Craft Book Catalog Complete

So I’ve finished cataloging all of my craft books, a task made much easier using a bar code scanner on my phone.  I love that I didn’t have to spend too much time doing it.  Of the knitting and crochet materials I have there were only three I couldn’t find in the ravelry database:

Stoles and Shrugs

Knit it! Felt it!

Mon Tricot Baby Knitting

What’s nice is that instead of opening a zillion magazines and books looking for something to knit I can do a search right in ravelry to see what’s available.  Check out the full list here and feel free to share a link yours!  What’s one of your favorites in your craft book library?



Ribbon in the Sky and Everywhere Else

I had to do SOMETHING about this.


I purchased this I.KEA cabinet (luv it!) so that I could store all my embellishments that I use for scrapbooking, a hobby I don’t indulge in at all anymore.  It houses cross-stitch supplies, office crap, sewing notions, stamps, ribbon, zippers, you name it!

Well, every time I opened the ribbon/zipper drawer I had to deal with THIS:


Tons of little bags of ribbon popping out all over the place when all I want is a zipper, man!

With some old business cards of very sturdy card stock, I did a little “organizing” to make it neater and easier to get to the zippers (that you still can’t see).  It’s not perfect, but it solves the problem.


Back to sewing!


Ribbon in the Sky and Everywhere Else

Organization (DW cheater post)

Took this quiz, and discovered I am “Uber Good Enough”

“Über Good Enough”

* You share characteristics from both the “Über-Organized” and “Good Enough” organization styles.

* While you pride yourself on your organization savvy, you’re okay with your products being visible. Not everything has to be tucked away in a file or drawer.

* Instead of putting away your tools, you keep them on your desk or within quick reach so you don’t have to pull them out and put them away every time you scrapbook.

* You are most like the following Creating Keepsakes editors, writers and Dream Team members: Lori Anderson, Brittany Beattie, Mandy Douglass, Jennifer McGuire and Cindy Tobey.

Q&A with Mandy Douglass

Q. Which style characteristics do you share with each type?

A. Über-Organized: I like to have a place for all of my scrap supplies. I sort according to color, pattern and theme with my paper, and I always make sure my small embellishments have a place for their type. I like to be organized when I scrap, and when I am done with one page, I clean up and then start again. I keep a binder full of articles and pages that inspire me; I generally throw the remainder of the magazine away. I also keep a sketchbook for those awe-inspiring moments!

Good enough: As much as I always try to have a place for everything, a straggler often stays on my desk for weeks and weeks. It seems that when I am on deadlines, I don’t have time to put everything away right after finishing my page, so sometimes a few days go by before I tidy up my office.

Q. What organization tip would you like to share with our readers?

A. Don’t go out and spend thousands of dollars on expensive organizational items because, if you are like me, you constantly change your organization style as you purchase more products. Buy organizational items that will allow you to add to your stash, such as small, plastic containers that don’t cost more than a few dollars apiece!”

Yep, sounds like me!  🙂

I *LOVE* being organized.  Love, love, love it!  However, lately, I couldn’t touch organized with a 10-foot pole.  BUT that is because I am in the process of creating a new crafting space and moving from my old one (and also returning from a weekend crafting getaway).  That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!  😉

I should take pictures of my Uber UN-Organized space(s) so you can see what I mean, and then update when I have my caca together.

I *will* get finished and organized, AND use the space.  AND update all you lovely minions about my latest projects!  (I actually FINISHED stuff this weekend *squee*).

Just wondering:  Is any one interested in “in progress” updates or do you just want “start” and “finish” posts?


Organization (DW cheater post)