~*OWL PROPOSAL HEADER*~ OWL Subject & Option: Charms: Charm Reparo House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Treadle on restoration Brief Description: I picked up a wonderful still working Singer treadle sewing machine from 1910. (It's amazing what those muggles did for mundane chores without magic or modern electricity.) However, while the machine it self works (minus the stinking belt O broke while trying to clean it.) The cabinet is in dire need of repair and the machine is grimy and rusty. As far as I can tell the machine is going to need to be completely disassembled, cleaned, put back together. The cabinet needs serious veneer repair, a type of project I've never done before. Then I need to make it pretty after I make it whole.
little bags, boxes, and jars are your friend. First I keep all my papers together, all my yarn together, all my clay together and such.
For little pieces I do tend to throw them into boxes marked "found items" "trash to treasure" or "whimsies" I do a couple other things too you might be able to use:
I found a pill dispenser with 56 compartments in it. I use it to put my smaller finished minis in before I'm ready to use them in a project. That way I can make a few dozen candle sticks, potion bottles, or loaves of bread and still find them later.
I have a set of jars that used to hold spices that can hold things like old bottle caps, small dominoes, little shells, watch parts and other goodies.
I have a large mason jar I keep all my buttons in. If I have a matching set of buttons I string them onto a large safety pin first so I can find them if I need things to match. The mason jar was painted a translucent purple to match my sewing room and the top is decorated as a fairy habitat.
I have decorated boxes for my lace, ribbon and paper embellishments.
I'm also in the process of decorating one of those little display cabinets shaped like a little house to show off the minis I've done but not used yet.
First, go through and sort all the tubs of fabric. If you realize you have a whole bunch of colors you hate or fabric that you don't like sewing with or wearing etc., be ruthless with that and pitch it. The gross fabric you bought ages ago and still haven't found what to do with (not be cause it's too pretty, but because it's too slick, or too ugly) only hinders your ability to find great stuff to sew with.
Then take a look at everything that's left. Clip the seams off the clothes so you have fabric. (If you know what you want to do with something, just cut it out roughly now. you can save alot of space just by getting rid of the seams and such. like if you want to do a quilt with jeans fabric. Cut out as many of the squares now.)
Donate the scrappy, little pieces to an elementary school or day care. (Or someone who does stuff with small bits). With everything that's left, either roll them or fold them (With the assist of a wide ruler or notebook or something so they are a consistent width) and put the back in the bins. (Preferably with like fabrics together, so when you need a knit you know where to go as opposed to when you need felted wool or denim.)
Hopefully now you'll have a couple of tubs of fabric you LOVE, and will be inspired to craft with it instead of just collect it.
A cooling neck scarf: sew a tube of fabric and put in silica gel (called moisture plus in the gardening section). When you soak it in water the gel expands and stays cool as the water evaporates. When you wear it around your neck you stay cooler longer. works better in dry climates. not sure what the average humidity is where she is going.
A sun hat, something that can protect her face and be smooshed into a bag.
An altoid tin filled with random stuff you need every day. could go either toward a survival kit mentality with practical useful things or a keep my sanity type of thing, maybe with pictures of her family and friends, her favorite places...kind of tiny portable scrapbook.
don't forget a whistle and maybe a signal mirror, an emergency poncho or a bandana. Depending on their age a pocket knife or fire starter kit might be appropriate. If they fish while they camp give them some fishing supplies. a bag of marshmallows (cause every campout should have those)