Thursday, April 19, 2007

Nancy's NON-Creative Mind!

Okay I can't believe I'm showing this but here goes. Be gentle as I'm baring my soul to the world. Or even worse than that pictures of my sewing room in it's current state of utter chaos!! PLEASE believe me when I say the whole house does NOT look like this!

You might ask why on earth I'm willing to show this disaster to the whole world? Well it's because all of you are going to be my conscious! Cause you'll all know that until I show pictures of a clean, neat, organized sewing room that probably means it sill looks like this. So I want you to nag me EVERY day to go spend at least 30 minutes working on it. Ya'll can tag team if you want but SOMEBODY needs to email me (blogmail@nancyquilts.com) EVERY DAY with a reminder to clean up this mess. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

First we have a view looking from the door. Straight ahead is my tool box where I keep some of my bits and pieces nearby so I don't have to hunt for them when I sew. At least that was the idea. The reality is the bits and pieces are still scattered everywhere so I still have to hunt for what I need.

The door you see to the left of the picture is the closet. We won't even go there! Oh, right, we CAN'T go there because of the junk piled in front.......

Next is my sewing table. It's supposed to fold up nice and neat when it's not being used. I don't think it's been folded up since Susan and I put it together last spring. LOL! And I promise it does NOT usually look like this. It's usually the only thing that I keep clean in there as no matter how bad everything else gets I HAVE to be able to sew when I want to! But for now it's the only table in there so it's been called into service as a sorting spot.

THIS is the worst spot in the whole room. Can you even SEE the treadmill behind that stack of junk? And it is mostly junk. Stuff that doesn't belong in there that has just been thrown out of the way - mostly when I threw a fit cause I couldn't find what I needed for all the junk in there! The plastic drawers between the sewing table and the treadmill hold my strips. A different size per drawer starting at 1-1/2" going thru 4-1/2". On top of them are the boxes of assorted sizes squares, bricks and piano keys. Except the nickles. They're on the dryer right now.

Next we have the shelves in the corner. These hold some of my books. I need to do some re-arranging so I can get the rest of them there and not scattered all over the house. The plastic shoeboxes hold my larger scraps. Anything from 6"X12" up to almost 1/3 yard. These are what I play in most often. :-) Anything smaller than this is cut into strips/squares, etc and anything larger is stored in the stash cabinets with the larger cuts.

See that table. That's an old Montgonery Ward's sewing machine. It's the only machine I've ever had that I could do decent meander quilting on which is the only reason I keep it around. Not that I can USE it right now for all the stuff stacked on top of and around it. I'm hoping my new machine will do a nice job of machine quilting. If it does this will probably go to Goodwill.

Next we have my stash cabinets. I can't get far enough back to show the whole wall so I'll show them top and then bottom. As you can see I have LOTS of things to sort my stuff neatly into. It's the execution of that task I seem to have a problem with. LOL! Also notice the CLOSED stash cabinets. I used to have all my fabric on open shelves but with 4 cats in the house it's just better to keep it where they can't wallow all in it and knock it all over the place. By now I think you'll agree with me when I say I can make a big enough mess all by myself without any cat help!

Next I guess I'll show you why I can't show you the stash inside those cabinets. Cause I can't open them for this pile of stuff stacked in front. :-( And YES that is my new sewing machine sitting there looking so sad........

Last in our tour is a view looking from the sewing room to the laundry area. As you can see the mess has TEMPORARILY spilled out into the laundry area. Which WILL get cleaned up today as I need to do a load or 2 of laundry so I don't get behind.

Well now you've seen MY shame. How about sharing yours?

12 comments:

Mama Koch said...

Nope....not gonna.

The Calico Cat said...

I don't feel near so bad about mine, now... But I have moved the actual sewing, pressing, & cutting to the living room so that my friend Tee Vee can keep me company. :o)

Anonymous said...

Your quilts are beautiful and I love to read your blog and look at what you're doing - so clean a path and get back to sewing!

Su Bee said...

Nancy! For shame! (cool, creative messes don't really count, but you asked!)
We expect to see some progress, starting tomorrow! (and show us all the neat stuff you uncover)
Think how many of us will be inspired to pick up after ourselves, with you leading the way! Go Nancy; Go Nancy; Go Nancy....

Darlene said...

HMMM - there might be a mess but you can bet there are surprise treasures in those piles. Start clearing it all so you can be surprised. You'll have fun!

Leslie said...

*wow* If you clear out all the non-quilty stuff, the treadmill, bucket of clumping cat litter, the deep fryer, etc. bet it would help a lot! Until then the photos are great for playing I Spy. :D

Quilting Journey said...

Nancy! We ALL applaud your honesty and your intent. There is not a single one of us, that hasn't faced something similar in some room, at some point in our life. Now,ahem, it's time for a change. We cannot WAIT to see what you come up with and we know that we shall then witness a sewing room that reflects the joy and planning of your quilts! Lots and lots of (((hugs))) from everyone who sees you in ourselves!!!

swooze said...

Thanks for sharing. Mine is just as bad. We will clean it together!

QuiltingFitzy said...

Nancy!

For Shame!

Bad Dog!

Get Going!

There, how was that? Oh, you're going to hate me when I show you mine, hahahaha. Stay tuned!

Kathy Wagner said...

You are way braver than me, my friend! I like the idea of cleaning for 5 minutes every time I go in my sewing area...and then starting to sew. I'm trying tod o that and it does seem to be making a dent in the mess.

Vicky said...

ROFLOL. Nancy, Nancy, Nancy .... I loved the "I Spy" comment. I had to go back through every picture to see what delicious fabric I could identify hiding in there! I'll have to see if I can find the picture I posted on Alex's message board one time. There was an audible gasp that rolled across the nation like a big wave in a sports stadium! LOL.

Okay, a half hour a day organizing. First order of business, clearing the way in front of closets and cabinets! (Oooh, I sound bossy, don't I?)

You are a hoot! I love you!

cher said...

love the sharing! stay tuned for my photo ....but not tonight, I'm sewing!