Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Reorganized Studio

The last six weeks have been busy as, in addition to making the baby quilt I showed you in the last post, I have been working on reorganizing the studio. I resolved the question of fat quarter storage with paper covered boxes and Terry Atkinson's folding method shown on Sewing with Nancy. I'm quite pleased with the result. Thanks to all who offered suggestions.


Since that side of the room needed to be reorganized, a few changes also had to occur elsewhere. I cleared one of my worktables to use for working on dolls and other small projects . . .

 
 
I also added a rolling cart for doll-making supplies which meant I had to move the file cabinet and beading supplies next to the sewing table . . .
 


Obviously, there is still tweaking to be done, but the studio is much more work friendly. My supplies are all organized; I have a much better idea of what I have available; and I'm loving the expansion to the floor space, since it is a small room. I did end up keeping some bins, but they now hold WIPs (Works in Progress) and specialty fabrics (primarily recycled pieces).

One of the things that all this reorganization reminded me of was the post I wrote on Hopes vs. Goals last year. While there are still things I feel I haven't made enough progress on, I did complete or make progress on quite a few. That, in turn, made it clear that  making that kind of a list is a great help, not only in identifying what one wants to concentrate on in a given period, but also as a check in the future to identify how close one has come to one's hopes.

I find that I have also been inspired by the work of one of my friends. She has been working on building up a business over the last few years. She created the little box on the left of the bookcases.


You can find more of her work at Cross Stitch Treasures by CanvasFun. She has a wonderful eye for design and some interesting ideas. I hope you will check out her shop.

Until next time, I hope you will make progress on your hopes and that you enjoy peace and all good.

6 comments:

  1. Loving your super organized studio! Delightful pin cushions and spools of ribbon, all just waiting to be used. I cannot work amid chaos, this space looks awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Barbara. It feels wonderful just being in the room now, too!

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  2. Love the way of folding fat quarters, no ends sticking out. Thank You for including the link.

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    1. You're welcome. Glad I could help.

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  3. Wow Dianne! Looks fabulous! I am also in the throes of organizing plus trying to get the "brick and mortar" store online and getting out my newsletter, as well as completing our offered BOM which is delightful. Amish With A Twist. Of course, on the way I found a few more UFO's (Unfinished objects - which you call WIP's) and am designing as well. Just finished a baby quilt design which has been kitted. Reaching goals is tough, but I find if I set the bar at an attainable level, each day brings me closer to completion of my goals....

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    1. Thanks. I'm really enjoying the change.

      I used to call mine UFO's, too, but found the change to WIP's (Works in Progress) took some pressure off. Sometimes letting a project simmer and allowing myself to think about it is the best thing to do.

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