Don’t get me wrong – I love the Holiday Season. I really do. I put a ton of energy into it – shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking and, of course, stitching (the majority of our tree ornaments are needleworked and we all love it that way). 

But when it’s over and it’s time to put everything away, something happens to me. It’s like the Organizing Fairy taps me with her magic wand, a switch gets flipped in my brain and I get obsessed with purging, organizing and rearranging. I can’t seem to help myself and it’s all I can think about! I even torture my children with this odd malady (or maybe Liam was happy to clean out and organize his closet - it’s hard to tell with teenagers). I know that I'm not alone in this afflictions, because every time I walk into a department store the first thing I see are all the organizing bins and racks (which, I have to confess, get me more than a little giddy!).

I've done most of the cupboards in my kitchen, my closet, the storage room and Liam's closet. Now, the next items on my home organization list are the kitchen pantry, the cupboards in the mud room and my studio (that last one is way too scary messy to show you!). My dining room is now full of non-dining-room stuff. We have bags of board games to donate (to the school where my sister in law is the principal) and boxes of clothes and household items (I haven’t decided yet where those will go). Eventually, of course, the insanity peters out, but while it’s upon me, I get quite a bit done! 

This organizing frenzy even extends to my needlework. In past years, I have made it a policy to start working on my UFOs (UnFinished Objects) in January and keep working on them until something tempts me so much that I just can’t resist it. Usually that was a class at Carolyn Mitchell’s shop, Mrs. Twitchett’s Eye. Now that the shop is no longer there to tempt me and I’m mainly stitching my own designs, the policy has changed somewhat, but I still feel compelled to do a little needlework organization and clean up. 

So what’s on my needlework to do list? I still have more UFOs (of other people’s design) than I care to admit, but I also have some of my own projects on the go that need attention, and I'm going to focus there first. So here’s a little look into my January Needlework Clean Up List:

• A set of blackwork designs that have been stitched and need to be finished into ornaments

• A set of blackwork smalls that have been started; two more pieces need to be stitched and finished

• A Punto Antico table center piece in pink needs to be completed

• Make a small design and chart it for Seminar 2015 registration kits and a new free chart for giving away

• Order materials for upcoming classes

• Finish designing and stitching a second set of Pietre Preziosa ornaments

• Find time to work on new ideas churning away in my head

How long do you think I’ll last before some shiny new project tempts me away from my virtuous path? It's hard to say, but just writing about these goals has me pretty motivated to check some off of my list!

~ Kathryn Drummond


  1. I can't wait to see your new stuff. By the way, the design you are teaching for the 2015 seminar, will that be available eventually on your website or through the EAC?

    1. I will likely release both of the designs from this year's Seminar in the fall of this year. I don't have a shopping cart on my website, but you can always order by email. Thanks so much for your interest in my designs!

  2. Enjoyed this blog Kathryn,
    I too have the urge to purge in January. This year I am removing one thing a day from my home at a minimum. I am hoping thiswill help. So far though I have donated 4 needlework books I love but will never use to new more loving homes ,but I have bought 5 new ones!!

    1. Thank you, Sue. I also find that those empty spaces created by purging sometimes begged to be filled!

  3. I enjoyed reading about your organizing frenzy Kathryn! Those de-stashing moods don't come upon us too often but when they do - go with it!

    1. Thank you, Kerry! I've done pretty well with my list from above, but I keep adding to it, so I guess I will just never be done! LOL

  4. Perhaps we should take a lesson from you on organizing
    Thanks Kathryn

  5. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.


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