Been hard at work cleaning up and organizing the crafty room in the basement
YES! I finally have a basement!
I have my desk set up for cutting material, I have my sewing table set up with my heavy duty machine and the serger is cleaned and oiled and working, my mannequin is at the side of the table ready to model my wares, and the steamer is anxiously waiting some work.
This is great! It’s been over 6 months since I’ve done any sewing, and just in the last week I’ve sat down to work on some bead work. Next up: doing something with all the metal I have and making some simple earrings.
The weather has just been so beautiful the last few days, I can hardly believe it. The last “cool snap” before the heat of summer kicks in. I am ever so grateful for days like this, I can enjoy my back porch and being outside watching puppies play in the garden; and I can work in my garden without being so uncomfortable.
I still have tomatoes growing and some collard greens, so I think I’ll make a sweet potato and collard green dish for lunch. I also have dill growing! What I did this year with the garden is I threw a bunch of seeds in the dirt that we had leftover from a couple years ago (I know…) and they grew! And one of those seed packets we had was dill! So now I have dill and I need to find something to add it to. Besides my eggs in the morning and pickles, I have no idea what to use it with. It smells great though.
Still cleaning and purging and simplifying. It’s been great and I am getting used to it and enjoying it really. I’ve found, for me, that my biggest problem is the sentimental and emotional attachment that comes from certain objects. But as this article states, “…we are the embodiment of our experience.” So I don’t have to hold onto things because I will always have the memories and experience within me, that can never be taken away. So all my photos from high school, that I haven’t looked at in years, I can shred, because let’s face it, I’m not going to look at them again (anytime soon) and I will always have those memories with me, they aren’t going anywhere. Having less clutter not only frees up space, it frees up time too.
more time to watch puppies play in the yard and to work in my garden and to make more crafty, creative sewing/jewelry/knitting stuff. (I’m working on these happy sheep dishcloths next, SO excited!)
It is a perfectly cold and rainy and crappy day here in the sunshine state (yes, really it is). We get these from time to time and I am not ashamed to say that I welcome them.
What!? You say? A break from the sunshine and warmth? Yes, I say that. And I say that because there is a reason for a break in the weather, there is a reason that animals go into hibernation once a year: it’s to give themselves a break, have a little down time to rest. All this constant hurry-hurry-hurry-let’s-do-this gets tiring after awhile.
Now, mind you, my dogs aren’t terribly happy about it today, but they will survive. I’ll take a sewing break later today and take them to the park. Hopefully it won’t be as cold around noon.
The kittens know enough to stay in when it’s raining, and during the day they are sleeping inside anyway.
I’m making some progress on my Trash2Trends piece:
Yesterday I added sleeves!
I’m trying not to cut I to too many pieces as they are just so beautiful. This has been challenging to say the least. Next week is the show, so come he’ll or high water it will have to be finished. I used to get really stressed about this stuff, but I’ve learned to let it go. It will get done and everything will work out exactly as it is supposed to. No worries.
And in the spirit of making life less sucky, what goals have you set for this year?
What has inspired you? What do you really really want to do? Or want to finish?
Have you thought of trying something new? Relearning something old?
Me, I’ve decided to purge and organize my crafty room. With too many things lying around I get overwhelmed by where to start and what to do, so whatever I’m not workingon right now, gets shelved in the closet until I’m ready to work on it.
Now, needless to say, like most crafty people, I’m usually working on 2 or 3 projects at one time, so that will be my limit. Not 7 or 8 like it has been in the past.
Over the weekend I was working on some carry all bags made out of the leftover yoga mat pieces I had from the Trash2trends show. I have to say that yoga mat material is so very forgiving and easier to work with than I thought.
It’s also a bit heavier than I thought too, but that’s another story.
I cut the pieces, (bottom right), pinned on the pocket, (left), and searched my stash of canvas belts to use as handles (top right). It’s almost totally together and I’ll show you what I did later this week.
It’s a really easy pattern to make a simple bag. What’s nice is you can make the bag any size you want, out of most any material, (new or repurposed, of course), and you can customize it with pockets! Or not, whichever you choose. I’m a big fan of pockets, so most everything I have or wear has pockets.
I like being able to customize a simple pattern, there are so many possibilities, it’s kind of exciting! I can say I made something myself, and I made it unique!
I had a fitting with my model on Monday with the prototype I sewed together over the weekend and now I have a few tweaks to make. This choker, for example, is going to use a much smaller flower and thinner band around the neck. The back of the skirt is going to be shorter, and all the fringy pieces are going to be a LOT thinner and they’re going to double up. The pieces in the back will have to be a lot longer too.
I have some photos forthcoming from the fitting, so once you see those you’ll have a good idea of what I’m talking about.
I am just so happy that all the pieces I cut seemed to fit, and fit just right. All my model did was give me her measurements and I went from there. Using my handy dandy measuring tape – and the tried and true ‘eye-balling’ it method – it all turned out! Whee!
So I’ll work on it some more this weekend and I just might have it all done! Woot ! Woot !
As you can tell, Anna and Lola are thrilled for me:
Yep! It’s here! Mix and mingle with one of the fabulous sponsors for the Trash2trends show: ATRS Recycling
They will be hosting the meet and mingle, and very generously offering some of their items to the designers to use in their creations. Last year’s meet and mingle was a huge success and this year will be no exception. Some of last years design winners will be on hand to showcase their items, and the City of Orlando, Keep Orlando Beautiful (who puts on the event) will be on hand as well.
I’ll keep you posted with photos, follow along on Instagram for up to the minute info.