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    I have a lot of crafting supplies. A lot. I’m a collector (voracious hoarder? You say tomato, I say tomato) by nature, and I enjoy 1) havingĀ  lots of options, 2) being able to put my hands on exactly what I’m imagining, 3) buying pretty things, 4) looking at pretty things. Add to that my tendency toward dabbling in many different crafting genres, and the end result is A LOT of supplies.

    Did I mention there’s a lot?

    I struggled for a long while figuring out the best storage solutions for all the supplies, and I’ve pretty much hit on what works for me. It’s a strange conglomeration of containers that resides in my closet.


    The top shelf is the sewing machine and other sewing items- yarn, crochet needles, knitting needles, yarn, thread, scissors, rotary stencils, etc.

    The second shelf holds the Cricut and all related items- as well as paper cutters. And apparently sandpaper and bottle of pink paper flowers.

    Third is scrapbook paper and embellishments, and that section overflows into theĀ  fourth shelf in those lovely Martha Stewart boxes.

    The ground houses all the generic supplies (glue, scissors, tape) and various inks, glimmer mists, and stencils.

    And there’s more in the rest of the closet – stamps, fabric, stationary, chipboard and o-wires.

    (Somehow my clothes, shoes, and bags fit in there too.)

    It’s really nice to have everything in one place and accessible when I need it. But because it’s put away and out of sight, I find I don’t “need” things as often, because I get distracted by the rest of life and forget about the 17 projects I have going and the other 15 I’m thinking up.

    Earlier this week I got out the sewing machine to work on a set of baby blankets I’m making for a friend who is having twins. I got almost done with one blanket and hit a rough patch, so I put it aside. But since the sewing machine was out, I decided to tackle some other projects I’ve been thinking about but hadn’t gotten to, because it was “too much trouble to get the sewing machine out”.


    Pillows for Z and A to play their favorite game on- appropriately called “Fall on the pillow”. They were later used as stepping stones:


    A new bag to cart A’s toys to church on Sunday:


    Two easy, quick projects out of the way and done, and all because the instruments to make them were out and ready. I wonder how many other projects I would magically find time for if the sewing machine (or scrapbook stuff, or knitting stuff) was always out.

    I’m tempted to pick a supply and leave it out in plain sight for a week, and see what comes of it. Will you join me? Let me know what you’re leaving out in the comments.

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    5 Responses to “An excuse to not put things away”

    1. Jessica says:

      Maryanne. Serisously, are we the same person?!? I totally did this last week. I pulled out my sewing machine to make a skirt. The skirt still isn’t finished as I need to do some work on making it fit a bit more snuggly but since it has been out I have been working on a few different projects. I made a pattern for a camera strap cover and I made a pattern for a bag to put one of my camera lenses in. I also made the bag. My next project is to make my boys pajama bottoms out of the flannel they picked out and then I need to finish the skirt I started. This is probably more sewing then I have done since my great Super Hero Cape Extravaganza when I made 9 little boys capes at Christmas time. All because I pulled my machine out and it has been sitting out in plane site.

    2. Kath says:

      It’s nice to find a kindred, multi-crafting hoarder, but I will have to say my stuff would never fit in that closet! I’m not trying to brag because I wish it actually would. I have a craft show in two weeks that I’m currently working toward, but after that, my goal is to use what I’ve got and not buy more, especially since we’ll likely be moving cross-country in a year.

      Like you, I find that when the sewing machine is put away I hit a bit of inertia, so after my craft fair, I think that will be the first thing I am leaving ready to go. My poor little son is 9 months old and I haven’t made his quilt yet.

    3. Brandy says:

      Hmmm…remember those old fashioned sewing machines on the beautiful stand? Maybe y’all need to set up a wee area for the machine…

    4. Maryanne says:

      Brandy, I love those old school machines. I’d never trade in my Hello Kitty beauty though.

      My goal for the coming months is to get a new desk for my computer and move the table/desk I have it currently on into my room to use as a crafting table- (to create a “studio”, so to speak)- where the sewing machine would have a permanent home.

      Kath, that’s one of the pluses of living in a small space, I’m forced to limit the amount that comes in the door. It’s still hard though, and what you can see of that closet is only about a 1/4 of it! :) I’m so glad you found us! I’m off to check out your blog!

    5. Olea says:

      I have always thought that I was un-crafty. Actually I HATED the youth craft times at church. But I knit… I have recently realized that knitting is crafty?!? Who knew!? I am embracing my newly found craftiness and loved this entry because I have to keep my knitting project out or it wont get done. (ask jessica where her shawl is that I was making for her last year…It got put away!) I am going to try to keep some wool out and maybe I will spin. Maybe even my sewing machine. Who knows!?! Perhaps I’m more crafty than I thought was possible and it is all about convenience. Me head is going to explode!