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Adding Storage and Organization to My Sewing Space

During these lo-o-o-o-ng winter months I have been pondering how to add to my current sewing space. It literally is one wonderful corner of my bedroom. Remember this?

Lots of organization, and plenty of room for my cloth. There are even 2 empty shelves under the desk waiting for something to fill them.

To refresh your memory on how this corner came to be, check out my post about it:
I Can Be Whatever I Want To Be….

I love my work area, and although it is great for storing things, it is sometimes hard for me to find my current projects. I am very slow about getting things done, and I do believe that part of it is just out of sight, out of mind for me. Here’s another shot of my space before I got the shelves filled up.

You can see a little more of the corner in this shot.

I have an idea for that wall behind the machine that might help me with my current problem. I will have to move my lovely Johnny Depp “Mad Hatter” poster and the butterflies and things surrounding him. :)

I did a search for sewing room ideas and ran across these:

 

I’m thinking about using pegboard behind my desk to have a hanging space for some of my tools. I also use gallon size Ziploc bag (or bigger) to store my materials and pattern for current projects, so those could hang here too reminding me to finish them. As long as I use the shorter hooks on the pegboard I should be okay for space, and I know myself well enough that keeping current projects in my line of sight will help me remember them. Menopause has been rough on my memory for sure, besides the fact
that we have a very forgetful family trait too (thanks Dad! :) )

 

Another peg board idea: “For inconspicuous storage, hang a piece of pegboard on the inside of a closet door to organize your craft supplies. Add a bar to store ribbon and small baskets to hold rulers, scissors, and marking tools.” My bathroom door is right beside the wall with the poster on it. The only problem for me with this one is that there is a very busy 3 year old living in the house with me, and she would help herself to anything she could reach on it. ;) I will have to keep non-sharp objects on the lower half of it if I decide to use a pegboard there.

Another idea that I already find helpful is:

 

Yard sticks on the edge of my sewing table. We also use something similar at work and it does come in handy for quick measurements.

The whole reason for this post really is the problem I have with forgetting to finish things. I was much better at keeping myself on track with projects when I was doing office work and had a computer in front of me all the time. I used my calendar to remind me about practically everything. I don’t have that ability anymore working in front of a sewing machine all day (no computer interface there!).  I am also currently using an older model flip phone so I only have limited reminder space on the tiny calendar in it’s tools section.
I get a little help from that, but not a lot.

I feel like I am slowly waking up from the slug I became over the last few months. I would love to hear from you on how you keep yourself on track and how you get motivated after a long winter’s night. Hope you find something useful in this post as well! Have a great week! Angela

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A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That…..

I spend more time on Pinterest than I want to admit to. :) Because of this new addiction of mine, I do find a lot of stuff: some crafty things, some quilty things, some fun things, some food things, some sewing things, and some quite interesting things. I will share a little of everything and you can start your own addiction fascination with Pinterest. :)

Source: findmakedo.blogspot.com via Angela on Pinterest

Source: kenkaminesky.photoshelter.com via Angela on Pinterest

So, go on over and find your own lovelies and share them with me, ok? Talk to you soon~Angela

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May I Introduce….

I have been too busy to write trying to get ready for Christmas. I had lots of posts planned that did not materialize simply because I bit off more than I could chew with a gift request from my granddaughters this year. I have a small tale to tell, so let me start at the beginning…

It’s all her fault really.

This is the Raggedy Ann my mom made for me way back when….this is the doll that started it all. She is worn from her forty-ish years of existence, and I still love her dearly. The girls love to talk to her and pet her, but I don’t let them play with her a lot because she is just a tad fragile. So I asked the oldest grand a few months ago if she would like for me to make her one for Christmas, and she said yes. Le sigh. I should have started sewing then.

Some time in November I pulled out all the old Raggedy stuff I had, and started going through it.

At the time, I thought I had hit the jackpot. My mom and I use to make these dolls and sell them, but that was over 25 years ago. But when I saw all this stuff, I thought I was in like Flynn and started sorting to see what I had. I had a couple of treasures I didn’t even realize.

I had not one, but 2 FACES my mom finished before she got too sick to sew. (Mom passed away a long time ago, go here for a little more about her :) ) She had come up with a technique for making the Raggedy faces with crayons and waxed paper to save money and not have to buy a bunch of transfers or have to embroider the faces. She nor I liked to embroider much. I was thrilled to find this face smiling back at me from the stash. Now, it was time to begin!

