FairyTales of Spring Clean Your Studios Year3–take 2

My spring clean story is funny.

like a fairytale, epic, funny and sad, and then happy.  
my space started like this--beautiful huh? well, it's orderly--but is it an effective working studio for me, and what is my art?
  Once upon a time. from my talk on sewing organization, aka manage your mess

E for Ergonomics, which is all about you.

So your space is for you. My space is for me. My home studio is not open to public, in fact my public mailing address is a UPS store. So this is a whole new world--but I still have a real physical place.

Best way to keep your space clean, don't use it much and hire an assistant to help you clean up before you have play date with an LA based designer.

Truth!

more on that later!  
20170504 3PM -- really, this mess is the after, and I got rid of a lot of stuff!
        My art is my art--my dream is that sewing be awesome in the future (not just now) so, how I get there, my hair color -- and my too-much ness. Well, it's a record, that someday we can look back on. As in remember when she said sewing could save the world? I was kind of embarrassed that in my journey, I made what looks like a mess from the outside, but I truly believe is the right step in my FUNfromAtoZ. I leave my last post as is, being transparent is part of my story. But I am smart enough to rely on business powerhouse  Cheryl Sleboda and just repurpose her words below! "I am thrilled to announce this year’s blog hoppers!!  Every year, we show you the “before and after” of our studios, and we usually give you some cool studio inspirations along the way. I hope you visit each of the blogs on the hop starting tomorrow!  Enjoy and be sure to leave a comment and say something nice to our blog hoppers!" May 1 – Teri Lucas – www.terificreations.com May 2 – Tammy Silvers – www.tamarinis.typepad.com May 3 – Emily Breclaw – www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com May 4 – Amalia Morusiewicz – www.FUNfromAtoZ.com May 5 – John Kubiniec – www.bigrigquilting.com/blog/ May 6 – Debby Brown – www.higheredhands.blogspot.com May 7 – Melissa Marie Collins – www.melissamariecollins.blogspot.com May 8 – Delve MIY – www.fronddesignstudios.wordpress.com May 9 – Misty Cole – www.mistycole.com May 10 – Sam Hunter – www.huntersdesignstudio.com/blog May 11 – Dale Ashera-Davis – www.dalead.wordpress.com May 12 – Sara Mika – www.mockpiestudio.blogspot.com May 13 – Sarah Trumpp – www.Wonderstrumpet.com May 14 – Carma Halterman – www.beanstrings.blogspot.com May 15 – Jessica Darling – www.jessicakdarling.com May 16 – Lisa Chin – www.lisachinartist.com May 17 – Sally Johnson – www.sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com May 18 – Mandy Leins – www.mandalei.com/blog May 19 – Shruti Dandekar – www.13woodhouseroad.com May 20 – Jane Davila – www.janedavila.com May 21 – Ebony Love – www.lovebugstudios.com May 22 – Cheryl Sleboda – blog.muppin.com     Ehem, please disregard last post, if you want to think I am shiny perfect.   Peace out- AtoZ (or Tia Tere, you know who you are)    
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protect your tools from dust and damp

Changes.

The one thing that stays the same is that nothing stays the same. As the spring clean blog hop is underway--on Day 2,  let's talk H2O--water. Perspective can trick us. Imagine water carving a river so Grand that it creates a canyon. Okay, lets get the silliness going. Cause Grand Canyon is inspiring, but who is the real villain to be on the look out for in your creative space?
Villains--Dusty and Dampness
Dust is the arch-villian of the modern sewing machine. Water can be a friend or a foe. In my subterranean sewing studio, my dehumidifier hums along all summer long--pulling moisture out of the air. Not just cause it's gross, please avoid mold/mildew. Humidity (water) can result in rusting.  Machines and tools working at their best like Goldilocks--not too moist, not too dry.  
Hints:
  1. Store your fusible interacting, fusible web, wash away stablizer in a closed/air tight container.
  2. Items stored lowest part of a shelf/cabinet benefit from waterproof containers.
  3. Avoid using the floor and table tops for storage--it's not dust free. Additionally, sunlight can bleach fabrics, and it's not typically a cool design or interesting pattern.
  4. what's your favorite hint? I know others are battling with dust or damp in their sewing spot!
       
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please have a seat

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FUNfromAtoZ Studio

My sewing studio has been run amuck by chairs.

