Friday, April 3, 2009

Sewing Corner

I've finally made time to post the pictures of my sewing corner.
This is a picture of the whole area:



The suitcases contain large and heavy pieces of fabric, especially home decor fabrics.
The desk top is a hollow core door that my clever husband edged and stained for me. It is quite nice and easy to keep clean.

I used simple wire cubes purchased from Target and although they look as if they are holding up the desk top, they are not, at least, not completely. DH also put angle brackets under the desktop to support the top. I also have a couple of file cabinets and they hold some files for patterns, paper files that I cannot access from the internet, and supplies for my knitting machine.

On the right side of the desk, I have all my ironing supplies, my scissors box, a tin with sewing machine accessories, and a basket with my queue of clothes sewing projects. The file cabinet holds household files and accessories for the knitting machine.



On the left side of the desk, the file cabinets hold miscellaneous files of things I cannot access from the internet, and work related papers. The wire baskets hold current home decorating projects as well as embroidery projects. The plastic set with four drawers hold sewing notions.



I have a corkboard ready to hang behind the desk and I plan to frame some very old patchwork pieces for display in this area also.

It makes me happy to see the multicolored knitting needles in the glass vase. I rarely if ever use them, but they just look so durn cute sitting there!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Late-in-the-week update

No pictures this week for crafting. Just a quick update of the knitting, as it is really the only craft I have worked on this week!

I restarted the Adult Tomten, and I have 4 inches completed.

The first sock needs another inch or so before I begin the inch of ribbing. I know I'm a dork, but I love turning heels. I worry and worry about the process and then I am so thrilled to watch it actually work!

The Peter Easy sweater vest is 8.5 inches long, and it gained an inch and a half. I am feeling more and more confident in knitting several different ways. I can throw right and left handed, and scoop with my left hand. I want to be knitting until the day I die, and not worry about repetitive stress injury or arthritis.

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What I HAVEbeen working on is a crafting love from the past, my digital scrapbooking. I was truly obsessed with digital scrapbooking, was even a part owner in a digital scrapbooking website. But the stress of juggling a forty hour work week in stressful pediatric home care and a busy homelife and then spending forty or more hours a week at the computer designing and helping to build the website grew to be too much for me. And when I quit the website, I pretty much quit my scrapbooking.
Then I bought a laptop, and due to software issues, I just couldn't work up the energy required to set up all my scrapbooking stuff. I tried to build a website myself, but it seemed like every time I worked on the website, I would take one step forward and three steps back. Eventually I just pretty much gave up, but every once in a while I would take a stab at the website or try to make a layout on the old laptop.
For whatever reason, I decided to give the software issues a go and lo and behold, I had SUCCESS!
Which just affirms my belief that there is a time for everything, and everything in its own time.



So, without further ado, I'd like to re-introduce my website, barbarasshares.com. It's very plain at this stage, and not all of the links are functional, but it is pretty much "there" for now. Just please enjoy!