Making plans

9 07 2013

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making travel plans, and paying for as much as I can while the Aussie dollar is still relatively high (I remember the dark days of 47 cents in the US dollar….).

Some of the plans I’ve made include:

  • Booked and paid for flights to/from Bali in September. Accommodation will be with my parents in their timeshare, so my biggest expense of the trip is the return airfare (just under $600).
  • Booked accommodation and restaurants in Albany and Esperance for a 4-day weekend in December to celebrate my birthday (yes, this is BEFORE the school holidays).
  • Booked and paid for flights to/from Los Angeles in February/March 2014.
  • Booked and paid for registration for a 6-day quilting workshop near Monterey, California in February 2014.
  • Booked and paid for car rental (and associated insurance) for the two weeks I’ll be in the US in February/March 2014.

The only things left to do — and they can be done some time in the future — are to book accommodation for my conference in Palm Springs, California in March 2014, and register for the conference (if I’m not speaking at it — I’ve submitted a proposal to speak, but won’t hear for a while yet if it’s been accepted). I’ve already contacted friends and family in California and have arranged to stay with them on my way to/from the quilting workshop and conference. And I’ve told my main client of the dates I’ll be away.

I *am* an organised little bunny 😉

More thread storage options

9 07 2013

Six months ago, I posted about my new 120-spool thread stand. Well, it’s pretty much full now…


For a few years, I’ve used another storage device for the spools that won’t fit on this wooden stand (the spool holder spindle is too thick for the holes in these threads):


But I can’t put the BIG thread spools (those 5000 and 10000 m spools) on or in any of these thread storage devices. And I’m buying more of these larger spools as they offer value for money (especially the Fil-Tec threads). What to do?

Well, in my previous career I was a teacher-librarian. We automated the library catalogue and circulation systems back in about 1990, and there were whole banks of catalogue drawers and stands that became redundant. I contacted the guy in charge of library furniture at the Ed Dept and he gave me permission to take one of the stands and the catalogue drawers on it as they had no use for them (most schools in our state automated their libraries between about 1991 and 1998).

So for years I’ve had these drawers. My husband used them to store his cassette tapes for several years, then when we moved south, I used them to store my fat quarters of fabric. When we moved to where we are now, I didn’t have a use for them, so put them in the shed.

And I was in the shed a few weeks ago when I spotted them and had a thought… maybe the big spools would fit in them? Off to the sewing room to grab a couple of brands of these spools — and they fitted PERFECTLY. Now, where to put the unit? With a bit of rearrangement of the 4th bedroom, the catalogue stand is now in there, housing my large spools. I’ve only filled up a few drawers so far, but there’s plenty of room for expansion 😉

I think my thread stash is now overtaking my fabric stash…