Help! I can’t feel my legs!

I got this far on the first doll, and was having some major problems with my sewing machine, so I decided to take a short break. I was finally able to get her legs attached. This version of Raggedy is as tall as the 2 year old – 35 inches….

That’s Better!

At this stage a friend of mine called the doll Alien Annie, :). I did get a kick out of that. I really did have a tough time making these dolls though. Part of the patterns were there, parts were missing. I had to trace the doll my mom had started to make a body pattern for the other dolls I wanted to make. I also had to figure out the way to make the transfers for the other face (I did find 2 faces, just not 2 whole dolls cut out). It took a little trial and error, and way more time than I thought it would, but I finally got a doll to this point:

Alien Annie now had a reverse mohawk. The sewing of the hair had a couple of tense moments as well, because some of those directions were missing too. A little trial and error goes a long way in creating, doesn’t it?

Next, we have this interesting shot:

No, this isn’t Animal from the Muppets.

Even though it does remind me of him. :) I was finally able to complete one whole doll. May I introduce….

…Raggedy Ann!

Then here we are on Christmas Eve and I am still trying to finish 2 MORE DOLLS! I think I have gone Raggedy insane! But I am close, and I will keep sewing hair until they all look like Animal, er, Raggedy Ann! I hope you enjoyed my tale of sew and sew. :)

I will be sharing some of my cookie recipes in the next few posts. I hope to make a few by tomorrow anyway: chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar cookies, no bake chocolate-peanut butter-oatmeal cookies and chocolate krispie treats. I will let you know what the grands think of my cookie creations as well as their dolls.

Merry Christmas to you all, and to all a Good Night! Angela

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Where Have I Been?

What have I seen? Hope this post finds all is well with you and yours! I have been wandering down the yellow-brick road of the internet checking out a variety of websites again, and thought I would share some of the cute and crafty, unusual and fun things I have found.

1. Now this one is just too freakin’ cute! Tea duck infuser :). Really. Use that rubber ducky much? Well here is a crafty little idea for you from Dollar Store Crafts. The ducky makes it easy to get your infuser out of your tea cup. I will be trying this one!

2. I use to love to send cards and notes to friends and family for all sorts of things, including the normal birthdays and holidays.  I would buy cute and sometimes random cards for future use and store them. I have a basket now that I am using, but I don’t seem to be remembering to go there and find the card. So I was very excited when I stumbled upon this little item from CTpubBlog.com, a snail mail portfolio. I actually made something like this when I was about 12, so I can take a trip down memory lane when I work on this one. This blog has lots of free tutorials and projects. Let me know if you find something you wanna make!

3. I love bags, any shape or size. Here is a really easy and super cute tutorial for a little zippered bag from Cindy of Skip To My Lou. She also has 10 Free Tote Bag Patterns, which I also use a bunch, bet some of you do too! Her blog has bunches of ideas and things to make and several free printables as well, so head on over and check her out and make one of these bags too while you’re at it! ;)

4. This is a catalog I tripped into somehow, House8810. Some super cute stuff in here to purchase, some of the prices are really good too. This is my kinda shopping as well, no mall walking for me please! So open up their catalog and just enjoy the scenery. If you decide on something to buy, I would love to hear about it too! I am not saying this because I will make anything, I just want to see what fun stuff you get…. but if you wanna buy me a gift, the Alice in Wonderland puzzle would suit me just fine! :)

5. Now here’s a blast from the past: mini Polaroids! They look fun and fairly simple to make. I use to have a Polaroid camera so making these will be another walk down memory lane I’m sure.

6. Here is one for those of you more industrially minded from you-have-broken-the-internet: a handmade coat rack. Got any extra pipe and T’s laying around? Then this is the project for you. Makes a really interesting looking coat rack too. Check it out and let me know how it goes.

7. Want to learn how to make a button for your blog? I did too, the one in the top of my sidebar is what I made. I followed the instructions from Randomosity. Sadie was very helpful and very responsive to my questions. Pop on over there and have a go at making a button for your blog. If you get stuck, just ask for help like me. :)

8. no big dill shares a yummy beverage. It’s an Avocado Smoothie made with tapioca pearls. You can get these at Asian grocery stores, and her story of her creation is very entertaining. She was even able to find the JUMBO STRAWS to facilitate drinking the pearls. :) Love me some avocados!

