Monday, January 3, 2011

Winner Announced for Nan's travelling stash

OHHH look Ariane....
it is you....

Ariane, Thanks so much for being a follower of Stash Manicure and for reading my post and playing along - I'm sure I speak for Madame Samm when I say we BOTH appreciate you!

Now, get me your address and watch your mailbox!  And remember, you must send off YOUR unwanted stash items within a week - with instructions on how to keep the traveling stash going and going and going!!! 

Happy New Year!!

Nan
www.potsandpins.com




Once upon a time, in a land far to the North, a caveman husband and his wife had the following conversation:

Him:  Whatcha making?

Her:  A new quilt.

Him:  Looks like a lot of little bits of nothing, will you be done soon?

Her:  Nope, just got started and it will take me a while - like a year or so.

Him:  If you want a new blanket why don't you just go and buy one?!?

Her:  It's not a blanket it's a quilt.

Him:  Same difference. (And he begins to look around...)  Wow, you've certainly amassed a lot of cloth!

Her:  It's called fabric and never you mind about it.

Him:  What's in those drawers?!?

Her:  That's my stash.

Him:  What's stash?

Her:  Why are you in here?  Don't you have a lawn to mow?  Are you trying to irritate me?  Is homicide legal??  This is my space, you're in it, move on out!  Out I tell you!  OUT!  OUT!  OUT! 
 
You can take the man out of the cave but you can't take the cave out of the man...am I right or am I right?  Allow me to reintroduce myself, I'm Nan from Pots and Pins, a bit neurotic, often times hysterical, as in crazy, and definitely happy to be back as your manicurist du jour!  I kind of feel like Norm on Cheers when he walks into the bar...very at home here because you all speak my language.  Quilt speak.  A language my mister seems to be incapable of understanding, even after thirty years of intensive training!  But it's not his fault, as the only living-breathing-Neanderthal on the planet today, his brain is just not equipped for quilting terminology...as he still can't grasp the concept that a quilt is NOT the same thing as a blanket! 


But I'm not here today to talk about the mister, as entertaining as he is, I have something very important to discuss...this being a new month and a new year - it's time to resolve to de-clutter, organize and manicure the stash...because if not now, then when?!?  I'm going to show you my stash...yes, I 'm getting personal,  I'm going to take you into the bowels of my home and show you my new and improved stash!!!  I'm not proud of this but I had to PAY someone to organize my stash for me!  I hired a high-school girl ($12 an hour and it was the BEST $60 I EVER spent!) to sort and fold and line it all up into drawers, each one holding a different color.  My stash was out of control - in fact, my entire sewing room was a disaster - and I was overwhelmed with how to deal with it!  I'd tried numerous ways over the years but I swear it began breeding at night and in the morning there would just be piles and piles of STUFF!




I realized my system was not working; I could never find what I was looking for! I am a visual person so I have to SEE my fabric and after visiting many a sewing room, trying to decide how to make mine into my "dream room," I realized that what I needed, short of a lobotomy, was a "drawer system" - it was the perfect solution for my feeble mind.  My fabric is sorted by color and it "stands on end" so I can see all of my fabric at once!  Two drawers hold projects or groups of fabrics that are going to be used together and one drawer holds just Halloween fabric and another holds just Christmas fabric.  My sewing room is in an upstairs bedroom  - it used to be in our unheated, unfinished garage so this space feels luxurious to me! I removed the closet doors and that's where my fabric drawers are, in the closet area. 

I purchased my drawers from The Container Store and they were a cinch to put together!  The system I bought came with a top shelf, which gives me a counter to set the drawers on or layout fabric - I almost feel like I'm in a fabric shop!  I'm telling you, I do a little happy dance every time I reach for fabric - I'm SEW grateful to have a system that works for me!  Now, my system may not work for you - I know someone who has over 200 Mason Jars in her workroom, each one containing bits and pieces, buttons and thread and some with novelty fabric, all carefully arranged around the room.  This same person has fabric stuffed into open shelving that just screams HOARDER!  But it works for her and she creates the most wonderful quilts!  Those Mason Jars would drive me to drink (it would be a short trip!) but having a de-cluttered, neat-as-a-pin room would have the Mason Jar gal searching for a tail-pipe to suck on! 

