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« Reply #1300 on: April 07, 2010 10:57:37 PM »

My fabric is all organized by color for the cottons on a bookself but I scored at joanns and they gave me 30 empty bolts so I am going to wrap my home Dec and flannel fabrics around those as they are in non clear tube right now.
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« Reply #1301 on: April 08, 2010 05:28:15 AM »

has anyone ever used those Space bags from the tv ad? you know the one where you can get 12 sweaters in one small bag?  when my children were babies I came across something similar at the $tree, what I purchased were 10x12 ins plastic, you put the folded clothes in and rolled out the air and it was airtight until you opened it.  I wanted some of the space bags as I lived in an apt with only two closet (for 9 yrs I did this-maybe that was why my spare room was cluttered so badly) but didn't have the spare money to spend on them so here what I did:

black trash bags (from dollar tree)
rubber bands (huge bag from dollar tree)
vacuum with hose attachment (used my euro pro shark)
homemade flip n fold (from cardboard box)

I took regular black trash bags put the clothes in them, put the hose between two of the garments, gathered up the opening of the bag into one hand and twisted a few times with hose still in it, turned on the vacuum and sucked the air out, then put the rubber band around the twisted part.  I kept enough of the plastic bag to make a loop  when I put the rubber band on to close it. 

I actually didn't think this would work but it did' I stored winter clothes in the bags under our beds, I did a cube of baby clothes that held up well (just put them stacked neatly in the middle of the trash bag on the seam -make the bag flat on the bottom seam).  when I moved I stored them at my mothers and they held up for 2 yrs until she got noisy and ripped into them 'looking' for one of her somethings'... which ticked me off as I had them staged in a corner away from any of her stuff....   I might have to revisit this idea. my closet is getting a bit cramped.
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« Reply #1302 on: April 08, 2010 06:41:35 AM »

I have the space bags and they tend to leak over time...I had one stored in a drawer of my platform bed and it "grew" to the point that I could not open the drawer!  We had to remove the mattress and the slats to get at it from above the drawer...real pain...I still use them but mostly to protect things from dust and dirt, not to save space...your trash bag idea sounds pretty good!

hmmm--I might try using the extra space bags to store those large pieces of fabric I have...they should not be in storage too long and if I store them in my craft closet and they "grow", no harm done!
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« Reply #1303 on: April 08, 2010 07:54:17 AM »

Yeah we tried those space bags for bed linens and the ones that didnt tear, expanded back to normal over time. Craftydeja- You can do it!!!
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« Reply #1304 on: April 08, 2010 05:27:51 PM »

Loving the April theme, I took a couple of weeks off to finish up some WIPs and it felt really good to get some things finished, especially when I'd promised those things to people a while ago, very therapeutic!

Still have WIP projects that need completing and most of them are dresses, nice to know that I have 3 or 4 new articles of clothing that just need hemming then I can wear them, and they are Spring/Summer too  Grin
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« Reply #1305 on: April 08, 2010 09:42:00 PM »

 To all of you who's stash is pushing you out of the house... I'm SO Jealous! Ha! Ha!
I went into the Goodwill on the way home, since I know that sometimes one can get lucky in the craft supplies. Since The stuff they had was things I could live without, I didn't buy anything. I was hoping to find crochet cotton. The only bag of it there, the pieces were all chopped and braided together, in 4-5 ft. braids. I wonder what that was about? Since I didn't feel like dealing with a lot of ends, I let it go. In the same bag was someone's crocheted lace, about 10-20 yards of it. BUT, it was ecru, and I didn't have a use for it. If I had money to waste, I'd have bought it, just for swap stash. Same with the other baggies of "Vintage" sewing notions.
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« Reply #1306 on: April 08, 2010 09:48:17 PM »

Yeah we tried those space bags for bed linens and the ones that didnt tear, expanded back to normal over time. Craftydeja- You can do it!!!

Thanks Casey, since I live alone I can take my time. I don't get much company so things can stay in a bit of disarray without any problems. Tax stuff is buried so I will file an extension. No worries since I usually never owe. That being said, my April ... May ... June WIP will be reorganizing/decluttering entire house. Once that is done on to painting rooms.
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« Reply #1307 on: April 08, 2010 10:41:45 PM »

I promised myself no posting on boards until I tackled the auto vector problem with my Bosskut Gazelle. I knew it was user error. I was right. I nailed it tonight. I was jumping up and down in excitement. I am so happy. Now, I can make my own files.

I only work on one project at a time. I always keep neat in a little box. I am not good with WIP's laying around.

I have done nothing, except study my BossKut Gazelle. This is very frugal since I am not doing anything, lol.

I hope to get back to crafting next week since I got two big geek projects done.

Next week I am cleaning my porch of all the Winter yuck so I can start buying some herbs. I am going to skip my seeds this year and do them next year when I feel stronger. Big thank you everyone for the tips. I bought herbs a few years back. They were really frugal. They lasted me for years. Then we had a disastrous ice storm that destroyed my garden. So for all whose reading this or posting that doesn't want to do seeds either I hope to have some great frugal plant buying tips for this months challenge.
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« Reply #1308 on: April 09, 2010 07:45:03 AM »

I wish I could only do one thing at a time!  But, when it comes to sewing, I like to cut out all my fabrics at one time for several projects so I don't have to clear the dining table, bring out my cutting board, etc.  I try not to do more than 4-6 projects.  Quilts take up a lot of space even when they are all cut out...I keep all pieces in a plastic bag or in plastic bins...

I can't believe that my workspace is cleared!!!  I need to get one more drawer type plastic bin and then all of my fabrics will be contained!  I still need to go through each bin and log the yardage and put it into an excel schedule like my yarn--that will take a while, so I am still going to have to hunt for fabric in bins until I can get that done...I generally know about what bin holds what type of fabric...I think... Smiley

This weekend is going to be more gardening...I found the cutest birdhouse to decorate!  I read on my acrylic paints that they were non-toxic...does that mean for birds as well?  I would not want to kill any birds!
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« Reply #1309 on: April 09, 2010 12:02:56 PM »

congrats on your sales!  additional money is always a good thing!

I have those closet hanging space saving things...never liked them for clothes...but maybe a good idea to organize my WIPS!

can you plant in pots?  I grow all my herbs in pots outside...I just buy nice potting soil in those huge bags...most of my soil is clay or slate...I am on a rocky mountain...

I have some of my tp tubes seeded with cucumber, loofah, eggplant and squash...I wanted to do more flowers this weekend but I need more tubes so I might make newspaper ones...

My biggest frugal score: colored plastic bags!!!  Everyone at work brought in their colored bags for me!  I am making some plastic pots and coasters...also, got a bunch of wire baskets that they use to haul golf balls in...not sure what to use them for, but they look cool!  I was thinking of using them to hang on my fence...

I can see my desktop!!  Slowly but surely...I am getting there...
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