Monday, March 09, 2009

Weekend progress

I've been trying to get the sewing room back into working mode. I didn't like the layout before, because once the ironing board was up, the room was just too crowded and difficult to get around. It was becoming a chore to do anything in there, and what was the point of that?
(There are some photos of the sewing room set-up here and here.)

Before moving the fabric back into the room, I've decided to rearrange somewhat. See these rolling carts in the closet?

They've been holding odds and ends of various crafting endeavors: patches, beads, paints, ribbons, etc. Some are being pulled out and will be put on freecycle because I don't use them any more. I haven't done any beading in a while, but still have hopes, so most of that will stay, but will swap places with the fabric in the stackable bins. I've been folding the small pieces and fat quarters of fabric and stacking them in the drawers, while larger pieces and projects will likely go on shelves and stay in bins.

And the top of the closet?

I plan to go through those magazines eventually, pull out what I want and donate the rest to my quilt bee and/or library. If I can, I'll scan the projects into the computer, but that is farther down the road.

But the big item is the rolling medicine cart I brought from the last hospital I worked in. When they became computerized, I grabbed one of the med carts on our floor, complete with locking key.

Currently, it holds a lot of my rubber stamps and tools. I've been debating what to do with it. On the one hand, it's bulky, heavy, hard to roll around and takes up a lot of space in that closet. On the other hand, I'll most likely never have the opportunity to lay my hands on one of these again, and it is a very handy place to keep all those stamps and scissors and inks, etc. I'd just about decided to just empty its contents into more plastic bins to stack in the closet, when the idea came to roll this into the guest room closet instead. It's rarely used, and the cart can still be rolled onto the back porch if needed when guests come. That will free up more space in the closet for the stackable bins, and the rolling drawers can come out into the room.

Clear as mud? That's okay--I'll post pictures when I finish--which I desperately hope will be today. I need to sew!

As for my non-sewing project? Well, it's coming along, but not finished yet, and since the recipient is a reader, I can't spill the beans just yet. Maybe a sneak peak later....


Catherine said...

That med cart looks like a fabulous item for holding small things. I'd not give it up either, if I were you!

I'm hoping to set aside this weekend to make an attack on my fabric mess. At the moment it's in big plastic containers that I can't handle at all. So everything's got to get sorted into smaller containers of some sort.

Libby said...

Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like getting your space organized. Can't wait to see what you make first!

HarryJack's Mom said...

Oh, I can't wait to see it - I'm a fan of the !

audreypawdrey said...

I need to organize again, too! It just makes it easier to create things somehow. Can't wait to see what you create in you new, clean, organized space!

MightyMom said...


you go girl! that's AWESOME!!!!!!!!