The Never-Ending Painting Adventure

I’ve been quite busy with having my home repainted.  It’s amazing how much stuff we’ve accumulated since we last painted 5 years ago.

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The first thing to be painted were closets throughout the entire house.  Now granted, the closets didn’t need to be painted as the paint was still in great shape.  However, it gave me an opportunity to reorganize them all (and of course, I got to use my handy dandy label maker).  Although our house looked like a hurricane swept through, it was so worth it!

I can easily find items in my pantry and my linen closet never looked better.  I donated all my unwanted towels, sheets and placemats to a local animal shelter.  Now I have room to add new linens to match the new paint colors.

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Marielle’s room is FINALLY finished (well, except for a few little odds and ends)!  I only have a few sneak peeks of her room as we are still trying to find space to store all her junk.

Not only did we paint the walls hot pink and most of the trim black, we even painted her vanilla-colored furniture white. Marielle suggested we do black velvet curtains.  But in the meantime, I ordered 2″ black aluminum blinds for her huge window (because we all know how long it will take me to sew her curtains…LOL).

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I’ve been buying and hoarding anything zebra, hot pink and/or black for the last year.  My efforts have finally paid off.  Most of my best finds were at either HomeGoods, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s.  The hot pink lunch boxes were only $3.99 each.  And the zebra canisters were only a few bucks.  Oh and the hat box (which also has 4 coordinating big boxes) was only $5.99!  Score!

Check out this matching doll I bought while hunting for zebra items on Ebay!

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Marielle asked that I stop buying anything with a zebra print on it as she thinks it’s starting to look like a zebra puked in her room…haha!

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Since my darling daughter has a habit of writing on her closet walls (Marielle loves Anthony, Steven, Adam, Nick), we painted black chalkboard paint so we can just erase past boyfriends’ names instead of having to cross them out.  How clever am I?

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Oh, speaking of closets, I caved in and got her 300 hot pink Huggable Hangers.  I absolutely LOVE these hangers (might have to buy them for every closet in the house).  The above hangers may not look hot pink, but they certainly are.  It’s pretty hard to get the correct color when editing photos of a black closet.

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I purchased zebra light switch and outlet covers on Etsy.  Only problem is I ordered the wrong type outlet covers (I need the new rocker type covers).  So I’ll be doing a craft project this week–covering her old white outlet covers with some zebra wrapping paper and a little decoupage.  Wish me luck!

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I found this cool zebra phone at Marshall’s for just $12.99.  Perfect!

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This weekend I spent spray painting different things for her room in gloss black and semi-gloss white.  I had found this neat shelf (once gold) at TJ Maxx for a mere $12.99 last year.  The minute I saw it, I knew if turned upside down it would be a perfect bed crown for my daughter’s room.

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A little black paint and now to find the zebra sheer fabric to attach to the bed crown which I have stashed somewhere in my sewing room…I’ll show you photos of it once I get it hung on the wall over her bed.  I’ve got to figure out a good way to attach the zebra sheers to the bottom of the new bed crown.  Any ideas?

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I hadn’t finished spray painting Marielle’s light pink wicker rolling baskets when those two darn ducks took over the yard.  Yes, they’ve been coming to my yard every stinkin’ day to eat all my Koi fish food.  Any good ideas on how to get these ducks out of my yard once and for all?  It’s getting a little old chasing them around with a broom, KWIM?

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Hitting the Ground Running…

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(Kidney Toy available from Tracy Beans)

Marielle and I returned home late yesterday afternoon from Philadelphia–just two weeks after her successful kidney transplant!  Woo hoo!

It is great to be home, but the reality of what’s ahead is daunting:

  • Twice weekly doctor appointments for the next 6 weeks and weekly appointments thereafter
  • Daily in-home nursing appointments for Marielle
  • Filling a zillion prescriptions
  • Christmas decorations that need to be put away
  • A sewing studio that looks like a bomb went off in it
  • Designing a quick Fall/Winter 2010 boys’ clothing line for buyers
  • Complying with the new CPSIA requirements
  • Manufacturing and shipping my Spring/Summer 2009 boys’ clothing line
  • Preparing for house painters
  • Planning a 15th Liver Transplant Anniversary for Marielle on St. Patrick’s Day for more than 200 people in my home.