Here's a shot of the other side of my sewing room - or, as I like to call it, The Nerve Center.  It's where I keep my patterns and books - and I don't keep a lot of them on hand as you can see.  I used to have dozens and dozens of books and then I realized I am NOT a librarian, nor did I want to be, although I do have a librarian action figure!  I love looking through books for inspiration but now I buy or borrow, read and return or donate - it works for me.

I have a proposition for you...I'd like to propose a Traveling Stash.  And I'm going to start it.  Here's how it will work:  I will go through my stash and take out those fabrics I know I'll never use, buttons that were a total waste of money, trim that is SEW-last year, and I'll stuff it all into a LARGE FLAT-RATE USPS box.  I will pick a name (using Random Generator) from the comments left on this post on Tuesday, January 4th after 6:00 PM PST, and I'll send the box to that person.  So if you want to play along, make sure you leave me a comment with your email address so I can contact you to get your snail mail address if you win!

The winner of the Traveling Stash box will then have the opportunity to go through my unwanted stash, keep what she wants, then stuff the box with whatever she wants to get rid of.  (Of course I will include some WANTED items as well!)  She will then send it on to a quilting friend.  The box must be out of her possession within ONE WEEK.  You all know nothing good comes without a price...and the price to ship a large, flat rate box is $13.00.  IF you do not want to pay to ship the Traveling Stash, do not enter.  This is strictly voluntary!  Just think, though, of all the stuff you can rid yourself of for only $13.00!  That's a small price to pay for more space for new fabric!  So if you're game, leave me a comment today!  And how fun would it be to get another quilter's unwanted fabric for your stash?!?  I personally would love it as the grass is always greener!  Wouldn't it be great to keep the Traveling Stash going and going and going?!?  It will be just like the Traveling Pants, except that we don't have to try to SQUEEZE into THEM!  C'mon, it will be fun!  Think of it this way...instead of having to go on a New Year's Diet, like we do EVERY YEAR, you can shed your stash of at LEAST 5 pounds and in my book, if my stash is lighter by 5 pounds then I am, too!

Happy New Year, Happy New Manicure to you All!  Thanks to Madame Samm for another (long-winded)  visit at Stash Manicure!  And don't forget to come and visit me at Pots and Pins, I'm always cooking  trouble something up!

xoxo, Nan


133 comments:

  1. OH MY GOODNESS, I think the "Traveling Stash" is such a fun idea, please include me on your list. I already know what I'd add to it. Pretty please, pick me. Mary McNally

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  2. The Travelling Stash sounds like a wonderful idea. Sign me up!

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  3. Don't suppose $13 of postage gets the Travelling Stash Downunder? Never mind, its a great idea! Perhaps I could start one in the Southern Hemisphere! Your sewing space is something I DREAM about!

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  4. The *Traveling Stash* sounds like so much fun! Count me in! And I do love your sewing space! :o)

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  5. Sure, I'm game. Send the Traveling Stash to me and I'll come back to these comments and pick another name for the next one...Who knows, maybe in time you will get the box BACK!

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  6. Love your sewing room - very organised - hope it stays that way for you!! I'm in Australia too so dont count me in - but a good thought for us to do downunder as well.

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  7. Traveling Stash????!!!! That's like the best idea ever!!!!
    Sign me up!!!! :)

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  8. Your sewing room is so nice. Someday I will have mine in shape too. I would love to be part of the Traveling Stash.....

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  9. Are those drawers Elfa? (The Container Store link in your post doesn't work.)

    I love your idea of the Traveling Stash! But don't sign me up -- I'm not sure I have anything I want to get rid of.

    --C.B.

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  10. the traveling stash! Wow! what a great idea! I would love for it to come to AZ! please put my name in the hat!

    Lorene

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  11. I love the passing it on idea. I have sent out, shared with Sr. and Youth Centers, 4-H and Cub Scouts. I have a lot of fabric, notions, etc.. donated to me for charity use or to just pass on, so I have no need - I am happily blessed with "paying it forward".

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  12. I think it's a fabulous idea,though I'm in the UK. It sounds like lots of fun.

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  13. What a neat idea. I love your sewing room and your stash organization. I wish I had the room to organize mine like that.

