Monday, December 10, 2012

Organizing Stinks... like roses!

Before I get in to the real post, I have to share a video.  Here is Bonnie McCaffery's Vidcast from Houston (IQA Festival).  Not only do you get to see a bunch of fantastically wonderful quilts, you get enjoy where Bonnie talks with some amazing artists -- me being one of them!  Watch, enjoy, and share!  Hey, I think I just called myself amazing... hmm, I kinda' like that!

Okay.  Now back to the actual post.  I've shared before that I am a borderline hoarder when it comes to papers, tiny little fabric scraps, stuff in general -- okay, just a borderline hoarder!  Yes, it's bad, but admitting something is always the first step right?  And yes, hoarding is an actual disorder -- I know this, I've got a few of them!  BUT... but, something wonderful has happened to make it necessary for me to organize a giant part of my life -- my studio.  And, the rough part?  In order to organize my studio I also must organize my office/sewing room.  Haha... not sure where the /sewing room part fits into that; I haven't sewn in there in years.  Probably because of the mess -- and no, I will not share the mess photos.  I love sharing but there comes a point when I need to control my anxiety.  You see, part of my hoarding issue is due to the fact that I suffer severe anxiety when *trying* to organize, file, clean, etc.  So, this was a BIG step for me.  It has taken me a little over two weeks, and a lot (and I mean a lot) of help from one of my besties!  She will never know how important all of her help was, she could see the anxiety building and would help to divert my mind to something else.  Thank you Nancy, I love you!  Oh, and she also got first dibs on just about everything in the studio that wasn't staying - that probably helped too!

So here are a couple of peeks into my newly organized world:

Here we have the *clean* office/sewing room -- and into that great open space goes the shelves of quilts:

Look what Nancy found hiding under 85 pounds of batting scraps:

And, of course, I had to make some cute curtains for the french doors, right?

Why do I need curtains you ask?  Because without them I would stare at the pool all day!

A super clean cutting table -- this table is great, but it is getting cut into two smaller pieces.  WHAT, you ask... no worries, it has been buried with so much stuff for so long that I haven't used it and I'm not going to miss it anyway.

Look -- you can actually see my legs!

The the view from behind the Gammill:

The the view from the other side of the room:

The the entire room (yes that messy area there in front of the Gammill, that still needs to be organized and put away.  And in that mess is a bunch more ribbons that need to be hung on the wall.

Soooo.... I still can't share WHY all this is happening.  I'll be able to soon and then you'll all be as excited as I am, well at least I hope you'll all be excited.  But seriously, I'm excited enough for us all!


  1. My favorite part is the legs picture! And I see a shredder!
    It looks so wonderful even *I* had to just stare a little bit.
    So exciting. YAAAAAAY!!

    1. Thanks for sharing Bonnie's Vidcast. I looked a couple of times on her web site and hadn't seen it yet. Amazing quilts and I'm so proud of you that you are right up there with such a talented group! :) Your room looks great! Can't wait to hear what's next!!! :)

  2. That is going to look like a great tidy work studio. It nearly makes me wanting to go and tidy mine, except where to go with all the stash.

  3. Thanks for many beautiful quilts....looking forward to seeing what you are up to in the Stuido.....

  4. I have to say that, it looks great but your talent shined through no matter what challenges you might have worked in....perhaps the surprise is something like a TV show wants to come and see you perform!?

  5. The vidcast is great, and your studio is to die for! I've got a question about your thread shelves-can you take a closer shot? I'm thinking of changing from my pegboard and hooks.

    I have 2 guesses-either you're going to start teaching or Gammill wants you to be a rep or dealer. Can't wait to find out if I'm right ;)

  6. Oh yeah-if you do start teaching, I will come to Florida to take a class from you!!!

  7. I love seeing pictures of your studio. I look forward to reading about the "why" behind the clean up.

  8. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your escapades, as I, too, am a creative quilt artist with a longarm that suffers from ADD and anxiety when it comes to organizing! You should have been here when I was preparing for company for Christmas! I'm looking forward to hearing what your exciting news is!

  9. Can't wait to see your news!! Hugs!!