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Gerda
Posted 2010-08-17 3:55 PM (#48998)
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I got my weekly e-mail from Amer. Patchwork and quilting, and they have a lot of good storage ideas. Look here - you can scroll through 24 pictures

http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/decorating/organize-your-sewing-room_ss1.html?sssdmh=dm17.464937&esrc=nwapq&email=1519104264

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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-08-28 5:23 PM (#49638 - in reply to #48998)
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gerda, don't know if you saw that Scrappy Stars link that dorian posted a few days (or so!) ago, but ever since, i have been reading this Stash Manicure blog, i don't keep up with too too many blogs, just folks from this forum and a couple other but i REALLY like blog . . . anyways her post today was about containers for fabric (or notions, etc.). . . and when you read it, you will be V8-thumping your head . . .

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Gerda
Posted 2010-08-28 6:24 PM (#49645 - in reply to #48998)
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No kidding, Cindy!! wow, and I've been tossing them in the recycle bag because they break (at least the thin cookie ones I get here -I buy very little in those kinds of containers - guess I need to change my shopping habits a might?

Did you see that amazing star quilt in there?? I *LOVE* it!!!

Thanks again - I forgot I have her site bookmarked - just don't get around to it. :)

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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-08-28 7:31 PM (#49646 - in reply to #49645)
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oh gerda, i have thrown away loads of the tomato containers!  and i bought some blueberries a few weeks ago that were in a nice BIG container - that one would've held a whole bunch of strips

and i have the Scrappy Star quilt tutorial page specifically bookmarked separately from the home page of her blog hoping after the first of the new year to set up a scrap system according to bonnie hunt's directions on her blog . . . something has got to give with all these scraps . . .

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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-08-28 7:56 PM (#49647 - in reply to #48998)
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Oh, I have been using all those containers for years. They work really well for things I don't touch often because they do break, BUT THEY ARE FREE! I also use the heavy soap boxes to hold magazines, cut down the front a little, though I have found some mag holders at garage sales lately for 25 cents and have replaced boxes. I use detergent buckets, the rectangle ones, for storing patterns, notebooks full of patterns, and yarn.
I have been a recycler by habit for years. I get a kick out of programs that are about 'green'. They should have grown up with us. Then they would have known to reuse by habit and not act like it is a 'new' idea, LOL.
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2010-08-28 10:12 PM (#49654 - in reply to #48998)
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I used to use the plastic containers from food, the styrofoam trays from meat after I ran them through the dishwasher, etc, etc. My two problems were that they are not uniform in size and they do not stack well. Yes, I spent money over some years, probably fabric $$$, for clear Rubbermaid containers that stack well and can even take abuse, not break because they have aged a bit. We used to sell the Rubbermaid containers so I got them wholesale. I did get a few damaged ones as well, free. You wouldn't believed how some stuff was packed, paint cans thrown in with the containers or the fragile stuff at the bottom of the pile and then loaded up with the really heavy stuff on top. I managed to get very few damaged ones so I know these babies are tough.

Rhonda--I believe many of our generation are the product of parents who scrimped all their lives to make ends meet. If not all their lives then certainly in our younger years. Recycling was natural. My grandparents with their young families immigrated to Canada through church and government programs. Not only did they have to eke out a living on unbroken prairie soil they also had that travel debt to repay. With my genealogy research and then writing a story of their earlier times as I have managed to piece it together I came to appreciate far more how fortunate I had been rather than how deprived I thought I had been as a child. So I totally agree on this "new" idea bit.
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Dorian
Posted 2010-08-29 8:35 AM (#49663 - in reply to #48998)
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Yah, Stash Manicure has been having some great bloggers tell about how they store their goods. I enjoy reading it everyday.

I don't usually BUY things in these type containers, that she was talking about, though. LOL. Although I do use oatmeal containers for dried pasta and popcorn.

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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-08-29 9:08 AM (#49667 - in reply to #49663)
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sounds inventive, dorian!  i usually recycle when i can too . . . just always figured the tomato containers, etc., were too flimsy for anything, never thought about fabric    as for pasta, a few years ago, i bought a few decorative glass containers, now my pasta decorates my kitchen counters rather than taking up cabinet space it looks nice!

ok ladies, spill those "green" ideas - and btw, i agree, most of these "new" ideas, are anything but new, just that a whole new generation has never had to "made do or do without", that's all . . .

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sew'nsew
Posted 2010-08-29 1:10 PM (#49673 - in reply to #48998)
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The ones I use are trhe ones that loose lettuce comes in from Costco. They are quite big and they do stack well.

I also use the plastic sheet that bacon comes on to make templates and 'shrinky dinks' if you all remember what that is. You can make cute ornaments and buttons and jewelry with them.
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2010-08-29 3:18 PM (#49682 - in reply to #48998)
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When peanut butter was a a staple in our house I saved the plastic jars and they are the greatest canisters for lots of my kitchen staples, especially baking goods. I also used them for buttons, etc in the sewing room. They made for colorful displays on open shelves. I liked the plastic versus glass because they are lighter weight and don't break as easily if they are dropped.
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misisipimenace
Posted 2010-08-29 3:40 PM (#49685 - in reply to #49682)
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agnes, in our house, it was the mayo jars . . .
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