Monday, June 21, 2010

Small Steps

One of these days, I'll post before and after pictures of our kitchen. Since we're still firmly ensconced in the "before" phase, I will share one of the ways I've attempted to bring a bit of order to this busy, messy house:

Stitched labels are a quick, simple, and effective way to personalize those Ikea baskets, and helps me feel like I'm getting more organized (please don't look inside or you'll see that it's all an illusion... papers, bills, earphones, gluesticks, etc. are all just crammed in there willy-nilly). Hey, it's more about how they make me feel, right? I envision these in my craft cupboard, on my bathroom shelves, and on and on...a plethora of pretty stitched labels shouting to all who see them: this chica has her sh*t together!! If you ever visit, you'll know better, but like a well-fitting bra, illusion is everything...

The sewing here is of the most basic kind; I opted to skip the tutorial as I think there are probably lots out there. I used a backstitch to do the letters, and a running stitch around the edges. If you really want a tutorial, please let me know in the comments, as I'd be happy to help you "organize" your home, too!


  1. Great idea!
    Do I recognize the picture in that beautiful frame? Isn't that you lovingly breastfeeding Margot?

  2. I love those baskets! Our counters also suffer the collect all clutter! Perhaps this is a good way to somewhat get a handle on it!


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