With all the rain, heat and humidity during March there was a lot of moisture in the house to dry out. We had the ceiling fans running 'full pelt' for weeks and finally it appears all is well again, the mustiness has gone, nothing feels sticky and the aroma of eucalyptus wafting through the rooms from our oil burner has certainly helped.
Mr E is off work for the autumn school holidays so together we've been getting in to every nook and cranny to sweep, vacuum, polish and refresh our home, hopeful that cooler days are not too far away and we can finally move around without persistent perspiration.
One area which always concerns me during the wet humid months is the sewing room. I'm very conscious of the moist air which loves fabric so the ceiling fan runs in there for about 8 or 9 months of the year, and if I'm in there doing some sewing I have the air conditioner on instead.
This week I took all my fabrics off the large bookcase I use for storing them, aired them out, assessed any deterioration (some had fade lines) and refolded them carefully before replacing them.
I had plans to make more fabric baskets (the tutorial is here) but time got away from me so I used a few other containers to store things neatly until I can get them done...
Pulling all these fabrics off the shelf also allowed me to become re-acquainted with my stash. Now a new list of ideas have been written up, a small pile put aside to donate, and a couple of quilts kits I'll never make will be sold.
Everything is divided into fat quarters, half yards and yardage.
At a glance I can now see what I have, which as you know will make projects easier to prepare.
There's also some 'pretties' scattered around the shelves, like my button jar.
These small aqua trays were a surprise purchase the other day when Mr E and I walked through the Japanese store, Daiso, at Willows. They had many sizes but I chose a few long narrow ones for holding fat eights, ribbons and buttons.
All my fabric scraps live in a large plastic tub, perfect for using in the numerous applique designs which frequent my sketch pad, but over the next week I'll spend a bit of time each afternoon sorting them into colours and then storing in zip lock bags. I've also decided to prepare some of the pieces for 1" hexies which I can sew in the car when we go away next time, but until I do all that any new scraps will be tossed into the mauve rope basket in my fabric shelves.
Have to admit, I'm rather relieved to have this done, and also looking forward to many productive and fun hours in my sewing room over winter.
How often do you clean out your sewing space?
Are you overcome with inspiration when you do?
I have three grandchildren with birthdays within the next four weeks so gifts needed to be made (which is why, along with writing Stitchery Club patterns, I haven't been able to make more fabric baskets yet).
Remember the cuddly heat pack tutorial I shared in January? (it's here)
I made another today for my almost 2 yo grandson Austin. Seriously, I'd forgotten all about this fabric until I cleaned my fabric shelves the other day, but isn't it gorgeous?
Austin's big sister Frankie will turn 4 just a few weeks after his big day so now I have cuddly heat packs for both of them, along with a cute pair of pajamas each.
Oh, and remember that old metal teapot trivet I was painting?
Originally I had planned to paint it white, and that's exactly what the first coat went on as, but then I decided to re-paint it cream and I love it!
It's been quite a wearying week again with all the autumn housework and re-organising the sewing room, plus Easter guests, three migraines and trying to get the next issue of The Stitchery Club finished early...but in a little more than a week my beloved will whisk us away for three days before the next school term begins, and someone else will cook our meals, there will be no housework beckoning, no emails or book keeping, and shaded rainforest roads and blue ocean views will quiet our souls.
We need this.
And God knew, so He made a way.
I'll leave you today with a few links I've found interesting. Brew a cuppa or pour a long cool iced tea and spend a little 'you' time browsing them. I'm sure one or two will be of interest to you.
Under the kitchen sink - the most beautiful organisation for under a kitchen sink I've ever seen.
Vintage style artworks - a wonderful assortment of free downloadable prints you can frame or use any way you like.
Call me old fashioned - if you've never visited Aunt Ruthie you're in for a treat.
Henhouse pinterest board - I could sit for hours and plan homely projects like hers. Just beautiful.
Slow cooker roast lamb - I made this and it was delicious so had to share it with you.
Have a blessed evening or morning wherever you reside in this wonderful world, and know that as my eyes close tonight I'll be praying for you.