Quick Sewing Room Clean-Up

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Don’t laugh…This is the current disaster in my sewing room.  I’ve completely neglected it over the last few months (yes, that’s my pink Christmas tree that I never got around to decorating).  But now with the new year, it’s time to get my act together.  You know your sewing room is in the same state of disorganization, so let’s get it cleaned up quickly.

A few years back, I wrote The ABCs of Spring Cleaning Your Sewing Room over on SewMamaSew.  There’s even a printable PDF for your convenience.  I know it isn’t Spring yet, but heck, you’ll be getting a jump start on it!

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While going through the piles of crap on my cutting table, I found lots of treasures I had forgotten about.  Yes, the bags of fabric from Joann’s Black Friday Sale were yet to be unpacked.  It’s mostly more flannel that I don’t need.  I know…don’t judge me.

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I did find all the goodies I purchased during a recent NYC shopping adventure with my dear friend, Sara Norris.  Sara and I met online about 7 years ago while sewing children’s custom boutique clothing.  When she told me she was coming to New York City for a few days, I just knew I had to show her my fabric playground (aka NYC’s Garment District).

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Sara and I had a ball while her husband, Mike, waited patiently as we went treasure hunting.  Our first stop was Pacific Trimming—an old favorite of mine for rhinestone buttons and buckles.

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We discovered a trim shop, Hai’s Trimmings Inc.,  I had never visited before.  This place had more high-end trims than the other shops I usually go to.  I was even able to finally find 24 row rhinestone trim to recover my bathroom switch plate!  This place was AMAZING!

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Sara surprised me with the cutest spool of velvet trim she found at Antropologie.  Love it!

Now it’s time to find a home in my sewing room for all these sewing things.  Hopefully, once I get my kid back to school tomorrow, I’ll get back in the groove!  Hoping to sew a lot more this year than last!

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Sew Red

After my post, Sew You Need a Personal Shopper, last week with all the PINK goodies, Lynn asked for REDAnyone who knows me, knows I can’t stand RED.  There is absolutely no RED in my garden, wardrobe, home and even at Christmas time.

However, being the wonderful sewing friend I am, I’ve collected all the great RED sewing items on the web.  Enjoy!

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Check out this adorable Vintage Red Child’s Sewing Machine!

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Ooooh!  Here’s a Miniature Vintage Sewing Machine, too!

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Heck, bet you don’t have a Miniature Sewing Machine LIGHTER!

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Found this Vintage Red Spool Holder (even thought I think it’s really a poker chip holder).

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What’s a sewing room without Vintage Red Scissors?

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You could use this memory card case to store sewing machine and serger feet!

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This Red Tupperware Case would always work!

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Check out this awesome Red Metal Doll Accessories Trunk!  You could store your sewing notions and trims in it.

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Or if you wanted something smaller, these Vintage Red Sewing Tins would be perfect.

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How about this cute Red Velvet Cake Pincushion?

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Or an adorable Red Velvet Tomato Pincushion?

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Even better, a Red Velvet Shoe Pincushion with a secret storage compartment for thread.

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Of course, you’ll need Red Pearl Pins for your pincushion

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and Red Heart Pins for your bulletin board.

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Although a Bingo Chip Collector would do the same as this Red Magic Pin Collector, this is made by Singer (so you’re supporting the sewing industry).

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What’s a sewing room without a Red Sewing Tape Measure which reads, “LIVE LARGE!”

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And you can jot down all your measurements or design a new quilt with this Red Quilt Happy Notebook!

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This Red Train Case / Sewing Box could store all your hand sewing projects.

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Even better, this Vintage Red Sewing Box would hold the mother load of sewing items.

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Of course, you’ll need some Red Needle Grabbers for hand sewing.

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What about a Vintage Red Record Box?  You could use it to store your sewing patterns!

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Singer even makes a RED Dress Form!

