Tackling my UFO’s...

I have a few ArtBins which have little odds & ends tucked into them... partially finished patchwork panels, some EPP hexies, little quilt blocks, etc... they’re not big projects, but pretty little things that have been waiting (for well over a year I might add!) for some love & attenion! 

I forgot about them, (or ignored them if truth be told) but while I was cleaning and organizing my sewing room I opened the little bins to see all those little unfinished projects that I did at one time have plans for. I decided that I would complete each and everyone one of them, in one way or another in the next few months! 

So, today I finished up my custom sewing then moved on to my UFO (Un-finished Objects). I had 2 patchwork panels made with beautiful Liberty of London fabrics sitting on the very top of the pile, so today was the day they were going to get their 15 minutes of fame. *wink* They were already attached to the linen pieces on top & bottom, but nothing else was done on them at all. I was inspired to create pouches with them, so I finished them both off today... 

I’ve only snapped photos of the blue Liberty pouch so far, (the other is pink was was done later in the day) but i’ll definitely snap photos of the 2nd Liberty pouch tomorrow to share. I really love this one though... lots of quilting, cotton lace, coconut beaded zipper charm, leather tag... just so much goodness!! 

 

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A handcrafted zipper charm that my sister made... 

 

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Beautiful Liberty of London lining... 

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My all time favourite leather tags from DailyLikeCanada

I’m really happy with how they turned out and as always, it’s wonderful to sew on my own terms. I feel most creative when I have 100% freedom, no stress, just creating for the sake of beauty! It’s a good thing! 

I’m not sure what UFO i’ll tackle next, but when I do, i’ll blog about it again. 

Tomorrow I think i’ll tackle a couple of my smaller custom orders: coasters, keyfob, and then Saturday I have an NCW sitting on my list! I think i’ll get the ironing and fabric cutting for that order accomplished tomorrow. Thankfully, I had a couple custom orders come in today, thank God as Dh only got 7 hours this week... *thud*. 

Anyway, I won’t bore you any longer... and my dinner is ready. Yes, I eat WAY late... lol! So on that note, have a wonderful evening! Thanks for peeking in! 

 


My Happy Sewing Place... (photo heavy!)

So... guess what I got back already!? My brand new, refinished fabric dresser!! It was delivered on Saturday evening and it was promptly brought downstairs and put right back into my sewing room where it is absolutely beautiful I have to say! I will be posting more details about the dresser soon, along with better photos, but for now, here’s what it looks like in my sewing room! 

I spent ALL of Sunday reorganizing my sewing room, rearranging furniture and sorting/purging through my fabrics! I got rid of a lot, and now have room to spare in my fabric dresser! Although not for long.. hahaha!!

 

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As you can see I store ALL my fabric in my dresser; except for my linen, which i’ll show you in a minute. I used to always only buy FQ cuts, but lately have mostly been purchasing 1/2 yard cuts. I’ll buy the odd FQ (Fat Quarter) but now mostly just half yards, as they go farther and generally without fail i’ll make something custom then someone else will say “do you have more of that fabric left!?”, now, I usually do. *wink*

 

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How I store my bolts of interfacing... keeps them contained, and not all over my floor!! 

Then below a bakers rack I purchased for the kitchen which serves a much better purpose in my sewing room! I hang all my rulers etc... store some pouches up above, with my metal hardware in jars from the $ store. Then below I have baskets containing the following: 

  • Orders waiting for pick-up/Canada Post Run.
  • A basket for an up & coming giveaway.
  • A basket full of EPP papers.
  • Baskets of fabric scraps: Coded by colour.
  • 3 containers with WIP (works in progress) inside which I really must get to soon!
  • A magazine holder with patterns, etc.. in it. 

 

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Then another bakers rack, without the rack. Hahaha!! I plopped my mini ironing board on top, then have more containers for storage. My little 31 basket with my planner, pens, etc... in it. My containers full of linens & zippers. 

Then on the bottom shelf, our printer, a bucket of Perle Cottons & regular threads. Then that shoebox has an ongoing EPP (English Paper Piecing) project that i’ve been working on inside! 

 


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And finally my sewing desk...

My JUKI TL2010Q. Which by the way is running very smoothly after it’s visit to the sewing machine Dr’s... lol! 

