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Thread: My last Christmas project.

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    Super Member Gramie bj's Avatar
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    My last Christmas project.

    I'm sure i'm not the only quilter who sewed untill the last min than ran out of the room to get the last gift wraped in time.(well, I don't think so, hope not). The last get together is over, the last guest has gone home, the last leftoveers have all been eatin or frozen, the last Christmas Decorations are down, packed and put away for another year. No more excuses, it is time to go into my sewing-craft room. I really want to get back to sewing, but,(and it is a big BUT) I have to find my machines first! or should I say find my room first! LOL I have not set foot in that room sence about 3 P.M. on Dec 23. Every tine I went near it I looked the other way just too many other things to do, to much company, or just to tired. So today was it! Got out the whip and chair and headed into the jungle! This is what I found! I am truly ashamed that I let it get this bad, how could it happen? Dec 1 it looked great! I only made 2 quilt tops, l finished quilt,4 table runners, 1 set of 8 placemats, 6 sets of 4 coasters, helped 5 grands sew gifts for parents, helped 1 grand make a baby quilt for her friends Mom. Only good thing is my Tin Lizzie and most of my stash is in another room and it is clean! worked in that room for 6 hr. today found 3 of 7 machines I know the other 4 are there somewhere! LOL My bigest helper, and bigest pest was Otis (my avatar) I had a whole heard of dust bunnies rounded up turned my back and Otis instgated the great escape so will start that process again tomarrow. Found my extra pair of reading glasses, YEAH all in all a good day, but as I took a last look tonight ,it really doesn't look like I made a dent in it. How depressing! Never again will I allow it to get this bad! (until next year, in December) I AM WOMAN---I AM INVINSABLE---I AM TIRED!!!!
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    I feel your pain. My super-cluttered room is waiting for some TLC. I envy all of your shelves. I have the room (only 12x11) and a huge closet, but the assortment of repurposed furniture pieces (armoir, desk, chest of drawers) and Walmart variety plastic storage drawers and containers make it a maze of confusion. Where to start??!
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    Makes me wish I had a room. I envy your space .... even now.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    It's creative clutter! lol

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    I know the feeling....lol
    May Everyone have a Blessed and Bountiful 2012..Teresa

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    My Dad used to say, "a job started is a job half done." You've started and it will feel great to have your sewing room all ship shape to start the new year.

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    Great space which will be wonderful once you are back to organized. Enjoy the process.
    Linda

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    Great Room. I know you will enjoy it more when it's all cleaned and ready to go for the next project! Enjoy the afternoon and come back tomorrow morning again when your fresh. I'm one of those do it till its done people, and I trigger migranes doing that and then I'm down for several days. Take your time and before you know it, you'll be back in there happily creating again very soon.
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    I wish I knew!
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    Well, I've seen worse - mine. One summer I was very ill and in the hospital for 3 1/2 weeks. When I was able to walk down the stairs into my sewing room, I opened the door, burst into tears and went back upstairs. My 15 and 17 year old kids tried to do me a favor by cleaning, painting the kitchen, etc. Anything and everything they didn't know what to do with was tossed, thrown, etc., etc. into that room. I'm not sure I ever really and truly got it completely organized again,but they meant well, and were trying to help, and probably working through their worry about me getting well. For all the projects you accomplished I say congratulations, and your room is probably neater than mine right now. My problem is that I sleep in my sewing room, so any projects not completed in a day have to be removed from my bed so that I can sleep in it, which just adds to the total "hit by a tornado" decor. Hang in there, it will get better. I just tackle one area at a time and I get through it, only to start all over on the next project. Now I think I'll go tackle my "tornado alley". Good luck.

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    Right in the middle of my trying to get everything sewed and embroidered for Christmas I had a leak in my ceiling. Of course it was right over my machine. My husband found it was leaking around a vent, but I had to get my machine moved. I stopped sewing and had to organize and rearrange my sewing room. I did get everthing sewed, except the quilting of my granddaughter's quilt. She's only 4 months old so she doesn't know it is late.
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    Please don't feel bad! My sewing room looks the same way.....WHY does everything get thrown in there, when the rest of the house looks perfect during the holidays?????????? Today I have to collect items for Goodwill donations (for tax deductions) then tomorrow I will venture into the sewing room. HAVE to start the New Year out with a clean sewing room!
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    Mine looks like yours. If I only had your shelves I would be a happy camper. I am starting on mine after New years and the first thing will be to get shelves built.

