Friday, January 30, 2015
Clean Slate Sewing Room...
As January 2015 comes to a close I do have something to show for three days of my January. My sewing room had become such a clutter filled mess I honestly could not see any flat surface for all the piles of projects and fabrics, laces, ribbons and anything else that could be stacked upon.
Even the triple closet was overflowing with stuff. Where to begin was my dilemma. So I began with the closet and took out everything. I found a floor and walls that I hadn't seen in years. Who knew?
I also found some very interesting frames I forgot I had purchased along the way. Now the closet is neat and clean and organized. No photos as I forgot to take those because I was so focused on clearing and sorting and de-cluttering. I worked non-stop for three full days and now I am happy to say my room is just right again. I even got the ladder and emptied all the shelves and cleaned and organized my "dust collectors" as Mr. C calls them. And he is right...there was a lot of dust on them.
I do know how very fortunate I am to have such a luxury space all to myself for sewing. I remember long ago when I was much younger and had no money. My only creative space was a tiny little wall hung drop-lid desk that was about the size of a large breadbox. I painted it bright yellow and put lots of contact paper stick on flowers...after all it was the hippie era.
This room and all the contents really make me happy. I love to sew and find it very rewarding and relaxing...unless I make a mistake and have to un-stitch and begin again. I have my wonderful Pfaff sewing machine, my mother's original Baby Lock Serger (yes it is the four threads that MUST be threaded in sequence!) and my old Singer (Japanese plastic model) that I now use for sewing paper and cardstock. Having each machine out and ready is such a help. There were years when my only machine had to live in a hall linen closet and could only come out for specific sewing tasks only to be put away again so the only table could be used for dining or paying bills. How do we get so lucky to have numerous tables and desks and other pieces of furniture that do only one specific thing with no multi-purposing?
I have shared my sewing room here on my blog before and nothing has really changed. This time I am sharing a fresh clean slate for beginning my sewing projects I have in mind for this year. These two frames are my view of many gifted items from blogging friends. These are all from very early on when I was truly amazed that people I didn't even know would share their wonderful handmades with me. I cherish every piece I have ever been gifted. I'll share other displays in future posts.
Thank you for indulging my little piece of heaven and for letting me share my joy of working hard to clean and organize. Oh and did you see my corner window view? Mr. C built all this beautiful cabinetry (we purchased the Koala Sewing Cabinet) and window seating for me.
No rain or snow and our 2015 January is the worst ever for precipitation according to the weather gurus. I am savoring every precious drop of water I use each day.
How will you spend your February? Hopefully in Creative Bliss...