I have two DrPepper office chairs--I mean snazzy adjustable armless swivel, rolling chairs with this cool burgundy fabric--just the color of my favorite soft drink. One more chair in DrPepper boomerang fabric--with arms and wheels. Back to chairs.  I have a white plastic chair, that is trying to kill me. Seriously--it's dangerous. It adjusts, swivels, rolls and that's all fine--but the plastic seat is slippery, and at least twice in trying to sit, I've slipped right out of it. One more chair on wheels that I bought for cheap at a big box store--it's small, the seat cushioning is good for an hour or so, wheels, swivels and yes there are some adjustments, but not fully adjustable. My DrPepper chairs are the real bargain--cause I paid less than the cheap chair and they are serious office chair--they just weren't brand new. Near me in College Park, Maryland is a sweet shop that sells surplus equipment from University of Maryland and some other state groups as well. It's not fancy, but the price is right--check out prices published right on their website. Terrapin Trader [surplus store]   Supportive seat (give it a good test sit) Swivel Adjustable height wheels (5 legs) NO arms When I sew, I tend to perch forward on my seat--so I don't lean back much. I think I could almost have a chair with no back. Danger warning--once I tried sitting to sew on an exercise ball, and it's good for your core--but it's too many things to keep track, running a sewing machine and not falling out of your chair. best of luck finding a good sewing seat!      
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Gear up – Studio Secrets

Let's go back to the past - to when the clean up started.  Shh, don't tell anyone, but these secrets can be used for any clean up project... Parents teach your kiddos that  chores can be seen as challenges and games for them... more fun, less mess, bonus for you less stress!   If you are the "Kid", here's my secret to cleaning up, make it fun, make it fast, make it a game. Secret Number 4 - Super Speed!  If you want motivation and fun - record yourself in super speed - the app from the Instagram people "Hyperlapse" is great fun - and you can adjust your speed from 2x-12x.  Why would you want to record it?  Well, seeing yourself move around fast is likely going to be funny, when you laugh, good energy flows in your brain, when your brain is working for you, things are easier.  There are lots of serious things in life you should do, taking yourself too seriously, just isn't one of them! Secret Number 5 - Suit Up! gear up, put on your uniform before the game starts - in clean up mode the uniform is good shoes.  Yes, I am recommending cleaning in shoes (not slippers, not flipflops, not your bare feet!  Clean up can be messy and sewing tools sharp, so it's important to protect your sole and your soul.  Wearing your work clothes and cowboy boots is good for the reveal, but not so good for the clean up work.  Go Mr.Rogers style - get those sneakers on! Mr.R - Not a bad role model... I resonated with his saying in this interview that "working as well as you can to bring to others what you feel can be nourishing in their lives, it's an offering of love what we do." So, that was sweet and loving, now back to sports and sci-fi... Secret Number 6 - ATTACK the Biggest BEAST!  iterminator and medentify the biggest beast, the area that will have the most impact, and attack it.  Yes, I did play a lot of sports!  In my studio, I have a hockey puck from one of my six shutouts.   I had a lot of containers - boxes, bags, jars - so I built "container city."  I used the table area of my longarm to stack the containers by type.  This helped as I attacked the lesser beasts, I was able to use a container, or return a container easily.  When I finished, I packed up "containing the containers," so that I can easily erect a new "container city" in a different part of the house, and store my spares so they don't go forth and multiply.  Now that I'm done "container city" got pared down (shared with friends, the containers that I don't want to keep).  Container city is now behind a closet door, and not far from it is "Lid-Landia".  I use many containers in their lid-less configuration, but those lids, I don't want to toss.  Once the biggest beast is slain, look at the next largest beast - be sure that your little beasts don't go replicator on you.  Biggest is not the size of the beast, but the size of the impact of dealing with that issue.  Keep vigilant, the beast... they will tell you "I'll be back".  Remember there is no clean, but what you make! Back to the blog hop... masterminded by fellow geek-chic  Cheryl Sleboda, my  studio benefited from "spring cleaning your studio" mode.  So in the light of transparency - my studio was not pre straightened for the before shots, I recorded live action super speedy hyper-lapsed video, plus and let's just say I'm learning about camera angles and "embracing emperfection!" Thanks for having fun with me - The audio was recorded using the  "minutes in between." My drive home from work is less than 15minutes, so it's too long, not too short, but just like Goldilocks, its "JUST RIGHT" to share a story.  I'll share more about the "minutes in between" and what they mean in another story.   Yes - a blog hop is a lot like a game, more fun with friends!  Check out my teammates i this game of fun! May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/   
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com   Wishing you fun that nourishes your life! a-to-z_logo_7        
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TaDa! Reveal day – FUNfromAtoZ Studio tour

Thanks for having fun with me! Here is the long awaited studio tour, please join me on this video tour.  You probably expected the "before" first, well... expect the unexpected.  Here is the reveal first...

VIDEO is close captioned! Click the CC in lower left!

What a transformation hanging my art and paring down to a few less colors throughout the studio.  I love my measuring floor (12"x12" tiles), my Dr.Pepper colored seating, and my pottery bell that I knock as I enter and exit the studio.  Hung a little art, got rid of a lot of excess containers.  Painted the steps Teal.  New old trashcan, now on wheels.  I will have to break down the process in future posts, but for now, just enjoy. IMG_1451 IMG_1452     IMG_1454 IMG_1460 IMG_1458give yourself persmission.001             Don't worry, left brainers, the before can be seen in the Scary Video.  Do you dare? May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/   
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com Hmm, let's get this party started - will you be the lucky winner of a FUN prize pack (includes shipping to USA mailing addresses). 1 point - Post a comment, Bonus 2 extra points - share this on your Facebook page, website or other such technological tool. Reply to let me know where you posted it. How many wheels do you think are on the floor in my studio (aka, not counting hand wheels, frame track wheels)...  make a guess and get 1 extra point. You know you want to win.  Ready, set, go! a-to-z_logo_7  
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Thinking Big – Studio Secrets