Overwhelmed is an understatement.  Seriously.  So please be patient with me while I dig out from under all this insanity…

oh and did I mention my home is TRASHED!  Thanks Mr. Diva…great job.  Not.

lisa

Sew….C is for

Continuing with the good old Encyclopedia of ME…based on the book, Encyclopedia of An Ordinary Life, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Feel free to join in and post a link!

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Creating Chaos

Yep, that’s what I’m doing.  I do it all the time.  While others are sewing ruffles and sipping Strawberry Daiquiris by the poolside, I’m creating as much chaos as one diva can.  See, I’ve managed to put this all on my schedule:

  • Launch a clothing line
  • Undergo 6 hours family psychiatric evaluation to get my daughter on the kidney transplant list
  • Host a BBQ for more than 150 people
  • Embroider 17 tote bags
  • Paint two rooms
  • Wash 22 windows
  • Purchase wholesale cases of candy
  • Make a huge candy cart
  • Make 100 caramel apples
  • Move 4 industrial sewing machine and 20 feet of cutting tables out of garage into basement workshop
  • Clean out garage
  • Take down extra fence
  • Move swing set to new area in yard
  • Clean two barbeque grills
  • Purchase paper goods for party
  • Purchase booze and mixers for party
  • Power Wash my house and yard
  • Reseed lawn
  • Purchase and plant even more annual flowers
  • a zillion other things I am surely forgetting

Did I mention this all needs to be done by August 1st?  LOL.  Pray for me or come on over and help.

Company is Coming

I did get some great news yesterday.  Seems my friend, Heidi, will be bringing a few extra guests to the BBQ:

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Heidi purchased 4 of these last year when her local GAP Kids’ store went out of business and she’s giving me 3 of them!!!  OMG…these will be perfect for the ENK Children’s Club trade show!!!!

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And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also bringing me a few of these:

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Talk about a SCORE!  Now let’s just hope her husband doesn’t get pulled over for speeding en route to the BBQ, because I wouldn’t want to him to have to explain to the officer why he’s driving with a bunch of dummies…ROTFLMAO!

City Driving

Tomorrow I’m meeting 2 fellow fashion designers from my Fashion Incubator clan.  We’re attending the About Sources’ seminar on Fabric Sourcing.  Let’s hope it’s worth the $40 parking cost.  Thankfully I can take the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel instead of the Manhattan Bridge…yippee!

Hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday!

With friendship,

lisa2

My Sewing Mojo is Hiding in the Banished Place

Way back when I was an active participant in the Ebay custom boutique world, my friend, Jen of Olives Pearls, wrote a piece, The Banished Place, which stuck a cord.  Seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reread it.

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There is so much work to be done in my sewing room.  Like the chiminea cover which needs to be repaired.  When you can sew, you’re hesitant to purchase another vinyl cover for $50 when you know you could easily repair the old one or even make a new one.  But you don’t.  Instead, you join your neighbors in turning your upper middle income neighborhood into a trailer park.

I am distracted by many things these days.  Or perhaps I am just overwhelmed.  Mr. Diva™ has decided we are having the Big NYC BBQ on Saturday, August 2nd.  Oh crap!  Why does this man put such pressure on me?  I need to sew, not host a party for 200 people.

See, it’s simple for him.  He just pays for everything orders the food.  Me…well…I’ve got to get the house and yard in order.  Now this may seem doable…but it’s not that easy.  I’ll need to enlist the illegal day workers to clean the pond, scrub the BBQ grills, clean the huge coolers, and pick weeds, etc.  Then the Expensive Gardener™ will need to plant a zillion annual flowers so I can fund his trip to Italy this Fall.

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Oh and then there’s the garage…I’ve got 4 industrial cutting tables and 4 industrial sewing machines with tables, motors and attachments renting more than half the space in there.  So for the last year, we haven’t been able to use our garage.  I’ll have to hire the illegal day workers for a second day to have them carry all this sewing stuff down into the unfinished basement Banished Place.  I have yet to renovate it (even though Mr. Diva™ has given me the go ahead to have it done 2 years ago).  I just keep putting it off…guess I’ll never get to it.  However, I’ll need to first clean the basement in order to fit everything down there.  There is stuff everywhere!

Anyway, in order to host such a big party, it would be wise of me to get the invitations designed, printed and mailed.  Guess I had better get moving…

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Sew…Help Me Out Here…

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I finally got around to posting My Sewing Room Organization Challenge on Squidoo.com.  I’d be your best friend if you stop by there and favor it so I can move up the ranks.  Thank you very much…LOL!

