Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Sorting Things Out

 That's what I've been doing every spare moment over the last few days...sorting out the contents of the studio....the new grey floor was put down on Monday surprisingly quickly, and we were able to put the work tables and the computer back in so Mr P could get it re connected for me to work again....
....I found so many things buried in boxes and baskets...like the little sketchpads above that I began keeping as a page-a-day visual journal a few years ago, the idea being that you work on one page a day until you are happy with it...
...they were fun to do and did encourage me to think creatively and in a different way from the design work I was engaged in at the time....
 ...a treasure trove of old fashioned stationery supplies, lovely to use for scrapbooking (now that was a hobby which led to the most tremendous amount of hoarding of small objects and ephemera that could one day be extremely useful)...
 ... ..little wooden pegs, essential in my studio for pegging things up on display, and pegging things together....
 ...lots of black and white scrapbooking supplies...the badge was from the Tate Gallery a few years ago...
 ...and so the sorting goes on and only certain things are allowed back in to the new TiDy space....I will have finished soon and then I will show you some pictures of how it looks (while it is still tidy)....
...tonight, after the last two evenings of intense sorting (oh those 'keep or throw' decisions are soo taxing) I am going to watch a movie and do some relaxing crochet!!!
Thank you for visiting me here and for your encouraging comments on my last post about the upheaval of this huge sort out...I'm so glad it's almost at an end now. In a day or so it will be time to bring in the pretty things and arrange a few flowers...have a great week everyone...back soon. xxxxx

36 comments:

millefeuilles said...

Well done Helen; you are almost there!

When I glimpse all the treasures you have uncovered I find myself DROOLING ;-) Those notebooks are absolutely gorgeous! Just my thing.
Stephanie

Wendy said...

Another beautiful post, your pictures always look so bright and clean. I'm trying to sort out my time rather than my things, your blog makes me feel like being more productive.

Madelief said...

Dear Helen,

When I read your post I realise you didn't mind the sorting at all! All those beautiful things you found and the memories they brought with them. I am glad to hear your new floor is a success!

Enjoy your movie!

Lieve groet,

Madelief x

Jooles said...

Oh don't you just love the prettifying end bit?! makes it all worth while.
Well done
love jooles x

paintdropskeepfalling said...

I think I might be almost as excited as you are!

Kentish Keg-Meg said...

Like the badge. Love the stationary. You are right, I scrapbook and it does lead to lots of hoarding. I keep things- just in case!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

Its always madness when you are in the midst of a big sorting project. But I bet in few days time you will have that "Everything in its place" glow about you! lol.

Look forward to seeing your re-vamped space.

Happy prettifiying!



MBB x

Jenny said...

I love finding things that I'd forgotten about buried deep in the bottom of a box somewhere! All your scrapbooking supplies will always come in handy - you never know when you will need that little extra something to finish off a project... loving the badge and all your black and white bits. Good luck for that end push, looking forward to seeing the results of all your hard work! Jenny x p.s gorgeous crochet, have a good evening! x

Teje said...

Hi! I can imagine how difficult days you have had! It's so nice to get everything again in order but also so terrible to decide what to keep and what to throw. I have been fixing my sewing space, too but to the smaller one, so it's really difficult.
Love your beautiful photos and those lovely journals!
xxx Teje

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Really looking forward to seeing the end result!!
The prettifying will be fun. :)
Your crochet is very pretty and I just love the badge!
Vivienne x

by Teresa said...

Helen, only you could make "cleaning out" look pretty. LOL! There is no way I could show you a photo of my "office" at this time.. I've worked for days on my space and it's still a disaster zone! :-) But you give me hope.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Pomona said...

It looks like you are turning out the most enticing things - any time you want some help . . .

Pomona x

driftwood said...

lovely treasures, and it's going to be so lovely when it's finished xoxo

Pink Milk said...

Oh, quite simply the loveliest bit about having a sort-out - the 'putting back' stage!

Hoorah for Mr P and his technical competence too! :-)

Am loving the colours in your crochet ...

Hx

Niki Jackson said...

Hi I'm glad to come across your beautiful blog! Blessings Niki x

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

I, too, have been sorting and organizing my craft space. Unfortunately it is coming along at a much slower rate than yours. But I have been so amazed at the bits and bobs that I had accumulated and forgotten about due to their being hidden away. It is almost like Christmas to rediscover them.

happy little cottage said...

Love the stack of quilts and I can hardly wait for the ta-dah moment!!

cathleen said...

You always have the prettiest photos on your blog, Helen. For some reason I get the feeling that you are working quite hard sorting and rearranging but loving every minute of it, right?

flowers on my table said...

Hi Helen, I don't think your messy is the same as my messy! Everything looks lovely. Enjoy your night off. Love Linda x

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Helen, I am pleased for you that you are near the end of all that sorting. I find those 'keep or throw' decisions taxing too. Your crochet has blossomed into a beautiful part of your blog..have a lovely day!

Linda O said...

Helen, soon everything will be sorted and you will be so pleased with the results.
Love looking at all your 'bits and bobs', especially the journals, and your crochet is very pretty, love the colours
Linda O xxx

Rainy Day Crafter said...

What beautiful things you found while you were sorting - the notebooks are just lovely! Looking forward to seeing the end result! :) I hope you enjoyed your film and crochet - your granny squares are gorgeous colours btw :)

sunflower cottage said...

Hello you have a lovely blog ...

karenskrafts said...

Hi Helen loving your crochet, the colors are v sweet!!
Just to let you know, you won the giveaway on my blog, i did e mail, but i would say my mail probably went into your junk. I will need your address so my e mail is acasskcass@hotmail.com .............
Have a lovely day :D
Karen x

crafts@home said...

I wish my sorting could look as sweet as yours..... mine is real junk, congratulations on persevering and sorting so quickly, I hope you managed to do lots of crochet last night, you deserve it, besides, I can't wait to see the finished article :)
Sue Xxx

gillyflower said...

Sounds like you're nearly through the gruelling stuff and can soon start on the finishing touches!
Thanks heavens for a bit of relaxing crochet!
Gill xx

Simone said...

You have the most wonderful things to have to 'sort out'. I am sure I couldn't bear to part with any of it! I hope you have caught up with yourself now! Have a lovely weekend.x

Jane said...

Hi Helen, I am back from Rhodes and look forward to reading about the grand sort out! It's always a good thing to do every so often but I agree it is difficult as even tiny things can be SO useful! Enjoy your crochet,
Jane x

AshTreeCottage said...

I'm sitting back and enjoying the sorting of your lovely treasures!

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Bee happy said...

I love tidying, it's always great when you find something you love that you forgotten you had! I am loving your bits and pieces you have uncovered :) Hope you enjoyed your rest and your film ;)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Rhona said...

Have to agree with you...those 'keep or throw' decisions are soooo hard! And you just know that if you throw them away, the very next week you will need them!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the completed room! Your posts are always so inspiring.
-Karen

notes of sincerity said...

What treasures you discovered. :o) It feels so nice to get things orderly.
Your granny squares are so precious wrapped in blue yarn! :o)
Have a nice weekend.
Sincerely, Trish

Crafty Mermaid said...

I really had to smile when I read about your 'buried' items. I know that feeling a little too well and I've moved some rather strange things to my new house!

flowers on my table said...

Helen, hello again! Thankyou for the lovely compliments you paid me on my last post. I appreciate them so much. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Have a lovely weekend, love Linda x

A mermaids purse said...

love your images and the way you take your photographs- so beautiful!!!!!
you sound like you have been busy, happy friday x