Monday, August 1, 2011

Downsizing and a good husband

How much sewing stuff do you own? Think about all the fabric, haberdashery supplies, machines, thread, books, patterns, gadgets, everything. I didn't think I owned a lot, until I had to move it.
Not all the stuff...
Thankfully, and very much surprisingly, my husband didn't comment once on the quantity of stuff.

More in Adele's room
I think I may have mentioned that we've been moving rooms in our house. I've been rather spoilt these last few years, enjoying a massive sewing area to work in. Seriously, a whole 40 square meters or so of space, just for sewing and housing an unused spare bed. Jealous??
I'll need to organise to re claim my laundry baskets

Don't worry, I've been put in my place now. My space is now a modest sized, single bedroom on the dark side of the house.
Even my sewing table has shrunk from a regular dining table, to a much smaller vintage kitchen table.

More books.

I'm not sure how much sewing will be taking place these next few days as I organise this stuff.
Storage furniture waiting to be filled.

I think I really need to clean out some of the crap that I really don't need. It's not like I've bought it all. A lot has been given to me and many things were picked up from the Op Shop for a few dollars or less.
Vintage dresser found on the side of the road, in need of a clean and minor repair

So tell me, make me feel better, do you have the same amount of sewing crap?? Or is your stuff so manageable that you wouldn't need to worry about moving it? Please tell me I'm not the only one!


  1. You are more normal than you think. I am currently in the process of packing up my house to move. I have started packing up my craft room. I have these giant bar fridge boxes I've been using to put all my supplies in, they're about 2 metres x 1 metre. I've filled 6 of these giant boxes so far. I haven't finished packing yet either....

  2. You are completely normal. I just moved recently and even I was surprised at how much stuff i had and I only have 10 pieces of fabric but add in quilting batting, books, thread, patterns. yikes there were some 8 or so large packing boxes. Unbelievable.

  3. Would you like to see mine?Trouble is some is here and some is at daughters and I dont have a real place yet to put it all so boxes and bags it is for now.The day will come when I have my space well it better!! xxx

  4. Hello Little Betty, I have been reading your blog for a while now and really enjoy your stories. I dream of a sewing room. To put some background in, I once had a huge 10m x 5m room complete with built-in storage, enormous windows and tiny ensuite. Then we moved to Melbourne. And while I got a much bigger house, there wasn't a dedicated sewing room. So I needed to condense down to a Horn sewing cabinet. Mum scored big time from the stash, I only kept a few treasured pieces of fabric and all my patterns threads & notions (because they didn't take up too much space). This was OK because I also had two small children and worked full time outside of home so sewing was pretty much non-existent. However those children are at high school now (not that it is any less busy, just different busy!) and I now only work part time, and I wanted to get back to sewing because I miss it. Making bits & pieces over the years, e.g. daughter's first communion dress, a couple of gradutation dresses for friends, some fancy dress outfits, reminds me how much I miss the creative process. So now I schedule a day in my diary and have a concentrated block of activity as sewing now has to happen in the meals room and has to be packed up at the end of the day. The positive of this is that I am much more productive and tidier. But oh, I dream of a room where I can just shut the door......

  5. You think you have a lot of stuff. Check out my older posts on my blogspot to see the very unlikely and uncreative space I have been working in. The sailor has decided I definately need a attic room! So I can hide buttons trims etc. I am working on creating a more productive space that is actually atrractive to be in....Good luck


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