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Oh and something else…I just got tickets for Martha Stewart Live in NYC on Tuesday, March 11th…who’s coming with me?  Anyone?  Let me know!

Now back to the sewing room…

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Tackle It Tuesday Week #8 and Some Sewing and Baking

TACKLE IT TUESDAY

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Seems I haven’t done a Tackle It Tuesday since December 19th!

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My mission today is to finally assemble another new chair for my sewing room.  After Mr. Diva’s empty promises to do it for the last two weeks, I had better just do it myself if I ever want to get it done.

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oh crap!  Wish I would have seen the “In-Store Chair Assembly – $5” notice INSIDE the darn box!  Ugh, ugh!  That would have been money well spent…KWIM?

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Valentine’s Day is over…so time to take down those decorate and store them back in the attic.  No big deal.  But while I’m up there in the attic, I’ll need to take down the ridiculous amount of St. Patrick’s Day decorations I’ve acquired and decorate for the upcoming Green Day!

Head on over to Tackle it Tuesday to see everyone’s tackles!

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

SEW SIMPLE

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A while back I bought this vibrant Jane Sussman print not knowing what I wanted to do with it.  A print like this is not what I usually go for, but I bought it because I have a serious fabric addiction anyway.  It’s only been in my fabric stash for about 2 years now…LOL!

Today I’m going to whip up a simple twirl skirt with a hot pink ruffle just for fun.

QUICK BAKING

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Although the Dough Boy promised it would only take 11 to 15 minutes, he lied…it was more like 25 minutes!  Liar, liar–pants on fire.

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They were ok, but I think I prefer their regular Cinnamon Rolls.  These Cinnamon Twists were a little too flaky for my taste.

Hope your day is off to a great start!

With friendship,

Lisa

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The Never Ending Christmas Decorations and Some New Fabric Finds

Procrastination

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Why does Mr. Diva™ always get the burning desire to invite company over for Sunday Dinner when the house is trashed?  Did I mention Mr. Diva™ goes bowling Sunday morning until 1pm?  How convenient.

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Seems I’ve been slacking off (what’s new? LOL) and had yet to put away the Christmas decorations.

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So the mad rush was pretty successful…except for that honkin’ big green thing in the middle of my living room.

In my defense, I tried to disassemble the pre-lit tree three times…I’m just not strong enough.  So it will sit there until Mr. Diva™ can no longer bear to hear my nagging–that, or perhaps my strong cleaning lady will come to my rescue.

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But as payback, I offered all my guests the above beautiful chocolate confections after dinner.  HAHA…they’re fake (one of my painted ceramic creations)…and they fall for it EVERY YEAR…duh!

New Fabric Finds

Moving on…how about a Sneak Peek of Michael Miller’s New Fabrics?  Here’s my favorite:

Sandi Henderson of Portabello Pixie

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Pre-Order at I WANT FABRIC for only $7.99/yard

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Sandi’s Ginger Blossom fabric photos

and some more new Michael Miller fabrics:

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I am so jonesing to see this full collection at Michael Miller as it just might work for my new boys line (if it doesn’t have pink in it–I just don’t do pink for boys…sorry):

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While perusing the web, I came across the New Arrivals from Repro Depot Fabrics:

Love these, but unfortunately, I can’t pay $18 a yard (plus shipping) for these awesome Japanese Imports.  I’d never make any money…LOL

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But I did find these there at a much more reasonable price:

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Holy Cannoli!!! Look at this new J. Caroline Creative collaboration with Jessica Jones of How About Orange:

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Modern Flora Collection…LOVE IT!!!!  J. Caroline will have it available within the next two weeks.

I also visited the Robert Kaufman website to see if there was anything new and spotted these:

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This yummy Michal Sparks fabric is available February (ummm…isn’t that cutting it close?  I mean, Valentine’s Day is February 14th, right?).

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Hot Couturier in Mint

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Carnaby Street Turquoise for Project Runway

Just Another Manic Monday

Off to the gym I go—oh, how I HATE EXERCISING.  Nothing is more unenjoyable to me…mindless, stupid activity, if you ask me.  I just can’t wrap my head around how others get off on this crap.  I could think of 100 other things I could do with my time if my butt wasn’t expanding.

And to make my day even better, those rugrats are home from school today…

Hope everyone’s day is off to a great start!

