my craft materials and for the first time I have some order in everything. There is about 10% that I'm not sure how to store but your photos have given me some ideas for the smaller bits. Thanks for sharing.
Your blanket is lovely. Where would I find the pattern, please?

Christine said...

Love love love that knit mitred square blanket!

Lowcarb team member said...

Well done on getting so organised.
Love the colours in your blanket.
Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your daughter.

All the best Jan

Tammy said...

Great job organizing! I did that last weekend too! And hard to believe your daughter is 26. My how the time flies. My son will be 24 next month. It goes by so fast it seems. Your blanket is just perfect! So pretty!

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