Monday, April 06, 2009

The Great De-Clutter 2009

At the weekend I decided that the time has come for a major de-clutter. When I first moved into my current house from a small one bedroom flat I loved the fact that I had loads of storage space and could put everything away in an organised manner. Now nearly 3 years on my stuff has expanded to fill the available space and I often can not find what I want or if I can find it I can’t get to it easily as all my cupboard space is stuffed full; some won’t even shut properly and I also now have bags & boxes of stuff lying in corners and the spare room is filled with stuff. Actually it is the spare room and my niece’s horrified expression when she saw it on Sunday that has led to the start of the de-cluttering. My niece (5years old) was most upset when she could not get to the bed in the spare room as she now has no where to sleep when she comes to live with me. Not sure when she is coming to live with me but she seems to think that she will be moving in one day and when she does she wants a bed to sleep in.

So the time has come to get organised and de-clutter; stuff that I have not used for years will be sent to the charity shop or given to someone who will use it; rubbish will be binned and what remains will be put away in an organised fashion so that I can see what I have and put it to use. I now plan to spend an hour or so each evening when I get home from work tackling a cupboard, box or pile of stuff. At lunchtime I am going to go and get myself some boxes in which to put stuff and then tonight I will start attacking the clutter.

At the weekend I did get a little stitching done but not much as I felt the need to start some knitting; most of which has now been unravelled as my tension was totally out so I need to re-start on a larger set of pins.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Bluebird's Message

After much deliberation I finally decided what to stitch on next and once I had picked my needle up I found it hard to put down. So much so that a late night (or should that be early morning) followed and I can now present:
Bluebirds Message by Blackbird Designs
Completed 02 April 2009
Stitched using the recommended threads on the recommended fabric
I am now left trying to decide what to stitch on next; the two projects that are screaming the loudest are Monthly Musings by The Trilogy which has been neglected since January when I started it and stitched 6 of the boxes and one lonely snowman and The Big Zipper by Bent Creek which was also a new start in January but has also been somewhat negelected recently.

Big Zipper by Bent Creek
Started 01 January 2009
Progress as of 03 April 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Weekend Report

A Trio of Biscornu
Jan; Feb & March Biscornu completed as part of the 2009 Basket of Biscornu Challenge.

The weather co-operated with my plans; it was wet, cold and windy on Saturday while I was at the sit & sew day at my local quilting shop and on Sunday morning the sun was shinning while I was out in the garden. However, my health decided to put an end to my plans for Sunday afternoon and I got a migraine.

Despite this set back I did manage to get a couple of small finishes:

On Friday night I finished a scarf for the AC4C group project for March; finished and in the post to the recipient just in time.

Then on Saturday evening I finished my biscornu for March (I just love doing things at the last minute!!). I did start a new quilt top as well but it is not ready for a photograph just yet. Two (small) finishes and one new start is not too bad for a weekends work I think. I am now having trouble deciding which project to work on next; I am blaming the migraine for my indecision.