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P.S. – I’d update you all tomorrow on the awesome sewing manufacturing workshop I took this past Saturday in NYC!

 

 

Organizing Your Sewing Room: Fabric Stash – Fat Quarters, Fabric Scraps and Even Fabric Bolt

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Irene of Mushroom Villagers asked what to do with all her fabric scraps, so I added some ideas on organizing fat quarters, fabric scraps and even fabric bolts to The Sewing Room Organization Challenge – Part I – Fabric Organization.  Check it out!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

lisa

 

SEW Organized Re-Cap and Links for Sewing Studios, Craft Rooms and Scrapbooking Corners

SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION RECAP

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Since so many of you crafty gals’ New Year’s Resolutions are to tidy up your sewing and craft rooms, here’s a quick re-cap of my Sewing Room Organization Challenge:

Getting Started

Part I – Fabric

Part II – Thread

Part III – Needles and Stabilizers

Part IV – Laces, Trims and Ribbons

Part V – Sewing Library:  Patterns, Embroidery Designs, Magazines and Books

Part VI – Notion Commotion

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

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Candy Goff’s Managing Your Stash

Dawn Duperault’s Getting Organized, Making Space to Quilt and Storing Notions

Sew Organized

Organizing Tips from Quilter’s Review

How to Organize a Sewing Area by eHow

HGTV’s Organizing a Sewing Space

Masterstech’s Fabric Storage FAQ

Cut Out and Keep’s Fabric Brochure

DIY’s Clever Organizing

Buzzle’s Organize Your Sewing or Craft Room

Heartblossom’s Organizing Stashes

Shari Armstrong’s How to Organize Your Sewing Equipment

Women Folk’s Challenge of Organizing a Small Quilting Studio

HGTV’s Organizing Your Sewing Room for Quilters

Organizing Sewing Rooms from Mrs. Clean

Needleworks Tips and Techniques’ Organize Your Stash

Thrifty Fun’s Organizing a Sewing Room

Get Creative’s Organizing your Craft Room

Home Organizing Ideas’ Sewing Room Organization

NMSU’s Designing a Sewing Center

Quilt Net’s Sewing Room FAQ

Home Decorating’s Sewing Room Plan

Woman of a 1,000 Hobbies’ Sewing Organization

That should keep you girls busy…LOL!

Happy New Year!

With friendship,

Lisa

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SEWING ROOM ORGANIZATION CHALLENGE – PART VI – NOTION COMMOTION©

NOTION COMMOTION

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In addition to your Sewing Room, any of these organization ideas can be used in your Craft Room, Scrapbooking Corner and/or Jewelry Making Studio.  Get creative!

Ok…it’s time to get back to work! We have a few little things we need to still need to organize, so let’s get started.

CLOSURES

There are literally dozens of ways to fasten a garment or home décor item. Get yourself some clear containers or cheap photo boxes and start sorting your closures. Make sure you label each container and stack it on your shelves. Here’s how I divide them:

Zippers

Buttons, Snaps, Eyelets, Grommets, Hooks and Eyes

Elastic, Velcro and Snap Tape

ZIPPERS

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Teresa Franco’s awesome zipper storage idea

You could also organize your zippers with safety pins, but instead put them on a tie rack:

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Revolving Tie Rack from Harriet Carter

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Wall Mounted Tie Rack

Just bought my husband this motorized revolving tie rack.  Think he’d mind if I borrowed it for my ribbon?  LOL

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Brookstone Motorized Revolving Tie Rack

BUTTONS, SNAPS, EYELETS, GROMMETS, HOOKS AND EYES

There are literally hundreds of ways you can organize these small objects.  I store my snaps and buttons in these See n Store magnetic containers:

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I currently have 36 of these nifty containers and plan to add more as needed.  They can be mounted on the wall or free-standing and in a variety of combinations:

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5 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Organize.com

5 Tin Magnetic Hanging Storage at Organize.com

8 Tin Magnetic Standing Storage at Oriental Trading

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Custom Magnetic Spice Racks

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Kamenstein Magnetic Spice Rack

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Making Memories Modular Storage System

If you’re trying to keep costs down, Make Your Own Magnetic Storage Board.  You only need FOUR things to make this quick and easy board to hold your sewing and craft notions:

1 -STEEL SHEET

2 – SMALL METAL CONTAINERS

3 – MAGNETS

4 – GLUE

  • Crazy Glue™
  • Hot Glue

Have your husband or dad drill four holes in the corner of the steel sheet/board for mounting, if desired.

