Digging Out

December 2, 2008
Today I made my first inroads into the deadline induced mound of chaos that is my studio. Clearing a path to think creatively and with something of an organized mind is an absolute necessity for me. Oh – that and the fact that I can’t walk two feet or reach any of my supplies for the piles on the floor. I’ve been racing to meet one deadline after another and things just (literally) piled up.

After clearing one corner I took a break to sew up some Christmas Bags. Every year I buy a yard or two of a Christmas fabric on clearance and make a few gift-wrap bags of different sizes. Sometimes I get fancy and include drawstrings and linings. This year I just whipped a few rectangles together with serged edges and tied it with a ribbon. I’ve always disliked gift-wrap. Not really. Actually – I think a beautifully wrapped gift is too beautiful. All that time and expense on something that will be ripped apart and thrown away. These bags are kept year to year or given away. Believe it or not they end up being much cheaper, even initially, than wrapping paper. If I wanted to they could be as elaborate and beautiful as any paper wrapped gift.

And this for Catherine in New Zealand. The view out my studio window. Blue skies, colorful autumn leaves, green pines. Here in NC there are trees grow like weeds everywhere that you don’t mow or pave. Most lawns stay green year round. I love it here weather-wise. Mostly. Talk to me again in August about humidity. I think I’m definitely a cold weather girl. I love my woolen sweaters and socks.

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    Bonnie B - Quilter
    December 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    My goodness, it does my heart good to see your studio…looks just like mine. I haven’t seen the whole floor in ages. I enjoyed reading your Web site and your Blog.
    Bonnie Browning

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    December 4, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Fabric bags—what a great idea! I can’t resist Christmas fabric on sale and then never get around to making Christmas stuff.

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    December 3, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    I usually buy my paper at the clearance sales and go as cheap as possible…. fabric is not cheap here. And it takes time without a Serger. No fabric bags for our house. Love the idea, though.

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    Dale Anne Potter
    December 2, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I should show you my studio as of this afternoon…..just finished a deadline project and mailed it, now I really HAVE TO clean before I can even cut some fabric for making postcards!!!
    I NEED someone to come behind me and put away things right away.
    I use fabric bags for wrapping as well – one bag has been around for 10 years already.

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