Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Burnt out

Well today I decided I would go to ikea and by a drawer and a top for one of the racks I found at the thrift a while back which was missing these. So of course I got there and debated and finally I thought I could get more space if I stacked the racks so I decided to just buy a whole new one. Somehow I thought I would still have two floor level racks and a little counter space but I'm bad at math because I only have 5 racks. Well anyway heres what it looks like now that is half organized.

I spent about 4 hours in there and got 90 percent of my fabric organized. I am so tired I can barely write this post. I had fabric that I forgot about, fabric I didn't want anymore, and fabric that I spent a crapload of wasted time looking for.
Well the good things that came out of this are:

1. I have a huge stack of fabric I can sell on ebay (more money for new stuff :) )
2. I realized I have enough fabric to keep me busy with projects for at least three months (so I really shouldn't buy more)
3. I really do realize I shouldnt buy anymore fabric until I get through some of what I have.
4. I MUST keep on top of this because it is so time consuming to look through piles of stuff.

Here is a pic of my other fabric "bin" and it is now almost empty compared to before:
Its hard to tell but believe me it is half empty. Everything was so crammed before because I just kept buying more stuff and putting it here since it was next to my cutting board.

I still have to figure out what to do with the clothes I have for recons and the two big tubs of scraps I have here:

I also have a tub of chrstmas fabric (i'll likely sell)

Here is the angle from the other side of the room
The two boxes are pattern. One is vintage the other modern. I plan to get some of those plastic drawer carts like at Target to store them in. I'm so sick of the boxes they have like that for years.

I also have four containers with all my trims in them. I think it will be nice to get another set of drawers for those and separate by type and color. Because again, I am constantly digging to find what I need.
Well the next two days I'll be off for the most part. I have to help my family with a few things so It will be amazing if I get any work done. I hate that feeling, but at the same time I was telling my best friend It must mean you love what you do if you cant stand NOT to do it for more than a day. :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

On a baby kick...

I never really thought I would want to make baby clothes now that mine are all grown up. (Well they aren't babies anymore) While browsing the sewmamasew pool (one of my favorites), I came across the cutest baby dress. The creator, kokoleo had it blogged so I hoped over to check it out.
I fell in love with her dresses and the awesome stash she scored while thrifting and it inspired me to use some of the heaps of fabric I have laying around. It never seems like I even make a dent! I was most impressed that she actually went home and made something from her thrifty finds right away. My fabrics just get tossed in the never ending, "I'll make a great bag, dress...whatever out of that....someday" pile.

Don't believe me ? Here is a picture of my space about a week ago. I started to attempt to clean it.
Quite the mess isn't it?? Finding time is just so tough. I need to force myself to get it organized and keep it that way because it actually takes me more time to get stuff done since Im looking for things all the time! Egads!

Ok well back to the baby dresses. Like I said I was inspired by kokoleo, and
also weekend I went to a few new thrift stores and I did manage to score some good stuff. Like this huge vintage apron for $2
Surprisingly enough I came home, washed it and immediately made this from it:
It took me about 4 hours, and it was really rewarding once I finished even though I am exhausted from standing so long the past few days. I took my time to pay careful attention to all the details which is something not like me to do. (I like shortcuts!) So I guess thats a good thing. So, I finished that one last night and this morning I made another from vintage curtains, and cut out a third from a vintage pillowcase. I'll get pics of those in the next few days. But I must say I am on a roll. Even though I'm so tired I feel like I can't stop. It is a lot of fun making these dresses though. I just need a model now!