Posts Tagged ‘mint tins’

The Season of Silly Things

December 2, 2015

This is the time of year that pack rats shine. We find things, silly things, to go on tables or in stockings or on trees. I’ve already had a good start to the season, thanks to the Thanksgiving turkey that graced our table.

Lani Longshore gingerbread turkey

I found this gingerbread turkey kit at Trader Joe’s. The gingerbread pieces were already made. My son and I had great fun assembling the kit, although I suspect he had more fun laughing at how excited I was to put the critter together.

My reward for sorting another bin in the sewing room was finding some buttons I bought years ago. I plan to glue this moose on a plain, flat ornament and add it to my Christmas moose collection.

Lani Longshore moose button

The pink flamingo buttons may sit in the “what do I do with this” pile a little longer, but I’m still thrilled to discover them.

Lani Longshore pink flamingoes

Quilting Arts magazine’s latest reader challenge is to illustrate your super power in fabric. This month my super power is finding silly things and having fun. I plan to bead the living daylights out of this fabric.

Lani Longshore beading project

I’m not sure what I’ll call the piece, but I do know I’ll be giggling the entire time I’m making it just because of the tin I’m using to hold the lavender beads.

Lani Longshore mint tin

Luck and wisdom!

The Great Sort-Out

November 13, 2013

You know the warning about making a new pillow for the couch and the curtains look dingy, so you clean the curtains and the walls look dated, so you paint the walls and the rug looks horrible . . . and eventually you’ve redecorated the whole house? That’s where I am. I started a sort-out of the sewing room, and now all the other piles that need organizing are calling my name.

 

This is where it all started.

 

Abby the dog and the bins

Abby the dog and the bins

 

The last of the supplies for the prison quilting program went to their new home. I had a plan for using that new-found space, but I made the mistake of looking in the bins.

 

Part of my collection of reusable stuff

Part of my collection of reusable stuff

 

This is one of two bins that hold my mint tin collection. The Trader Joe’s mints (which are delicious) come in a cute square tin with a clear panel in the lid, perfect for holding beads. I’ve been collecting them for quite a while. Usually I open the bin and toss the tin inside without looking at how many are in there. Now I’m looking. Oy.

Then I went into the kitchen and really looked at the overflow spice stash.

 

The overflow spice site

The overflow spice site

 

I love having herbs and spices on hand, but when the kids moved back home with their spice collections things spiraled out of control. No matter how much cooking and baking I do, the spice stash seems to grow, not contract. Woe to me.

 

As a final exercise in self-punishment, I scanned my collection of notes for books and stories I want to write (or have started writing but put aside for one reason or another).

 

Secret burial ground of many Great American Novels

Secret burial ground of many Great American Novels

 

Attending to these piles will take a lot of time and energy. It isn’t enough to organize the stacks of stuff, I have to do something with them. Organizing – for me, anyway – works really well when I rarely touch the pile again; attending, not so much.

 

Filed and forgotten

Filed and forgotten

 

I organized this small shelf months ago and it is still tidy. Of course, the fact that I haven’t been able to reach it for months might have a lot to do with it being orderly.

 

Perhaps, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I should be grateful for the Great Sort-Out. If I turn this into an early New Year’s resolution, then I can check something off the 2014 to-do list right now. We take our victories where we can.