Oh dear, I got a text yesterday morning asking if I was going to be home sewing all weekend. I said "Yes - do you want to come over?" She said YES.
Now I have loads of room in my studio to sew, but things were just getting out of hand and there is nothing like company to make you tidy up! Besides the front room had become a dumping ground and there was stuff everywhere! I'm happy to report that our front room looks like a normal front room again - well almost. there is one last thing in it but it's going to the retreat so no sense in taking it downstairs and then back up again.
If you're normally exhausted from reading my blog, you better rest up. By the end of the day yesterday, even I was exhausted and fell into bed! Although I didn't go to sleep until all the fireworks had died out.
I started out by tidying up around the ironing board. Again, there was stuff sitting everywhere on the floor and all it needed was to be put away.
|Tidy up time around the ironing board|
|Look at all the stuff on the floor!|
|The processing table!|
|The current work table - not much room to work!|
|The pile everything here tables|
Let's just say that there was a bit of dust everywhere so I grabbed a dust cloth from the laundry room. Only to find as I peeled away layers of stuff, that I already had a dust cloth. Oh well - you can't say, I didn't try before!
|Two dust cloths - one for each hand!|
|Sewing machines grouped together|
|License plates from Pennsylvania|
|One more plate from Pennsylvania|
Back to the mess. I wasn't just packing stuff into a box and stowing the box. No, I pitched and purged and sorted and well, essentially I put some of it away. Some (things I want to work on, or a work in progress) did get put into two laundry baskets and are now on the doomed tables!
|Look at how inviting that space is now!|
Oh yes - I forgot that a while back and I was going to have a big show n tell about it, but I had a computer desk in that spot. It was moved to the office a couple of months ago. Trying to keep all the computer/paperwork stuff in the office and all the sewing stuff in the studio.
Now if I take a bit wider shot in that same spot, there are a couple of things on the floor that need to be processed. Like the bolts of fabric from Misty Pines.
|A few more things to process|
|A couple more things to process|
|The cutting table|
|The area is positively tidy!|
|Stuff on the stairs!|
But I did manage to produce a couple of things as well during the day.
|One pet mat - DONE|
|Three more prepped and ready to stuff|
|Work spot ready for the guest!|
|The processing table|
|The table of doom!|
I'm going to tell you about this current project tomorrow!
|Prepping another project for the retreat|
|More stuff for prepping|
Now here's the thing. Why did the room get messy? There was a home for a lot of that stuff, I just didn't have the time and quite frankly, I'd rather be sewing. But I can't let that happen again. Too much time is spent trying to find things.
If the past, when I've done a major clean up like this, the moment, the guests have gone, I've pulled stuff out of the closets or wherever it got hidden away. I do NOT want to do that this time. I want to have a nice clear area to work - I've got FIVE borders to put on a quilt and I need the space. Plus in my old age (OK - older age), I'm trying to focus on one project at a time. I know that isn't going to be possible for me, but I'm going to try and have one project that I can just mindlessly sew at any given point. Like the Tonga Rhapsody which is on the wall. More on that tomorrow as well!
Wish me luck. It's kind of like trying to quit smoking or losing weight. You have to really really want it to happen before it will. And I really really want this mess to go away. The sheer quantity of it is starting to scare me!
On that note, I have a few errands to run before the guest arrives and then we'll be sewing all day!!!
Have an awesome day!!!!