Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A place for everything, and everything in its place

Oh my, it's been an embarrassingly long time since my last post. Sorry about that, friends. Summer is so crazy around here, but thankfully school is back in session - well sort of, school was off for the last several days thanks to Hurricane Hermine but the kiddo goes back today after yesterday's planned Labor Day holiday, so here's hoping a regular routine can get underway. Because if you've read my blog for any period of time, I think you probably have figured out that I'm just a smidgen Type A and that routines are my jam.

Elizabeth Dackson Sewing Room

You know what else puts a smile on my face? Organizing things. Even things I don't like very much, like the Legos I frequently step on in my son's room, but I digress, because I spent much of the holiday weekend organizing something I like very much, my sewing room. Sadly I didn't think to take a real before shot, but suffice it to say, there were piles everywhere.

Elizabeth Dackson Sewing Room

Piles of fabric, piles of items for Mom's Secret Closet of Goodies (which happens to also be my sewing room closet), piles of baby toys to entertain the baby when she comes in to sew with me, piles of random things that apparently got deposited in my sewing room for some mysterious reason, you get the idea. It was a disaster zone. And it was driving me crazy.

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I know there are loads of creative folk who thrive on chaos, and messes, and I love them, but I'm not one of them. The mess was totally zapping my sewjo. So I started going through the mess Saturday morning before the kids got up and kept chipping away at it bit by bit throughout the holiday weekend.

Elizabeth Dackson Sewing Room

I stumbled upon an awesome deal at Michael's on Labor Day for craft storage items, and I went to town, stocking up on bins and organize-y items, and got to work. Put on my headphones, listened to some good tunes, and just went through things. I even managed to come across my first ever cross-stitching, which I did with my mom when I was eight.

Elizabeth Dackson Sewing Room

Now if only I had another long weekend to sew up that quilt top that's all ready to go on my design wall! It'll have to wait until next weekend :) Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Elizabeth Dackson Sewing Room


  1. Time well spent! It is a beautiful studio and now you can enjoy being in it again.

  2. It all looks so nice and neat. Can you come do mine now???

  3. Please, could you come to my house? My sewing room and I would be thrilled! Yes, school starts for my son tomorrow and I "need" to clean my sewing room, desperately. Thanks for the kick in the butt I needed. ;-> Toni Anne

  4. Elizabeth, (I want to call you Lizzie :-D
    Sorry, I have a Lizzie.)
    This is a project well done. I need to do this in every part of my house. It is good to have everything organized and a place for everything and certainly know where that is.
    Taking care of mom and dad (they have their own place now) close by, in moving them from Annapolis MD I have so much of their stuffff. I am drowning and I really do not want to deal with it now. So I tossed it all neatly in the basement. Just boxed it up and got it out of my eyesight.
    Have fun with your little sweetums and I hope big brother has a good year in school!

    I am also type A. Picky too

  5. Just looking at your sewing room encourages makes me feel better and encourages me. My clean up/out and inventory project has been taking forever, but that can happen when you really want to do it right. Good luck with your quilting next weekend.

  6. I'm an Elizabeth too, prefer Liz though! I have a mess and a half going on in my room right now, I started trying to organize my chaos last fall and then we lost dad. Mom lives with us or we live with her... and then we brought my step mom home with us, moms decision, no one to take care of her. So as someone else said piles of boxes everywhere! Add to it my fabric mess and a cat who knocks down my fabrics to make new beds for himself and we have a complete mess in my sewing room. Now to get back in there and clean again!

  7. The space looks pretty♥hugs


  8. I just have to have everything in its place before I start! My training as a cook comes out every time I attempt a project. "Mise en place." It's one way to get the momentum going. I love how a well organized space somehow attracts all its pieces back to their proper places. May your studio be beautifully productive always!


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