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Look at this luscious Red Silk Velvet Fabric

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and this Red Silk Dupioni!  I could think of a hundred things to make with these fabrics!

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You’ll also need some Red Velvet Gathered Trim,

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Red Velvet Trim with Sequins

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and some Red Gingham Elastic Trim, too!

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If you’re a fabric hoarder, these Red Storage Crates would be perfect!

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What sewing room is complete without a Red Crystal Chandelier?  You’re welcome!  LOL

Oh…came across a post about Things I’ve Learned From Sewing at 2:00 a.m. that I just have to share with all of you. Hilarious!

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Sew, You Need a Personal Shopper?

Figured I’d be your personal shopper today for all your sewing needs and desires…LOL!  Came across some neat sewing stuff on Ebay and Etsy for all my sewing buddies.  Yes, I know everything is PINK…but I also know you love PINK, too! Enjoy!

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This is one of the best Child’s Vintage Pink Sewing Machine I’ve ever seen on Ebay.  No wonder bidding is already over $300.  Still, it’s beautiful!

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If the Singer machine is too pricey for your budget, what about this adorable Kay-ee Sew Master?

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The heck with the kids…get yourself a pretty Pink Atlas Sewing Machine!

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I am tempted to bid on this sweet Vintage Pink Leather Sewing Box, but I have to stop myself.  I think I have at least 3 of them.  Besides, you really need one.  I know…how nice of me?

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Oh!  Pink Thread Snippers!  I’m liking these!

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Perhaps you would prefer Hot PINK cushioned Thread Snips instead?

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Heck, if you don’t sew, you could always use this pink sewing awl as a weapon.  Just saying.

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How adorable are these Felt Rose Embellishments?  At this price, I wouldn’t even bother trying to make them, KWIM?

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How delicious would this Vintage Pink Embroidered Collar be added to a cashmere sweater?

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I have both the Original Chaco Liner and the Slim Chaco Liner, but not this Clover Pink Chaco Liner Pen.  Check out the design of the tip which lets you mark directly up against your ruler.  That’s definitely an improvement over the other two Chaco Liners.

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Look!  A Limited Edition PINK Side Winder for bobbin winding!

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What a cute PINK Sewing Kit to keep in the car for little emergencies.

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Has anyone tried one of these Needle Threaders?  If so, did it work easily?

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How stunning is this Pink Velvet Rhinestone Trim?  Don’t know what you’d add it to, but it is unique.

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Forget that old ugly red tomato pin cushion.  Check of this yummy Pink Velvet Pin Cushion.

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The Ott Lite now comes in PINK!  Oh my!  I already have two Ott Lites…hmmm, maybe I need a third one.  Oh and it’s HD…didn’t know HD (high definition) lighting even existed.  I really must get out more.

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This Pink Rhinestone Beaded Trim is scrumptious!  Don’t you think?

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Looking for unusual fabric?  Check out this  hand screen printed fabric from Flippafabric.  Too stinkin’ cute!

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One can never have enough pin cushions.  Especially pretty handmade pin cushion like this.  It even comes with a few pins!

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I’m loving this Poster!

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The seller even has a Keep Calm and Sew On Poster which can be order in PINK (or any other color of your choice).

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Need to spruce up a boring sewing room?  Perhaps a cool Dress form Wall Decal would do the trick.

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I love vintage sewing finds.  How about a Vintage Hoop-La to make a bouffant skirt?

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How adorable are these Hand painted Pin Boxes?

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And for my church-going friends, I found this Sew Blessed Sign.

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I think I might have this saying on one of my little sewing stickers.  But this is a vinyl Dressmaker Sign.  Put that on the door to your sewing room to scare away unwanted children visitors.

  With friendship,

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The 6th Annual NYC Diva-Q: Let the Party Begin – Part I

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Saturday, August 7th—our 6th Annual NYC BBQ–the day had finally arrived!  I anxiously awaited for my 250+ guests to arrive.

