August 21, 2011

Excuses, Excuses...

Some of you must be wondering if I've given up sewing and crafting! It's been a while since I've had a good sewing tutorial. I have a couple of excuses, one lame one and one legitimate one. :O)

First: my good excuse! Paige and I have been busy getting ready to start kindergarten! I'm working on getting my homeschooling certificate which requires me to read about infinity books. (Not my specialty.) :O) 
We've also been enjoying the last bit of summer. Like going to the county fair! A friend took us the other night and we had a blast! It was Paige's first time doing everything. So fun! I snapped a few photos to share...










And my second, way-less-cool excuse? For the last month, my craft room has looked like this:

That photo is totally genuine, no staging. It really was that bad. I needed the shelves for something else and in my usual non-thinking spontaneity I just threw the fabric wherever.....Yeah. Who could sew in that?? BUT. I finally had a full day yesterday to devote to it, so now it looks like this!

Ahhhh. I can breath-and sew! So don't worry, I've got tons of projects I want to get started on and the tutorials will be flowing in in no time. :O) (And-before you call "Hoarders"-I promise the rest of my house doesn't get like that, just my craft room for some reason!)

I'll see you soon! Hope you're enjoying these dog days of summer!
Love,
Disney

42 comments:

  1. I am SO glad you posted that picture of your messy sewing room!!!! That's how most of my house looks so I love seeing others' messes! Thank you.

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  2. Haha! My craft room looks like that, too!!!! :) I neeeeedd to clean it! I'm super-excited to see what you're gonna come up with! I neeeeedddd some inspiration! ;)

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  3. Awwwww...it looks like you two had a really great time at the fair!

    p.s. I love love love your craft room...it's pink!!!!!! And I really love that you took a picture of it all messy :) hehehehe

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  4. Love your sewing room! I've been visualizing how I want mine lately and I was thinking the same idea with the desk with shelves. Currently I'm using an old table in our living room and there are stashes of material through out the house! I think it drives my partner insane.. hehehe.

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  5. Yes! Thank you for the messy pic!! I'd like to see all the sewing blog post a pic of when their room gets messy! Then we might not all think you are superhuman. :o)

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  6. So excited for you and your precious one! Home schooling ROCKS!

    just curious....where are you located that you need a home school teaching certificate? What is required?

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  7. Yayy! COme stop by my blog! :)) Hugs!

    www.hannahhandmade.blogspot.com

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  8. Way to go for homeschooling your daughter! I was homeschooled my entire life and LOVED it, I am so thankful my mom did it for me!

    Your craft room looks so cute and fresh... I've fallen in love with your adorable pink bookcase/sewing machine table/desk! :) Too sweet! :D

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  9. I just cleaned my sewing room last week. It was scary! It is so much nicer to sew in now. Nice to know that other's craft areas get crazy too. I would just rather Do something than bother to clean. :)

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  10. Your daughter is such a cutie.

    Are you ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE that the before and after pictures are of the same room? Looks SO different. BTW love your room.

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  11. 1st~ Your little girl is so cute. I have a little one starting kindergarten tomorrow too!
    2nd- Beautiful pics! I think you could sell the one of the ferris wheel! So pretty.
    3rd- Your craft room looks so gorgeous and peaceful! Thanks for sharing all the pics with us!

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  12. I love your crafting space! I hope one day I can have my own space...my crafting supplies are all over our apartment!

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  13. Gorgeous photos and Paige is so cute - her face paint is adorable! I hope kindergarten goes well!

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  14. Love your blog; it's been in my reader for months! I'm curious... where do you live that requires a homeschooling certificate? I was homeschooled, too, and I've never heard of it before.

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  15. Haha! Yeah, our craft/office/storage (mostly storage room) room looks like that. What can I say? It's a room I don't have to go in that often that has a conveniently closable door. Pretty much, if I don't have to live with it, it just gets messy!

    That fair looks so fun! Lovely face painting :)

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  16. wow i love her face paint. so pretty! how exciting for her to be starting kindergarten soon! you have to get a homeschooling certificate where you live????

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  17. Your fair pictures are fantastic...such a cutie! I love the after of your sewing space- I am sure you will be churning out some good stuff from that serene space!

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  18. Haha, my sewing room looks like that too...I have several projects going and my boyfriend is building a computer in it too. lol...can't wait to see your next project!

    silverrosesewing.blogspot.com

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  19. My garage is my craft room and it looks just like your before shot! Tomorrow it is on the agenda to clean it up - although I have been saying that for a week now! =)

    Love the fair pictures. You and Paige both look so adorable!