Hang sheet/board on wall or store in drawer.

Glue a magnet to the back of each container.  Let dry.

Stick magnetic containers to sheet/board.  Done!

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Martha Stewart adds Buttons to her Magnetic Containers

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Add a photo to your containers if you’d like.

Additional magnetic board tutorials:

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Amber’s DIY Spice Rack

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Lowe’s Magnetic Board Tutorial

Other clever storage ideas:

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Solutions Station Set

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Deflecto Revolving Clear Storage at Shoplet.com

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Drawer Cabinet at Shoplet.com

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Button Bank

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Making Memories’ Jars

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Economical Glass Jars by the Case

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Fancy Jars

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Storage Tins

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ArtBin 24 Compartment Slide ‘n Store

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Making Memories’ Sortables

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Carousel Organizer

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Snap or Button Organizer from Stacks n Stacks

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60 Translucent Drawer Unit

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Bead and Embellishment Tower

Bubblebox Organizer w/36 Compartments

36 Compartment Bubble Box

You could also use a rail system installed on your wall:

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Rail System

and add the coordinating wire basket and/or containers:

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Wire Basket

I absolutely love my Deflect-o Tilt Out Storage Bins.  They are my favorite storage system in my sewing room:

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These bins come in all different sizes to suit your needs and lock together.  They can be mounted on the wall or placed on a shelf:

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Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins at TheNerds.com

Deflect-o Tilt-Out Clear Storage Bins from Staples.com

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Provo Clear Mini Drawers

ELASTIC, VELCRO AND SNAP-TAPE
With all the different sizes and applications, it is easy to accumulate a large “stash” of elastic. I sort my elastic into three stacked storage boxes:

Thin Elastic (includes elastic thread)

Foldover Elastic and Decorative Elastic

Waistband Elastic

Here’s my pink leather boxes (once again from Home Goods):

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My Velcro and Snap-Tape are stored in similar leather boxes.  Any type of storage container, box or drawer will work:

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IKEA CD Boxes

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GLIS Plastic Boxes

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IKEA Decorative Boxes

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Interlocking Clear Containers

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Clear Acrylic Stackable Storage Drawers

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Small Organizer Drawers

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10 Drawer Tower Organizer

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Foremost Modular Storage Drawer Cubes

You can cover these drawers with either fabric or paper and then use decoupage to seal them:

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IKEA Wooden Drawers

You can even make erasable labels on each drawer:

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Erasable Label Tutorial

MARKING AND CUTTING IMPLEMENTS


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Are you constantly trying to find your favorite scissor or disappearing (literally) marking pen? A great solution is to find some type of utensil caddy which can be placed on your cutting table and then moved next to your sewing machine when needed.  I found this great revolving caddy (pictured above) at my local Home Goods store.

Check out your local office supplies store in their desk accessories aisle for lots of good ideas.
In this type of caddy, you can store:

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Prior to getting my neat revolving caddy, I used to store all my extra marking pens, scissors, tube turners, etc. in leather containers (also found as Home Goods).  For the items I don’t want to keep on my cutting table, I use one of these nifty Tupperware Utensil Caddies:

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Here’s a few more organizers to consider:

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The Caddy at HSN 

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Rubbermaid Rotating Desk Organizer

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Donna Dewberry Storage Spinner

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Grabbit Tool Caddy

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Cabela’s Revolving Tool Caddy

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Cutter Cubby

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Portable Supply Caddy

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Table Top Caddy

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Economical Caddy

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Tool Holder

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Utensil Holder with Adjustable Dividers

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Shabby Chic Utensil Holder

If you don’t have the space on your cutting surface or it’s portable, consider hanging your cutting implements on the wall:

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Plastic Perf Board

EZ Wall Organizer

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Metal Rail System at HSN

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Clotidle’s Peg Board

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Wall Hutch

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Wall Pocket

Tip:  The height of your cutting surface is so important as to avoid an aching back.  I use these under the legs of my table:

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Adjustable Bed Risers

 RULERS

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I use a wire mesh letter holder from my local office supplies store to hold my rulers at the end of my cutting table.  You can easily organize your rulers by either hanging them or standing them up like I do.  Here are some ways to do it:

