Friday, October 05, 2007

When Enough Is Enough

Even though I have not been stitching as much lately, I have still been somewhat productive ;o) I finally decided to tackle my fabric drawer(s). I say drawers, plural, because I now have two. I started with one and somehow it morphed into two, leaving me completely clueless as to what I had in them. This is the end result -

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In theory, organizing sounds like a good idea but when your inventory is finally put down on paper, that's when you realize you may have WAY too much and that you possibly could open your own needlework shop. LOL!

So now I have the fabrics in my drawers grouped by count. Martha Stewart would not think that I'm "that" organized because I didn't break things down further by grouping fabric types and colors together. BUT, I did it on paper! I'm very proud of my new spreadsheets :o) They show the fabrics broken down by count, type and color PLUS the size of the fabric. Are you shocked?

But wait, there's more! By doing this, I was able to calculate just how much fabric I have and that is definitely the scary part :oS These are rough numbers because I know there are pieces here and there that I have missed but you'll get the general idea. Eighty-one pieces have been set aside because they have been pre-assigned to projects already. They are tagged with the count, type, color, size and project name. There's more...on top of that, I have 184 pieces, of various sizes, just waiting to be used. Now how shocked are you? LOL!

To take things even further think about this. I average about 50 projects a year. So if I add 81 to 184 (this is not going to be 100% accurate) I get 265. Divide 265 by 50 and I get 5.3. That means that I have enough fabric to get me through the next five years. Is that really enough though? If I expect to live until I'm 75, let's say, I still have 34 years to go, therefore, it shows that I need to buy MORE fabric in order to last me that long ;o) How's that for reasoning? LOL!

I'm going to say Adios for the weekend because DH, the dogs and I are going to the ocean :o) It's been a very stressful and emotional week and we really need some down time. I'm bringing my computer with me though! Things are still up in the air here but we're hoping for some good news in the next few weeks. Fingers crossed everybody! I just want to thank you all for the supportive comments you have left for me and DH. I can't tell you how much I appreciate them. As stressful as this is though, we're looking at it like this will be a new change and a change for the better. Okay, a show of hands...how many of you bought that ;o)

You know me, laughter is the best medicine! LOL!

10 comments:

Pam said...

You're brave! I'm to afraid to do that myself yet. LOL I think it looks very nice and I would venture to guess that I have that much myself also.. eep! Hope you have a wonderful time at the ocean and Happy Thanksgiving!

Linen Stitcher said...

Using your system of calculating, I think I may have way too little fabric on hand. Perhaps I'd better go shopping for more . . .

Little Grey Cat said...

O..M..G.. two hundred and sixty (splutter)five pieces of fabric?

and

O..M..G.. do you really manage to stitch nearly a project a week? How? How many pairs of hands do you have? lol

Irene said...

WOW and I thought I had too much fabric. Isn't it great to get it organized and know exactly what you have. Have a great weekend and Happy Thanksgiving.

Karen said...

bloody hell(sorry ) how much fabric ????????????? LOL I thought I had a lot but you leave me standing I have less than 50 bits if fabric ;O) I need to get a job so I can by more
Hope you both have a great time by the ocean

Lori-Ann said...

:0 THUMP.....

Mary Ann said...

Whoa! That's a LOT of fabric, but it's nicely organized now!! I don't have much fabric at all. I'm a buy it as I need it kind of person. Maybe I should change my ways?? :)

Faith Ann said...

Yup, looks like you have a "little" fabric! lol

Carolyn said...

I think I am going to "shop" at your place...you will never have to buy fabric again...lol.....

Shannon L. said...

Well, it sounds like an impressive amount. But if you're anything like me, next week you'll go to start a new project and find that you don't have any fabric that will work at all ! Not the rigth colour, not the right count - something. It's Murphy's Law :)