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  14. Wow, this just looks great!
    Want to have some nervous stash as well, but behold: probably I have to keep all! Just finished a lot in Bonnie Hunter's last mystery ;^}
    I am in "need" of sew much crumbs, strips and fabric, you won't believe it! I will pay more if the postage is more expensive!
    Irene from Amsterdam (e-mail aic@xs4all.nl)

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  15. I just love your post! And a travelling stash sounds like a lot of fun - but don't count me in- I live in Oz and it wouldn't be practical. I look forward to hearing out it works out...

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  16. Travelling stash - what a fantastic idea - I'm from Oz too though, so like Shari, not really practical - but I too look forward to hearing how this goes! Maybe once I've developed a network of readers of my own I'll give it a try too!

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  17. This is a great post! Your sewing room is wonderful! I think that the traveling stash sounds like a lot of fun!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Good Morning,

    Your sewing room is wonderful. What a nice, quiet atmosphere to create in.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  19. he sewing room is great. don't include me in the Traveling Stash, its great idea but I'm in Oz but did want to comment on your Room

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  20. I love this idea (Both hiring someone to tidy your stash and having a travelling stash)

    I HOPE you would be happy to have a Brit in your travelling stash idea. If not would you be happy for a Brit to 'borrow' your idea and start one in this country??
    Happy New Year.

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  21. The sewing room and stash look great! That was money very well spent...

    Love the traveling stash idea...sounds like a box of FUN!!!

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  22. I have my fabric in baskets and that works so well. The problem is the mountain of other stuff that has migrated IN FRONT OF the baskets and I can't get to them easily anymore!!! I love the idea of a travelling stash - can it come to Australia for a visit?

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  23. Sounds like a fabulous idea. Count me in.

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  24. You had me laughing out loud - always a great way to start the day! Love the sewing room and the idea of the traveling stash!

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  25. Good Morning Nan, all of you ladies who were in before I, good morning. Ok, first have to meet your husband, I do think there are many out there who have no clue, LOL. Can always count on you to lift our spirits, again a hit post. Your room is very tidy and your thoughts of a travelling stash is ideal. Years ago I had a Merry Sack in needlework it traveled the globe and returned to me in 13 months. Not one thing I had put in it was there, I had all kinds of goodies...sew this is a fabulous idea...I do believe each country could certainly start one if they had enough players... Oh the Mister, ttfn, can I get you anything? and you Nan, hope to see you again...

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  26. Thanks for the laughs, Nan! I'm lucky enough to be married to a guy who dos understand the difference between blanket and quilt, and he got both this year. But, he doesn't always understand the point of so many little pieces... yesterday, when I said I finished the 600 hsts for the Bonnie Hunter mystery, he just shook his head and declared he would never understand it all.
    Happy New Year! The traveling stash... what a great idea!!!

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  27. What a fantastic idea! I would love to participate and see the goodies! As they say one man's trash is another man's treasure. Love your reorganization. I have baskets with like colors of fabric, but I like your idea of having the fabric on end so that you can see all that you have at a glance. Great job!

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  28. One person's (s)trash is another person's treasure. Great idea!

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  29. Great post Nan - and I love your idea of paying a teen to fold and sort! I wish I'd thought of that before I did it myself. Traveling Stash - love it! blessings, marlene

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  30. Awesome post, Nan! I think your idea of a traveling stash is fabulous! Count me in. It would be fun to send some of my stash to a new home!!

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  31. Cool room! Cool idea - the traveling stash! And, I have a librarian action figure, too! (But I don't where she is atm)

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  32. Hi Nan,
    Loved your post and your humor. I chuckled reading your post. I think your sewing room looks wonderful and I don't know how you can leave it, ha, ha.

    The "traveling stash" sounds like a great idea. I just did something similar with a cabbage patch doll that travelled around the country and Europe. We all added a a few items from our neck of the woods to her box and after her visit and posting photos on the website, we passed her on to the next club member. When her journey is over she'll be raffled off to one of the participants to keep.

    I really enjoyed your post and will check out your blog too.
    Gail :)

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  33. Love your room!. I paid a friend to help me organize my room a few years ago. Problem was that she got a job before it was all done and I am still looking for some items.lol This year my niece is going to help me go through as a barter system we have developed. It is always fun to do it with someone as it helps you look at your things in a different light. I love your idea of a box of "quality pre owned items" (our word for stuff we pass on or get from others). This would be fun to do in a quilt group or guild.
    Please do not include me in the circuit as I have so much do deal with in my house right now and the postage thing drives me nuts.
    I am going to "gift" my "unwantables" to a local group of ladies who quilt for a local cancer organization. Good cause and I only have to walk a block to get them there!
    Love your sense of humour!
    I am very fortunate to have a hubby who believes in the happy wife happy life category and just smiles and nods when I show him stuff.
    Have a great day!

