Scrapping Scraps

This is the second time Scraphappy Day has come around and I have nothing to show for it.

Regular readers will probably be aware that I’m in a period of transition (housing wise) at the moment and am finding it difficult to concentrate on anything unrelated.

I am slowly but surely starting to sift through some of the outrageous stash of various craft supplies I have. (A nice sibilant sentence for you there. – Ooh, and another one 😄)

These are on their way to a new home

My cupboard, once full of balls of yarn now fallen out of favour and part balls of yarn not suitable for any of the sort of scrap blankets I’ve made for previous Scraphappy Days, is now (almost) empty.  The contents have been split between two local ladies – one who will use her share to make dog coats for the Twilight Retirement Home for Old and Disabled Dogs here in France and one who will use hers in a workshop she runs for children.

Of course there were other baskets, bags, etc. containing yarn scraps but too numerous (embarrassing) to show.

As the bedroom I will be commandeering in the new house for my workroom is probably a third the size of my current one – and will have to have a guest bed in it to boot – I don’t think I can justify taking my bins of cotton scraps, jersey scraps and selvedges (!!!) across the channel with me.

Again, more can be found in various bags and bin sacks but this will suffice to make my point.

Sad, but sacrifices have to be made and I daresay I will quickly build up more scraps once the dust has settled.

Meanwhile, my creative mojo is still missing, only emerging intermittently, which will explain why I still have only half a basset hound face on my worktable after a couple of months.

Those eyes look at me reproachfully every time I go in the workshop but I keep managing to resist.

If you want to see what could be made with all those scraps – and other types of scraps too – by people more focused than I am at the moment, see below.


Scraphappy Day is organised by Kate & Gun for anybody who wants to make new things from scraps of any kind – doesn’t have to be fabric or yarn.  Here’s a list of participants – both regular and occasional – if you want to have a look at the sort of things you can do with scraps.

Contact Kate (first name on the list) if you want to join in.

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn (me), Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin


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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on September 15, 2020 - 11:43

    I feel the pain of letting go, and you are making a much better bash of it than I did when we moved in May. Good luck.

    • #2 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 11:55

      Yesterday was photo albums day – will probably take up about two of those moving boxes but how can you possibly throw away photos? They would benefit from being ‘gone through’ I suppose but I haven’t got the time right now and, let’s face it, probably never will.

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on September 15, 2020 - 12:32

    Sounds like you are making good progress with the de-cluttering. Well Done – I am impressed!

    • #4 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 15:08

      Well, I’m longing for the day when I can ask ‘which cupboard/drawer/chest/room/wardrobe can I empty today?’ and be able to answer ‘there are none left to do’. I might be waiting some time.

  3. #5 by katechiconi on September 15, 2020 - 12:34

    There’s no rule that says you have to use every . single . scrap. The idea is to make something useful, or pretty, or both, and that’s it. Chuck out with wild abandon! Clear the decks! Rediscover lost treasures! It’s a creative challenge: make empty space from your scraps 🙂 I do feel for you, and wish I could just nip round and lend a hand…

    • #6 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 14:59

      I might have a quick flick through the scrap cotton fabric bin and pick out the larger pieces. I’ll then add them to my ‘Parts Dept.’ which is in yet another box but not so full.
      I wish you could just nip round and lend a hand too but I suspect you’d be going home with a box of your own – as I’m sure a more local friend will when she comes round to help and ‘have first dibs’ on any fabric I’m not sure about taking.

  4. #7 by Emma on September 15, 2020 - 12:43

    I am dreading our next move, I’m really bad at getting rid of any stash/scraps 😬 at the moment I’m even keeping my tiny yarn ends to use as stuffing 😅 I admire your willpower

    • #8 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 15:04

      It’s the sort of thing you do without thinking when you have the space isn’t it? Then, when it comes to downsizing – for whatever reason – the horrible reality of previous excesses dawns.

  5. #9 by claire93 on September 15, 2020 - 14:42

    I can remember the not fun part of moving – trying to find good homes for so much stuff. I mean, it’s not because we can’t take it with us that we want to bin it!
    And just look at those doleful Basset eyes ^^

    • #10 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 15:05

      Is there a fun part? I’m still waiting but I think it will be quite some time yet.

  6. #11 by Evie Jones on September 15, 2020 - 15:06

    Moving house is loathsome. But it will be worth it! Decluttering all the scraps and unloved bits will certainly leave lots of space for renewed creativity in your new home.

    • #12 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 16:45

      Yes! Let’s look on the bright side 🌤

  7. #13 by CurlsnSkirls on September 15, 2020 - 15:17

    Sounds like you’re making good progress!!!
    Keep at it, but allow yourself more time thinking about what a GREAT Job you’re doing!!!
    DO stop castigating yourself for doing things logical at the time.
    Times change, and you’re changing right along with them.
    Wishing you much Joy! 💕 💓

  8. #15 by Laurie Graves on September 15, 2020 - 16:15

    What a job, but it does sound as though you are making good progress. That dog’s face is sweet, even if it is unfinished. Best of luck staying sane as you clean, sort, and move. Phew!

