Lots of clean up underway here!  It’s incredible how many small scraps of fabric litter every flat surface in this room, including the floor!  That makes for some tedious organizing! And there’s no way of getting away with ignoring this unless you want to just toss away handfuls of money. In a small room, this takes some creative thinking too!  I was at a point where I had no more nooks or crannies to put these overgrowing zip lock bags of scraps.  All of the large plastic tubs that could possibly fit in here are full to the brim…but as I increasingly use small bits of fused fabric, I can’t afford to throw them out, and being a long time recycler, I can’t bring myself to waste so much perfectly good material. So…

I went online looking for clear plastic bags that were a good size and that I could hang up.  The cheapest ones I could find were at least $5 a piece.  To much for me!  15 of them would be $75.

So I decided to browse through the nearby Dollar Store. Even there, nothing that would work for me as I searched for clear plastic bags sturdy and hangable.  But on my way out I noticed another possibility well within my price range!  Netting bags – designed for travelling laundry! And I thought I was buying 15 bags for $1.00 a piece, but there were 2 bags in each bag, so I paid  50 cents a piece for 30 bags and that was a fortunate error, because I have used 28 of them already! This is decidedly not the most attractive storage option I might have employed but it was quick and affordable since I already had the bar they are hung from, off the floor and out of the way on an otherwise wasted space – just what I wanted. No more wasted space in this cube!

Hanging Scrap Storage SS 2

As you can see, even without clear plastic, I can still see what color is in the bag, since they are organized by color.

This what happens when your sewing machine is in the shop for a tune up! And if you are observant, you can see that’s not all I’ve been up to!

Posted by:turtlemoonimpressions

The natural world is phenomenal and so much of the man-made world - our architecture, our cities - are stunning accomplishments. They exist hand in hand in both beautiful expressions and sometimes disastrous manifestations. Our entire existence with the natural and the invented is intertwined – each dependent on the other, even as my art evolves, each breathing in the wake of the other. Surface design is one aspect of the process that I love. I thoroughly enjoy the play with color, value and construct, particularly the improvisation which starts with one thing, an idea, a glimpse of a vision, perhaps something that captures my eye for a moment in time and it grows organically. I become focused on whatever piece I'm working on and follow my muse to find my way.

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