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!

The Problem With Ready To Wear

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I bought an adorable jumpsuit for my daughter for school this year, and being the tomboy that she is, we only just got it out of the closet. I Love the design of the garment-don’t get me wrong. But I was just holding it up-to admire it, actually, and I was very much annoyed to see the sloppiest mess of threads right on the bodice…at the neckline and on the front of the fabric, no less! I can tell how it happened. They were sewing it face down and the bobbin thread came loose from the thread guide and they got that huge jumble of threads there. If you’ve sewn much at all, you’ve probably done that before. It’s super annoying! I can tell my machine is doing it when I hear that ominous clunking sound. I hate that sound. It’s the sound of a whole lot of seam ripping ahead. Anyway, the person making this garment was obviously told to go on without restitching it. Time is money, or whatever. But what happened to at least a semblance of quality? You would think they’d be told to undo at least the most noticeable mistakes. But they’re not. Because we don’t pay attention to the clothes we’re buying any more. We only pay attention to the price tag. I’m as guilty as the next guy, obviously, but when I notice some really bad quality control issues, I can just re-sew it or fix the problem. A lot of people can’t. What do they do when they’ve trusted a retailer to provide a decent quality product but actually bring home shoddy work? And that, ladies and gentlemen, is my rant for the day.

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