 

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My sewing desk set up now has a BIG cutting area, which I desperately needed! I have a basket of fabric off to the right hand side holding fabric for customs, my scrap basket, my danbo’s and JUKI oil, my NIKON, my OLFA cutters, a basket of odds & ends I always use (sewing machine feet, needles, etc) a jar of scissors & tools, my speaker (I *always* listen to music when I sew), lamp, phone, etc... 


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And finally I have two baskets shoved under my desk... one with rolled up cork and the other with items that I need, but don’t use very often. They’re out of the way, contained, neat & easy to get to! 

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Then my IKEA Raskog cart... which holds my mailing supplies, my sewing books... 


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And Chester. 


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Nothing more I could possibly need in a sewing room now is there? LoL!!

I’m quite happy with it now, love how organized it is, and as always, clean & tidy. It’s just me.

Any questions at all? :)  


Saturday Things...

Good morning! I woke up to a very grey, dreary day, and it looks like there’s rain & thundershowers on the horizon for the day! That doesn’t really fare well for my plans... 

Mya got a new (to her) bike yesterday of off the FB Marketplace (far easier to use than Kijiji I find) and her new helmet from Amazon is supposed to be arriving today. She’s itching to get out on it, so that may be delayed if it pours all day. It’s the sweetest bike and is currently sitting in our dining room. We need to find room to store it in the basement so it stays out of the elements. 

She’s very excited as she’s been wanting a bike for a while! I’m hoping she can get 2 years out of this bike! Crossing my fingers

 

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  • I have housework & laundry waiting for some attention, lots of it as per usual, so i’ll be working away on that all weekend, hoping to catch up! 
  • Our pool is empty now, but we need to take it all down. I’ve given up on it for this year. SO much freaking work/expenses and we never could get the saltwater pump filter to run properly. Next year we’ll start fresh with a chlorine filter pump and be done with it. 
  • I’ve had to repurchase Mya’s *entire* fall/winter wardrobe. Thank goodness there has been lots of sales lately! I’ll share a post soon on that! 
  • Prepping for child #2 to go to University has been interesting! So far, so good, thanks to my sister! Since my sister is in year 7 of University (RN) she’s been a huge help!! End goal is a masters in Palaeontology. You don’t even want to know how much the first year is going to cost... we are just a skin under 5 digits! *faint* 
  • Maria has been spending the week with my mom and comes home today. I missed her and will be glad to have her home again! 
  • Miss Mya has had her best friend over for the last couple of days/nights and they’ve been having lots of fun & keep each other nice & busy. They’re so cute together.. lol! 

I need to sew today and snap photos of a few Slimline Wallets that I finished last night as well. I’m hoping to get a handful of keyfobs made today and perhaps cross a smaller custom order off my list if time allows. 

I had to shuffle around some orders this week as I ran out of natural linen which was needed for a couple of orders! I placed an order to be sent via express mail last Sunday from Toronto (2 hours away), however, I received such horrible & condescending customer service from them that I won’t be receiving it until Monday if i’m lucky!!

Needless to say, i’ve placed my first (and LAST!) order with them. Wish I would have known, when I shared my frustration on my FB page I had a couple of others pipe up that they’ve had the same experience with this shop, so I know i’m not the only one. Oh well, live & learn. When I receive my order i’ll have to look at my customs list and move things around again. SO not impressed... 

On an up note, if the weather holds out i’m supposed to have my refinished fabric dresser delivered tonight!! She did an absolutely amazing job and I can’t wait to share before & after photos with you!  I’ll be sharing a little Q&A as well, keep watch for that post soon! In the meantime, here’s a little sneak peek!

I LOOOOOOVE it SOOOOO much!! I really can’t wait to see it up close & personal in person!! 

 

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If my dresser is sitting in my sewing room tonight guess what i’ll be working on tonight & tomorrow!? LOL!! My sewing room is an absolute disaster and i’m hoping that i’m able to switch things around a wee bit on my sewing desk as well. Not exactly sure what i’m going to do, but i’d love to have a larger cutting space on my desk which means moving my hutch and finding a home for everything that currently lives on my desk. My fabric is currently not so neatly piled into containers and clothes baskets. It’s been horrible working out of bins like that, it’s SO disorganized and a nightmare to pull fabrics for custom orders. I need order in my life once again... haha!! 

Anyway, that’s my weekend in a nutshell! I’m off to feed people, throw on a load of laundry and pull pretty fabrics for keyfobs! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!