Monday, August 30, 2010

Taming The Piles...


I had an AWESOME weekend! And I guess technically it is still going on for me since I don't leave til tomorrow morning, but today was filled with all kinds of monday things. I've done computer bookwork and invoicing, I've made a bank deposit, a run to the gym, and a pedicure (Oh yes, this is a must.....can't show up in public with gross toes in Georgia!) and have been to the grocery store.

I bought FRESH PEACHES! I love this time of year! And Watermelon (seedless) was on sale for under $4.00 too....

But the one thing I could NOT find was those super duper extra huge ziploc bags for storing things. My Walmart doesn't have them! I just heard from Karen Dianne that her Publix has them, but Publix isn't here near me....I suppose I can find some ON the trip, but I wanted to do some organizing before leaving tomorrow. Maybe Target? maybe...Home Depot? Lowes? they have home organize-y stuff too?

I have boxes of scrap pieces that haven't been cut, and I thought of using these to help organize my closet. I know enough not to zip them shut all the way, to let them breathe, but I like that they could stack next to each other and keep things in plain view which would be better for me than rubbermaid tubs.

I am making great headway on the magazine project. It's all kitted up (and many parts sewn) and will hit the road with me tomorrow, though I don't know if I'll find much time to work on it. Since it is a ROAD TRIP, Shotgun, the Bernina can ride in the car with me.

I'm really looking forward to visiting the Pieceful Hearts guild of North Augusta, SC. I used to belong to this guild, and boy do I miss these ladies! I saw several of them at the NC Quilt Symposium a couple months back, and this will be fun.

I'm also taking next weekend to visit DS#1 Jason and his sweetie, Kim...and giving plenty of love and belly tickles to my 3 grand-cats....Kim's mom is also a quilter, so we might get some retreat time in on Sunday. I'll either head home Sunday night after dinner, or wait til Monday morning. Playing it by ear at that point.

So back to the organizing stuff. There is STILL way too much fabric in this basement. And it's not that I'm tired enough of any pieces or parts to want to ditch them or give them away. I'm very blessed with very useable fabric. I just need to USE IT! And because I had such a great time sewing this weekend, I have renewed zeal for using what I have on hand, finding a purpose for these pieces to make beautiful quilts. I need to be inspired by ideas that will use the sizes I've already cut...because the 2" drawers and the 2.5" drawers (of both strips, and pre-cut squares!) are FULL. I need those to go into beautiful quilts, so I can cut some more of the stuff I haven't. I need the old to go, so I can feed in some new and not feel like I'm sewing with the same old things all the time.

Most of all I need this to be FUN. And I think I'm finding that again :c)However, I'm still looking at these two piles of blues/neutrals that I posted pics of the other day.....and wondering why after all this sewing they haven't gone down a BIT?!

18 comments:

kaiolohiakids said...

I bought some of the large zip-locks at Home Depot (in Honolulu)!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Have a safe journey and loads of fun!

Heather said...

I got some really good ones at Dollar Tree. There are three different sizes - large, x-lg, and 2x-lg. I'd guess the large is closest to the 2-gallon zip-loc. These have a handle of sorts and are a tad heavier plastic than the zip-loc ones. The lg size comes 3 to a box, the others are 2 to a box, I think. $1 a box.

judycinnc said...

Bonnie - would you be talking about the two-gallon ziplock-type bags? I found them at Lowe's Foods, but do not know if you have one of those near. I had a lot of luck finding things at Target lately. I have found none at WalMart since they are on a campaign to no longer carry anything I use to buy from them. Good luck - if I was closer I would gift you some.

Karen said...

I have bought them at Lowes before. Hope that helps!

Mary-Kay said...

I bought them at Meijers in Northern MI. One of the things good about these bags is, when they are empty you can just fold them up unlike big tubs which take up so much space, full or empty.

Sharon said...

Scraps are like laundry, no matter how much you do/use, they will always be there!

Beth said...

I got those bags at Target. Have a safe and happy trip.

swooze said...

I dont like the XXL ones because when they are full they are too heavy. Dollar Tree has generic ones and has various sizes. I like their biggest size and they hold up well. They are clear and not blue like the ziploc.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I saw those bags at Lowe's on Sunday.

How does a seedless watermelon work... really????

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

I saw a few, though not Zip Lock brand, at the 99 Cent Only store.

christhequilter said...

I envy the US ladies who can buy very large zip-lock bags

they would be SO useful in my studio.....

YankeeQuilter said...

Let me know if you don't find them...we have them several places locally (commissary, Public's, and dollar store.) Since I am supposed to be organizing I've looked at them a couple times....not the "supposed" and "looked."

gamawinkie said...

scraps multiply, don't they?

Kathy said...

I too found them at Dollar Tree while I was in L.A. I haven't checked locally - so this is a good reminder to go to Dollar Tree! Its always fun to check them out!

Cbar said...

Walmart in my town has the bags, they are on the shelf with the regular zip lock bags and on the aisle where luggage is, and on the aisle where the space bags are and in the camping section. They are everywhere! LOL

Michelle said...

Glad to hear your contract negotiations are going better!

c said...

Bonnie, i looked for you at 3 Walmarts in Autin, none at the Bastrop Walmart, Lowes use to carry them but no more. not even sure they are offering them anymore