Remember my posting on 1st January about setting goals for 2013? Well, I am happy to say that I took myself seriously and not only cleaned up & completely reorganized my classroom & Education storeroom at work, but I had enough energy & motivation left to do the same big “clean up” in my sewing room at home! Yes, and I have the photo’s to prove it. Now, mind you, as soon as I get going on the next project, it is unlikely to remain this way for long!
My JANOME CPX COVERPRO SERGER AND EL945 SERGERS below my thread wall – one of the big advantages of winning a prize last year at Quilt Canada is that I was able to add quite a lot of thread to my collection!
Yes, I do admit to being slightly Type A. But quite realistically, I really have to have some way of storing it properly or I will never find what I need when I need it!! I have stacked plastic drawers in the closet & labelled the contents of drawers. Note also my handy dandy rack for rulers on the wall – my thanks to my friend, Tim, who so generously made it for me – I just love it as the rulers are right there when I need them but are out of the way/off my table.
I have an regular old ironing board made rather special by a large board that my son made for me for a birthday gift some years back. It has wooden brackets underneath which fit over my ironing board and keep it in place. I covered it with some old towels, cotton batting and topped that with cotton fabric. I change this fabric from time to time when it gets grubby. Thank you, Andrew, it is one of the gifts I am most thankful for on an ongoing basis!!
Above the pressing station is my mini quilt wall for current smaller projects,etc. I simply used a piece of fleecy backed plastic table cloth with the fleecy side out. It works just great. I stuck thumbs tacks into the wall to hold it up….. Yes, I will fix the holes when/if we sell the house but in the meanwhile I will do what I please with my wall!
I have a box with all my pressing tools & notions on top of the dresser next to my ironing station – all to make it easier and hassle free for when I am on a roll creating some exciting new project. I have the Mary Ellen’s Best Press spray; Fabric adhesive glue; the little jug for filling up the water in my iron, etc. By the way…..I just love my Oliso iron with its “feet” that pop out when I stop ironing. My iron is orange, not blue as in the link & I know there are also yellow ones – no clue what the differences are. The iron is much more stable left like this so I am far less likely to knock it off my pressing board (been there, done that with a previous iron which, needless to say, “died”) . I love the lightness of the iron which is good for my “wonky” elbow, but it still does an excellent pressing job.
The grass laundry basket was only there temporarily: It got filled up with fabric & other stuff I was throwing out…….Remember my advice about deciding what we ARE going to use & then get rid of those UFO’s, fabric & project supplies that are just weighing heavily on our shoulders & consciences. Again, I took myself seriously….this basket is almost full!
My quilting & garment fabric stash is housed in a wire basket system of drawers – you can see what each drawer holds so it works well for me. My grateful thanks to my co-worker Debbie who was looking for a home for these drawers – I just love them and they sure work way better than my previous untidy stash storage. My Janome 7700 sits waiting for me on the sturdy table which my late father made for me many years ago. Needless to say, it was an item which came across the oceans to Canada with us.
My cutting table is a lovely old mahogany dining room table inherited from my husband’s grandparents and which also came all the way from South Africa to Canada with us. I put those lovely, old ball & claw feet on risers to bring the surface up to a comfortable cutting height for me. I have found the nifty drawers on the front of the table (formerly storing placemats & cutlery) very useful for storing rotary cutting equipment, etc. Before the clean up, underneath this table looked like a “dog’s breakfast”. Now all that remains is one stack of drawers containing my knitting yarns and one bag with my current knitting project – Yes, I do knit as well – just simple projects for “therapy” while watching TV.