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  20. oh wow! your craft room now looks fabulous! it seems like the perfect place for sewing

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  21. Love the pink sewing room...and that you arent too cool to show off your messes :) Your daughter is getting to be such a big girl! So adorable! And I have the same question as Angela from above...where are you that requires you to get a home school teaching license and what is required? I am a teacher turned home schooler...this year. My daughter is 3 and I am doing preschool with her. Just curious :)

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  22. My craft room goes through cycles of looking like your before and after pictures. :) It happens. Excited for whatever you have in store!!

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  23. don't have a sew room , I have to use dinner table for doing that that's one of the reasons I gave up sewing , lot of work before , during and after sewing.

    Nice to see yours.

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  24. Wow! Your sewing/crafting room is inspiring now! I have to get some ideas to spruce my half-room up. I actually share two half rooms with a guest bedroom and the home office :-) a bit odd.

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  25. hi.. how are you?

    i have same problem of yours. whenever i start my craft project, everything gonna be a mess! well i do believe your room will stay for a few days? you're just too creative to have your room set without any mess.. hehehe..

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  26. Such a cutie! Your daughter is adorable. I am a single mom to two girls.

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  27. Love your sewing room!!!!can you tell me what sewing machine you use?Or can you recommend a good one for beginners?thx

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  28. I haven't been to a fair in years. It looks like Paige enjoyed herself. I'm looking forward to more of your fabulous how-to's

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  29. Those photos are gorgeous! Did you use any photoshop on them? How did you take the night shots? Tripod? Stunning

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  30. Kimberly: Thanks! I used photoshop on several of them, yes, just to warm up the colors a little. The night shots are original though, no tripod, just lucky shots! :O)

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  31. Beautiful photography and I love that you shared a messy photo of your sewing room. I did a before and after shot of mine several years ago. It, erm, hasn't really been cleaned up again since. Time to get on that.

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  32. My craft room is scary too. My husband seems to think that because it is an extra room that no one sleeps in, that it means it is a storage space. So between sewing & crafting supplies & all the extra stuff that gets put in it it is generally known as the scary room by my kids. We are putting in floor to ceiling shelves in one of the closets, hopefully it will look more like the after shot of your beautiful sewing room once everything has a place to be put.
    Oh, and congrats on homeschooling, we are just officially entering into that faze now that my four year old is reading and doing math at first grade level. I figure I should probably do something a little more official than reading to him & playing games. Luckily, I don't have to jump through hoops to homeschool in Texas. Good luck with your reading list.

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  33. I'm one of those whose room looks like that... You inspire me to finally do something about it. At least a bit.
    And Paige somehow suddenly looks so grown-up. I think it's the dress, black is a grown-up colour. She looks no less cute in it, though. :-)
    What she had painted on her face is amazing.

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  34. I'm sorry for saying this but... if reading books is not your specialty, than why homeschool? Shouldn't teachers like to read? I don't want to discourage you, rather I think perhaps you should appreciate more the value of reading.

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  35. Anon: I totally understand your point, but I do disagree with one thing; a teacher doesn't need to love reading. A teacher needs to know how to help someone learn. And being that I know my daughter so well and love her so much, I'm the perfect one for that job. :o) And you're right, there is incredible value in reading, which is why I force myself to do it even when I don't feel like sitting still for that long. :o) Luckily Paige loves books. (Phew!) I think she gets that from her daddy. :O)

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  36. way don't you answer my question...that's kind of rude...answering everybody else but ignoring mine...and I like your blog...I'm a big fan...Now I think I just had the wrong idea about you.
    Anyway...good luck!

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  37. I am not alone! I am not alone! ;) My craft room looks eerily similar. Over summer, its become the dumping ground, because with the kids home from school, I don't have time to put things away nicely. So I just pile. On tables. The floor. Its nasty.

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  38. Erika: I am so sorry! I totally missed your question. I have a simple, inexpensive Singer. (model # 2932) I'm not sure if they sell it anymore, but something similar might be nice for you! You can see a post about mine here:http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2010/06/meet-pearl.html

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  39. Hahahahaha! Even though my house is mostly tidy and in order, my craftroom manages to get as bad! Why is that? Glad to know I am not the only one.

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  40. i'm so glad i'm not the only one w/ a super duper messy office. i can keep the rest of my house clean, but wow, my craft/sew/design room...crazy messy most the time! thanks for inspiring me to do a better job and keep it organized! thx!

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  41. My house is clean for the most part! But my craft room looks like I should be locked away! I buy and just throw everything in my craft room. I blame it on the fact that I don't have the proper storage. Maybe it's a "crafter's" thing, lol. Thank you for posting this, it makes me feel normal :) I love your blog! It's my new favorite. I also adore vintage clip-on earrings. Thanks for all the great ideas.

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