A month or so ago Cheryl Sleboda of Muppin.com and Sew Much Cosplay put out a call for bloggers to take part in the yearly Spring Clean Your Studio Blog Hop. We were asked to take a photo (or seven) of our studio as it was and then clean it up and share the difference.
Due to being very sick with numerous chronic illnesses, I haven’t really sewn in my studio since last November, so it was a complete and utter disaster. It had turned in to a dumping ground for all my sewing and craft supplies, as well as my daughters supplies (I didn’t know about that part until I started cleaning). I am also redoing my fabric, craft and product storage in my workroom (I know it sounds weird that there are two rooms, but they are rather small and one just couldn’t contain everything) and I was storing a lot of the bins holding my fabric in my studio.
It was ridiculous.
When ever I needed to sew something real quick, I’d just use my machine that I had stashed away in the dining room. Again, ridiculous.
So I jumped on the chance to force myself to clean my studio up. I NEEDED the push so badly.
If you are curious about how bad it was, and then what it looked like afterwards, then keep reading…
So here is the before…
I couldn’t even walk in there!! I had started storing my everyday sewing supplies permanently in my travel sewing box.
Are you ready for the reveal?
Well, here you go…
I can see the actual floor now! I can even walk on it. Crazy, right?
I even had room to bring in a ladder and have my husband finally help me hang this metal sign I’ve been hoarding for almost 7 years.
I had bought it when PA Fabrics was going out of business in Lemoyne, PA. My mom would always take me to the Baltimore location and it was a staple in my creative life. So I am beyond happy that I get to have a piece of the shop hanging in my studio.
I also like how much contrast it adds to the kind of hectic wall.
I also finally hung all the acrylic peg hooks I had designed and laser cut for myself. They hold my tools very nicely as well as dowels to hold my washi tape.
My husband and I also took this time to switch out some bookshelves. I had a skinnier dark grey bookshelf under my TV originally, but I switched it out with a wider white one we had in our bedroom. It added storage AND blends in with the wall a bit more.
I also added a shelf in my closet storage to hold my paper cutter.
I’m still trying to decide what to do with the storage on the top shelf in the closet. Do I add another shelf? Do I add a curtain to hide everything? Its just my zipper, Velcro and other bulk item storage, nothing special.
I kind of organized my thread in rainbow order as well. Not all my thread, but my mostly used thread. The rest of it is either stored with my longarm or in storage containers under the pegboard desks.
Do you like my thread storage? I made it using clear nail polish racks attached to patchwork wood.
This is my ironing corner! I couldn’t find an ironing board that I liked, so I made one.
This is a 2′x4′ piece of plywood covered in cotton batting, ironing board fabric and quilting cotton. I then attached it to a rolling metal cart. It has been perfect with my gravity fed iron. Plus being on wheels means I can move it away from the door for the rare chance I may want to use the patio out there (we don’t use it much because it’s long, skinny and uncovered)
Since we are on the subject of things I made because I am picky, here is my design wall!
It is made from two large pieces of 1/2′ thick Homasote (paper board) that I covered in flannel and attached to the wall. It kind of does double duty in the room. The flannel allows for me to use it like a normal everyday design wall, and the Homasote makes it like a cork board. So I can attached finished pieces, papers, inspiration and EPP pieces that wouldn’t normally stick to a design wall.
OK, well that is it for now! Maybe I’ll feel good about this room again and maybe share more photos? OR maybe I’ll share some photos of the other room being redone? Would you like to see that?
If you enjoyed my CLEAN studio and would like to tour other creative’s studio then you should check out the rest of the Studio Spring Clean Blog Hop…