A new Machine, A new Inspiration

I am so excited. This week I received a brand new sewing machine. My old machine was a very cheap one, I bought it several years ago, 4 about, the cheapest one I could find, ( it was all the money I had) to buy a machine. I didn’t really know what I was doing, I inherited my mothers fabric collection. Anyway, a few weeks ago it was acting bad, it was something with the bobbin. I learned to fix it, but my fix didn’t work for long and I got so frustrated that I couldn’t get anything done. I didn’t sew for weeks. Last week my favorite sweater had a ripped seam, so, I took it over the machine and attempted to fix it. The dang thing wouldn’t budge. Well, it budged, but all it managed to do was make a tangled nest a bird would not want. I screamed in frustration, I NEED A NEW ONE!

Well, I did it. I ordered it, and it came! Its nothing fancy, but it is double the price of what I paid for the first one ( after all I am more familiar with sewing than I was then) and it has a few more bells and whistles that I just can not wait to try! Sadly, I have had a horrible week. During the last week all three of my poor babies came down with a stomach bug. I have had kids home all week, some days one, some days, 2 and one day all three. Sigh, I spent the week looking at my new machine all clean and brand new , all set up and ready to go, while I cleaned up things that are not fit to talk about on a decent blog. I finally turned it on last night, just to see it light up and to hear to what noise it made, but then I turned it off and went and cleaned a toilet. 

Today, only 1 kid is sick and he is on the road to recovery, my housework is getting caught up and the sun is shinning! After I give the bathrooms a good disinfecting cleaning, I will sit down and start designing my new creature. I can’t wait!

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My Studio ( or lack of one)

Oh how I dream of someday having an art studio! A bedroom, a basement, a storage shed! Anything really where I can keep everything together and find everything. I dream of those studios you see in magazines where all the furniture match, everything has a place and easily accessible.

Currently, we are renting a small duplex. Because of my husbands work we now we will be moving sometime soon and so we just rented a small inexpensive and yet safe place with a good school district. We have been here a year now and I am longing for the day we can move into a more permant home and really make it our own.  When we move again, we know that we will be at the next location for at least 5 years so then I will find us a home where I can have some space of my own.

Here is my currant situation. I have a 3 bedroom duplex and 3 kids. The two bedrooms have the boys in bunk beds and my daughter in her own room. My “studio” consists of a small desk with sewing machine on top but the drawers are full of envelopes, stamps, etc so not usable for my sewing. My fabric is stored in totes in the garage, my embroidery thread is stored in a wood box in my room and my sewing tools are separated into see thru totes and then stored inside a large antique trunk also in my bedroom. My dinning table is currently a disaster. It was my cutting mat and my rulers on top of it, one basket full of my pins and scissors and rotary cutters. My sewing machine thread is in a sew through tote currently under the dinner table along with one tote with most used colors of embroidery thread.

Yesterday, I re-organized my fabrics. Along time ago in a land far away (Idaho) I had a 5 bedroom home, one of those rooms was my studio. I had my fabrics nicely organized on shelves. When we moved to Texas we had to move fast! My husbands promotion gave us 10 days to get from Idaho to Texas and with 3 kids and a dog, it was a 3 day drive! I had to pack FAST! Anyway, my fabric got thrown into totes. For the last several months I have been struggling to find the right fabrics, so yesterday I took 3 hours and organized them buy color and season. Hopefully that will make it a bit easier and more fun to find what I am looking for.

Meanwhile, I shall continue to dream of having a beautiful studio again some day ( hopfully soon). Image