July 4th clean-up

Before I tell you what John and I have been up to this weekend, I want to thank those of you who sent your words of encouragement regarding the copyright infringement in the new issue of Soft Dolls & Animals.  All will be taken care of by my publishers attorneys. 

This past week, and during the long weekend, John and I started moving my studio from a 13 x 12 foot bedroom to a 10 x 9 bedroom.  It is amazing what a few feet can do.  I am purging like crazy!
SewingRoom   The photo here is my old studio.  A bit crowded, but functional.  I generally have 3 to 4 machines up at one time as I hate switching bobbins and feet so often.

YarnWall Because I'm a yarn fanatic, I've had several cubbies full of yarns.  And, I have dolls made my myself and other favorite doll makers on shelves along the walls.  This is all having to change.  Moving to a smaller area means half of the yarn has to go, plus half of the fabric, threads, beads.  Actually, basically everything needs to be reduced by at least half.  Not an easy thing to do when you love shopping for all of the above as I do.  But, it must be reduced.

Another thing that has to go are all the calendars I love hanging around.  Not sure you can see it, but I generally have the Quilting Arts & Craft Paper Scissors calendars on one wall.  On another, which you can't see here, I have one by Stampington and Adele's Sciortino's.  I like having a current month showing, plus two months in the future so I know where I need to be at any given time.  This keeps me pretty much on track as far as who needs what when. 

StudioMove1b                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This next photo is the beginnings of the smaller studio.  John put up the thread pegboard and as you can see I've started filling it up.  He bought two new office drawers and we placed a couple shelves across the two creating a new sewing table for one of my machines.  You can see my drafting board in the foreground.  It is going to have to go somewhere else as it won't fit in this little room.  But we'll find a place for it.  When I draw, I need the angle you get with a drafting board.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The next photo show the piles of supplies that still need to find a new home in the new place.  It will happen, but it is taking far more than a couple days.  I've got my in-house workshop coming up next week and promise I'll have it all sorted about before everyone arrives.  In the meantime, look for an announcement of a huge garage sale.  There's a bunch of things that simply will not fit in the new space.  Purging every once-in-awhile is good.  I think.

5 Responses to “July 4th clean-up”

  1. Hi Patti ~ Thanks for sharing, I’m sure your new space will take you to another level of creativeness that has been tucked away and with this move will spark a new twist to an artist view ~ Enjoy ~ I look forward to your sale and pictures of your new space ~ Much Love Andrea

  2. Debra Duckett says:

    Patti, I know what you mean by moving to a smaller space. I had to move to a small apartment from a house where I had an extra bedroom for my studio. Now my bedroom is my studio and it is hard to get rid of things and reorganize, so I feel your pain, but I manage.

  3. Just think of the new supplies that you can get once you make room for them in the new studio. Plus sometimes old supplies no longer have the same inspiration and need to move to new homes. 😉
    Enjoy the new studio space!

  4. JoAnne says:

    I need to do some purging myself before I am the next face everyone sees on my favorite show “Hoarders: Buried Alive.” I’m well on my way there. I have a craft studio as-well-as my dining room table set up for sewing and embroidery projects. I just hate giving up stuff and I can’t say “NO” when folks want to give me fabric, yarn, and thread for FREE! I just picked up 11 bolts of upholstery and drapery fabric a month ago that would have ended up in the landfill (GO GREEN!)…I have no idea what I will do with it yet.

  5. Ute says:

    Wow, that looks and sounds like what I’ve been doing! And the stranger part to purging……….things we think we can’t live without…..we can. LOL You go girl, cause it’s not an easy thing to do.

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