I would like to announce right here at the beginning of this post, that I have not purchased a single piece of fabric so far this year . . . yet.
Part of my success so far is that I’m not much of an online shopper, and I haven’t really gone anywhere because of the crappy weather.
Over the course of the month, my cutting table very nearly got out of control again:
But on February 1st, I cleaned it off:
I’m trying to keep it cleaned off as I go, but I’ve also decided that I will clean it off on the first day of every month, so that I can keep it relatively clean all the time. Naturally, if I’m working, it’s gonna get piled with stuff — it’s the little extras that creep in that need to be taken care of. It’s a flat surface, so it’s very handy to just turn it into a dumping ground for things that I haven’t made a decision about. My plan is to make those decisions more often, so that it doesn’t get and stay in such a mess. Baby steps, right?
I can also see that I need to attend to the pile on the end of the ironing board — it’s a sickness, this pile-making . . .
Over the weekend, I made another big mess on the cutting table because I was making a birthday gift for my sister. Totally not a quilting project, I made her this Elvis Junk Journal, since she’s the biggest Elvis fan I know.
Now she has a book to keep her ticket stubs, VIP passes, and other Graceland mementos in, all in one handy cute place.
I also made her this zipper pouch. She bought me an Elvis wallet a few years ago, and I used it till it fell completely apart, and when it did, I saved the outer panels of it, and turned them into this pouch for her!
I desperately needed to reclaim space in my longarm room, and I think I showed you this mess earlier — it’s my Studio Organizing Challenge for January:
I figured I’d better get it done before the next challenge comes out on the 15th of this month, so I set in on it. Here’s the after — so much better:
While I had it in my mind that it would be an all-day affair, in reality, it only took me less than 2 hours to clean it all up! Why do I blow tasks out of proportion so in my head? It seriously keeps me from getting a lot more done.
And that 2 hours included measuring all the scrap pieces of batting, making labels for them, sorting them by size, and storing them back in the closet! Now when I need a small piece of batting for something, I’ll know right where to look and they’re all labeled, so I can find what I need quickly.
The trick will be to keep doing this and not let it get out of control again, either, just like the cutting table . . . The rolls are another story. They’ll have to stay out in plain sight for a while longer. Have you ever heard me griping about how silly it is that every closet in this house opens INWARD???? You can’t put ANYthing in the front half of any closet, or you can’t get the door open or shut.
It makes no sense to me!
So the closet is really only half full, while if the silly door opened into the room, I could also store all those rolls out of sight. I’m still debating whether to worry about having all the doors turned around, but we have bigger remodeling fish to fry right now, so even if I get around to that at some point, it’s gonna be awhile. So I’ll just keep griping about it for now — haha!
I’m trying to see it as a positive thing — it keeps me from junking up the closets and inspires me to have less stuff — maybe I shouldn’t ever turn the doors around! What do you think?
While I haven’t purchased any fabric, I was gifted this piece by my sister. It’s perfect for me! Goat fabric! I’ll have to dream up something Ranger-inspired to make with it.
Speaking of Ranger, here he is! It looks like he’s trying to avoid getting his feet muddy, but in reality, he just likes standing on things like that. I love him so much!
And I’ve started blogging over at The Life of Hazel Ilene again. There’s a new Quilt-along (and a lot more fun stuff) coming very soon. I know, I know, I’ve been promising that for over a year, but this time, it’s for real! So go check it out in your spare time — you might wanna join in!