    • #16 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 16:52

      Today has been a very frustrating day trying to change addresses, sign documents online etc. – could some of these websites be any worse?
      So, no packing yet today (it’s 16.50). I might just finish with the photo albums and call it a day.
      At least I did get my hair cut earlier which was a trial in itself. I couldn’t wear one of my usual, relatively comfortable masks that i make myself as the elastic goes double round the back of my head and might have got snipped in the hair cutting process. So I borrowed one of Mr. T.s which is too big for me, is made out of horrible polyester, got sucked into my mouth every time I tried to speak and kept falling down my nose. And she wonders why I don’t hang around long enough to have a colour put on any more.
      Still, mostly all small niggles in the scheme of things at the moment.

      • #17 by Laurie Graves on September 15, 2020 - 17:06

        Oh, gosh! Small niggles, but they sure add up. Virtual hugs from Maine!

      • #18 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 17:52

        Received with thanks x

      • #19 by Born To Organize on September 15, 2020 - 20:25

        It’s small but miserable nonetheless. I think the irritants are confounded by the reason we are wearing masks in the first place. I’m easily irritated these days. It’s not a quality I’m proud of, but I recognize it for what it is: stress upon stress upon stress. Moving is huge! COVID is huge! Losing all that space, the beloved French countryside, all of it. My heart goes out to you.

        On a more mundane note, I’m so happy the balls of yarn will find new and practical life once again. xo

      • #20 by tialys on September 18, 2020 - 17:13

        Yes, it’s a relief when I can give things away and know they’ll be used for good. I am trying to sell some stuff too – it’s an expensive business this moving lark 😉. However, both giving and selling seem to take the same amount of effort – photographing, advertising, arranging collection etc. All good fun 🙄

  9. #21 by Quimper Hitty on September 15, 2020 - 16:49

    I am not sure about fun. It can be hard to remember to appreciate the process as well as the goal, but life is just like that – a continual process. Blessings on the journey, people say, and love from friends…

    • #22 by tialys on September 15, 2020 - 17:52

      Thank you for your thoughts. Parts of the process don’t seem to warrant appreciating but I will try my best and value those parts that do. 😁

  10. #23 by magpiesue on September 15, 2020 - 18:24

    Oh how tedious. Having to cope with uncooperative websites as well as ruthless sorting. You are entitled to a few moments of fun somewhere along the way! Wish I could also help lighten the load somehow. Make sure the Bassett ends up in a box going across the channel!

    • #24 by tialys on September 17, 2020 - 16:13

      I will – he’ll be easier to transport than the other dogs 😁

  11. #25 by onesmallstitch on September 15, 2020 - 21:02

    I’m thinking my next move will be to the retirement home and the daughter-in-laws will have to deal with all the stash – heaven forbid. It looks like you are doing an amazing job and good luck with the move.

    • #26 by tialys on September 18, 2020 - 17:10

      I had the same thoughts about my daughters but, I suppose, by then it won’t trouble us 😊

  12. #27 by anne54 on September 16, 2020 - 01:22

    Oh, wouldn’t it be so much easier to have no moral concerns and send it all to land fill. Which of course is why you have all these scraps, because you wanted to divert them from landfill, to make wonderful creations from all the odds and ends. I feel for you having to make these decisions. Is it reassuring to think that every box/tub/drawer cleaned is one box/tub/drawer closer to being finished?

    • #28 by tialys on September 18, 2020 - 17:09

      It would be easier and, frankly, some of our contents have had to go to landfill but only if I really, really can’t imagine anybody wanting those things. Even then, somebody at the dump took a rusty old lamp and a mantle clock before my husband could throw them in the containers. There’s no accounting for taste.

  13. #29 by The Snail of Happiness on September 16, 2020 - 10:17

    I have been so rubbish at reading blogs recently that it had completely passed me by that you are moving… back to the UK I assume. Well, hopefully that means we can meet up sometime in the future. Anyway, I’m impressed with your progress… sorting through stash/scraps can be such a challenge.

    • #30 by tialys on September 18, 2020 - 17:05

      Yes, the plan is N.W. Dorset, all being well.
      There is no end to the clearing out it seems – I’ve just offloaded lots of paperbacks and parted with a lot of gorgeous, hardback children’s books. The latter was hard to do 😪 but hopefully they will bring joy to the recipients and I’ve squirreled away some of the early ‘reading together’ books as they have such memories. On to the cookery books now.

  14. #31 by kathyreeves on September 17, 2020 - 15:12

    A scrappy sort out Lynn, but it sounds like those scraps have gone to good homes and will be used, and you are indeed making progress! One drawer, cupboard, box at a time. Glad to hear a friend is coming to help out for a day, that will lift your spirits and make it easier too. MAy she take a large box away with her! XXOO

    • #32 by tialys on September 18, 2020 - 17:00

      Yes, every little helps although sometimes it seems as if we have already taken so many carloads away there can’t possibly be any more but there is! I’m looking forward to the time when I can say ‘right, what can I pack up/take to the dump/take to the recycling/take to the charity shop/give away/advertise for sale?’ and realise there’s only the things I want to keep left in the house.

  15. #33 by mlmcspadden on September 21, 2020 - 03:53

    Every bit of progress counts when getting ready to move! And making empty totes from those filled with scraps sounds good to me….especially after all the times that I’ve moved!

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