Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sewing Room -- a work in progress!

I've been working really hard on organizing my sewing room. It's so much more fun to sew in a room that's tidy, organized, and inviting! You may remember my (very embarassing!) "before" shot a few months back -- ugh. Well, I am very happy to say it hasn't looked like that SINCE then... but it has been getting better and better in subsequent months! There is still a lot to be done, including some light decorating, but it has come a long, long way.

(note my high tech drawer locking system -- a toy broom. It gets the job done!)


We got four of these adjustable 6 foot shelves on Craigslist for a total of $40 a couple years ago. Not too shabby! Two of them are in my sewing room, and two are in the basement, mostly unused. Well, last week I stole two shelves from the ones in the basement and added them to the shelves in my sewing room. I now have six shelves on each side, which means much less wasted space in between each shelf. Happy dance!

I love my little configuration on the top shelf of fun things I've collected over the years. That mini sewing machine just kills me -- and I love the giant scissors and giant pincushion next to it! The blue case holds another little sewing machine.


The less-interesting side. I still need something to go on the top shelf over here. But, while kind of boring, the rest of it is well-organized. Look how those baskets fit in the shelves just like drawers. No wasted space, hooray!

Still on the list:

~ A cover for my neglected serger. Poor thing is quite dusty! I do use it, for sure, but it needs a cover for protection and for cuteness.

~ Hang my bulletin board on the wall behind the sewing machine. And hopefully my atomic-style clock that needs a repair.

~ And, my favorite, the skinny little shelf I have ready and waiting to be hung above the bulletin board. That's where all my LPS Blythes are going to sit. I can't wait for that!

~ The closet needs another once-over. I have gotten rid of boxes and bags and bags and boxes of sewing supplies I knew I would never use -- but the closet is still very full. Don't worry, it still looks very organized. I just know there's more I can do in there!

21 comments:

Michelle said...

Love the broom idea- very creative!

Kimberlee said...

Great improvement! Love your 'scissors'.
~Kimberlee
www.TheSpunkyDiva.com

Brandy@YDK said...

it's looking fantastic. I'm jealous of all your shelves!

Nic :) said...

Looking great, fresh and tidy!
Love the mini brus on the desk :)
x

Melanie said...

Definitely want to work on "finding" a shelf for storing my serger. It's currently in the closet and thus never get used. Thanks for the inspiration : ) Blessings!

Kris @ everywhereorange.com said...

Looks great!!! so peaceful and open. i like your shelves, they make your things look really cool and important!

Rebecca@This Present Life said...

It looks like you are on your way to a beautiful, organized space! What a great idea to add more shelves to your bookcase. I hate all that wasted space that you inevitably have with bookshelves. And your child proofed drawers cracked me up!

susan@tickledpaisley said...

Oh - everything is so neat, clean and organized! Can you come over an do mine?!?

CJ said...

I'm so inspired by or energy, creativity, and organization! Thank you!

Jen said...

Love the broom trick! It's looking good- definitely see the progress :)

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Eileen Cox said...

Aaahhh, you've given me inspiration! I know I need to tackle organizing my workroom, too - there's so much stuff it's overwhelming - but your before and after pics show that getting it done is worth the effort!

Betty Lou said...

Looking good!

Cammie said...

Wow! It looks fantastic!

SewTara said...

The broom is awesome! I've had a dishtowel tied around the handles of the cupboards under the sink for a few days. My kids recently took an interest in cramming themselves in there. I'm hoping it will pass :)

Jess said...

I need me some giant scissors! love those!

martilindsey said...

So jealous....you have a sewing room! It looks great...very organized!

Livia said...

Ohhhh! I definitely need to organize too. You've inspired me!

craftyfox said...

Your room looks great! I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and it's been a real inspiration for me - I've finished my 1st Quilt Ever and even started a craft blog of my own to help give myself the motivation to actually FINISH projects. I'd love for you to check it out! (I do have a picture of my quilt up there, working on getting more pics!)

http://craftyfoxcrafts.blogspot.com

Katy said...

Looks great. I just got my sewing room done! It took a while but it's all mine!

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

I've also been working on my craft space. I wish I could figure out something as clever as your broom to keep my toddler out of my sewing cabinet (door just swings open). And now that she's learned to climb up on chairs, I can't keep a chair at my desk or sewing machine or she gets into everything on top. She's been undoing things almost as fast as I can organize them.