Monday, September 21, 2009

Time to Clean It Up!

I had a successful show this weekend at the Village Peddler Festival in Kirtland Ohio at the Lake MetroParks Farmpark. This is the third year that I've done the show and it's a great environment, the shoppers are fabulous, the entertainment is good and the food's not bad either!

Right out of the gate, my first sale was a repeat customer. She'd purchased one of my wallets a couple of years ago and was back for another. It was a recurring theme throughout the two-day event, with compliments on previous years' purchases and what new things I had. It really made me feel good about my products.

Last week before the show, I was beginning to get frustrated with the messy condition of my sewing room. I have a fairly good size room - big enough for two eight-foot tables to sit side by side, sewing machine table, ironing board, several storage sections and two wicker chairs for cat snuggling. But the fabric and supply piles have begun to get the better of me.

So here are some pictures BEFORE I start trying to get organized!

This is the doorway into my room. As you can see, there is actually fabric sitting in the hallway going into the room. You can't see it from this picture, but I also have the roman shades that I made for my great-nephew and great-niece that don't fit in their new house - I was going to rework them into something usable, but my niece hasn't provided me with the new measurements.

You can see the tables (there is lots of storage completely full underneath) and you can see the stacks starting on top. These stacks are the ones I was "sort of" working on.

This is the closet - I have the 'recycling' box for the items that I collect to put out when there is enough - I think there's enough now! Also sitting there is the box to my sewing machine - that I bought almost two years ago. I guess I didn't want to get rid of it, but I surely could take it to the basement out of the way!

The closet is jam-packed with fabric, and completely surrounded too! I'm sure there's not room in the closet for all of it, but at least I hope I can get most of it organized a little better!

Finally, here's my helper!

Hopefully, later this week, I will be able to show you pictures of a more organized work environment!

Until then,

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