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  34. Great idea! I have a hard time giving up any fabric, but I do have a couple of pieces in mind for this. I think it could be great fun!

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  35. Traveling stash .... A brilliant idea! Even if I don't win, I am going to do it. Thanks for a lovely post!

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  36. OMG - can you get that girl to climb into the box too??
    Sign me up for the traveling stash please!
    tammy.mccorkle@yahoo.com

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  37. What a grand idea! Cound me in for the traveling stash: cpearson7@comcast.net

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  38. I LOVE your fabric drawers. I am the same way, I have to SEE my stash in order to use it. I think I will be making a visit to the Container Store...
    And please include me in the Traveling Stash! How fun!

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  39. What a terrific idea. I already know what I'd include if I win.

    Congratulations on getting organized. I must reorganize part of my sewing room every 6mos or so - still searching for the best solution for me.

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  40. How much fun would that box be to open??? I want to find out! Pleeeeezzzzzzzz

    Your room looks fabulous!

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  41. What a Great Idea!!! Hope I win it!!!
    Your sewing room and stash look lovely and that's another good idea - I'm going to look for someone to help me with my stash too - a cheap price to pay for a clear sewing room.
    Marie

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  42. Oh, boy. What a fun idea! *S* I'm in.
    If I win, I too will come back here and choose a name from this list.

    I'm snickering at the person up above who isn't joining cause she has nothing she wants to get rid of. *snicker*

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  43. Hey Girls! Thanks for the nice comments!! I've posted a picture of the STASH I'm going to give away over on my blog - stop by and have a look! As to you Aussies and Brits, fair is fair, I didn't say you would be excluded because of where you live so you're all INcluded!! After all, it's a New Year and this is the NEW ME!!! Time to lighten up on all fronts! I will post the winners name on MY BLOG, www.potsandpins.com tomorrow evening! Good luck everyone! xo, Nan

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  44. I agree.......great idea!

    I say just keep the box going. Let it travel to everyone!

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  45. Traveling Stash ... Yay! I am sew all over that! Worth the price :) You are such a entertaining writer, Nan, thank you for sharing your awesome wit!!

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  46. I love the idea of Traveling Stash!!! Our bee did this a couple of years ago and it was really fun!

    Now, about hiring that high school girl -- what a wonderful idea!!!! I so need someone to help me get my fabric organized.

    I'm heading over to you blog for a visit. Thanks for your wonderful post!

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  47. Wow! I love how organized your room looks! And that moda jelly roll is calling my name! Please pick me! :)

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  48. Hi Nan! You are sooo funny.... I loved reading your post and seeing your sewing room! Wish I had that much space...mine is in a very tiny bedroom in our basement!

    I LOVE your idea of the Traveling Stash and would love to participate. There is a lot of fabric and notions lurking in my space that really need a new home! Thanks for the opportunity to play along!

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

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  49. What a great idea! The traveling stash would be a fun thing to work with and I am always up for losing weight after the holiday's (as I sit in my new lightweight workout pants waiting for a WW meeting to start). Could me in!! djschmidtsj@yahoo.com

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  50. Oops, that was "count", not could. :-)

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  51. This is one of the best ideas I've heard off!! I'd love to give it a go and that way get rid of some of my stash,
    Lotta in Sweden

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  52. Such a great idea!!!! I am so in .... and I'm in the states!

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  53. I am entering this giveaway with high hopes, since I am apparently destined to win ALL Nan giveaways. Love your guts, and that is a great idea! Genius.

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  54. Traveling stash is such a fun idea and inexpensive for those of us in the states. Wouldn't it be fun to have international (though too expensive for mailing)...imagine the fun fabrics from other countries!

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  55. I would love to take part in a traveling stash. could one be organized for Europe?
    I'm in the process of sewing my brown bag quilt and would enjoy something new to deal with afterwards

    I have a lovely room in our house all to myself for sewing. As it was all new I started from scratch. i bought Ikea wire baskets for storing my organized small pieces and wardrobes with shallow drawers for the larger pieces. Other material is in clear plastic boxes on a shelving unit like your big white unit. As far as possible everything is classified and often labeled. Its so much easier to find everything. The baskets have curtains in front of them to stop the light fading the colours
    It works well and would be even better if I were a tidier person and put things away on a more frequent basis.

