January 12, 2009


It's funny, how you can acquire things, put them away and forget you have them.....then, while cleaning or "reorganizing", you find an item and it brings back a flood of memories. This little wooden box was a treasure I found last week when cleaning out my basement. It was purchased on a weekend trip to visit my husband's family in West Branch Michigan about 10 years ago. I had put it up for safe keeping and forgot about it. It is the most interesting little box...I figure it must have been a child's tool box in the early 1900's. It is made of oak, has the loveliest dove-tailed corners, and a small little built-in tray. On the lid are 3 beautiful red, white and blue fabric pieces. Underneath the fabric pieces are writings in red. The name of the box reads "National Tool Chest". Beneath the title are 3 columns. I am unable to make out the first and third column, but the middle column contains some of the most useful and timeless lessons:

" Do not put off until tomorrow, what can be done to-day"
"Have a place for everything, and put everything in it's place"

I brought it upstairs, cleaned it out and am now using it for my sewing box. It holds my threads in the middle section, my scissors in the tray, and my needles and bees wax in the other section. Just a simple little wooden box...but it brought a smile to my face knowing it brought pleasure to someone a long time ago!

January 10, 2009


If you're like me, you probably have more stitching charts than you know what to do with. I know I have WAY more charts than I could ever possibly stitch in a life time, but I do enjoy them! It's almost like flipping through your favorite magazine. I had a problem trying to keep my charts in order....I am pretty orderly and like to consider myself organized (most times), but the charts had gotten out of hand.

I went to my local Walmart a couple of years ago and purchased a binder along with some clear, plastic paper protectors/sleeves. Then, I slid my patterns into these protectors, one pattern per sleeve. I also am able to keep the fabric and threads I have purchased with these patterns altogether, so when I decide to stitch, all I have to do is pull out the sleeve and everything is together.

Since it was snowing so much this evening here in Michigan, I thought it would be a great night to reorganize the new charts I have purchased. I went from one binder to three! Luckily, I had saved some older binders with hopes that I would be able to use them. Since I hold in my possession, many beautiful patterns from wonderful designers, I put them in alphabetical order, The smaller binder is dedicated to my charts from Carriage House/Barrick and The Goode Huswif patterns. I think I could open up my own stitching shop! Have a great evening stitching!!!!!!!!!