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June 20

Sewing Room vs. Dining Room

Hey peeps!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend and had a happy father’s day.  I was able to share my father’s day this year with my step-dad, Bob.  I know divorces are rough on everyone, but I do have to say, I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve gained an additional, loving father out of the whole deal.  I have my dad, step-dad, and father-in-law; what could be better than having three dads?!  (Perhaps having 3 moms, but we won’t go there…)

I spent my Friday night avoiding my sewing room (aka Dining Room) because it looked like a tornado swept through.  I took some (embarrassing) pictures to prove it…

 I really am a bit embarrassed by the state of this room.  I don’t think Felix and I have eaten at the dining room since Valentine’s Day.  We do have a separate office where we each have a desk and I could potentially move my stuff into there to free up the dining room for meals and entertaining, but I recently decided I liked working in the dining room.  The space is larger and I feel like I have plenty of room to store my notions, patterns, and can and spread out fabric and patterns on our large dining room table.  But as you can see I’ve spread out too much and have taken over.

I literally have a different (uncompleted) project on every single dining room chair, with the exception of the one I sit on to sew.  I have notions on all surfaces, patterns not packed away, piles everywhere…  When things get this cluttered, I have to just take a step back, refocus, and organize.

While I’m writing this post on Sunday evening, since Friday I’ve organized and put everything away that I could.  But all my work-in-progress projects still remain on the chairs.  And as much as it pains me to do, I’m going to (attempt) to refrain from any NEW sewing project until my old ones are done and sitting completed in my closet.  Insert *Gasp* here.

I feel like this is a bit like sewing blasphemy…

It feels wrong and akward not to have a new project to work on, but I know I’ll be happier when I am able to get this room under control, as will Felix.  And that’s only going to happen when I get some of the projects done and out of the way.  Once I finish all of my outstanding projects, I’m gonna take another picture to share with you all of the before and after.  How does that sound?  :)

So I have to ask, how are your sewing spaces coming along?  Have things gotten to the zilredloh-tornado state or are you a neat and tidy person with everything decluttered?

I don’t think this post would be complete without showing a quick pic of one of my biggest supporters, my lady-lop, Baxter.

I let Baxter out for the evening and she just camped out next to my chair.  She’s a smart cookie; she knows that I can’t resist leaning over to pet her every 30 seconds.

And of course Quincy, my boy bun, loves hanging out in the kitchen in between meal times.  I love the shadow his ears are casting on the cabinet behind him.

And as they do it on CuteOverload, here’s the bunhance:

Tomorrow you can expect that I’ll be documenting my progress on one of the hibernating projects that has camped out on my chair, for longer than I’d like to admit.  I wonder if you guys can guess which one, based off my older blog posts…

  1. Lauren / Jun 20 2011

    i have a tendency to get pretty messy in my sewing room – especially since i can just close the door & pretend like it doesn’t exist. haha! but i also have a hard time even standing in that room when it’s a giant disaster, much less actually working on a project. i tend to be pretty monogamous with my sewing projects, which really helps with keeping the mess down. and having my own dedicated room with lots of storage space to put stuff away doesn’t hurt!

    • Liz / Jun 20 2011

      I laughed when you said you were ‘monogamous’ with your sewing projects and it got me thinking… I must be a trollup since I’m hopping from one project to the next, and frequently leaving the old ones for something ‘new and shiny’. heh

  2. Stephanie / Jun 20 2011

    My sewing area is generally messy…..But I don’t have a designated sewing space either so stuff just kind of goes where ever there is room. I try not to have too many projects going on at one time. I can’t keep up with what’s going on if I have lots of incomplete projects!

  3. Karen / Jun 20 2011

    I work in a tornado :(

  4. Sarah / Jun 20 2011

    I just ruthlessly purged and cleaned my sewing room formerly known as the black hole!! I LOVE LOVE your bunnies!!! *squee*!!

  5. Gina / Jun 21 2011

    Well, I think you really need a space that is your own. I’ve tried to make due with hobbie spaces here and there but it doesn’t work well very well. I say dive in and truly make the space yours, if that works with your family. Get some organizers and make it pretty! You will feel inspired to do all those UFO’s and there will be a flow with your sewing times. My personal space is small but wonderful. I clean it up after every project and in-between, if I don’t my mind gets overwhelmed. I hope you figure it out! You will know when it feels right!

  6. Maria / Jun 21 2011

    I used to have a similar looking dining room. I realised that I don’t do a lot of sewing during the work week, so now I pack up the sewing machine and projects on Sunday night, so that at least I have a clean space from Monday to Friday.

    During the week evenings I will either knit (started that up again thanks to you :o) ) or do projects like tracing a pattern that don’t require pulling out everything.

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