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  56. I'm in! This is a fantastic idea! I think...for people like me who don't know any quilters to give to, except for those I blog-stalk, it might be cool to include a printed list of people on here who actually WANT to participate. Then we can Travel-Stash to people who really want it...Mark off the name at the top of the list and send it on, adding a new name of someone else you know to the end of the list...just a thought.

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  57. What a great Idea Nan. I peeked at the box on your blog and it looks like I'd like your rejects! Count me in. Great idea!
    Mary Ann

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  58. I love your space. I wish my room was bigger so I could have shelves like that. I am always busy brainstorming on ways to make room for fun stuff...dumb 10x10 room. What were they thinking?!? LOL

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  59. WOW! What a great idea. I think it would be cool to start this in our guild....hmmm I think I will start. Maybe in a plastic bin since it will not be mailed.
    I love you new improved stash!Sew inspiring.\
    Christy Rogers
    christyrana@gmail.com

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  60. I love this idea. I really should sign up two thousand times. I have so much crap, err, I mean fabric and stuff.

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  61. i would like to join too but i dont suppose it would come all the way to the uk and i have no stash to send on as i am just starting out :)))

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  62. Oh you have my dream room, I'm getting there slowly. Pass the Stash seems a great game to play.

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  63. The Traveling Stash is a great idea, and maybe Madame Samm could put a list of interested parties on here in a side-bar so that we know it would continue to "travel"! Count me in!! salliesue {at} clearwire {dot} net

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  64. Fabulous idea!! I have many things to fill a box with..........AND I already have that size usps box in my house. I don't just hoard fabric after all. :) Count me in for the Traveling Stash! Oh and I think Amanda has a great idea to add to the list, etc. I'm so excited that I want to leave work right this minute and go fill up a box to mail off to someone. I'm giddy also known as Kate. kamaclean_2000@yahoo.com (pick me, pick me!!)

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  65. I'm in!! I love the idea and I love your sewing room!! I just wish we could have seen more of a BEFORE picture...I'm sure it looked just like the wild and crazy Nan we all know and love from her wild and crazy posts. Send that stash on down to Alabama!!
    Gmama jANE

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  66. Your posts always crack me up -- the conversation with your mister could have been my mister, ha! Your room looks organized to perfection, I bet you can really get cranking in there now!

    And yes, I would adore the chance to be a part of the traveling stash and would happily take some and stuff it back full with my own manicured items. You just never know what the next person might get a kick out of. Hope you are having a kick butt start to the new year!

    describehappy at gmail dot com

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  67. Love the traveling stash idea - count me in! Love the idea of accompanying list too - moved my blog to a new space and don't have many readers, especially of the quilting variety!

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  68. what about down under???lol...what a great idea...would love to be in it....love your new storage system...in my dreams...lol

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  69. I love the idea of the "Traveling Stash". It reminds of the saying "One mans trash is another mans treasure" but with us it would be stash instead of trash.

    becky dot mb at comcast dot net

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  70. Great idea! Count me in, it would be fun to add to the box.
    valekort at yahoo dot com

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  71. Traveling Stash.......Yes!!! I'll play.

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  72. Love the Traveling Stash idea. Count me in and maybe it will be my lucky day to be able to add to the box.

    iarmock@comcast.net

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  73. I use some plastic drawer similar to yours for my stash. It works for me, too. Love the connection to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Of course, I'm game and will keep the stash moving to a new home:)

    P.S. Love your wall color in your sewing room.

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  74. Wow this sounds like a great plan. I'd love to play along.

    Tina F

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  75. Travelling Stash! What a fantastic idea! Alas $13 for abox will not get it to the UK (though a small packet will - she says hopefully) I'd be happy to participate BUT only if you don't pay any more than the $13 for shipping, I'm happy to then pass it on :) Happy for you to not include me too if postage precludes :)

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  76. Count me in on the travelling stash idea. I love it!

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  77. Oh my goodness, I cannot tell you how many times you made me smile with your post!! I love your room and the way it works for you. A traveling stash what a great idea!!

