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Blast from the Past – Buttons

I was browsing in a charity shop the other day, as is my wont, and I spotted a basket full of cards of buttons.

Of course, I had to buy some

Being me I couldn’t resist arranging them in colour order either (spot orange making a rare appearance?).

Aren’t they pretty? Even though the tops have been cut off, I still recognise the brand (Aero) from the 1970’s when my mum and my gran used to knit jumpers and cardigans in the evenings.
This photo brings back memories of hand-knitted cardigans in scratchy wool. The best thing about them, then, was being allowed to choose the new buttons for my new cardi. Mum knitted like a demon too, the yarn went from shop to being sewn up in a few weeks (mind you I was a bit smaller then too).

Not bad for £3.

Happy Sunday


Stuff that hasn’t been put away properly

Now that my children are back from university for the summer and I’m a full-time mom again, I find myself having to remind them to put their things away. I’m getting last year’s answers too; “but what’s the point, the house is full of (insert your own choice of word here)”. Biting my tongue so I didn’t get distracted from what I needed to do (just do it please) but these words stuck in my mind.
As you might know, I’ve spent months being firm with myself, clearing out what I don’t need any more and trying to organise myself better. I’m now at the stage where all that’s left is stuff that hasn’t been put away properly or doesn’t have a proper home yet.
So I thought I would post about the organisation and storage “solutions” I have used and the ones I have yet to complete.

I’ve used this idea (and put it in an old photo frame) from Pickled Herring for my dangly earrings, so that they don’t tangle up together and so I can see what I’ve got (my word, some of those green earrings are long)

and a mug tree (yes, but a shiny mug tree) for my necklaces, bracelets and cuffs.

The rest of my jewellery is put away in a proper jewellery box, and I’m happy with how that works.

I’ve finally found the type of trouser hanger that Lindsay from The Cottage Home used for her ribbon storage idea,  as you can see not much of my ribbon is on spools, but I’m saving up my cotton reels to wind the longer lengths of ribbon on to as they just fit on the hanger.

(if anyone  else in the UK wants to do this, pop to Poundstretcher quick before they sell out)

Yes, I have quite a lot of ribbon. I like pretty, colourful things: ribbon is pretty and colourful. I buy 2m lengths at the Bullring Market to cheer myself up. There are worse things I could spend my 59p on.

I’ve already shown you the pouches for my spectacles, mp3 players, my long wrap and my hand-sewing-needlebook:

A while ago I posted a photo that Mayya from sewchicandunique found on Cindy from quainthandmade, which spurred me into folding my fat quarters and putting them away sensibly;

Although I don’t have the same type of drawers with the scoop-outs that Cindy has, I’ve done this with a spare chest of drawers that came down from the loft, and I’m very happy!

there’s still some fabric that hasn’t quite made it into the drawers, but I’m working on it. There are two more drawers in this chest, and I think I’m going to need them!

I haven’t yet finished storing my thread in a way that pleases me. At the moment they’re in old biscuit tins and clear plastic tubs so at least I usually know where they are and I can sometimes find what I’m looking for. I’m planning to do this with them, as soon as I remember to buy a huge picture frame from a charity/thrift shop.

My chances of getting my thread organised like this if I have to make a frame first are slim-to-none. If I put the nails in at an angle, I think I can hang the frame up without the reels falling off instead of having to prop it up so the frame is lounging against the wall.

Writing this now, I can see why I haven’t done much sewing lately, and I’m starting to feel better about it. Looking at my photos, I appear to be having a fuzzy day too. Oh well.

I’ll leave you with more photos of my precious, my babies, my beautiful, colourful quilting fabrics.

Organised ClaireBear

WIPs this Wednesday

So, usually I would be posting about my WIPS (aka, my to-finish list) today, but it’s been a busy week.

I’ve Mr CB and I have been disassembling both of the kingsize beds that are both broken, to replace them with a 6 foot bed (think two single/twin beds side by side) that I got from Ebay for me, and a futon sofa that pulls out to just about take a 5 ft wide mattress for my son (who had the other kingsize on account of he’s too tall for a normal double or single bed).

This has taken a while to pull everything apart, dispose of it all, vacuum up the dust and put everything (the new ones)  together. While there was no bed in my son’s old room, I took advantage of the space to rip down some old paint that had bubbled when we had a leak from the shower in the room above, and repaint (it now looks perfect). Plus we visited a friend who is recovering from surgery to remove an embolism, and squeezed in a lightening quick visit to my sister’s as she is about to pop with her 2nd child any minute (my 2nd niece, I also have 3 nephews).

Needless to say, with my son coming home from Uni today and my daughter coming home this weekend, I needed to clear out some space for them to sleep. Especially as we have been clearing out the contents of the loft into my daughter’s old room to make ready for the loft insulation guys coming  next week.

A bit busy, so I haven’t had a chance to keep track of my WIPs.

Normal service will be resumed on Friday, in the meantime here is a post from about 6 months ago (I think)

Look, actual sunshine in the photo! By the way, the bag that I mention below, is still on my to-do list

Have a good week

Claire Bear



I shopped and I washed and I hung it out to dry, and the weather was still sunny, so I thought “I’ll take some photos, so I have a visual record of what I bought, not just a written description and a load of receipts.”

lots of pretty colours, and some plants that might not have survived the winter

Can you see my obsession fascination with colour?

I mean, who stacks their ironing in colour order like this?

I see this and I think “There’s a lot of pinkness in there and quite a lot of blue as well”. I love the dark purply-pinks. I have a few friends who are very into teals and turquoises, so I guess I bought it all with them (and me) in mind really.

Not all of it’s destined to be flowers and brooches and little pretty things.  Some of it (you see that mix of spring-type colour there in the pile on the right, and the green check bottom left, and maybe that deep blue with the splash of green in the middle ?) is going to be tote-style shopping bags that fold away into a little self-contained pouch to put in your pocket or handbag, all ready for when you buy stuff and don’t want those boring and ugly plastic carriers cutting into your hand.

I need a shopping bag that has a handle that’s long enough to go over my shoulder if I want, but short enough that I can carry it in my hand if I need without it catching on the ground. I need a shopping bag that isn’t only good for shopping. I want a shopping bag that doesn’t look like a shopping bag, I want one that looks good and colourful and makes people say “I love that bag, where did you get it?”.

I mostly make things with myself or close friends and family in mind.

If you see anything you like, message me and I’ll make something with you in mind too.

Thanks for popping in.

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