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March 2014







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Monday’s Motivation

Are you hard on yourself if you don’t make it to the end of your daily “to do” list?  There’s so much to do – and never enough time to get it all done!

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I’m learning to shorten and prioritize the items on my “to do” list.  First – what absolutely needs to be done TODAY?  That’s what has to get done.  I can do a few more items if there’s time.  Second – and most importantly, I’m TRYING not to pack my day.  People, community and relationships are the most important thing.  If my day is packed solid, nurturing those relationships gets squeezed out.  We also need space for those unexpected things that come up or need to be tended to.

I like being busy.  My challenge is not packing my days so tight that those most important things get squeezed out.

How are you at organizing the 24 hours in your day?  Any tips or ideas?  I’d love to hear from you.



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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Tuesday

March 2013







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Organization series ~ Part 1

Where We Quilt

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Where did January go??  It was a blur.  I’d planned on doing this series in January but I guess it’s going to be February ok, March.  I’ve been collecting the pictures ….. so here we go.  I’m going to do this in a few parts or it would be a mammoth post.

First ~ Where do you quilt?  It may be the dining room table (which is where I started out).  Maybe you’re tucked away in a little corner or in a bedroom.  Or maybe you’re fortunate enough to have a space specifically devoted to your passion.  Wherever you quilt, it can be organized to make it a more pleasant,  easier space to quilt in.

I have two spaces I create in.  In my home I have a large room that is divided into two areas.  One half is the family room where the TV is and where we hang out when the kids are home.  The other half is my sewing, cutting, and computer space. When the kids were home my cutting counter was a pool table.  Nice big space that no one got to play pool on much!  :-)  After the kids left home and the needs for the space changed, I remodeled and updated it to fit my life these days.  I’m so happy with it and feel very fortunate to have this great space.

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My home sewing desk area.

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Wall of storage.

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full room Across the room.

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The second space I work in is a little spot I’ve created at my cabin.  I don’t seem to be able to get the sewing done I need to at home so the cabin has become my little get away where I go to sew.

Here’s where I sew at the cabin.  I’ve had the cabin for less than a year so I’m still setting up and finding what works best.  It’s not anything fancy but I love it.  It’s comfortable and relaxing.

 

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This is a little triangle space that jets off the main room.  When I saw the cabin for the first time I instantly thought “that’s where I’d sew”.  I like being in the middle of it all when I work so this arrangement is perfect.

As you can see ~ space for my machine with a desk around it (I love facing out a window).  A cabinet that will be getting shelving added to the inside for storage and maybe painted?  What do you think?  Should I paint it?  There’s so much wood in this place I think I might.  A cute little dresser for more storage.  The majority of “storing” is done at home so this is ample here.  And one of my favorite things, we attached a BIG design board to the wall.

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This shot will give you a little perspective on how the space is set up.  This is looking across the main area and you can see how the sewing space is off on its own but still attached to the rest of the space.

 

Your Space

 

You may already have a space or be thinking, “I don’t have a space” or maybe “I really need a space”.  Here’s a few things to think about.

Is there a space in your home you could turn into a devoted work space?  Try and look around with different eyes and be creative.  When you don’t have to set up every time you want to sew, you’ll be more likely to take a moment to stitch.

 

  • It could be a guest room that would get a lot more use as a sewing room.
  • A closet you could strip out and customize as a sewing cubby.
  • A corner in a room that you could devote to sewing.

 

Look around, there may be a spot you’ve never considered.

Once you’ve got your spot, think about how you want to use it and how you can make the best use of it.

 

Creative Storage

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Baskets are a great way to store groups of fabric you’re currently working with or may be collecting for a project.  I always have my big “collect all” basket that I can put random notions, fabric scraps, pictures, patterns…..items that apply to the current projects I’m working on.

Decorative pieces can do double duty for you.  A covered box you can store fabric in.  A little metal basket you decoratively display a little collection of antique crochet lace.

Think outside the box when it comes to storage.  If you’re short on space use some of the “vessels” you decorate with in your home and fill them with your quilting supplies.  Decorate with what you love.

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I love vintage so I try and work it into everything.  The white box holds notions, the white pot holds my scissors, cutter, seam ripper …. things I use often.  Stacks of fabric as a decoration frees up other storage.  And if you love fabric, what better to decorate with?

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I found this cute little dresser to hold my supplies at the cabin.  The shallow drawers are great for rulers, and tools with the deeper ones holding a bit of fabric.

Those are FUN storage solutions.  I also have the PRACTICAL storage.  The “wall of storage” pictured above at my home is full of plastic storage boxes that I store my stash and less used items in.  More on that when we get to part 2 of this organization series, organzing and controlling the stash!

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I felt this buffet would be a great cutting table.  It was the right height with lots of storage.  I had two storage sections built that I stained to match the buffet.  Backed those up to the buffet and had a top made and it’s been the percect cutting table.