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  78. Your sewing room looks so nice and neat - I think I would really like working in there. Mine is so cluttered and crowded. Maybe I need to be finding me a high school helper. . .
    The traveling stash sounds like lots of fun - count me in.

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  79. Count me in! Since I just made a New Year's Resolution to lose five pounds this month -- well, this kills two birds with one package!

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  80. That would be awesome. Thank you for showing us your quilting area, it is beautiful.

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  81. yep, traveling stash sounds great to me! count me in!

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  82. I've used the basket system from The Container Store for years and love it. Mine are in what used to be a small walk-in closet with the closet doors removed too! Only difference is that mine are seven high as opposed to five.

    I like the idea of the Traveling Stash too -- please include me!
    ladynredd2003 at yahoo dot com

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  83. Here's hoping 87 is a lucky number. This sounds like a blast!

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  84. I always love your posts on Stash Manicure! I think the traveling stash is a great idea and I'd love to be included. I like your organizational drawers, too. Looks so neat and tidy!

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  85. Oh your sewing room looks like my dream room! I too like clear drawers and seeing what I have...but my fabric isn't organized by color, it's organized by style or project wannabes. Traveling fabric sounds like fun...I'm game!

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  86. Count me in. I know just what I'll fill that box with! What a great idea.

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  87. Oh how I love this idea. What a great way to "pass it on". I would love to play! Thank you. Your room looks so wonderful.

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  88. I love the idea of the Travelling Stash - count me in! I'm in the middle of setting up a sewing/craft room for the first time and I'm setting aside stuff I know I'll never get to as well. I might have to start my own Travelling Stash once I'm done.

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  89. Count me in - the traveling stash is a great idea.

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  90. Count me in too, the traveling stash is a great idea, and oh what fun to get that package in the mail!

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  91. What a fantabulous idea!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Please, I would LOVE to participate! I would love to do a swap with this intention... How fun would that be?!!?? Alas, I only have 6 followers... Not nearly enough for an effective swap ('specially since two of the six have ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE TO SEW - I KNOW! Crazy people!) Hope your day stayed organized!!

    xo
    Jacqueline
    jmsolgat.blogspot.com

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  92. This is a great idea. I would love to be the recipient of your Traveling Stash. I would use the fabrics for my church's Hug's Ministry. We make quilts, pair them with stuffies and give them to the local fire department for kids in crisis situations. Thank you for the opportunity. And, of course, I have lots of stash to add and send on. Take care and God bless, Cory

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  93. Such a great idea!!! Count me in! I have some fabric to add to the travelling stash!! Thanks for the wonderful post! Hugs Ariane

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  94. Fun post! Now it would be fun to get the little box and then send it on. Count me in, please.

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  95. That sounds like fun (but you do know the price of postage went up just a bit Jan 1!)

    Count me in on a chance to play.

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  96. Count me in! As you well know, I need to declutter my stash! Your room is so clean, how do you sew in there?

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  97. How much fun can this be. What a neat way to clean out your own stach but to send it to another that might just treasure some of the items in the box. Wow.
    Paula
    stamper93230@sbcglobal.net

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  98. Shoot, I can add enough to your large flat rate box to make it a shipping crate!! :-) I would love to play along, and what a great way to share.

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  99. By the way your sewing area looks spectacular now. I am so jealous. :-)

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  100. OMG...I can't stop rolling around on the floor laughing. I love the idea of the floating stash...count me in!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  101. How fun! Such a great idea! I'm definitely in! :)

    And yes, men are funny. Every time I get fabric in the mail, mine asks me "did you get a swap?" I go ahead and let him think it was a swap...even if it means I swapped my money for it :)

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  102. Great post to start off the New Year! I love the Traveling Stash Idea, might do one on my blog! Please put my name in the drawing, I have a box already to go!

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  103. Great job organizing your sewing room! It looks lovely :) I just finished organizing my space and have a pile of stuff ready to pass on as well. I'm ready to participate in the traveling stash!

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  104. What a greatb idea! I would love to be a part of this. I loved touring your sewing room. Greatbjob in organizing it.

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  105. This traveling stash sounds like such a fun thing to do! There are always bits and pieces (some big and some small) that I can't live without and then I can't seem to live with them either :)

    I think i may borrow this idea for the sewing guild here in Lexington - think how much fun we can all have - HAPPY NEW (organized) YEAR!

