Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! And Happy Easter to you all as well! I'm sure this past week was spent by quite a few of you preparing for the Easter celebrations and traditions you all hold dear. :) Not me...I did nothing. Nope, nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Well, if you want to count working, working, getting rear-ended, working, having a melt-down and working, it was nothing. I have to admit that this past week has been one of the most stressful I've had in a while so I quite literally came home each evening and fell onto the couch. And prayed that hubby wasn't hungry. Apparently he was...thank GOODNESS for Wheat Thins. :D
|Poor ugly tray :(|
Today I actually have dinner in the crock pot (I KNOW, freaky!) and had some time to work on a couple of things. Not that I DID, it's just that I had the time. Seriously, you all should know by now that just because I HAVE the time does not mean that I USE the time. Do not make me retrain you all! Quite a bit of today was spent trying to get Baxter to come inside. It's quite windy here and he does not like the wind, so...he promptly stuffed himself between the door and the chair outside and would not move. I tried and tried to open the door for him to come in, but he was too petrified. FINALLY. Now he's whimpering under the table, but at least he's inside.
|After a couple of coats|
In BETWEEN the attempts to get Baxter back in the house, I finally got to do my thread tray! I've actually been wanting to do this for quite a while now, but haven't had the chance. But today, I DID IT! YAY ME!!! Come on now; say it with me! The clear box that's been holding my thread forever just isn't big enough or what I'm really wanting, so I've been biding my time (for a lllooooonnnngggggg time) trying to find the perfect thread and bobbin holder. I had something specific in mind, but just wasn't able to find it. I checked out Ebay, Amazon, the craft stores, etc., just to find that what my brain was picturing wasn't anywhere to be found. Pooh.
|1-3/4 inches apart in the row|
Enter this tray (yes, this poor ugly tray) that I picked up at my one of my favorite thrift shops a few months back. I passed it up a couple of times, even though I knew I could use it for something, but the color just wasn't giving me any inspiration. Finally, after about the 49th trip through (seriously!), I grabbed it. For just a couple of dollars, I figured something would come to me eventually. Eventually took a while. On one of my last search adventures for the perfect thread and bobbin holder, it occurred to me that this poor ugly tray could be my answer. What I was really looking for was a holder that I could store my thread AND it's bobbin TOGETHER. Not in separate spaces or holders, but TOGETHER. Because I am truly OCD and NEED to be able to grab them at the same time. Fine...YOU call it lazy, I call it OCD. Either way, I now have it.
|Using a ruler for row spacing|
It crossed my mind that this tray is quite a nice size and could store lots of thread. You know, as in, I already have lots, but I need more lots. :D You sewers, quilters and thread hoarders completely understand, don't you? And it would be easily accessible; no searching for the bobbin that's somewhere else and digging through the spools of thread to find the one I want. And seriously - how stupendously simple! Not to mention, I can see every color at just one glance and know exactly what I have so I don't end up buying the exact same one over and over. I'm going to go with money saving on this too, just for the sake of excitement and justification.
Anyhoooooo, to make my thread holder, it was very simple to do, with not a lot of different or expensive items needed. Spray paint, my tray and some golf tees. Add hot glue and...waa laa (or however you spell that!), my thread holder! Really, it was THAT easy!
I gave my tray a nice washing and towel-dried it. After that, I took it outside and gave it a couple of coats of spray paint. I only painted the inside as I wanted the outside to still be dark, but of course that is totally a personal preference. After it dried for a couple of hours, I took out the trusty golf tees that my hubby has been collecting for YEARS (bwah hahahaha - actually, I got them off of ebay super cheap!) and applied hot glue to the bottom of the tee. Using a ruler, I spaced them approximately 1-3/4 inches apart . Once a row was finished, I left the ruler there as a spacer and added more tees to the next row. I just continued this until I had the tray filled. Originally, I had planned to use only the tallest tees, but since some of my spools of thread are shorter, and since I have some random bobbins with no matching threads, I decided to use all sizes. Super easy, super quick, super organizational!
Of course, I HAD to immediately put some thread on it to see if it was really how I wanted it, and it was! YAY ME! I now have my thread with matching bobbins TOGETHER on their very own tees and can tell at a quick glance whether I need to thread a bobbin, buy a new spool of a color, or decide which color in a family I don't have.
Trust me, just a tee spool of thread makes your day much more organized! And it's colorful, just like those Easter eggs!
Ultra Cover spray paint (Grape in gloss) from Rustoleum; Golf tees in random sizes from PrideSports.