9. Michelle L in LA has been making all kinds of goodies! The link I’m sharing here will take you to a bunch of them that require no special tools. How cool is that? I really enjoy reading her blog too. I think her style is fresh and fun.

10. Number 10. My last share for this post. What will it be? Will it be fun, useful or practical? How about all 3? I used this pic resizer to help me with a little problem I have. This is a super easy resizer that helps me not to consume so much space in my hosting account. I think it’s easy to use, just be sure to change the pixels not the percent for the best picture and space saving. If you have another handy tip or idea for resizing, please share in your comment. I love your comments!

Alrighty then! Guess that sums it up for now. Hope you have as much fun on this yellow brick road as I have. Let me know if you spot any munchkins on your travels. I could use a couple of sets of those to go in my collection. :) Angela

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A Few New Places To Visit

I have found some lovely websites I thought I would share with you. I am looking at crafts and fun things lately. Here are a few on my to-do or to-try list or on my just for fun list. We have it all tonight folks, ;)…food, sewing crafts and no-sew crafts, hardware crafts, and paper crafts…..as well as a surprise or two! So sit back and relax! It’s all about having fun…..

1. Llevo el Invierno by Eri – some really cute ideas and creations by this lovely lady. I guess I need to learn to read Spanish because I am starting to be drawn to Spanish crafting blogs :) She introduced me to our next contestant!

2. PLUMETIS MAGAZINE A lovely little international digital magazine that has some parts translated into English – and I love the pictures! Cute stuff! Lots of different crafty ideas to drool over….and speaking of drooling…..

3. Cookies! Gluten Free Mommie has some wonderful recipes, the one I am leading you to is for chocolate chunk toffee cookies. Yum!  Once you’ve had the cookies you can try “Lighter Than Air” Chocolate Cake, and Black Bottomed Cupcakes and Italian Sausage Spaghetti…and….well…you get the idea! Go find some new recipe for tonight 8) . Next:

4. No-Sew Fabric Flower Tutorial by Ruffles and Stuff – these adorable flowers are touted as being super easy and anyone can see they’re super cute! Go make a couple and send in a pic! After you do that maybe pop on over to:

5. Just Something I Made, The Creative and Inspirational Journal Of Cathe Holden -  LOVE this lady! She shares tons of free digital downloads she makes and there are a lot of fun images to choose from. Check her out! Then, stare at the picture below:

 


6. Cinemagraphs – cool still photography with a moving element in it. Read an article about it here and check out the art at: From Me To You. I just found this stuff today and it kinda made my jaw drop…..I am so not a digitally savvy person. I can’t imagine how you would do this, but I really enjoyed the efforts of others. I am very much in awe of this technique right now. Lots of fun watching for the movement I think. Once you get your jaw back into place, go here:

7. Craft Buds – Upcycle: Shirt To Purse – This is for all my recycle/reuse/repurpose friends and I really loved this one! I have a couple of old shirts that should work really well for this. Another one that if you get to make it I wanna see pictures :). There are lots of other tutorials as well. Then, get out your heavy equipment for:

8. A craft for my more industrial minded friends: Kara at Happy Go Lucky shares great instructions for a framed wired jewelry holder she made from odds and ends from home. When finished she added hooks to the sides and bottom to give her even more storage. It all comes together beautifully! When you get that finished you really ought to check out:

9. Obsessively Stitching -  Looks like fun sewing ideas from, you guessed it, an obsessive stitcher. :) She even has tutorials to make Angry Birds! Yep! Stuffed counterparts to the game. Now you can just make your own pig and birds and let them go at it! All I need now are instructions for the slingshot…..When I finish tearing down the pig’s house I think I’ll drop by:

10.  Dawn’s Cottage Corner. Dawn was inspired to make her own mini album after following the instructions she found in the YouTube tutorial below. Her album is fantastic, and so is this tutorial. It’s from My Scrap World Channel on YouTube. Have fun with both!

http://youtu.be/w7kmPR49ZOo

Whew! Ok, I’m done for now! That was a lot of work…..or will be whenever I get around to it all huh? Let me know if you enjoy these or are inspired to have a go at any of them yourselves. Until then, I think I’ll go find me a nice warm tub to relax in, ok? Talk to you soon, Angela

 

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