Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sewing Help

I've been alternating sewing and the re-organization of my sewing room, and it's been exhausting.

Mimi cat is worn out from the entire process.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Walker Basket / Bag

I've made a couple of bags for my mom for her walker over the past few years. This pretty green one is the most current. I think it's the prettiest one I've made for her.

My husband's aunt recently began using a walker and my mother-in-law asked me to make something for her also. They wanted something that was more like a basket - you can't see it from this picture, but there are pockets on each end that can hold a can of pop or bottle of water.
There is a little change pocket on the outside and then inside is a zippered pocket and a divided flap pocket.

I hope it works out for her.


Friday, January 21, 2011

Supplies - Organized!

Most of my 'supply' items have now been organized. By supplies, I mean metal and plastic rings, slides, hooks, snaps, clips and buttons, to name a few. It also includes thread, trim, and beads.

The top half of the middle section is where I have these items organized. I purchased some inexpensive plastic stacking baskets from Big Lots and separated each item or category of items into these, along with some regular lidded plastic containers.

The bottom of this section will eventually have two drawers (the drawer fronts were out of stock when I bought the shelving) and hopefully there will be enough room in those drawers for the zippers and ribbon. Above the drawers and below the supplies, I've moved some of my pattern and other reference books.

I still have one section of shelving left to get organized, then it's on to the other side of the room and, most importantly, under the cutting table!

Stay tuned!


Thursday, January 20, 2011

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Organization - Yes it continues on!

I know you probably thought that I just gave up on the organization since I hadn't posted any new pictures or status in over a week - but it is still progressing!

I'll start with the right section, since that's the one that's done. This is a 6 shelf section a little over 5 feet tall (like me!) and I'm almost embarrassed to say that it's just fabric overflow.

Yes, I said overflow. I have a closet (a pretty large one at that) clear full, and what I put on this section was partly in one of the smaller shelving units that I plan to reuse somewhere else in the house, and partly stacked on the cutting table, floor, etc.

I like to organize fabric like such: themed fabrics, so cat, dog, animal, then by color if it doesn't fit a theme, so black and white, browns, etc.

I will admit that I have fabric under my cutting table that I haven't gone through yet. Other than my holiday fabric, I believe most of it is home decor leftovers and other remnants, but I guess I'll find out for sure when I venture under the table.

Stay tuned for the next installment!


Monday, January 10, 2011

Organization Step 2

The space is empty no longer!

My wonderful husband spent most of Sunday afternoon putting the new shelving together. The only thing he didn't get completed was the drawer in the middle bottom - they didn't have the front in stock, so that means another trip to Ikea sometime in the future.

Mimi cat wasn't too enthused with the process - it was too noisy for her with the vacuum and drill running on and off all afternoon. But she was willing to do a final inspection, as you can see from this picture!

I also didn't get drawer/door pulls, so the towels are in place so we can get those sections open to finish putting the handles on.
Stay tuned for loading of the shelves!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Organization Step 1

If you follow me on twitter you know that right before Christmas I started to have designs on reorganizing my sewing room. Of course, I wasn't able to do anything about it then.

Here is a before picture of the section of the room that I am tackling first. As you can see, I have an old entertainment center and pretty large tv in the room - just taking up space that I could use in better ways. I have a mishmash of shelves also.

Yesterday, we went to Ikea in Cincinnati, and started with some new shelving and are putting it together today. Here is the same space as above with the entertainment center and tv removed.
Stay tuned to see the finished shelving section and a synopsis of the space once I get things moved back in!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year

So here we are on the first day of a new year, and like many others I like to spend some time planning things I want to get done this year.
If you follow me on twitter then you know for the last week or so, I've been talking about doing some cleanup and organization of my sewing room. I have a decent sized space, but with the lack of cohesive storage, I feel like it's out of control more often than not. So one thing that I'm going to work on, and plan to get completed in January, is to replace some of this mismatched and disorganized storage and replace it with something that is more functional and allows me better organization.
While I'm working on that, I'm going to collect some of the many things in the room that I know I'm never going to use, and either sell it or give it away.
In January I also have to work on craft show applications and pictures, so I'll be working on that pretty quickly, as the first one is due January 15!
Today already, I've created my new annual spreadsheets, updated my website with the show information that I already know about, changed all my calendars and been to the New Year's Day sale at Quilt Trends (one of our local quilt shops). Oh wait, that doesn't have anything to do with being organized!
On a personal note, I'm going to work harder at getting just a little exercise most days (I already did the Wii Fit for 1/2 hour today), and I want to read more books.
Happy New Year!