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June Tailor Rule Your Rulers

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Quilting Ruler Organizer Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Rack on Ebay

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Ruler Holder Shelf on Ebay

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Ruler and Mat Organizer

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Rulers & Ruler Rack Combo Set

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Clotilde Ruler Rack

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Ruler Korral

Stop your Ruler from sliding on fabric.  I really works:

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Quilter’s Review

If you need a paper ruler to attach to the end of your table, here’s a free printable one.  Consider sending this ruler link to those you sew for (family, friends, customers, etc.) to get easy measurements:

Free Printable Rulers

SEWING STATION

There are a few things I like to keep next to my sewing machines:

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Get yourself a small bowl, container or divided tray (I use a dog dish…LOL) to keep all your necessary sewing supplies next to your sewing machine.  You’ll be able to easily find what you need without going through drawers and cabinets.

Here’s some other ideas:

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Sewing Station

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June Tailor Sewing Station

Make your own Sewing Station:

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Sewing.org’s Sewing Station Tutorial

Consider purchasing sewing machine and serger cushioned pads (helps with machine vibration) and thread/scrap catchers:

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Pedal-Sta’s Sewing Machine Pad w/ Thread Catcher

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Clotilde’s Serger Pad and Thread Catcher

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Pedal-Sta’s Serger Pad w/ Scrap Catcher

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Pioneer’s Serger Pad Thread Catcher at Joann’s

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Joann’s Sew Essential Scrap Caddy

You can also make your own:

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K Quilts’ Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

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Kezza’s Pincushion and Thread Catcher Tutorial

SEWING MACHINE / SERGER PRESSER FEET

Do you always find yourself looking blanking at a strange sewing machine foot and wondering what on earth is its purpose? Well, then it’s time to sort through them. I have dozens of sewing machine and serger feet. I use a divided pink leather case to easily store my sewing machine feet. If you label each section, it will be easy to locate the one needed.

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I keep my serger feet in a divided leather tray:
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You can use a cigar box (decoupage it with fabric):

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Cigar Boxes on Ebay Express
or any divided box:

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Clear Box with Moveable Dividers

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Small Parts Storage Case

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Budget 12 Compartment Storage Case

and label it like Mean Jean did:

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Mean Jean’s Presser Foot Organizer

You can even use a cutlery tray!
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Expandable Bamboo Flatware Tray

A jewelry organizer will also work!jewelryorganizer

Jewelry Organizer at Stacks n Stacks

or Jewelry Case

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PINK Jewelry Case

You can also purchase a great “foot organizer” from your local sewing dealer or use clear baseball card plastic sleeve protectors in a regular binder:

 

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Home Depot’s Sewing Notions Organizer

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Nancy’s Notions’ Presser Foot Storage Cases

Or make your own:

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Husqvarna Viking’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

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Petit Debutante’s Presser Foot Organizer Tutorial

PRESSING SUPPLIES

Keep a small shelf over your ironing board for your pressing supplies. This would include:

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I keep two boxes next to my pressing station.  One contains all kinds of fusible tape which I use when I’m taking sewing shortcuts…LOL.  In the second box, I store my small pressing aids such as my Ezy Hem Guide, Iron Cleaner and Point Turner.

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I hang both my Tailor’s Board and Sleeve Board on the wall next to my ironing board.

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I purchased one of these Slim Drink Dispensers to keep water (holds a gallon!) next to my ironing board. It saves me dozens of trips back and forth to the sink to refill my iron!

You could also use a mounted peg board with hooks to hang all your pressing essentials.

MISCELLANEOUS SUPPLIES

I’m sure you have lots of other supplies which need to be organized and stored.  The list seems endless…LOL!  Here’s two more great storage ideas I came up with:

First, I re-purposed some doll accessory drawers.  These drawers store my size labels, garment labels, bow-making clips, etc.

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Next, I came across this neat piano-hinged box at TJ Maxx.

accordianbox

The front cover folds down to reveal my hot fix tool and glues.  I glued a piece of cork board sheeting to the inside of the cover to make a nifty little bulletin board:

insidebox

Since you’re nosey, here’s a close-up of my stickers:

sewingstickers

You can get your own stickers here:

Opinions R Us

Cafe Press

Hope your creative space is finally becoming a place to love to be in–not a dreaded space.  If you have any ideas for additional sewing room organization topics, just email me!

Happy Sewing!

lisasiggie

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