Create A Life

in , , , by Julie Nichols, January 07, 2014

Hi Friends

I cleaned the closest area in my workroom, it is where I keep sewing items like buttons, ribbons, thread & collections of items I've saved over the years.

While cleaning I found this little inspirational sign.  I've had it before I started this blog.

I put the sign here with all the sewing items

 And Started To Organize
 I lined up all the repurposed drawers on the shelf in the closet.  The shelves were drawers from an old entertainment center.  You can read about it here

Use Jars to hold your stuff

All this stuff was stored in a cardboard shoebox & whenever I needed a button or thread I would have to dig through the box. I know you've been there right?.... everything gets tangled and you can't find that one button you're looking for. 

I came up with an idea to store all sewing items in jars.  Once I saved enough jars I organized the buttons with like colors & put them in the jelly jars, all the elastic went into a mason jar and the ribbons in a fishbowl.  So now I just go to whatever jar I need. No need to rummage through a box anymore.  
Ah, Freedom!  

By The Way
My favorite pretty jars are the Bonne Maman jelly jars.
I also save the not so pretty jars to store paint for paint projects.
Yes that's Mary Poppins
I Love Her!
Don't you?

My Shabby Chic clock (well it used to be a clock till it stopped working and I tried to replace the clock mechanics, got frustrated, and just took the whole thing out.  Now it has new life holding tags, birthday invitations, or notes. I really like its new function.
The driftwood in a jar makes me think of summer. Plus I plan on making something with it.

I Love Tags!!
Not sure where I got the Democracy tag or The Extra Buttons but I loved them, saved them and I'm glad I did

I've had this little mending kit for years, I love its union label logo and the saying.

Here are my buttons (some are vintage)
Size M what can I say... That's Me.  I'm also a Middle child and a Mom

Thread and Needles 
And everyone needs a crown while they're sewing... right?   I don't own a sewing machine.  I  hand stitch, mend clothes & I enjoy no-sew projects here & here   It works for me.

Sometimes you need a lot of buttons, needles, and thread to Create

Or Recreate A Life

Create something that feels good on the inside and it will show on the outside.  Great inspiration for a fresh start in the New Year!  So Create My Friends!!!

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  1. Hi Julie! I love this post and all your treasures! I collect buttons also, but mine are in boxes and tins....crazy mess! I love the M tag and your description...I am all those things too! Found you on Hometalk and came over to your blog...following you Bloglovin and Hometalk.

  2. That's a great quote! How wonderful to have all of your sewing items and odds and ends organized and displayed where you can easily access them and enjoy looking at them. I'm sure you had fun organizing it all. I have a lot of stuff like that in old canning jars. I love doing that. :-) We have lots of Bonnie Maman jelly jars too. We use them for juice glasses. And, I like to use them to store my homemade simple syrup in the fridge. Plus, that brand is so yummy! :-)



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