Friday, May 2, 2014

Sewing Organization

Wow, a whole week raced by and I really never did any sewing or other crafting work.  Spring means I can work outside now, more yard sales and flea markets and other distractions.  I suppose that is why I don't mind winter months too much.

I did finish off a couple of organization projects.  A couple of weeks ago I talked about finding a way to clean up my bobbin collection.   Here is link to tutorial.

Bobbin Clips Tutorial

And here are my before and after shots.


The next thing I discovered is a way to organize, make sense of and easily find my sewing presser feet of which I have MANY.

Here is the tutorial I found.....


And here is MY result.  I am very pleased with it.  I had all my presser feet in a  little box, all jumbled up.  It always took extra time to find the one I wanted.  Although this new way takes a slightly bigger box it is so worth it.  And I can hide it in a drawer in my sewing area.  I doubled the little sections by gluing in an extra divider in several of the spaces so I could more easily store the feet and have space left over for things like sewing machine needles and other little things.

I didn't show before because things came from various places but this is the final product.  There are still a couple of empty spaces for presser feet I "know" are somewhere.....  LOL
 While out in the yard today I was enjoying seeing all my Hostas come up.  I put a pin wheel next to a group that the rabbits have used for a private salad garden for themselves.  So far, so good.

And I am still enjoying all the violets popping up everywhere.  I sort of hate for my husband to have to mow as most will disappear for another year.

   I hope to get crafting or sewing again in the coming week.  I have so many UFOs I MUST get to work on but have to admit being able to spend more time outside is quite tempting.

See you again on Tuesday for Tea Cup Tuesday and next Thursday or Friday to see if I really have accomplished anything!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Final April Tea Party

The winter seemed long but the year is marching along rather rapidly.  Hard for me to believe it is almost May.
If you look closely you can see all the pretty little violets in the grass.  Actually if you click on the picture you should be able to see it bigger too.  This is just a small section of a large area in my yard.  I always look forward to seeing them each spring!

So. in honor of my violets in the yard I thought I would share pictures of some of my violet tea cups.
I have always loved violets and over the years I have collected tea cups and other tea things.  Here is most of my present collection.

and here are pictures of the individual pieces.

The first is my absolute favorite....  The Royal Albert Provincial Flowers Violet.  I am pretty sure this is the flower of New Brunswick.... where my mother-in-law was from.

The next one I have had for a very long time.  My husband and I were on a trip to New Orleans and stopped in at a little antique shop where I found this next one....  As you can see I even saved the sticker on the bottom to remind me.  That was about 45 years ago!!!!!!

                  The next one is another Royal Albert set but I don't know the name..............

                                            Then here is one from Queen Anne China

                                                   And another from Royal Grafton

                                          In addition I have this small teapot from Adderly....  

and a pretty little handpainted pitcher that was made in Japan.

                                               I hope you enjoyed seeing all the violet sets!

      Next to violets I like Pansies.  Maybe I will show my collection of those another time. Perhaps when I have some growing in my garden.

Thanks for joining me for tea today and hope you visit all the other TeaTime blogs as well.

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Be sure to come back next Tuesday for another Tea Party and join me on Thursdays or Fridays for my project updates.