I’ve had a whole week away, doing another of my favorite things (skiing) with my favorite people (my family)! It’s been heaven! I hope you’ve had a great week & am looking forward to some blog catching up
While I was away I was thrilled by everyone who’s interested in the giveways last week – they are still open if you haven’t already seen them.!! Wow guys! Thank you for the birthday wishes too. This is my birthday coffee break last week.Yes, one of the two sunny days was for my special day & special it was in all the right ways.
Not much chance to wear anything made by me on the slopes apart from smalls (;-s) But hey, that’s the nature of the game. I did wear all me-made apres ski clothes (apart from a very old, like 15 years old, pair of thermal fleece leggings which worked brilliantly under a snuggly dress that I will be showing you soon). In my week away, I had a little time to collect my thoughts about sewing for February & felt quite clear about my sewing goals this month.
So back to UK where wind & rain has been relentless it seems. And first in my mind as I returned (second to all that post holiday washing) was to get organised. Now I’d left my sewing room in the sewing equivalent of carnage – patterns in piles, threads on carpet creating a new layer of textile, pattern pieces in drifts, pdf pattern pieces assembled also in piles. There were no UFOs as the reason for the mess was that I had managed to complete all of the makes I wanted for my holiday – but only just.
However, it was not just a “tidy” & spring clean that I wanted. I had made a leap. No longer was my sewing space going to be confined to the loft (which due to extra special insulation for sound & heat in its floor is several degrees colder than the rest of the house). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely little space & I know I am lucky to have a dedicated area for sewing where I can *leave mess* & close the door on it. No tidying away needed. Plenty of space for everything. However it’s dark & “quite a trek” to the kitchen & kettle. No!!! I was not going to tuck my sewing neatly away where no one could see it!! Thinking about time spent doing stuff & therefore how you might re-organise where you want to do that stuff allowed me a clearing, as they say….I had been thinking about which rooms I could use in the “family” set up – you know- that competition for rooms which usually permits a sewing room as long as there is no other need of the space. And therefore sewing rooms tend to be housed in spare rooms, nooks and crannies. but that isn’t where I am now. My family are grown up, therefore time to rethink!
I was going to use my favorite room in the house for the activity that I 1. do the most & 2. gives me the most pleasure. I don’t care if it means that I am using a room unconventionally. And why should I? It’s only unconventional to use a conservatory for sewing because it’s usually a room shared amongst the family for chilling, eating perhaps & entertaining. Because that’s what families need & do lots of. Hey. Take out the need to share with others & my conservatory is fulfilling many of those functions for me. And to turn the tables, my sewing space can “double up” & be used for chatting & chilling with friends too.
The view as I sew – (it will encourage me to keep on top of the garden too!- I’ll also be able to nip out & get the washing when it rains much easier than running down two flights of stairs from one end of the house to another)
I have tried to think of tools & equipment as “in-sewing” tools & “cutting/drafting/ trying on” tools. I have moved down everything I think I need for sewing – tools & gadgets, some of my most used books, the patterns I am going to focus on (just to keep me on track!).
I can use my loft room for storage & cutting out & trying on. I am leaving a cutting table there too & cutting mat & rotary cutter, brown paper etc. I have a huge expanse of floor now. Lovely! An alternative to the living room! (See I told you I am taking over the house!!) At the moment notions, habbie & stuff are up in the loft too …but that might change. I shall have to see how I get on. And I have still lots of tidying to do in the loft, but give me a chance – preparing the conservatory – moving stuff took forever!
The only trouble is I have to share the conservatory with my big white cat. I will not be able to leave anything out on horizontal surfaces unless I am after the mohair effect. And that cat flap’s a bit draughty! I shall also have to make sure there are no dangly wires for him to get caught up in as he inevitable chases some poor unfortunate prey around as the rest of the house snoozes. I’m not sure he’s happy with the arrangement either!!
OK. All clean & tidy. Let’s get this sewing started!!
By the way – I know there is a problem with my blog and Bloglovin if you are using the “Next” button. It is something to do with having frames (apparently !! I guess they come with my theme) & I am trying to get some help to fix it. My alternative is to change theme. If anyone knows of a good wordpress theme that is very similar to Twenty Eleven – white background, simple layout – that doesn’t use frames- please could you let me know in the comments? I’d be so grateful as it must be really annoying for some of you who use Bloglovin like this!! But rest assured I am on the case. I’m just not a web editor & like to spend time sewing & not being a techie ….
Back soon & have a good one !