I talk a lot about the fabric stash I inherited from my mom. Boxes and boxes of fabric that over the years Iâ€™ve turned into beautiful quilts. (If I do say so myself!)
The closet downstairs where I keep the fabric stash is getting cleared out. There are only a few boxes left and perhaps only another quilt or two depending on the design. My goal was to use up that stash and I am close to reaching it.
On the other handâ€¦
Yesterday I turned the kiln on and made beads all day. As I chose colours for what I wanted to work with â€” panic set in as I noticed my glass stash is getting low! Agggggghhhhhh!!!
There used to be a cool glass store in Seattle, and one day I was lucky enough to walk into it, and say, â€œGive me one of everything!â€ That was a really fun day. I started a glass stash that day and had every colour of glass possible.
Then, Ken built a beautiful wooden case for me to keep the glass rods in. It has 16 drawers, and each drawer has four slots, perfect for organizing glass rods. I confess all of the drawers are filled with glass of every colour ready for any occasion. This is pure delight for someone with a little OCD.
I donâ€™t remember how long Iâ€™ve been making beads, but it has been a while now. I used to go to town and re-stock some of the basics. White, ivory, black and clear were always on the list of what to buy. I would also get a â€œtreatâ€ when I hit a glass store. Lemon yellow, moss green, cobalt blue and if I was feeling rich – Iâ€™d grab a stick or two of purple. Whenever I went to Seattle, Iâ€™d spend a few bucks and fill the stash up again.
Then, we quit going to Seattle as often as we used to. The last time I was there, I found that the glass store had moved, and left no forwarding address. I was disappointed and came home with no new glass. Then the store in Vancouver moved as well. I never took the time to find the new store. I had a good stash, so I was okay.
Then, yesterday – I noticed I had slim pickings to make beads with. Oh, there is still a rod or two of â€œeverythingâ€ â€” but only a rod or two! I had to use the browns and greys and ugly orange glass yesterday. I just couldnâ€™t bring myself to use the last of the lime or what is left of the turquoise. Ack!
Iâ€™ve been happily using up the fabric stash. Clear it out. Iâ€™ll always be a quilt maker, but I donâ€™t need a fabric store in the basement. Same goes for the fleece stash I have in a cedar chest ready to spin. As that gets used up – Iâ€™m totally fine with it.
Butâ€¦ running low on glass is a different story. Yikes! With all the great beads yet to be made, I realize being out of black and ivory glass is one thing, but knowing I only have one or two rods of purple left â€“ Well, itâ€™s making me nervous.