Masterminded by fellow superhero, Cheryl Sleboda, the "spring cleaning your studio" blog hop is on a roll.  My reveal is on May 14! Here is a secret... I started by thinking, not doing... IMG_1418 Have you ever thought so hard that it made your eyes googly? Secret #1 - Dream - Think Big Years ago, I scribbled out some pie-in-the-sky big-dream goals.  Yep, really out there, big dreams. Like turning my studio into a collaborative workspace that was interchangeable like Legos - I can rearrange to adjust as needed.  "Fold and roll" was a part of the plan - almost everything in my studio is on wheels, and various cabinets/tables can be expanded, or are tucked in under another.  Want to guess the surface workspace or the number of wheels? Secret #2 - MindMapping - Think on Paper So my question was "what do I have in my studio"  not "what should...".  Watch along as I think on paper. Mind Mapping is a good tool for getting the stuff out of your head and onto paper - seriously, I find it to be a good way to dig deep into an idea, a problem, and help answer a question. Sometimes I'm Amazed.  Not just a great phrase, but also a sweet song, thanks Frank Parra!    Secret #3 - Think Not I'm a big fan of GTD - one of David Allen's Getting Things Done philosophies is to have an empty mind.  His first step of capture, makes it so I can think less.  Take the ideas that pop into my head and record 'em with trusty paper, audio reminder, or a dry erase board (I make it permanent by taking a photo of what I wrote). Making that list of what needs to happen, means I can come home, not think and just do...  I think Yoda would be proud, there is do or do not, there is no think...  Well, the time to think and the time to do can be separate, if you record your thoughts. Don't think about it, just follow the Spring Clean Your Studio blog hop! May 7 Kathy Matthews http://www.chicagonow.com/quilting-sewing-creating/
May 8 Misty Cole Http://www.dailydesignwall.blogspot.com
May 9 Heather Kinion http://heatherkinion.com/
May 10 Jessica Darling http://jessicakdarling.com/
May 11 Lisa Blevis Filion http://upstatelisa.blogspot.com/
May 12 Peta Minerof-Bartos http://www.thenotsewguiltyquilter.blogspot.com/
May 13 Mandy Leins http://mandalei.com/
May 14 Amalia Teresa Parra Morusiewicz http://funfromatoz.com/   
May 15 Sam Hunter http://huntersdesignstudio.com/
May 16 Debby Ritenbaugh Brown http://higheredhands.blogspot.com/
May 17 Debbie Kleve Berkebile http://www.mountaintrailquilttreasure.blogspot.com/
May 18 Michelle Mattingly http://stitchesofjoi.blogspot.com/
May 19 Cheryl Sleboda http://blog.muppin.com   wishing you fun! a-to-z_logo_7     Stay tuned, my next secret has to do with a kids show.  Can you guess which?  
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Adventure to Lonni Rossi’s

Lonni Rossi's  studio/shop in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, what an adventure! click here to see Cheryl's blog on this trip.  So I will just say two words about the experience - "wow,WOW"   Oh, come on, I can't resist, I must tell you more...


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First off, I am extremely lucky!  I was fortunate to meet Cheryl Lynch as she was promoting her book "Quilt Fiesta!".  As program chair for my local (mostly traditional quilt guild), I hang out with some pretty cool people and make new friends.  So when I was heading to Philadelphia , I knew I needed to connect with Cheryl, a fellow scientist (she's chemistry, I'm physics) and artist, and who can resist her little dog too!


Serendipitous luck - since Cheryl is so close to Lancaster, there really are not many quilt shops near her house... so instead she thought Lonni Rossi's would be a fun artsy adventure... and she was so right! 

The work table fascinated me.  Cheryl on the left and Lonni's assistant are pointing at the lamp behind me, whose designer commissioned this custom silk screened silk on table.

We spent a fabulous 90 minutes chatting, looking, touching fabric, hearing her story, getting previews of upcoming fabric lines, seeing works in progress and the work table... oh the work table - just like the kid that plays with the box instead of the gift  - I was awestruck by the messy beauty of the canvas work surface. 
 
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close up of the canvas cover on the work table - some of the paint seeps through the fabric and creates a wild beauty



"scraps by the pound"


what else did I get, you ask.... well you saw the contents of the bag "scraps by the pound", plus I couldn't resist the Little Lonni's... and a fat quarter of hand silk screened silk and a 1/3 of a yard of silkscreen on a "blender" fabric. 
Fat Quarters of Little Lonni's, by color combinations



hand printed silk (blue green plaid top) and hand printed commercially available fabrics


 
so where is my photo of Lonni? -  I was too distracted by fabric to remember to get that photo! but here is one of her right arm leaning on the work table.



Can't wait to see this fabric in shops, and know that we saw it before it was publicly available

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