Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Back to Sewing!

After doing too much lifting and shoving and pushing of large objects I am down to reorganizing my back room where the connection was. My back is feeling the brunt of it so no more until this weekend. I spent all day yesterday fiddling with buttons, the perfect thing to not bother my back.Today I have made the decision to get back to sewing now. No more grunt work till the weekend. I am no sure what I will start with but will spend the afternoon looking for opportunities. Here is the result of my button reorg. I must have a couple of thousand, seriously. I inherited a huge amount of wonderful buttons from my friend IMA and last winter made a head start on getting them in like groups. That is done now and you can see the result.
When you open the closet in the studio this is what you face. The two DMC boxes are on top of some shelves holding pattern boxes. Everything here, except for the yellow handled floss boxes is filled with buttons,lots of buttons, all sorted out by size, color, and style. The drawers in the green cabinets barely close. Each drawer in the green drawers has dividers as well. I used my PTouch to do some labeling. That is surely one of my favorite toys.

I also like to save like jars. If I have learned anything looking at craft and sewing studios on Pinterest it is that having like containers adds greatly to the sense of organization. I tried my best here, dealing with what I had on hand. In a perfect world these would be on tall white shelves but for now they are quite functional and look fairly awesome. Need a turquoise and white vintage button? Second cabinet, third drawer down on far left and so on. Order makes me feel good. How about you?

12 comments:

  1. Yes, I would get a warm sense of satisfaction if these were my sewing supplies. Some how it's nice to have "all in order."
    That said, my sewing situation does not lend itself to organisation. I have to *shove* everything into my dining room sideboards on a weekly basis and haul it all out again!

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  2. It looks great! I really need to get off my duff and organized too.

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  3. ah, a woman after my own heart. I also have my buttons separated by color in a tackle box. I did have jars but like an even more streamlined look in my tiny sewing room. I love being able to see what is available. Take care of your back.

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  4. awesome reorg! I have my buttons and tiny beads in glass baby food jars on the window sill. I love seeing all the colors!

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  5. Every now and again I try and gather my button and thread them together into little groups (all the same of course), but I too have my mother's button box with lots of mixed buttons in and my own one too.

    Yours look very organised.

    Hope your back is feeling better.

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  6. whoa, that is one impressive collection of buttons... and seeing everything so organized is icing on the cake.
    I am glad you are getting back to some normalcy & hope your back feels better soon.

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  7. Wow, that is a LOT of buttons! How nice to have such a stash. My buttons fill a small shoebox. :)

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  8. I wish I were more OCD...mine are all dumped into one big plastic bin. So much fun to spend hours hunting for just the right ones...NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You inspire me to change in so many ways, Bunny.

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  9. Somehow it feels as if organizational tasks like this aren't productive because they take away from the main thing you want to do... sew. But changing the mindset and recognizing that it is just another part of your craft is so important! I struggle with that very thing a lot. With me, it's spending time plotting a book instead of diving into the writing, or organizing the office, or researching fabrics and clothing styles... I always FEEL like it's not productive, but it is!

    I would love to open the closet and see my buttons and such so organized!

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  10. Yes, I love order! (I index books!)

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  11. I'm glad that you are getting back to work in the studio...and if you own a couple of thousand then I must too since I have more boxes of buttons then you do! :)

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  12. Oh, that does my anal-retentive heart good. What a lovely organization you have - what fun anyone wandering into your nook must have peering at your goodies!

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