In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

No idle hands

I've started one of the panels for the Tulip Tray:

Not much for a week-end, but I've been involved in another activity.

Dearly Beloved and I have been talking about the possibility of downsizing, which means we need to get rid of stuff to be able to live in smaller quarters. We decided to start with the closet in the master bedroom. We thought we could knock that out in a couple of hours.


We're still dragging stuff out and going through it. Dearly Beloved was distracted by a stack of old National Geographics stuck in a corner behind three boxes of books.  They were stowed there to get them out of the way while we figured out where to put another bookcase.  Based on the publication dates, they were stowed at least three bookcase purchases ago. And we need another bookcase since we now have stacks of books on the stairs. And if we move to a one-level home, we won't have stairs on which to stack books.

You may see part of the problem.

I have to admit I was distracted, too. In the far reaches, I found a large plastic storage box filled with projects all kitted and ready to go. It looks like The Essamplaire, The Examplarery, and Scarlet Letter threw up in the box put their entire inventories in my closet. There are also workshop and class kits from a variety of workshops and classes--all started.

I realize that I passed SABLE (Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy) a long, long time ago--but I think I'm into about the third or fourth incarnation.

So, rather than having one or two projects from the sooner-rather-than-latter pile in my corner, I have pulled out a lovely wicker trunk (also found in the closet), emptied it of a pile of clothes that are heading to Good Will, and filled it with a large assortment of things that I'd like to do sooner rather than later. It is now sitting near my chair where I can't miss seeing it, so that any time I plop into my chair, I have no excuse for idle hands.


  1. Sounds like a good plan Ann. Now, if you are like me, you are also trying to figure out how to extract a few more minutes of stitching time out of each day!

    Stay warm and safe. It sounds like the East is going to get socked with a doozie of a storm.

  2. Wow, that must be some closet if it holds that much stuff!! Reaches all the way to China, does it??!! I think I need one like that to hold all my stash!! Laura

    1. It actually isn't all that big--just deep and parts not easily accessible. Dearly Beloved is a master at packing and fitting things in, so it's all his fault. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

  3. Oh dear! But you must of been excited to come across that forgotten about stash? My other half and I cleaned out a closet two weeks ago and yeah... there was stuff that had been in there for ten years. If its not come out of the closet in ten years its time to toss it. We got rid of quite a bit!

  4. Ann, I have been following your blog for sometime and so enjoy reading it! We stitch very similar projects and it was lovely to read this entry and find I'm not the only one with outrageous amounts of stash! But I don't feel guilty (well not often) as the stash so gladdens the heart! Please keep the blog entries and photos coming - I love to read about your stitching adventures. Joanne - New Zealand