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    I just imagine we all understand. My sewing area is not too messy, but it's another story for my fabric room. I, like you, just turn the other way when I go past the door. I have to face the mess, but probably after the first.

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    I hear you! Take a nap with Otis and you'll feel much better. I have a Siamese who likes to sleep behind my sewing machine when I'm working. That's fine, but he occasionally swipes his paw UNDER my needle. I don't know what to do with that little goof!

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    Gee! I am just glad to know that I am not alone with the disaster rooms. I was up all nigh the last 2 nights and still had to present 1 quilt unfinished and take it back to finish- it is now finished, but we will begin tackling the mess in the sewing
    room on Saturday, I killed 2 sewing machines and am sewing on the 3rd in the last 2 weeks - have to get them to the shop. We were going to break down the long arm quilter and replace som parts and give a good cleaning and retime her but my son said the way my luck was going he wasn't sure that it was such a good idea right now!

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    My room is a total disaster right now! I just kept putting it off because I had to get 3 quilts done for gifts. The last one, for my DD, still is not done! I think it keeps growing while I'm quilting on one side, it's growing on the other! I'm really wishing I had made it smaller instead of 90x90! After that is finally done, then I'm tackling my room. Will probably take some months cuz I need to cut scraps, organize, purge, etc. That also includes UFOs, WIPs and some garment UFOs. Wishing everyone good luck in their organizing efforts.
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    I have been cleaning out closets, kitchen cabinets, and old piles of stuff that I thought I would need, but it has been in the closet since we moved into this house 5 years ago and I have not missed it so I think I really do not need it. My sewing area which is part of our bonus usually stays pretty neat. I just finished the huge job of cutting all my scraps into sizes and am now ready to start the New Year cleaned and ready to go. Does feel good to be getting more organized and letting go of things that someone else can use.
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    I just love all the space you have in your room, and oh the shelves you have.....bet you what is in every box. Wish I had a nice room to call my own, I did have one, but have had a house guest for going on 4 years, so until she leaves, I got to use my kitchen table to do my sewing and quilting. My brother told me once, when you got a huge job to do, just take your timer in and set it for 20 minutes a day, so it is not over whelming.

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    OMG! I couldn't even walk in my room. I applaud you for showing pictures. Only my dh steps into my room this time of year and today he made the comment as we were putting up Christmas items, "I see you are starting to hoard now in the attic too".

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    Oh my, you have some great potential there. Take one day at a time, and do a little...eventually it will get organized.
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    Sometimes I wonder if those with small spaces and not so much stuff have it better, yours looked well loved and I might trade mine for less stuff in it.

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    Since I always have clutter, I've adopted it as a partner. My DH has his own clutter. My sewing room is in the loft. so it is always there, and it is somewhat visible to everyone. Right now my DD and I are rearranging our work spaces to get better organization. But it has been a slow process. And there is a lot more to do. And , when I get up there I don't always want to clean. I want to sew!!
    Thanks for sharing your pics. You are braver than I am at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma58 View Post
    Sometimes I wonder if those with small spaces and not so much stuff have it better, yours looked well loved and I might trade mine for less stuff in it.
    I am at the point where I am starting to get a bit overwhelmed. I have managed to buy and collect the 4 yrs I have been doing this. No one told me how addicting this is. While I have enjoyed the shopping and fun of it all, I can't work in clutter! So going forward in 2012 I am using what I got, and cleaning up and decluttering.

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    Now now there, please do not be so hard on yourself. No one ever said being creative must be neat! Enjoy the clean up! No really I bet you can pick up an item to put back in it's place and know who it was made for and such. Relive those happy memories as you re organize your space. Enjoy the process. Luann
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