Wednesday, July 27, 2011

First Things First


While my head my be filled with new ideas and my body reenergized from our mini-vacation I can’t even begin to work in my studio unless it’s organized and picked up. I left with a flurry of multiple projects mid stream. Before I allowed myself to sit at the new sewing machine I was forced to do some housekeeping which resulted in one huge garbage bag being filled for recycle, another for the trash and yet another for the thrift store. Whew. I don’t know about you but I can’t even begin to work unless all of my grinch-chores (as Daddy-O and I affectionately call them –regardless of who is performing them) are done. This can be problematic especially since I work “at home” –and when are the housekeeping duties EVER completely done?! After spending some time in the studio a good

thing happened, I fell back in love with my workspace. It was fun to think about why I surround myself with the things that I’ve collected or posted on the multiple bulletin boards and have things arranged the way I do. We’ve worked hard to create a space for creating and feel fortunate that I have the space that I do –the whole lower level of our house. I was appreciating the custom work tables Daddy-O built for me –the perfect height for tall body and long arms. Being away also meant I was out of shape. I’d forgotten the quick tutorial on my new sewing machine. It took me a few hours to get reacquainted and in the groove. I was able to finally finish the sample for my latest pattern “Husky Howl” that I should have had completed this Spring…oh well. I’m treating myself to one more day in the studio working on another fun fiber project before getting back out to the garage/shop area and plugging in the welder. Even though my last Market day was this last Saturday, I have a list of pieces that need to be done for Katie’s Gallery and they have been oh-so-patient. The best part is Daddy-O and Gus even made a trip to the metal recycle yard for me and even my steel pile is now organized!

Sample for my latest pattern design "Husky Howl."


Several of my Dahlia's are in bloom! This flower has multiple blossoms on one stem, and all are from Master Gardener, Sue Merriman.

9 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

sometimes you just have to clean out and toss out.
Otherwise you feel as if you are drowning in stuff!
That is one great new pattern for the quilts.

Ann said...

LOVE it, Cindy! Get that bad boy packaged up and in the stores!!

Patricia Griffin said...

Husky Howl is my new fav and "grinch-chore" is my new word! Husky Howl even looks like he's smiling a little bit... Love a clean studio. Just wish it would stay that way. I have lots of "grinch-chores" on my to-do list. Awww well. Gotta clean it up so I can mess it up again... the never-ending cycle.

Tracey Broome said...

YES! Clean workspace. It must be in the air, I spent yesterday doing the same thing, but I was in 96 degree heat, bet you were not :)

cindy shake said...

thanks for the comments friends :o) I LOVE a clean space -don't like making time to do it -ha! Nice and sunny in the high 60's just perfect Tracey -but let's talk in December... I'll be fussy cold!

ang walford said...

hmmmm nothing like a good tidy up!!! I'm thinking welding lessons what a great idea :P I'm holding kevin's welder hostage at the mo...

cindy shake said...

DO IT ANG you'll love it!!! You need a plasma cutter too for real fun. Maybe I should fly over (under?!) and school you up since winter is coming here -ha!! Or better yet, you need a trip to Alaska -private lessons :o)

ang walford said...

oooh plasma cutter now that sounds like the deal...not sure kevin has one..and yep in a few years dont be surprised if I turn up there!!

Jamie Fingal said...

Love, love, love - the howling dog with the stitching coming out of his or her mouth! Thank you so much for sharing!