Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Ta dah! The Clean Sewing Room!

Ok, brace yourselves! The following pictures are disgraceful.......................... Donna Balfanz--don't look!


See I warned you! This is or WAS my messy, awful sewing room. So I decided that for 2009 I was going to get back on track and get re-organized! Beware--still a few more messy photos to follow......






Ok, now you can look! Ta Dah! See it's all cleaned up and nice and neat and I can think and work and find stuff!



I skirted the tables--something Donna talked me into a few years ago and now the tables have their skirts back. All I did was rip my fabric to the right size and hot glued it to the under edge of the table. Then if I need to remove the skirt for some odd reason I just peel it off and then it can re-glued when I'm ready.


I decided to add a row of lace to the top of the skirts, which doesn't show up here too well, but is very pretty in person.


My hutch, which still needs a bit of organizing and don't even ask about the insides of the drawers. However I will be organizing those too--but a little later.






I told the dear husband that I need something to fill this little corner that was wasted space and this is what he came up with--clever man! He had the pegboard in the garage just sitting, so he added a piece of wood to extend the table--which will get covered as soon as I find my wallpaper. Then he added the little wire baskets,which I am working on filling up. Yes, he is an amazing man and quite handy!






Mae in her new corner. Her skirt is part of a bridal veil that I trimmed down the fullness of and decided to make this piece her new skirt!



This corner had a big, ugly green couch sitting in it that we moved into a small room around the corner. I plan to add a couple of easy type chairs for sitting and sewing.

The biggest thing I did to help with my clean up this time was to purchase some storage totes and get rid of the old cardboard boxes I had, which not only looks nicer--even if they are hidden under the skirts--but the hold more than the boxes did.

The next big help was adding the skirting, so you can't see the ugly storage area under the tables.

Ah! I feel so much better!

28 comments:

Char said...

wow!...you have been a very little gal!...looks great!

I know I try and always keep my crafting area clean...i found that without organization productivity is slow!

The best advice I can give anyone to be able to produce quickly "ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE!" .that way less time looking for things...and more time working on them!

Rhonda said...

Wow! I got some great tips from your room. But I don't think my hole house has as much stuff in it as your room does. But then again I do not have that much organization either. I was saving my wedding dress for Jennalee but maybe Mae would like it. You did a fantastic Job Girl. I feel the creativity fibrating the room!
I hope it fibrates to my room!

The unfibrated Sista
Rhonda

Christine said...

Fantastic, Cathy!!!!! You are very inspiring!!!! My dh is making me a new cutting table with doors under and wire baskets inside....I can hardly wait!!!!! Will post pics down the road when it's done, I guess I should get some befor pic's too!!!
Christine

marie said...

Your sewing room looks GREAT. Organizing my work room is definitely one of my goals for (early) 2009. I think I've been inspired!!
Thanks for sharing!

Maija said...

And just how long do you think that will last?????? ;)

Gayle said...

WOW WOW WOW Cathy! I am SO impressed! Everything looks absolutely wonderful! Good job!

tattered 'n torn prims said...

Your sewing room is beautiful....and so well organized!! I am working on mine as well....I gutted it....ripped out a wall and cabinet, the floor, and started all over!!! Can't wait to get it complete!! Thanks for sharing your pix for added inspiration!!

Stacey

t/j said...

It must be ssomething in the air! I am in the process of cleaning out my paint/craft/sew/computer area LOL, I don't feel so bad now looking at yours, but I have a feeling a WHOLE lot more things get DONE in yours than in mine :_
luf t/j

Liz said...

On wow I love the change it looks wonderful!!!

Jennifer said...

wow it looks fabulous lady! what a great space to work!! Im jealous! Jen :)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Your room looks pretty neat Cathy, LOL. I sure do need to clean out drawers and closets in my house. It is driving me crazy.

pammi said...

great job Cathy! now if youll just come over and help me lol Pam

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Cathy! WOW! Your room looks so nice. I wasn't as productive as I would have liked to have been this past year. I was just telling my mom I thought it was because my work area is so unorganized and it drives me crazy. I appreciate your before and after photos - they're all inspiring! I need to get busy, so I can get busy. :o)
-Karoline

Black Sheep Lisa said...

What a grand improvement!

Trudy said...

Cathy,

I just discovered your blog, and I love it! I hope that you don't mind, but I linked your 'printing on fabric' tutorial on my blog. It is one of the better ones I have seen.

I am going to explore your site a bit now, but just wanted to say Hello, and congrats on cleaning out your craft room...what a great job you have done. I am very jealous of the amount of space you have, although like you, I would never be able to keep it clean:)

Wooly hugs,
Trudy

Rosemary said...

wow, can you come organize mine? LOL!

WoolenSails said...

Looks great, and great use of space. I have room and not enough storage, so need to rethink how I did mine too.

Debbie

ByLightOfMoon said...

I LOvE it! MAny thanks for sharing!

smiles, cyndi

Oakleaf Hollow Primitives said...

Oh my, Cathy, it all looks so neat! :) I especially like the skirt on the table. It's inspiring! I have been actually working on my "messiest" craft room!
Thanks for showing all the pics!
julie/rustyrelics

Terri said...

That looks fantastic! I could soooo get creative in that room. I see the flat doll I made you many moons ago!

IsabellasCloset said...

Cathy, I LOVE your sewing room, it's wonderful! You have been a very busy Gal. The skirted table is so beautiful.
I have been in my studio a lot lately. "ORGANIZE" is the key word for me this 2009.
Thanks for sharing all your hard work. I'm sure it's great fun working there.
Blessings ~Mary~ :-}

Sher said...

I'm glad you feel better but now I feel like a total slob. Of course, you can make me feel better by visiting me and spiffing up my room...:)

Hugs,
Sher

Tall House Quilts said...

Wow. What a great job you have done. That is inspiring for those of us who are still in the midst of organizing. Beautiful things to look at and be inspired by too.

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Hi Cathy, I can tell that was alot of work but it really looks fabulous now. I'm quite jealous of that big space. xo, suzy

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a GREAT sewing room you have Cathy! Wow, is is big! You must want to never come out of there! LOL! A girls dream!

Hugs!
Maryjane

Mizinha said...

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Deborah said...

I loved your seewing room! Creative and organized!

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Angie said...

Ijust love your sewing room. This is the first time I've seen it. What impressed me was the integration of your dolls (I'm a dollmaker of porcelain and cloth dolls). And yes, I also am trying to get myself ORGANIZED! You have given me some great ideas. Thank you much and God Bless.