This is where I shame myself

January 18th, 2008

By showing you pictures of my loosely titled sewing room. I say loosely as there’s not much sewing going on in there at all at the minute. Or, judging from the pictures, will be ever!I had to take pictured to kind of shame myself into some sort of action really. Since before the new year, like many people I have been feeling tired and run down and generally unmotivated. Well I am only just managing to drag myself out of it now.

There are a couple of things that have spurred me on – the fact that at my slimming club last week we worked it out that it’s 31 weeks til the wedding – aargh I have so much to do! That doesn’t seem long at all to get myself organised. And reading other people’s blogs. So many people out there would love to have a space, or as Virginia Woolf put it, a room of one’s own for them to create and feel inspired, and generally have fun sticking and glueing and stitching. I, being the ungrateful wretch that I am have that space and even though the clutter in there is of epic proportions the room is a really good size, not that you would know it, but it’s unusable in it’s present state.I have been using the fact that I am still unpacking and haven’t got a huge amount of storage space for the stuff I have. But that’s poor. I am just slack, and I have to own that. I have booked space at a local craft fair starting in May, and I am already ploughing my way through a load of stuff I want to make for it, but I also have some lovely fabric I would like to make some skirts from, and although I have 2 fully functioning machines I can’t use them. I can barely see them.
So, after finishing loads of stuff off at work this week, my main plan for the weekend it to gut the room and make it a space where I feel inspired. I may make some curtains. I need to put up the pretty indian hooks I have for me to hang stuff on. I need to hang pictures (the only thing on the walls at the minute is a needlepoint picture my mother did years ago – it was hung as soon as I moved in as David was worried it would get broken, and it’s very precious to me). I have some gorgeous craft books and art books (comes from having a degree in History of Art) that I would like to be able to pick off a shelf and read. If I could be bothered it would be nice to paint the room a nice aqua colour (the colour my first sewing room was) as the landlady doesn’t mind at all.

The only thing preventing that is me.

So, now you can see how bad it is.
Anyone who knows me knows I am not, shall we say, the tidiest person you will ever meet. But this, even for me, takes the biscuit. And I shouldn’t have biscuits on my diet!
I will report backafter I have ploughed through the quagmire of crud that is my room to hopefully show you some lovely pictures of my “studio” next week. New room, new name. I may even have a giveaway, a kind of Pay it forward for spring cleaning to to speak, so I will let you know about that x

Oh, and I have another tip for you – try not to shut your finger in a car door - it makes it look like this, and slows your crochet down….xoxo

8 Responses to “This is where I shame myself”

  1. Pamelaon 18 Jan 2008 at 3:59 pm

    If you’d painted your nail that colour, it would be considered a very stylish effect lol.

    Do you need help setting up your studio?

  2. Samanthaon 18 Jan 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Hi Claire,
    I know how you feel about your sewing room. I blitzed my studio over the summer and now I know where everything is.

    Why not set yourself small goals of a section of the room at a time. Good luck!

  3. Rubyredon 19 Jan 2008 at 11:15 am

    Hi Claire,so pleased to have come across you via Just original and SNAP I have just shamed myself on my blog as I am so disorganised.I have given myself a week to get my loft sorted.So pleased to see I’m not the only one.It’s because we’re so creative you know!Love the blog!

  4. little dresseson 20 Jan 2008 at 3:56 am

    I just found your blog tonight and I was very sorry to see your poor finger. You will be crocheting fast again in no time!

  5. Guzzisueon 20 Jan 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I decided long ago that there is no such thing as a tidy sewing room :)

  6. Vickyon 21 Jan 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Ouch – that finger looks painful!!

    As you know Claire I am tidy but even so my craft room is always a pig-sty.

    I wonder what it is about craft rooms that always find a way to untidy themselves….

  7. Katyon 23 Jan 2008 at 10:11 am

    OUCH!!!! That looks painful.
    Your work space looks so stylish…and organised….and…ooops, I’m confusing you with someone else, lol! What a mess (but count yourself lucky you have a room, I have the kitchen table and what should be the pantry!)
    ps the flower is indeed yours, there’s one on my doll Harry and one on Freddy, I’ve been saving them for the perfect time (because they were a bit precious and I didn’t really want to use them at all!)

  8. Miss Paulaon 25 Jan 2008 at 3:27 am

    Can I just come and shop through your stuff???

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