Welcome to the Creative Spaces Blog Hop, it’s so good to have you join the fun!
I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look into our creative spaces over the next 6 weeks,
a different theme weekly, with daily postings and four fabulous sponsors: Aurifil, Bosal, Crafter’s Edge, Daylight.
We have 16 creatives sharing their spaces, tips, and perhaps a few giveaways!
July 9 through August 19!
- Week 1: Studio Clean Up – before and after pics
- Week 2: Favorite Tools
- Week 3: Organizing Tips
- Week 4: Dealing with Scraps and/or Fabric
- Week 5: Dealing with Embellishments/Buttons/Thread
- Week 6: Dealing with Tools/Rulers
Did I mention there are prizes? Check out some of the FUN giveaways!!
It’s our turn at the Poorhouse! My creative space sure needed sprucing up, so when Tammy asked me to be part of this blog hop, the answer was a yes (a nervous yes, but yes none the less)!
Why nervous – well – the “before”, it’s just not very pretty! We all get busy – in my case I get busy and shove the overflow in cabinets and bins and basically don’t deal with my “stuff” at the time it should be dealt with! After enough stuff has been packed away, it begins to creep onto my surfaces…..this time it led to having nowhere to work, no place to plan out projects and a generally uncomfortable place to work! I have a small space so it doesn’t take much to get out of control.
Here are my before pics:
So let’s fix this! My main focus in this post is work surfaces and re-defining work zones.
What are my work zones and storage zones? They are probably a lot like yours, so let’s go over them:
1. Cutting Area
2. Prep counter Area
3. Sewing Area
4. Pressing Area
5. Fabric Storage
6. Tool Storage
7. Bosal Storage
Once I defined the above zones, I realized that the cutting area was acting as a parking lot (just put any old thing there, I’ll move it later), the prep counter – again a catch-all area, the pressing area contained fabrics, and the fabric area also housed Bosal product! My sad tale of woe continues: my tools were jumbled with scraps, my thread is a mess (that we will deal with in a different post) – and the Bosal area also held old embroidery stabilizers from days past, there were excess bins on the floor that also limited access to the cutting and pressing area.
Now with my zones in mind, I moved the items that I use in that zone to where they will be used. Anything else was moved or dealt with properly. Another rule for the Poorhouse Studio – if there is an item that isnt used often, then it will be stored away, if its used often, then it needs a convenient spot.
Wow – bigger already!
Where did everything go?
- Donated excess fabric and old sewing machine to my local thrift shop;
- Recycled loads of paper and mag clippings (why do I hang onto those??);
- Moved important paperwork to file cabinet where it should have been;
- Tossed unusable items.
You may notice I got rid of the white storage unit for the fabric – I wanted something shorter so that it would not block the window. I purchased the cubicle unit from Target and my existing bins fit, and Bonus – it’s not sagging in the middle!! For $59.99 I thought it was a reasonable purchase!
Now I just need to decide on the paint color! Any ideas?
So – do you want to hop along with us? Here is the schedule and you can join in and see the progress that everyone is making:
Go to Cherry Blossoms Quilting Studio to enter for the Grand Prize!
In the meantime, we are giving away a mystery pattern or two every week; just enter a comment below and you may win!
Thanks for hopping and see you next week!