Welcome to Week 1 of our Creative Space Blog Hop
Week one: Studio Before and AfterBe sure to leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a free pattern pack for my 2018 Block of the month!
OK, I am not proud of this but this is the "BEFORE" picture so you will see what I had to work with. Yup, complete mess. This photo is taken from the stairs descending down to my studio.
My studio is in a big "L" shape with sewing machine area by the stairs, storage in the middle, and more work surfaces and storage down the big "L" part of the studio.
My sewing machine table has been worse, so this is actually pretty good. . . for me!
My cutting table really is bad, so bad in fact, I can't get to it because of all the suitcases and sewing machine bags all around it.
My sit down long arm is buried. Only its light strains to get out from under the stuff!
This is my pattern and class storage area above, and vending storage area below. I had already started on this area a few days ago, so it is not as bad as some of the others. I just got back from vending 2 weeks ago and had to get stuff put away.
These are the quilt storage racks I use to store all of my quilts, as well as the quilts I use in my programs and trunk shows. And yes, the lion push toy, like the potty seat, is one of those, "now what do I do with this?" sort of things.
My son and hubs built this for me. It really helps to store a lot of stuff that was formerly homeless. I use this space for my Go! Big cutter and fabric selection from the storage racks across from it. But this work space does not always see the light of day!
This is the other side of my quilt storage racks. It holds UFO's, fabric, projects waiting in the que, and my design walls.
After several hours of work. . . .
OK, now that I have spent a few more hours in the studio there is hope. Here are the parts that are looking better.
Sewing machine -- Bernina 790 -- cleaned off and ready to sew.
You know my grandson has been in my studio because there are matchbox race cars sitting on my stuff. He sneaks down here and plays while he is supposed to be taking a nap. And of course, Nana does not know this because Nana is napping!!
#43 where I found it after the kids were here over the weekend. Bryce thinks there should be a racecar on every surface.
Storage area boxes organized and most of the stuff cleaned up and put away. Ok, a few more things to get put away, but this is progress! And all the suitcases and sewing machine bags are all neatly stored, so you can actually see the floor and get to my cutting table.
Yes, my cutting table is now cleaned off and ready to get to work. And yes, there is a matchbox car on the cutting mat. The rotary cutter was safely put away before the kids came over, thankfully.
The south window work space is nearly cleaned up, except for Buster, who is my constant companion in the studio. This is one of his favorite spots to sit. Stay tuned for more about my absolute favorite Martelli turntable during favorite tools week.
Of course he wanted to be close to #43. Why, so he can knock it off, of course!
Here is my work space without Buster and you can see my convenient ruler storage racks hold all my square rulers.
And a little bit of blue willow china is part of my collection of children's dishes inherited from my mom. Did you spot Big Boy sitting on my GO! cubes? He is a reminder of my 16th birthday, when an old beau took me to Big Boy's for dinner. Big Boy's was a big deal back then! As you can see, he's been with me for a while.
Big Boy, that is, NOT the old beau.
Big board is cleaned off and ready for use. The cover is an old piece of upholstery fabric which used to be drapes on the windows in our old farm house back in Avon, OH. Been saving a pair of these for years and finally decided it was a perfect ironing board cover.
Normally I put striped ticking on my ironing board so I have reference lines for pressing. But I was out, so the old curtain was re-purposed.
Machine area looking good. Do you notice that Slimline Lamp over my machine? We are giving one of those away with this blog hop. Trust me, you want one!! It is the best sewing light I ever used.
Slimline LED lamp some lucky blog hopper will win!
Thread storage is finally neat and tidy. Next time I will show you what I keep in those cool drawers next to my machine.
Buster gives it all his stamp of approval.
Hope you had fun seeing my before and after studio pics. OK, there is a lot more to clean up, but I will be sharing lots of fun stuff with you over the 6 weeks of this blog hop.
Leave a comment and be entered to win a complete set of patterns for my 2018 Block of the Month!