Growing up, I always loved to get new plastic storage boxes to keep my pens and markers in. A box filled with shiny new supplies seemed so full of possibility. Truthfully, I love boxes and bags of all kinds, which is why I practically drooled when we went to The Container Store for the first time. Organization makes my heart happy, and today I still have versions of those storage boxes filled with supplies. These are my grown up toolboxes.
This pink Craftsman tool tote is the perfect container for my grown up school supplies. I can’t take credit for this idea. I first saw it on a Planner Addicts Facebook group started by the A Bowl Full of Lemons blog. Members of the group kept singing the praises of this tote and its usefulness, so of course I gave in to their enabling and picked one up. I use mine for a mobile office of sorts. It has everything I need for planning and writing. I stash a couple boxes of blank cards along with some stamps in it so I can work on encouragement cards. It has some of my favorite pens, notebooks, and sticky notes as well. Everything can easily be carried from my office to other parts of the house so I can work while watching tv with M or enjoying some time on our back porch. I just love it!
I’ve had this second toolbox for a few months now, and it gets constant use as my sewing bag. It’s the Keep It Caddy from Thirty One Gifts. It lives on our coffee table most of the time and is filled with everything I need for hand piecing and quilting.
Having everything I need for my favorite hobbies organized neatly really makes me feel more productive. It doesn’t hurt that these toolboxes are so cute!
How do you organize your supplies?
Today I’m linking up with “The Dog Days of Winter Are Over” to share a quilt finish. The topic for this week’s link up is “Make It”.
I’m also linking up with Leslie’s Create It Thursday over at Lamberts Lately.
This baby quilt is made out of a charm pack of Vintage Modern and a charm pack of Ruby (both by Bonnie & Camille for Moda). I was really excited to make something out of these fabrics, and I especially love the aqua houndstooth prints! Once again I hand pieced and hand quilted the quilt. Once again I made a mistake with the binding, so my grandmother helped me fix it yesterday afternoon. I couldn’t have done it without her! I’m happy to have another quilt finish….it seems like it’s been forever since I finished something. This quilt is all ready to go to its new owner, and I’ve started piecing my next baby quilt already!
I can’t wait to see what other people have been making lately. Be sure to check out the link up!
2012 was the year I bought way too much fabric. Hopefully 2013 will be the year of using up my stash. I don’t plan to buy much fabric this year, but there are a few collections coming out that I’m excited about! This year I want to focus on buying half yards and yards of a few favorite prints instead of a bunch of fat quarters and precuts like when I was first starting my stash.
This is my fabric wish list for this year.
1. Spring House by Stephanie Ryan for Moda
I saw this and knew if I only bought fabric from one collection all year, it would be this one. It’s so pretty!
2. PB&J by BasicGrey for Moda
This collection is perfection! I especially love the alphabet prints.
3. Posy by Aneela Hooey for Moda
4. Avalon by Fig Tree for Moda
I love the colors in this one.
5. Kensington by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake
I adore anything ric rac.
What’s on your fabric wish list this year?
Sometimes I think things are fun that other people do not. So, if this doesn’t sound fun to you, please don’t feel bad. It’s not you…it’s me. I thought it might be fun to start hosting a weekly or bi-weekly link-up on Love You Muches. It’ll be called Fabric Friday, and you can write posts featuring favorite fabrics or showing off a diy that involves fabric and link to them from here. Link ups are my favorite way to find new blogs to read on certain topics. Please let me know if you’d be interested in Linking Up with Love You Muches!
It’s been a hot week in Alabama, so I wanted to share some of my favorite summery fabrics.
1. Lily Ashbury – Summer House.
Vibrant and on the verge of being neon. This fabric is so much fun.
2. Little Yellow Bicycle – Vintage Summer
This is the fabric that made me fall in love with red, white, and blue.
3. October Afternoon for Riley Blake – Seaside
I stalked this collection online until it finally came out. It’s probably my favorite fabric line I’ve bought yet.
Which of these do you like best?
I can’t tell y’all how happy it makes me that so many people have embraced Summer Stitches. We have a pretty active Facebook Group, and people are already making some amazing things. I tell M all the time that y’all are putting me to shame! Some people have already done one or two projects! We’ve even had a request to make this a year round craft group!. If you haven’t joined us yet, you can join us here.
What have you been working on this summer? Do you have any suggestions for a name for year round crafting group?
(Here’s another shameless plug asking you to like Love You Muches on facebook if you haven’t already. You can also follow me on twitter at @Bethp146. I love hearing from you!)
For today’s Fabric Friday, I thought I’d share some choices from my stash. I’ve been on a fabric buying spree lately, but now it’s time to make things out of all this gorgeous fabric. My stash isn’t nearly as extensive as a lot of people’s stash, but it’s nice to have fun choices when inspiration strikes! As always, I have no affiliation with any designers, manufacturers, or retailers.
1. Flea Market Fancy Legacy by Denyse Shmidt
I ordered this because it was on sale, and I was vaguely familiar with it. After I placed the order, I started hearing about FMF everywhere. Apparently it’s a big deal in the quilting world. Everyone loves this fabric! I’m starting to see why.
2. Riley Blake
This set is another sale item. I see a sweet girly quilt in its future.
3. Aqua, Red, and White
I bought the aqua fabrics at a LQS and the white from JoAnns. I actually bought the white for something else, but it didn’t work out for what I was intending it for. I love this fabric. Whatever quilt I make out of it will definitley be staying with me!
What are your favorite fabrics from your stash?
Yay! It’s June 1, which means it’s time to start our Summer Stitches craft & quilt along. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to those who have shown interest. It’s not too late to join us, either! I can’t wait to see what y’all create. There will be several updates about Summer Stitches in the coming weeks.
For now, it’s time to start sewing, gluing, painting, pasting, and crafting to our hearts’ content. Have a fun and creative few months. – Beth
The Summer Stitches Craft & Quilt Along hasn’t started yet, and I’m already loving the experience. People are sharing their goals and their projects already, and each time someone posts in the Facebook group, I get excited and rush to read their posts. All of this crafty goodness has made the topic of creativity take over a large part of my brain.
Why do I want to make things? Why am I so drawn to the handmade and quilts in particular? When I first started thinking about this, a bunch of different words popped in my head.
- Story telling
It all boils down to this – I want to share a piece of myself with others. So I keep on stitching and smiling!
Do you have the need to be creative?
Because the world could use some more prettiness, I decided it was already time for another Fabric Friday. As always, I have no affiliation with any of these retailers or fabric designers. I’m just a fabric fan girl. Happy Fabric Friday!
1. I ordered this custom fat quarter bundle from Fabricworm last week. It’s even cuter in person!
2. Better Gnomes and Gardens by Heather DuPont. I picked this because I thought the name was fun. I don’t know that I’ll ever buy it. On the other hand, the more I look at it, the more the gnomes grow on me. They’re kinda cute!
3. Indian Summer by Zoe Pearn Designs for Riley Blake. I can see this being a cute quilt on a toddler or little girl’s bed.
4. Garden Remix bundle by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman. Adorable!