“I was thinking . . .”-- evidently, these are three of the most frightening words in the English language. After their utterance, I’ve seen family and fellow staff discreetly bolt for the nearest exit, and witnessed my husband, shiver and shrink, as if a window had suddenly blown open, emitting a chilling breeze.

So, I have a lot of ideas . . . and I like to share them.

Recently, in an effort to organize some of my more random thoughts, as well as the mound of paper and cardboard scraps that had accumulated in my studio, I decided to make a few small notepads. The thought came to me after I saw some simple memo pads on a retail site. An idea--see what I mean?

But seriously, I knew this idea had merit, for goodness knows, I’m always looking for a piece of paper to jot down one of my mental meanderings.  Quite often, I tear off corners from napkins, paper, and envelopes, but I thought a little pad might be more convenient and attractive- plus it would give me an excuse to stop cleaning and play for a bit.  In theory, a pad would help me organize my thoughts before I shared them, and any idea found lacking would be simply removed from the ringed pad, and another recycled piece of paper added to take its place. In the end, my little pads would offer me a method for honoring my muse, without burdening my “more than tolerant” husband.

So, this week, instead of crafting lace tags from a shoebox, I made some mini notepads. Originally, I had planned to make them like those I’d seen online, which featured plain cardboard covers and slips of white paper bound with a binder ring--that was, of course, before I saw a piece of stenciled paper I had saved from an Alabama Chanin fabric order. Again, another idea . . ..

While the notepads would have been lovely without any embellishment other than the stenciled paper I applied to their recycled cardboard covers, I decided to embellish them further with an assortment of circles I hole-punched from additional paper scraps, which allowed me to recycle even more paper. I rather liked how they turned out, so much so, I plan to make more when time allows.

I’m beginning to wonder if the cleaning and organizing of my studio will ever end, but honestly, I’m not particularly dismayed, because the process has produced multiple opportunities for creative exploration. I can’t help but wonder, what’s next. Right now, I have no idea; but if I get one, I’ll write it down . . ..

Postscript:  If you aren’t familiar with the work of Alabama Chanin, you should visit their site at  http://www.alabamachanin.com. I have purchased their three design books, taken one of their workshops, and sewn clothing from their patterns.  Each experience has been both delightful and fascinating. 


  1. Those are fabulous! [I have commented and I am not afraid :) ]

    1. Hello dear friend-

      Thank you for your sweet comment. Maybe I should send you a notepad or two-- for gardening notes, perhaps?

      So happy the fear has passed . . . -l

  2. Your writing either makes me laugh or tear up. This article made me laugh at the beginning. The notepads are adorable.

    1. I'm so happy you read my posts. Your feedback is always inspiring. I use the notepads on a daily basis, because the ideas and lists never stop--as you well know . . . . :)