Keep you eye open for that special item that can be a little workhorse for you.  Buying second had like I do most of the time can often save a lot of money and the older pieces are built so much better than most new these days.

Last but not least, if at all possible I highly recommend 2 “pin up” spots.  I love having one by my machine.  I can pin up my pattern, inspiration or a design idea I want to mull over.  I repurposed a frame I had by covering a piece of cork with fabric and placing it in the frame.

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And then a design board.  At the cabin I had a wall where I mounted 2 boards side by side for a nice big design wall.  At home I don’t have a spot I want a permanent board so I have a single board I lean against the wall.  When I’m entertaining and don’t want it there I can move it.  It also hides behind a door well if you need to tuck it away (details/tutorial coming soon).

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Well I hope this gets you thinking about your special space.  Whether you need to create a new space  or spruce up the one you already have I hope you’ve gotten some ideas here to make your space work for you.

I’d love to hear about your space or maybe the space you’re creating or changing.  Tell me about it!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri

 
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January 2013







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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy 2013!

Are you all ready for a great year?  I am!  Last year at this time we talked about organization and our focus for the coming year.  Well I’m returning to those themes as they are just what I do the beginning of each year.  Instead of an ENORMOUS post I’m going to break it up.  The topic for January will be organization.  I’ll share ideas and tips throughout the month on organization, for your home, life and of course quilting.

Last year my “focus” for the year was JOY.  Choosing JOY each and every day with the help of the Lord.  If you’d like to read last years post here it is.

This year I want to live INTENTIONALLY.  I’m one of those personalities that tends to just let each day come as it may and live it.  While in some ways that’s good, you can also get to the end of the year and ask, “What did I really do this year?  Was it meaningful?  Did I make a difference?”  Most importantly, did I do what God called me to do?  That’s the most important thing to me.  This time next year I want to be able to say, “yes I did, and this is what I did!”

I found this sign on Pinterest (love that Pinterest) and thought this would be great to focus on to help me achieve my goal for the year.Live Simply

Live Simply ~ this will be the hardest for me.  I like to do things large and make a bigger deal out of them than totally necessary.  I love decorating and “fussing” with things.  I need to work on that.  The Lord wants us to have a simple life so we can follow Him more completely.

Dream Big ~ I think I dream big at times.  Sometimes it’s reasonable to chase those dreams and sometimes not.  They have to line up with the other goals in your life.  The Lord wants us to dream and not sit by and waste away.  We just have to be sure they align with His will.

Be Grateful ~  I’m so grateful for my life, salvation, family and friends ……The Bible tells us to be thankful in everything.  I need to work on the EVERYTHING part.  Some days it’s a lot easier to be Grateful than others.  My focus is what will determine whether I can be grateful in that moment or not.

Give Love ~ to be honest, I think I give love selectively.  I need to love EVERYONE as God loves everyone equally.  That’s tough.  Some people are more loveable that others!  As I type this – this one may be the toughest after all.  Hmmmmm

Laugh Lots ~ I love laughing with friends, my grandbabies, Ella, my kids …….. A little while back I saw part of a documentary that talked about how the chemistry in your body changes when you smile.  You don’t even have to have anything to smile about.  If you make yourself smile you will feel better.  The Bible tells us to be joyful and merry.  I think that probably includes laughing!

Sooo this post got a little more personal and challenged me a little more than I expected.  That’s good though.  It will help me in my goal for the year.

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Annual New Years Giveaway!

Now ~ I’m going to have my Annual New Years Giveaway!  This week I’d love to hear from you about the topics I talked about above.  We’ll spend two days on each topic.  We’ll start today with Live Simply.  In a couple days (on the 4th) I’ll post about the next topic (Dream Big).  You may post on each topic.  For each thought you leave, you’re name will be put in the hat for the drawing.  The contest will end Saturday, 1/12/13.  The prize will be a tote FULL of quilting goodies!!  Who wouldn’t love that!!  So be sure and visit every couple days and post on each contest post.  You could be the winner.  Need a little reminder to visit?  Sign up on the right sidebar to receive each post I post to the blog via email.  It will be delivered straight to your mail box!

Live Simply

As I said above, this will be a tough one for me.  I think I’m going to start with getting my house in better order.  Clean out and get rid of some things I’ve hung on to for to long.  Here I come Goodwill, Kids, Quilting friends……anyone who might be able to use what I don’t need!!

I love this quote and think it’s soooo true ~ Outer order contributes to inner calm.    by Gretchen Ruben  So I’ll be working on getting my “OUTER” in order.  That will be the start of simplyfying my life.

How about you?  What do you do to simplify your life, or what could you do that would simplify things?  I’d love to hear your tips!

Talk to you in a couple days!



Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~
Terri