Whether it started a few weeks ago, when I looked for jingle bells to finish the Christmas stockings I made, or a few days ago as I emptied a shoe box of Operation Christmas Child, I decided I must get the minutiae of my life organized.
No jingle bells were to be found - in either my gift wrap box or the one Christmas box I knew would have them - though I had this nagging feeling that I had just purchased some last year.
The shoe box held a disparate collection of bits and bobs of things - a garter (?), broken jewelry, a die, bobby pins, ribbons, halfway decent jewelry, empty jewelry boxes, a golf tee (?), sewing notions.
After throwing away the useless things, I took the sewing notions to my sewing basket.
If I thought I had enough office supplies to last the rest of my life, whether I live three more years or thirty, I certainly have enough sewing notions to last the rest of my life.
Dozens of needles (embroidery, quilting, tapestry needlepoint carpet making, canvas sewing-because you never know when you might need to make a boat cover), hundreds of pins, seam rippers (2), scissors (2), rotary cutters (2), spools of thread (a few dozen) and about one hundred skeins of embroidery floss, 6 embroidery hoops and a partridge in a pear tree. I do not take full responsibility for all the floss; this collection contains not only mine, but Mom's and Grandma's. Not to mention hooks and eyes, snaps, and various lengths of bias tape and seam binding.
I have three sewing baskets* (I didn't buy any of them), 5 pincushions (I didn't buy any of them), enough yardage for four projects. That is one area I have control over - I know my finely honed propensity for procrastination, so I only purchase the fabric I need for current projects - no stash here. Oh, and enough fabric scraps to make two or three quilts.
Again, I am both embarrassed and amazed at all the stuff I have in the sewing department.
Need anything monogrammed or embroidered? I'm your girl. Thankfully my niece Emilee wants to learn to embroider and hopefully in the future I can teach Sadie and Lainey to stitch.
Taking up sewing? Don't buy anything - call me first. I have a notion that I have more than enough notions to supply all of us.
* One of my sewing baskets contained 'dog tags' for my husband and brother-in-law. These were made pre-1958,when they were young boys, according to the address listed on them. How they got in my sewing basket, I don't know - but I'm guessing they weren't there until after my mother-in-law's death in 2004. Regardless, I obviously need to clean out my sewing basket more often.