Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Clean Slate...or Design Wall . . . . . .


Awhile back, I read on someone's blog, where a quilting instructor talked about cleaning your sewing room when you finished one quilt and before starting the next. She equated it to cleaning your kitchen after baking a cake, you just don't let the mixing bowls and measuring cups set around, you clean things up.

That's just the way I am, in my sewing room and my kitchen.

So as soon as I had the border on on Jake, and took my pictures, I was ready to move on to my next project. I put all my leftovers in a ziploc baggie and threw them in the big rubbermaid tub full of leftovers in ziploc bags from my other projects.

Everything came down from the design wall,

and I used a lint brush to remove all the threads.

I put up all my sewing tools, the rulers, tweezers, scissors and dusted my table.

I dusted my shelves

and laid my Stars and Coxcombs out, everything's ready for Wild Goos Chase.
There's nothing like a fresh start!!


Isn't this just the saddest face you've ever seen,

I had just broken the news to Cooper, no doggy daycare for a couple of weeks. He didn't take the news well.

Nothing in his toy box seemed to hold his attention,

So I bought a few new things....

anything to keep him entertained.

As you can see, Cooper really needs more toys.

But yesterday, when I was walking Cooper, a neighbor invited us over for a play date. My neighbor has a 4 year old setter of some kind AND a one acre fenced in back yard! The dogs got along great this morning so we're going back for more tomorrow.

A few updates.....

So far so good with the water pearls.....

and

I'm liking the Sketchers, they provide great support to my knees....the last time I sneaked a quick peek at my backside I noticed no change.....I may settle for a 40 year old butt instead of the 20....Demi Moore is in her 40s, right?

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16 comments:

  1. What a great idea, clean your sewing room after finishing a project. I have the same sewing machine that you have. Where did you get the table you have your machine in? It is just what I am looking for.
    Joan

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  2. Yes, I am with you, I like to clean in between projects! You kind of get reinvigorated! I like that, plus the fact that I always feel better when I am organized. Cooper looks like such a sweetie pie!

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  3. You are so tidy and organized, Thelma. You would shriek and faint if you saw my situation! Cooper knows just how to twist you around his little...paw, doesn't he?!

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  4. Love your sewing table! Can you tell me who makes it? I never thought about the lint remover thing. What a great idea. My wall is made from batting so I can't just throw it in the washer but the lint brush idea might work. Thanks!

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  5. I try and tidy up a little bit after each sewing session. It's so easy for things to get out of control and I like it when I can find things. I need to get a design wall....that will be the next project for the sewing room. I do need to spend some time in the closet in the sewing room. Things are quite right in there!

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  6. Your sewing room looks great! I'm so glad Cooper was able to score some playdates. We don't want him looking so sad! Our dogs have a box of "toys" too...only they are dried out soup bones. Sigh. Those are the only "toys" they like. That and sticks. And the cats. Just kidding about the cats!!!

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  7. Look at poor Cooper's face...bless his heart...I'll send Howie and Zack over to play...LOL! Your sewing room looks wonderful...all ready for the next project.

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  8. I too have to keep my sewing area tidy after each project, or it can just get overwhelming.
    your dog is adorable.

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  9. I used to be so good about cleaning up my sewing area after each project and then the wheels fell off - LOL I spent Sunday afternoon cleaning and I'm almost there - need to kick those bad habits and get back to what I prefer. Your sewing room is wonderful - love the big window in front of your sewing machine - PERFECT!

    Oh no Cooper does look sad but having a few play dates will put the bounce back in his step. LOL

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  10. Oh, to be so organized! Like the pictures of your quilt room....gave me some ideas for mine!

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  11. Your room looks wonderful! But I'm still giggling over your Sketcher comment! ;-))

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  12. Oh boy, how would you like to come over and clean up my sewing room? I'm in process of cleaning it up so it can be a "guest room" soon.

    I bought the Sketchers about a month ago, like them, feel like they improve my posture. No miracles yet, though!

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  13. Clean as a whistle -- you look ready to chase all those Wild Geese into submission!

    Lucky boy, Cooper. There's nothing better than a pickup playdate with the neighbor's pup! My (canine) niece is a 2-year-old labradoodle who lives a block from a public park with a large off-leash area where she can romp and 'rastle like crazy. My small sighthounds can't be trusted off leash in unfenced areas, so we have to work a little harder to find safe places to play.

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  14. Can you adopt me??? Or can you move here??? I would love to have a "clean finish". I just can't seem to work on only one thing at a time and if you were here, or I was there, maybe some of that would rub off of you onto me!!!
    And thanks, too for the shoe update - keep us posted, please!

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  15. I want to be more like you...that's my goal. I know I would be happier working in a fresh, clean, well organized space.
    I feel like a bad pet owner seeing how well you take care of Cooper! I don't think my dog has had that many toys over her lifetime!

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  16. i WOULD use Auntia as an excuse for not being able to walk into the magick shoppe like a normal person - i have to suck in my gut and then my butt and do the twist and the electric slide to get to my sewing machine - but it isn't her fault ... it is (mostly) ME ... i don't WANT to be such a slob and it really doesn't work for either of us ... i could be cleaning and tidying and organizing right now ... sigh

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