Happy New Year!!!!!

I first wish each and every one a Blessed New Year and a belated Merry Christmas!  I am starting mine off with a Big Bang and a bag full of happiness!  My back is doing extremely well with the TENS unit so I am good for now.

During this month we were so blessed to have sold our 36′ fifth wheel and our Dually truck to a very nice couple who will continue enjoying trips like we did.  Clay and I decided to shop for a new vehicle to replace the truck for future trips (shorter than 3 months at a time – and no loading and unloading) and purchased a beautiful Lincoln Navigator.  It is like driving a computer – what an experience.  It will be great for trips, plenty of room for suit cases and all the necessities when on the road!

Last Thursday as I sat in my Studio having my morning coffee, I realized  that things had to change because I had (again) stuffed too many things in nooks and cranny’s was overwhelmed with the clutter.  I would have absolutely no place to put the birthday fabrics I purchased in October!  No wonder I lost my creativity and desire to work on a project (well, OK maybe a few other things had gotten in the way) the last 2 months.  Clay and I discussed the problem and thought about  purchasing a portable building to use for extra storage space, but that idea went away when I started thinking seriously about doing that.  It would have ended up being a 2 month project and I was not going to start my new year that way!  So we discussed the idea of changing our music room into a “quilters storage room”.

This would mean selling guitar amplifiers and speakers and totally cleaning out the closet that had been such a mess for quite awhile.  Long story short, we ended up cleaning out the storage units in the Laundry Room (where I had stored 15 years of quilting magazines), cleaning out the Computer room file cabinets (anyone else keep paperwork on things purchased in the 1990’s?), and the wall to wall 4′  deep closet in the “now old” Music Room.  We also cleaned out some of the “things” in the Barn and what a difference!  This project was a tremendous amount of work, but we are finished and it so nice to have space to store things OR just great to open a cabinet or closet door and see organization.  I have now cleaned out the closet clutter in the entire house and it feels great going into the New Year with that chore completed, rather than starting off winter cleaning at the beginning of 2017!  Hope the Garbage men do not hurt themselves – those magazines were heavy.  We caught up with them and gave each of them a small Christmas gift and profusely thanked them.   I have kept the Quilter Newsletter collection hoping to find someone who wants them – otherwise – they are going in the trash can!

I had already cleaned out the room in the Studio where I keep my books and patterns, so the very last thing to clean out was the larger room that had become a mess!  I have one of the original Husqvara Designer 1 sewing machines (with the floppy disc) and never use the embroidery unit.  So I am selling it plus all of the software designs and extra hoops that were never used!  I used the unit 4 times and quickly decided that was not for me.   I am now thinking about selling one of my Featherweight sewing machines since I cannot sew with 2 at a time (LOL).   We have a lot of things that we have listed on craigslist and hoping to sell them.

We finished the 2016 clean up yesterday and it is so nice to have open spaces and more organization.  I believe that when we reach this stage of our lives it is time to do this type of “cleaning” and try to weed out things that can be passed on to others who might need them.

Here are some pictures of the finished product!

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My ironing board and Elfa Storage System

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Nice to see the table a little cleaner.  I will be cutting up the batting scraps into small 4″ x 4″ squares.  I keep them in a drawer and use them to clean off my cutting mat when trimming HSTs, etc.

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All containers and other things away from the long arm table and by the TV!

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This area held a LOT of batting and bolts of fabric and muslin. The flannel and black card boards are for the new storage shelves. I now have 2 more electrical plugs to use!

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My favorite spot in the room – my bay windows. I can watch the deer and the birds eating and the seasons as they change! How spoiled I am.

Here are the pictures of the new “fabric storage room”.

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The piano will stay and maybe I will take some time this year to play!

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The “For Sale Corner” Hope they go quickly. I convinced Clay to not sell his Taylor or Dean Guitars.

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The Closet. Clay built this room in 1995 and there is sound soak on the walls (a type of carpeting).

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Found a place for those big rolls of batting and there are 4 boxes of knitting yarn. I could not part with our record collection of ’78’s or our cassettes. Just too many memories, along with my music books.

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Found a place for my quilts and Clay has a beautiful telescope on the bottom shelf that will always stay. I may move some of the remaining yarn to the shelves, but that will be later.

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The new storage shelves! The bottom rows hold yarn and my 109″ muslin and backing fabric. The fabric on the top 2 shelves on the left are fabrics that have to be washed. The “birthday” stash! I was shocked to see how much batting packages had been stored behind the ironing board and under my sewing table!

The next important project is to clean the house.  My cleaning lady is having back surgery, so now I have to do what I can until she comes back, or unless I am lucky enough to find another person to clean for me.

As of now, my goal is to finish preparing 4 more CWB (Bird of Paradise) blocks, Ms Potts, and another section of Stonefields.   I am going to make one more attempt at Circa 2016 and if I do not have a good feel about it, the blocks will go to a young lady who sent me an email last month!

Have a safe and Happy New Years, don’t forget the black-eyed peas and cornbread (I forgot but my cousin Kay reminded me as I was headed to the store the other day – Whew!).

17 thoughts on “Happy New Year!!!!!

    • Thank you. I have 3 rooms now – one in the house and 2 in the Studio – poor poor pitiful me.. Hubby has done all the work in the mid-1990’s for the Music Room, and we started with one room in 1999 when we retired for our hobbies, then we added one more. By 2009 we had both outgrown those two rooms and added 2 more to our Studio. We spend all of our time out there, especially now since we will not be traveling during the winter time. Have a great New Year.

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  1. I rearranged my “stacks” while looking for something. I found many other items I had forgotten about. I have a couple unfinished projects then looking to get ready for the Quilt Show in Tombstone in the whole month of Feb. I got new energy after looking at your pictures.

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  2. Oh so pretty with all the organization. What a great way to start the New Year. And I am glad to hear that you are physically doing well.

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    • Thank you Karen for the compliment. I love to keep things uncluttered and organized really to a fault sometimes. I am hoping you had a wonderful Merry Christmas and that your New Year is good to you. I am happy to be up and back to my walking and working. The only thing I have left to do this year is clean the house (never dirty – just dusty). We will get that done in the morning and I will relax and enjoy bringing in the New Year. Take care.

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  3. Glad you were inspired. This is what 15 years of quilting will do to a person – LOL.
    I was shocked to see all of the batting I had acquired over the years. I am hoping to do some quilting this next month or so and catch up on my long arm quilting.

    I am so far behind. Have a blessed New Year and Go President Trump! Our depression is over isn’t it Nancy!!!! Miss all of you in the Sierra Vista and Tombstone area. Let me know how the Tombstone show goes.

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  4. Wow you were really cleaning and sorting. Fabulous job and it makes me want to get in and do my room (nest). Now you can sew like a bat out of ….! Just kidding but I am proud of you. Talk to you before New Years.

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    • Thx Karen, Hubby did all the building over the last 20 years and this house will be here for the next 40. Anything he builds lasts forever. I really do pray that this year and future years allow me to get back to where I was in 2014.

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  5. Love that Elfa storage in your sewing space! What a great way to start the new year! I need you to come help me purge my nooks and crannies! What a wonderful feeling it must be to start fresh and organized and unburdened!

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    • When we added 2 additional rooms to our play Studio… I decided to break the bank and purchase them – they are wonderful! Yes – this year is starting out like 2013 – NOW if it doesn’t end up like 2014 thru 2016 I will be so HAPPY! I want to keep up with all my Blogging friends!

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  6. It looks fabulous! Attacking my studio is high on my list of to dos. I have piles everywhere. The clutter certainly can be overwhelming. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy New Year.

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