Friday, December 27, 2013

vacation goal: organize!

Do you set goals for yourself for your time off from work? I do. Sometimes I even work on them. Like this year, for the past week, as if Christmas preparations weren't messy enough, I had to work on organizing our craft room. MY (well, at least mostly) craft room.

When we remodeled our house, we turned the carport into a room. We use the door onto the driveway as our main entrance. Everything that we didn't know where else to put it, went in there. It never has been totally cleared up and put away. Sad, isn't it. We put in a nice table to be able to work on various crafts that has never been used for ANY crafts yet. Well, except the storing of said crafts.

Now, I'm a life long crafter and I got my first sewing machine while in my teens. I've collected and I've inherited, and I've treasured, so I have a BUNCH of crafting stuff. Most of my sewing over the past couple of years has been done other places, though. I've packed up and gone to Roxanne's and to Arts & Sciences for SCA, and my crafting space at home just got more and more chaotic, until I really couldn't use it very well. That made me sad. And uncomfortable.

I did something about it. I organized. I bought some new tubs, and filled them with fabric that has been sitting around in piles (I'm a pile person, I admit it). I actually (gasp!) threw some away (long past time, people, long past time). I gathered up the things that I had been collecting to donate, and I donated them. I moved the shelves and dusted and swept. (and swept... and swept...)

Then, today, I sewed. It felt lovely. Oh yeah, and I took pictures.

This IS the after picture...
Ta da! Organized... well, at least more organized. The sun came in today and made the room bright and cheerful. Here's the other side of the room, it still needs work, but - believe me - it was worse than it is now.

Chaos, I admit it, but LESS chaos
Notice, if you will, the visible walkway. It can't be all bad, right? It's progress, people. Significant progress! Oh, yeah, and here is the shirt I finished.

You can almost see the green paisley pattern to the fabric.
I call this one a success.


Fran Fuller said...

Woo hoo! Congratulations and well done!

So...when you're finished organizing YOUR house, I have another project for you... *looks around the stacks of stuff piled around and sighs*

Excellent job, my friend!

Linda said...

I say a job well done and I love the shirt.