A Heart “Felt” Gift

Ever since I started making my hand cut felt sets, I never had the best storage system. To be honest, I didn’t think they would be such a hit in my Etsy Shop and at Market House. I thoroughly enjoy creating these sets so I’m very glad they took off so well.

When I started, I was also living in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment with no storage. All my sewing and felt supplies were boxed up after each use. When we moved to our house, I suddenly had so much room. The fabric took priority over the felt when I started using Erin’s old dresser and changing table for storage. The felt just stayed in the same box. It was hard to keep it organized and very quickly, the box came to look like this:

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Ugh!!! So embarrassed to show you my felt box!

Yeah….not good. And yes, the pile has toppled over a few times.
Last month, I came across an inspiring photo on Pinterest
for organization in a closet. All done by the container store materials. I knew I needed something exactly like it. Yet the sticker shock ($900) from The Container Store brought me to tears. I posted on Facebook asking for my friends to help me find a cheaper solution with the same look. My good friend who lives literally on the other side of the planet found a very similar item at Ikea and suggested it to me. Thanks Ashley!!!  It was a no brainer to add the Algot system to my Christmas list. I put three down each at around $50-60 and waited to see if it ended up under the tree.
Well, I’m so pleased to say that I received one of them from my blessed sister in law!

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ALGOT organization bin system from IKEA

It was a breeze to put together and each bin slides out easily. So, that pile of felt in the brown box was given a new home this afternoon:

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My organized felt!!!!!!!

OMG!!!! THANK YOU ARIANNE LEE!!!!!! YOU ARE TRULY THE BEST SISTER IN LAW EVER!!!!!!!
All of my felt supplies are right in one spot….ORGANIZED!!!
I put two colors in each bin:

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Red and orange felt

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Yellow and green felt

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Blue and pink/purple felt

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Black, Grey and Brown felt

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Cream and White Felt

As you can see, the basket pulls out far enough for me to easily see and reach the back color of felt. I didn’t even know I had that much felt! I always feel like I’m almost out of a needed color! This will definitely help save me some pennies when supply shopping!
As you can see, I put my pre cut felt sets, patterns and embroidery supplies in the bottom basket easy to grab in the same location (they used to be in 2 different rooms)

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Felt patterns and embroidery supplies!

This system will eventually be put in the office closet once someone with a newborn on the way wants the dresser/changer combo. For now, it’s in a great spot too!

Well, I’m off to work on some felt set orders!! Some of my sets are Limited Edition, so act fast as new sets will be introduced soon!

Week 9!

Goodness, I just now realized it’s been a week since I last wrote a post!  Things are just so busy and I’m getting so tired!  I feel like I have a lot on my plate right now that I really need to start using my mobile app to post on the go.  I’m glad that I’m able to get this post out in time though! Here’s my weekly checkup.

Goals as a runner:

1) Run at least 14 miles a week (2 miles a day) for the year.

I got 23 miles in!  It felt so good to feel like I was fully back into the swing of my running after being sick for two weeks.  My half marathon is 3 weeks and I’m getting really excited for it.  I also signed up for the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. I haven’t been able to do this race in 2 years and it’s one of my favorites! 😀

Personal:
1) Have a business plan in place by June.

I have a tester for my idea.  I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to hear her opinions on this!

Mommy & Housewife:
1) Organize one thing in the house each week for a year.

Yeah…this got put on the back burner this week.  Well, I did clean out the cabinet in the kitchen.  It does look more organized!  My hubby just needs to go to Home Depot to get a replacement part for the shelf. Then, I can finish my plans.

Now that I have more sewing materials, I am in desperate need of some organization!  I’m hoping I can last until my birthday!

2) Clean at least one thing in our home each day.
Yep, right on track here.

3) Finish cross stitching all of our darn stockings!
I completed the husbands stocking and got started on Erin’s!  Now to just stay focused.

With spring around the corner, does anyone else feel more busy and exhausted as well? Only 43 more weeks to go!

Weeks 7 & 8

I’m catching up this week.  I hated being sick, I had almost zero energy! But I’m glad to be feeling healthy again! Here are how these past two weeks have panned out in terms of my 2013 goals:

Goals as a runner:

1) Run at least 14 miles a week (2 miles a day) for the year.

Week 7: I think I got MAYBE 6 miles in!

Week 8: 13 miles.  One mile shy!  Oh well.  I’m easing back into it, right?

Personal:
1) Have a business plan in place by June.

I’m still dreaming, but looking at my calendar, I have 3 months left to figure this one out! Eek!

Mommy & Housewife:
1) Organize one thing in the house each week for a year.

Since I received my mother in laws sewing machine (which unfortunately is going to cost a lot more to tune up and possibly repair than buying a new machine), I was able to clear a space for it on the desk.  Hubby’s books are officially in the bookshelf!

2) Clean at least one thing in our home each day.
Being sick make me realize how dirty my house really gets when I let this go for almost 2 weeks!  Yuck! The bathrooms got a GOOD scrubbing yesterday!

3) Finish cross stitching all of our darn stockings!
Finishing up the last details on DH’s stocking!  Did I ever mention how much I hate doing French knots in cross stitch!?!

How have you held up during this cold and flu season?  Only 44 more weeks to go!