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Yes, this is it.  All of my scrap yarn jumbled together in one humungous pile.  There are partial balls, uncompleted projects and handfuls all thrown in together.  What a mess!  I finally have had enough and decided end this disorganization once and for all.

With all of the patience I could muster, I slowly tackled this mess and rewound balls, pulled apart unfinished pieces and all of the other pieces .  Each color was then wound neatly and set aside carefully.  I was so happy that I had gotten that far until the one question popped into my head – “How are you going to store it?”  Well the good old zip lock bag trick was useless and putting them into an old cookie tin would only end in the same mess.  Then it hit me!  I had the answer all along in my fridge!

Yes, in my fridge.  And here it is –

You can’t see it very well but each cup holds a ball of yarn.   They will now stay separated and neat.  I am so proud of myself.  It has only taken me forever to come up with this idea.

Yes, I am a little slow but at least I come up with something in the end.  Sometimes frustration does have it’s benefits.

I am not a fan of Mondays. This is a holiday Monday and I have the blues.

Nothing new in Friday’s mailbox and the weekend has been quiet. I have managed to get more crocheting done and am working on some ATC (Artist Trading Cards). I needed a break as my fingers were getting tired. It is a slow process and I hope to use them as business cards and include them in some of my orders. I’ll probably do a tutorial on IndieSmiles and will keep you updated.

It has finally cooled down here in Ontario, Canada and I can officially declare that Autumn has arrived. The kids go back to school tomorrow and I can get back into my school year routine. My son is not happy about this but he is getting to that age and would rather sleep in. Oh, Well!

It’s a very drab day outside and incredibly quiet in the neighbourhood. Buck the beagle is snoring away behind me and our grandfather clock in the hallway just chimed 11a.m. ten minutes early again. I guess I had better get hubby to fix that today. Ho-hum. Another Monday.

It’s still a little warm up here with the forecast of cooler weather on the way soon.

Yesterday’s mail held a real gem of a package from another Swap-bot
partner. I emptied out the package and was overwhelmed with an array of colors and patterns. What a treat! I’ve never received such a large package of wonderful treasures. Boy, was my brain reeling with ideas and inspiration!
Just a reminder to everyone that the Indie Smiles Charity Birthday Bash is still on. Don’t forget to drop on by and vote for your favorite pet or handmade item. Lots of great prizes and lots of fun for everyone.

Yes, it is still hot up here. Hope we get a break soon.

Here is the surprise in the mailbox yesterday. It came all wrapped up with a pretty pink envelope and note. What a treat when I opened up the package and found all of this –

Fat quarters, red ric rac, patterned ribbon and a super reusable shopping bag. I am going to keep the bag in my purse for any of those “I am only going in to grab one thing” shopping trips. This came from the “Sewing swap with a twist” swap at Swap-bot. I am so lucky!

I don’t know about you but the weather in Ontario, Canada is hot, hot, hot!!! We are all still in vacation mode until Tuesday when the kids return to school.

The good old mailbox held some really great surprises yesterday for me!

This came from my Editor at IndieSmiles. I had won the best columnist in July award and my wonderful prize is that gorgeous necklace in the middle. It was tucked inside the lovely little violet pouch. I was thrilled and had it on all day yesterday.(click on the image for a closer look!)    You can find more  fabulous jewelry at her shops – http://seastardreams.artfire.com or   http://seastardreams.etsy.com

Look at these fat quarters! What super colors and patterns. This came from a separate swap through a friends blog. My poor old brain has been reeling with ideas and inspiration.

Boy, did I do good yesterday!

Hi everyone!

It’s IndieSmiles 1st birthday and we’re having a charity birthday bash to support ASPCA.
100% of the funds donated will go to ASPCA minus the PayPal fees. There are prizes for cutest pet and best handcraft items. Several of our artisans have donated prizes.
Check out this link: http://www.indiesmiles.com/charity-birthday-bash/ and join the celebration!

My computer has died! I am lost without it. I now have to use the boy’s computer and all of my favorites, files, pictures, etc. are on mine. It is like starting all over again. Drat!!

I did get more Bookmark Swap mail yesterday. This lovely handmade bookmark came from Michagan. I love it and the little heart shaped note.

This one on the left came all the way from Australia. I was delighted to find 3 bookmarks in this envelope. One is handmade. I love them all.

Tomorrow is IndieSmiles First Birthday! There will be lots going on and contests to enter. If you have never heard of IndieSmiles then drop over and have a look. That is where I am an ocassional colomnist and write about many things. Check out my columns in my page – “What I Babble About”.

Watch for my blog tomorrow for more details.


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