3 September 2011

Organized by Color

Once upon a time there lived a little girl whose mum was an embroiderer. The little girl began to embroider, being taught by her Mum while sitting by her side watching every stitch and creation of detail.

Organized by Color

When this little girl saw her mother’s box of embroidery floss, she was quite perplexed – how could someone find the color they needed when the colors were so terribly out of order? So she made up her mind to solve the problem.

Organized by Color

She moved quickly, wanting to surprise her mum with a newly sorted embroidery box – in perfect color coordination.

As she finished, her mum entered the room to see what the little girl was working on. As the little girl looked up in delight, the mother’s response was one of great surprise!

Organized by Color

As you might’ve guessed, years ago that little girl was me. A kind gesture, without all the facts, wasn’t exactly interpreted as kind. But the problem was easily solved. And, one by one, I put them back in order – by number – so that when it was time to work from a pattern, the colors would be easily discovered.

Organized by Color

Yet now, after all these years of number-organized colors, we’ve switched them back to the way they seemed like they should’ve been all the while.

Organized by Color

Organized by color.

  1. 20 Responses to “Organized by Color”

  2. Rachel on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    I just love the colors in these pictures! Crisp and Clean and so vibrant :)

  3. Hope on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    such a cute story! I would definitely be a color girl too :)

    PS. I know this is way off topic but I made the sweetie-pies that you posted oh so long ago and they tasted great! I was just wondering how you got your homemade pie dough to bake so perfectly flaky and golden? I used the recipe but mine turned out a bit more “solid” or “cake-like” I guess is the best way I can describe it.

  4. Livvy Taylor on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    I organize my copious amounts of floss by color, just like yours. Sometimes when I’m re-organizing them I like to get a pad of paper and a pen and write down the # of flosses that I like together and name each combination, so that when I’m free-hand embroidering I have color collections to choose from. :)

    By the way, I love these pictures Emily! They are so bright and happy!

    Looking so very forward to seeing you, Lord allowing, very soon! ♥


  5. Emily Ruth on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    I love organizing things by color! Especially my baskets of yarn. :) Great pictures! I love the vibrancy of the colors.

  6. Joanna on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    Ah, yes. The “helping out” that doesn’t necessarily help out. I’ve some things like that. :-) I love your pictures, as always.

  7. Allison on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    Wow, Emily! The first picture is so beautiful!
    You are such a gifted photographer!!


  8. Shelby on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    I love your photos! But that is how I am! (I even arrange my clothes in my closet according to color! :)

  9. Jen on Sep 3, 2011 said:

    This is the question of the ages, is it not? :) I prefer color myself. I see the necessity of numbers, but my mind just can’t wrap itself around the concept. :) They look lovely.

  10. Jenna on Sep 4, 2011 said:

    What beautiful photographs! The colors are so magnificent and vivid! :)

    Many Blessings,

  11. Sheri Fraser on Sep 4, 2011 said:

    Oh I love this story, Emily, especially the happy surprise ending.

    Reading between the lines, there’s all sweetness: industrious happy home life, understanding mother-daughter relationships, and so much more. Thank you for sharing. This would make a wonderful children’s book!

    Joyfully HIS,
    Mrs. Fraser

  12. Miu on Sep 5, 2011 said:

    How cute!

  13. Barbara on Sep 5, 2011 said:

    The fresh colors make me smile. What a joy to now choose one from the whole rainbow at your fingertips. Each color is a blessing made by the color loving God who loves to bring us joy.

  14. Miss. Antoinette on Sep 5, 2011 said:

    I remember doing something similar for my dear mother when I was little….Ahhhh, those times seem so long ago don’t they? Such a sweet, innocent attempt to please those we love. :)

    Yes indeed, I like to organize mine the same way! What lovely photos you shared, thank you so very much! <3

    Blessings in Christ,

    Miss Antoinette
    *Psalm 95:1-2*

  15. Anna on Sep 6, 2011 said:

    You sound like my kind of girl, I love to organize :) Must have been fun to do with all those pretty colors!

  16. Natalie @ NS Pottery on Sep 6, 2011 said:

    Gorgeous photos! Just found your blog through my shop’s google analytics. :) I love it!

  17. Esther Ruth on Sep 6, 2011 said:

    That’s a cute story. I think I remember doing the exact same thing to my Moms box of floss when I was young too! That’s funny:)!!!
    Blessings, Esther Ruth

  18. Elizabeth on Sep 6, 2011 said:

    Our girls Bright Lights group a few years ago had a “Bracelets 4 Bibles” project where we created embroidery floss friendship bracelets and put the money together to buy Bibles for an organization who distributes them. It was fun to learn different styles and recently I organized my little container of flosses. Love the photography, Emily Rose!

    Many blessings!!

  19. Julia on Sep 9, 2011 said:

    Lovely! Both the photography quality, and the colors! :D I organize my yarn and my clothes by color as well… I just love colors! :)

  20. Jacqueline on Sep 15, 2011 said:

    This is one of your best posts, Emily Rose! The colors just tickle my heart and bring memories of being that Mom myself with a plethora of lovely colors with numbers, working with them near my daughter who watched and learned!! God is so beautiful to give us such simple riches!!

  21. Crista Moriah on Sep 22, 2011 said:

    Lovely post, Emily Rose! :)

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