Welcome to my day on week 1 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! Have you been having fun seeing everyone’s spaces?
This week we are to show you our creative space- the before and the after. I must tell you, I thought before this blog hop started that my “before” would be the worst but now I am thinking, maybe not!! It’s nice to know that my fellow designers all struggle with similar issues to mine. For my studio, you will see a only a little of the “after”. I still have a ways to go on clean up.
Here are some shots of the before.
Between Quilt Market prep, prep for a class for Craftsy, a quilt to make for Craftsy and some other stuff… I had projects pretty much everywhere.
And the leftover bits of projects were also piling up.
I really do have a system. A place where the leftover, useful size fabric bits go until I can sort them into bins. A bin for non-useful scraps; I have a few bags of these hoping to find someone who maybe makes dogs beds and can use them for the stuffing; a regular trash bin, bins for fabrics by size and color… bins for fabrics destined for a specific project but any system can get overwhelmed by a sheer magnitude of stuff.
My space was overwhelmed and overtaken. The “stuff” even spilled over into the dining room downstairs, Jim’s office and the basement! Piles of fabric, tools, folders and worksheets. Stuff.
And, to add to the craziness, I was having some work done. My sewing space is a loft that overlooks our living room.
It had one wall that was just a railing so you could see downstairs from the loft and you could see upstairs from the living room. It worked well until we got the puppy. She could fit thru the rails and she would stick her head and some of her little body thru them.
I don’t really believe she would jump, but fall? Maybe. Especially if there was a ball or a treat involved. Or maybe she would just make me worry. (And NO- the rails do not meet current building code but they did when they were built. And as I don’t have little kids or grandkids, it was not a dire issue for us until the pup came along.)
While we were waiting for a contractor to take down the railing and put up a solid half wall, I used quilts, foam core boards and a ladder to block the pup from falling thru the rails. Then in the midst of all the recent project and travel busy-ness, the contractor finally was able to come and get started! Yay!
But that meant moving things around, cleaning up a little so they had some room to do what they needed to do.
And here we are. Still not with everything back in place as the contractor has to come and put a top on the wall and install molding along the edges. Hopefully that will happen later this week.
But I did spend a little time in between projects cleaning up. Well, cleaning up some areas. Some areas you can’t see yet because they still need work.
But wow. There was a room under all that stuff! Things tend to get messy when I have a lot of projects with deadlines. I go from one to the other without a break. Usually I am working on multiple projects at once which of course, is not so unusual for a quilter.
But I love when I get a chance to clean up. A clean area is pretty. A clean are feels less stressful. A clean area opens up my mind and allows for some new ideas to formulate.
And while it is true that a creative mind is rarely tidy, a totally messy mind is not usually very productive. And a messy space makes it hard to get stuff done.
In a messy space you are constantly moving things out of the way or searching for the tool you need or just trying to maneuver around the piles! My father used to say, a place for everything and everything in it’s place. How much more work can you get done if you reach for the rotary cutter and it is right where you thought it should be?
In the coming weeks we all will be talking about our favorite tools, organizing tips, how to store fabric, thread, embellishments and more. I know that I can’t wait to see all the suggestions from my fellow designers. I am hoping to hear some really great tips that I can incorporate into my space.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my creative space where I sew and create and make a mess!
I am super excited to share more with you next week. See you then!
FYI: There are three grand prize giveaways on Cherry’s blog: a die cutting machine from Crafter’s Edge, along with a huge set of dies, a Slimline light from Daylight and a prize pack from Bosal. So be sure to go to her blog to check how to enter the drawings!
If you need the entire list of bloggers and links to their blogs- click here go to my earlier post.