Destashing again…again…and again!

Well one of my favorite shows is Hoarders: Buried Alive.

Why you ask – because at one point I know my laundry/sewing/craft room was just about headed there. Every corner of my house – well as my hubby would say “I was stacking”. No not to the ceiling but a craft basket here, a stack of something here.

I feel for those on the show… the strength to wanting to make it right…them not wanting to let it go…even though they do not remember having or seeing the item for years. That fear of “If I get rid of it – this will happen or that”. Guess what you do not die for releasing those items.

They have inspire me to the point – OMG – don’t let this happen to me! It is just that stuff! Concentrate on the more important things in life. Family, friends and the memories that have stacked up there.

So in between all this destashing – decluttering – I have been preserving my memories (a blog for another day).

I have been feeling that way for years of “What if I need it Syndrome”. This show has inspired me to clean it out! The craft room of course…focus only on the crafts I love to do.

Scrapbook DVDs, Card Making, Cross Stitching and Sewing! But yet strong enough to let items go that have been there for years and guess what if I needed it I will go out to get it then. Not for the one day I will….thought.

I have been trying for years to sell items on the internet – my hand dyes and supplies – still found on Etsy. But, since every other weekend is my long weekend and the past 3 weekends were actually normal weekends(more than one day off yeah) – I have been destashing…preparing.

I wasn’t but, decided to do another yard sale. Gave a lot of stuff to my sister for their big community yard sale over the last couple months. But, since the stuff now I am getting rid of kits, decor and such.  I will have mine first and what is left she will be more than welcome to it!

The feeling of I can breathe has been so amazing! The simplicity of wish it was this way before. Ways to go yet on this last long weekend for 2 weeks but I will be ready for them…show them(the yard sale ad) and they will follow! LOL!

I hope that I inspired some of you! De-stash – De-clutter, it really is painless! Except for the cleaning part! Concentrate on the what you really treasure. If you love to read concentrate on one author. If you can afford it – get yourself a Kindle and de-clutter your books. But, honestly nothing feels better than holding a hard back in your hands and turning those pages. (that is another blog).

Hugs and Stitches Joan

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it’s been awhile…..

well a friend of mine just started a blog which hey I haven’t posted in eons and need to still find my self around WordPress.

So anyway I have been so busy – sometimes I think my days really do blend into each other! My Job has me so busy that with my hours either I get some stuff done in the morning or have to try to do something after work and then I am on mental melt down and just don’t want to do anything except chill.

Been lacking in the cross stitching area – so hosting a blog on my yahoo group Sapphire Stitching – we are doing our yearly Cow Stitch Swap. so been working on that and need to have that out in 2 weeks.

Been doing a bunch of card and other swaps on Swap-Bot. and manage a group on that site.

And my latest passion creating Scrapbook DVD’s – come a long way from my first one. learning the tweeks and add-ons. once I master most of the way I want things to look – then I will move onto a more expensive program. Pictures and videos set to music – commenting – dating and so on.

Recent ones were for my mom and my friend for her son’s graduation party. Both amazed. Mom thought o’ a dvd of the pictures we converted from slides that were nearly 50 years old.

When she watched it and called me (This was a Mother’s Day gift) she was amazed. I really think she needs to get the DVD player hooked up to her TV for future DVD’s I will be creating. And my friend seen the smaller works i did for family events and when I did hers she said it made her cry. so thanks enough when they enjoy!

Well off now and will try to a weekly post from now on! Post pics of my exchanges. Try to make order of my lifes chaos.

Hugs and Stitches all! Till the next time!

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Cricut Cartridge Storage idea

So here is the idea of storing those cartridges that come in those bubble packages – think the pictures speak for themselves – enjoy and share the idea

Happy cutting Joan

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Hello world!

I am now on WordPress from Windows live – take a look at my previous postings as I get use to the new format!

Hugs and stitches Joan

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Anyone Got a Muff!! BBBRRRRRRR!!!!


Outside my window this morning, this little guy was burrowing through

the snow. Caught this just as he was coming up through the snow!

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Light my Fire!

Light My Fire! No actually Light My partners fire!
This was the Candlewrap I stitched upfor my partner – I hosted a candlewrap/hand dyed fabbie swap. My partners hubby is a firemen and she had listed this as one of 2 selections and I ran with that idea.
Went on line to A Charming Place and bought up fireman charms and once I had them in had I was able to design the piece you see here with the hose and ladder! I enjoyed this one immensely!
Thanks for looking
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Helga Mandl’s 4 Seasons SAL Finally finished!

Helga Mandl’s Four Seasons SAL Project Finally DONE!
Yes I finally finished it – well 2 months ago and finally getting to editing the pictures of the finished project! So sitting on my desk is a wooden tissue box that started out like this!
To know looking like this!
All the pieces are stitched on my "Lil’ Bits of Fabbie"©
So Autumn was stitched on my "Morning Sunrise"
Winter was stitched on "Washed Sidewalk"
Spring was stitched on a one of kind fabbie
And Summer was stitched on my "Washed Sand"
To see all the pictures from start to finsih with the embellishments added click on
Please leave comments! Love to hear them!
Hugs and Stitches Joan!
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