“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”
Anyone who knows me understands that describing me as disorderly is an understatement – a bit like describing Mount Everest as a hill.
Recently though, I’ve discovered that (when it comes to my fabric stash, at least) it has its benefits. How would I have experienced such joy at chancing upon a beautiful piece of Liberty fabric my sister brought me from London last year if it had been washed and ironed and folded neatly in a drawer? How would I have discovered that the pink dress I’m sewing for Lizzy would look fantastic with orange gingham piping if they hadn’t been shoved together in a bag under the bed?
Finding bags of ribbons and ric rac, buttons and elastic while searching for that elusive baby shoe or hair clip brings another whole dimension to my day. As someone who spends a lot of time colouring in, making play dough ‘cupcakes’ and reading Winnie the Pooh over and over again, for that I am truly grateful.
It’s spring, and while I will freely admit that my pantry cupboard and the kids’ wardrobes need a clean to fit the season, my stash can stay as it is. I love making discoveries and bringing to light hidden gems. After all, why waste time cleaning when you can sew? I’m off to make something out of that beautiful Liberty.