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  106. I just loved your last post and your blog, which I have been stalking for quite some time. Please count me in for the traveling stash. Sounds like a blast!!!

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  107. I want it, I want, I want it. OH the traveling stash would be awesome...if I win, can I come back to this list of comments and pick someone to send it on to?

    Thanks SO MUCH!!!

    Marilyn
    marilynjw1971@gmail.com

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  108. I like the idea of a traveling stash. Sounds like a lot of fun. You can count me in. Good job on organizing your room. I love the drawer system you have. I would love something similiar. I really enjoyed reading your post as well. My husband understands the difference between a quilt and blanket, but he doesn't understand my need for so much fabric. :0) But he doesn't complain.

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  109. What a great idea - please count me in!!! I am already tossing through my stash to start my own box to send on to some buddies.

    Sandy in NJ
    Pecsan114@optonline.net

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  110. What a terrific idea! Please include my name in the "Traveling Stash."

    Barbara in WV

    babsnwv at gmail dot com

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  111. Ooohhhh, ooohhhh, ooohhh, I want to be part of the Traveling Stash! Maybe we could all give our addresses and take turns--there are certainly enough that want to play here, and I would be happy to pay postage to Australia or the UK so that these gals can play along, too! What a brilliant idea. It's so brilliant that I'm no longer mad at you for posting pictures of your sewing space, making me drool, and shorting out my 'puter. So there! :)

    Dot
    dminshall67@yahoo.com

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  112. Love your sewing room. And would love to join your "Traveling Stash". I could take some fabrics out that I like and include some of mine in there that I don't like. What a cool way to have someone else's fabrics in future quilts. Another thing we could do is contact one of the other e-mailers that comment on your post and send it to them. That way everyone involved in the swap could be from your blog. Lovely.... dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  113. I love the idea of a traveling stash. Even if I don't win your stash, I think I'll have to start one.

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  114. Oops! I forgot the address
    njones127 at tampabay dot rr dot com

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  115. Traveling Stash great idea Nan! That sounds like my closet for sure- I live outside the US most the time from CA to Pakistan and do I have a stash to share. Being outside the US most of the time, I don't get to pleasure of going into the quilt stores all the time (especially now that I have 3 grandkids). So to be able to get some treasures from someone and share some that I have would be AWESOME!! Count me in, I will get it out in less than a week. Wonderful idea- just shared this with my daughter who lives in England that has a blog and she might do it with "clothes" on her blog. Happy New Year!

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  116. Love the idea of a Travling Stash. Would love to play along. lovieb (at) simplynet.net

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  117. I love the idea of the Traveling Stash. May have to start one locally here in Kingston. Shipping to Canada can be a hassle so I won't participate this time around.
    Also, I love your chair. My mister chose Christmas Dinner to complain about the lack of cushions on our dining room chairs so you have given me inspiration. It will drive him nuts if the cushions don't match! stitches@kingston.net

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  118. BarbaraLeaheey@hotmail.comJanuary 4, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    OOOOh! I love the red and white varigated dot
    fabric!! I'd love to participate!

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  119. What a great idea! Maybe we could get a few of them going! My grandmother (born in 1885) used to do the "Round Robin" letters(that's "snail mail" for us cyberfans)with her quilting buds. I'm in!!!
    emleescott51@msn.com

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  120. I would love to be a part of the travelling stash! How awesome - great idea!

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  121. Count me in for the travelling stash.....if I'm not too late.....I've got lots of stash I could fill a box noooooooo problem.

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  122. Sounds like great fun to me. I hope if I win I can find enough stash to replace what I want to keep!

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  123. Thank you for the lovely idea on the travelling stash. Mine is small yet my mother could spare some for sure. I follow stashmanicure as MarciaW.

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  124. Hi there
    What fun
    Count me IN
    YAYAY
    Cheers
    Catie

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  125. I want to play!!! my email is tootoosue@yahoo.com

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  126. I would love to play. I have plenty of stash to stuff into the mailing box! LOL!
    mdellenh2o
    at
    juno
    dot
    com

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  127. Great idea! I'd love to "give and take"! Sign me up,please!
    meri_drake@yahoo.com

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  128. Travelling Stash is a great idea. Count me in! Itsmelealee@gmail.com

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  129. Wow what a great idea. I too am an Aussie but would love to participate.

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