Creative Projects Update

img_5408Remember the studio project of 2017? Well, it has been thoroughly enjoyed since it was completed. Each month a group of us get together in the studio one Saturday and work on creative projects — quilts and more. It is a good time to be together and to make progress on the various projects. We enjoy both the conversations and the time to create beautiful things.

CoastersThis month I worked on some Christmas gifts using a pattern I had seen several years ago. After finding the instructions online, I gave it a shot and loved it! These are coasters using scrap fabrics I had on hand. The directions were simple and clear, so I didn’t get frustrated. They turned out quite nicely. The instructions I used can be found here.

2019 holds more quilting projects, including several baby quilts (love doing these!) for friends who are expecting, and more time crafting together. I look forward to diving back in after the holidays.

What have you been enjoying creatively lately?

Christmas Decorations

What to do with ALL THAT STUFF?

Decorations do help make this holiday season a beautiful and special time to celebrate and remember. They can also be an expression of creativity that blesses our Creator, the maker, and all the viewers.

But they add up. More boxes are needed to store them. The closet door has trouble closing in January. Sound familiar?

So…back to our question: What can be done with all the decorations?

Consider where they are stored. If you have a place that is out of the way, hidden until opened once a year, and a manageable size, you are helping yourself a great deal. Tripping over the cascade of ornaments in July doesn’t make anyone happy. For many years, all my decorations were stored in an antique chest that served as an end table year-round. I opened it twice a year, once to decorate and once to store again. The rest of the time it was a great table.

Is the size of the storage space reasonable for your purposes? Think about what is important to you when decorating for the holidays. Do you have more than is serving your goal? There is a difference between finding a space to put stuff and deciding how much space you would like to assign for certain things. Look at the purpose and then find the place.

Reflect onĀ what is stored. Again, think about your goal with decorating and pass on what you do not use and doesn’t meet your purpose. Just like clothes, you don’t need to save a wreath for 10 years after you start using one that suits you better — or just in case you ever might want to display it. Be intentional about your stuff, just like you carefully spend your time and energy.

Have a plan for how stuff is stored. Use the closet tips we’ve talked about before. Label, label, label. Know what you have. Contain stuff. Fix it before you pack it up; you won’t want to do repairs when you are ready to decorate. Put it up so it’s easy to take down when you want it.

May you have a merry and beautiful Christmas! And more organized storage for next year…