For the past couple weeks, I’ve been slowly going through, sorting out, and reorganizing the things on the shelves and in the closet in “my room” (home office / crafting space). I’ve not been in a hurry — some days I’ll putter around in there for an hour here and an hour there, and other days I don’t go into the room at all. My initial intent was to only weed through my needlework stuff, but then I decided to go ahead and go through EVERYTHING because I haven’t done that since moving into the room over a year ago . . . and even though I’m not a packrat, stuff still has a way of accumulating.
The bookshelves have all been emptied and reloaded, and are more functional now for my work-at-home part-time job. Before, all my office files were stashed in boxes in the (not a walk-in) closet and they weren’t easy to get to. After a year-plus of shuffling boxes around to get to files, it feels WONDERFUL to now be able to put my hands on any particular file simply by reaching over and grabbing it.
There’s still plenty of Pretty happening on the shelves! All of my needlework supplies that I kept are in pretty photo-storage boxes from Hobby Lobby, and I have a variety of clear-glass storage containers as well. All of the needlework I’ve received in craft swaps and have made myself that’s been displayed in there is still there, as is the various artwork that was already in there (much of that needlework and artwork can be seen in older pictures of my office, here).
I unearthed some treasures while cleaning out: a drawing special-requested by me from my oldest niece, and a Scrabble table I received in a craft swap.
My niece, Llexi, gifted this drawing to me at Christmas:
I’d stashed it safely away until I could get a frame for it. Lo and behold, as I was doing the last of my cleaning out I found an unused frame and mat that worked perfectly for the drawing! So I framed it up and it’s now residing on one of our walls. (This is the breed of chicken we have; sadly, I cannot, right now, remember what breed they are!!)
In the summer of 2009, I participated in a Craftster swap and was partnered with Craftster member “KarenLouise”, who made this FABULOUS Scrabble table:
(Not visible is a tin attached to the underneath of the table, and the tin contains the Scrabble tiles.) The table has been used as an end table in our living room, as a nightstand in our bedroom, and most recently as an easily-portable needlework table that held my OTTLite and whatever needlework project + supplies I was working on at any given time. I finally cleaned the table totally off this week, and when my kiddo came into my office last night to chat with me he spied it and asked if we could play Scrabble! For YEARS I’ve longed for someone with whom I could play Scrabble who found it as enjoyable as I, so his request was music to my ears!!
We ended up playing Scrabble for an hour or more and had SUCH a good time. Our goal was to use every tile, and we made that happen . . . even if it meant taking the very last tile, the letter “Y”, and using it just outside the border of the board to make the word “yon” (adding the “y” to the word “on” that was already there). But we DID use every letter ;-).
I wasn’t sure where to put this Scrabble table — space is a little tight in my office — but now that I know my kiddo’s digging playing Scrabble, this table will head back to the living room for a while :-).
In other news:
~ The Hunger Games movie starts Friday!!! This would be a good time to take advantage of the flexibility of homeschooling and catch ourselves a showing one weekday afternoon before schoolkids are out of school for the day.
~ In spite of not being very “into” doing needlework right now, I’m somewhat intrigued by Sharon B’s “Sumptuous Surfaces Embroidery” class, which begins May 10th. That kind of needlework is so very outside the box of the type of embroidery I usually do, yet I’m intrigued by it. There are some pretty examples of work done by folks who’ve participated in past Sumptuous Surfaces Embroidery classes, shown in this Flickr group. The only drawback, for me, of joining the class is that I’d need to buy an assortment of flosses, as I only have DMC stranded cotton, and I wasn’t really looking to *add* to my needlework supplies. Yet . . . my mind keeps going back to possible project ideas for the class ;-). I’m not rushing to sign up, though — my guys and I each get a certain amount of fun-money each month and this class + supplies would eat up a month’s worth of my fun money. And while I’m sure the class *will* be fun, I have a certain something that’s been on my office wish list for over a year, and now that I’m not spending my fun money every month on needlework supplies, books, magazines, etc., it’d sure be a good opportunity to get that long-wished-for item. Decisions, decisions! #firstworldproblems