N is for Notions

The word, Notions, has a few meanings for me.

In the sewing world, Notions are the tools that we use to assist us in our craft . There are scissors, needles, threads, buttons, bobbins, rulers, measuring tapes, seam rippers, well you get the idea. I love Notions!  My favorite projects to work on lately are quilts. Many of my peers collect fabric; I collect Notions. I’m not really sure what the point is in collecting fabric. Sure it looks pretty sitting on a shelf and there are some that are so organized, their stash resembles a fabric store. But there is no way, the collector of said fabric will ever use all that material, especially if they keep buying it. 

Notions, on the other hand, can be used over and over again. Some become favorites and others replaced by new inventions, or re-purposed inventions. One of mine is a magnetic knife rack that I use to hold my scissors and rotary cutters. (visit my sewing blog for other ideas)

Then there’s defining a Notion as an idea. Some are ingenious, like the above mentioned knife rack, some are duds. The goal is to never give up exploring. Ideas can sit in your head never to see the light of day. Pretty soon they are all running around in your brain until there isn’t enough room anymore. The duds get weeded out. The thing is, if you don’t let these ideas out and see what they can do, they’ll get lost.

So let those notions out, I think you might be pleased with the results.

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