Sewing Room

Room 1I love the other side, don’t you? The grass seems to always be greener there! You have babies, you want them to be big. They get big, you want them to be babies. You have a sewing room, but you want to move your stuff to the living room so you can get more done. You do that and don’t realize how good you had it until you come across pictures of your sewing room the way it used to be. Alright, maybe that last one’s just me, but that’s what happened to me this morning as I was looking through my pictures trying to decide on the post for the day. I came across a set of what was meant to be “before” pictures for a post on organizing craft spaces.

I’m glad to have my epuipment in a more accessible space, but these pictures make me long for the cohesion I once had. Everything was in one spot! That was nice. Now I cut, sew, and iron in my living room, but have to run upstairs for fabric and pattern making supplies. Oh well, there’s always a trade-off, but here’s to reminiscing of days gone by:

Room 1

Room 2

This used to really drive me crazy, but it’s pretty inevitable on any flat space, isn’t it? I’ve gotten much better about not piling stuff on top of my cutting table and leaving it there now that I work right in our main living space. The downside? My daughters now use it to pile backpacks, coats, scarves, toys-and occasionally the cat-onto.

Room 4
This cabinet had all of my knit fabrics in it. Now it has my kids’ craft supplies. (And honestly, I’d much rather dig through the bins my fabric is in now than let them have free access to their craft stuff, so in this case the grass is greener on my new side of the fence!)

Room 3It was really cool having my fabric stored openly, so I could see just what I had. And if you look really closely, you’ll see the expensive Shark steamer I just had to have to steam my wedding dress, plus it would be ever-so-practical, I told my husband, because I could use it for everything, all the time, but I never used. . .not once! Man, he’s smug when he’s right!

The Moral of the Story:

Memories of the way things used to be are to be cherished, not longed for. Why go back? Let’s look ahead to bigger and better!

Also, husbands can be horribly annoying when they’re right, so when they question a purchase and you find out you were wrong, don’t return it. Just keep it in your closet for years and years and pretend like it’s worth it because it will be very useful one day . . . invaluable, even!

Organizing Break 2

How do you build a wall? One stone at a time. That’s the way I’m organizing my house- one small victory at a time. Every Christmas I swear next year will be different. I’ll sort all the toys and get rid of a bunch of the old ones in advance so once my kids get all the new toys, their playroom will be a beautiful landscape of orderly bliss. There will be plentiful space for the new stuff and we’ll put it away while in wonderful moods and probably humming in unison.

But then, every Christmas comes and goes without me preparing space in advance. We have Christmas and clean the wrapping paper and cardboard mess and get out the Barbies and play sets. I forbid them to open any of the craft items or anything I’ll have to help them with because I know how much cleaning, purging, sorting, and woo-sah-ing I’ll have to do. And “there’s no way we’re getting out paint on top of this mess, girls. Have you gone crazy? “(This year the EZ Bake oven was the exception- and that’s only because my husband loves to cook and helped them with it.

I’m ever so happy to announce that we’re making real progress, however! For the two weeks of my kids’ winter break, my focus is spending time with them, doing some crafts that we often don’t have time to do together (like teaching them how to make embroidery floss friendship bracelets, which we’ve already begun) and getting my house organized. We’ve had a lot of upheaval this year and we’ve changed rooms around a few times, causing, well, a headache! The biggest change to deal with is that my sewing stuff is no longer in my sewing room. I moved it into my living room. If you love to sew, you know that there is excitement and pride bursting out of me right now! That’s the dream, isn’t it? To have all of your stuff right smack dab in the middle of your house. Sewing while the husband watches football? I could happy-faint! But, despite my intense delight, I didn’t really know what to do with the sewing room. I still have my fabric and half-done projects in there.

The other thing I’d really put off is my girls’ craft supplies. We’ve never really had a proper space in this house for crafting. We’ve had stuff divided and stored in about 4 or 5 different places and would work on the kitchen table…occasionally. Doing crafts with them has been something I’ve dreaded for a long time- only because the supplies have been so scattered and unorganized. My thought was to store their craft stuff in my “sewing room”, but I hated that idea a little, too, because I didn’t want to have to carry it all downstairs every time we did a project. As I was going through the craft stuff in my sewing room, my daughter walked in and said, “We need a table in here.” Brilliant! 

Why in the world had i not thought of that? (Probably because I was used to having way too much squeezed into that tiny room for so long and didn’t realize that now I have space for something like that.) Now my much anticipated goal is to find a secondhand table and chairs and use it as a craft room! It’ll be a space where I can store all of my fabric for sewing, my shipping supplies, my design area, and, best of all, I can craft with my girls with very little set-up and tear-down! (The actual best part is that their craft supplies won’t be out in the open to get dragged out when I’m not upstairs so that I walk up and find a terrible paint-glue-glitter-stickers-on-wooden furniture surprise.) Long story short, I’m stoked!

The Moral of The Story:

Find a good space for crafting so you can do what you enjoy without it becoming a chore.

And for the love of Pete, keep the glitter and glue under lock and key!