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Connie Mustang  and Lynn Marie came early to help decorate with the tissue pom poms.

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 Mom helped with the balloons.

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Jim and Brother Joe assembled the 50 pink plastic flamingos

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while Jacob disassembled them.

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The bartenders fluffed the flamingo straws

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and lined up all the booze.

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Diana Bagels and Sophia arrived with the Jello Shots…

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and Lady M tested them to make sure they tasted good…LOL

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Socialite Sister™ Delia showed up with a giant ice luge!

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Tamster™ brought a basket of cucumbers in an effort to prevent hangovers for those who overindulged.

It’s PARTY TIME!

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James tests out the newest addition to this year’s BBQ. 

3:00PM – 9:00PM AIR T-BALL HOUSE

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5:00PM – 12:00PM BABYSITTERS

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Benjamin assists Ziggy the Magician.

5:00PM – 6:00PM MAGIC SHOW

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5:00PM – 7:00PM POPCORN

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5:00PM – 7:00PM COTTON CANDY

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Robyn’s triplets enjoy the cotton candy.

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Ziggy the Magician has been entertaining my friends and family for more than 15 years now!  He’s the BEST!

6:00PM – 8:00PM CARD SHARK

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Josephine gets her face painted.

6:00PM – 8:00PM CHILD ENTERTAINER (FACE PAINTING, BALLOON ANIMALS & TATTOOS)

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6:00PM – 9:00PM BOUNCE HOUSE

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6:00PM – 9:00PM CANDY CART

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8:30PM – 9:30PM PIRATE SHIP RIDE

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A big shout out to Mike Pisano – he took these amazing photos!!!

Stay tuned…I’ve got tons of photos to share!

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Countdown to the BBQ…only 4 days from now!

Directions to the BBQ

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Lady M™ (aka Myrinda of Fabrichound) has updated the Directions to the BBQ on Google Maps!  Check it out!  She’s included all the major airports, bridges, hotels, restaurants and shopping to ensure a great visit!  Thanks Lady M™!

Pom Pom Hell 

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Welcome to my Pom Pom Hell–23 Tissue Pom Poms down…another 73 to go. I WILL get them done by the BBQ (Aug. 7th).  Especially since Jenn has offered to come over and help me knock them out.  Question is, where the heck am I going to store them all in the meantime? What was I thinking?  Seems I’m not the only one with this problem.

How Many?

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It all started 7 years ago, when my Rotten Next Door Neighbor™ tried to have our annual block party without me.  I found out about it and invited 88 of my friends and family over.  Boy, was she pissed.  We didn’t have 88 people on the entire block.  The next year, when I heard she threw in the towel (as Neighborhood Mayor™) and would no longer have our block party, I figured I’d have a little BBQ.  Little did I know what was to come.

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My Children’s Custom Boutique Designers and Buyers friends caught wind and a bunch of them showed up from all over the country.  And every year, more came.  Last year, I lost count at 213 people.  This year we have even more coming!  Can’t wait to see everyone!

You’ve Got Mail

Last week, I came home to find a surprise package had arrived from my Mom.  Oh My!!!

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A Dashboard Diva!  You Drive; She’ll Dance!  If you’ve ever driven with me and we’re still friends, I’ll like to thank you even though I’ve almost killed you with my driving skills.  Heck, I did get you from midtown Manhattan to Staten Island in a mere 22 minutes.  Like I said, be thankful.

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Perfect for the Tiki Bar.  Which reminds me…how does one build a quick outdoor bar?  Maybe the guys at Home Depot knows.  I’m already feeling sorry for the poor employee who will have to instruct me on the construction of it.  Update:  I rented a portable bar for a mere $65…SCORE!

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Love this sign!  And this one, too:

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This sign is going on the street pole in front of my house!  My neighbors are going to think I’m gone nuts.

Thanks Mom!!!  Love you lots!  Can’t wait to see you at the BBQ!

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