Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Christmas to me! The beginning of a new adventure!

For Christmas, I received the best surprise.... my husband bought me a sewing machine!  Now I don't have to drag all my stuff over to my mother-in-law's house and feel like I am not only making a mess there, but being a burden.  AND.... now I can really teach myself how this whole sewing thing works.  WAAAAY back in the day my grandmother showed me the very basics of a sewing machine, but if you don't use it... you lose it!  SO, this blog will be a way for me to share my creations, my frustrations, and any information that I may learn along the way! 

Anyway, back to Christmas...  Here is my new sewing machine!  It's perfect.  It's a Singer Simple model which means it was ridiculously easy to set up BUT still has some pretty cool bells and whistles.  I'm super excited to learn all it can do.  So far, my favorite part is on the far left.... built in thread cutter!
Not only did hubs get me a cool machine, he talked to family members and had them accessorize me! Below you can see the sewing box, filled with thread, needles,pins, etc.... the rotary cutters and super sharp fine point scissors, the bobbin box and super fun pin cushions!
I quickly realized that I needed to pick up two things to help in my adventure.... first... an iron!  We have one *somewhere* in the house (you can tell how much it gets used by that statement!) but I couldn't find it AND I decided that I should have one dedicated to sewing... right? Okay, well that was my justification regardless!
AND.... I needed an awesome rotary cutting board.  Joann's had a 50% off all sewing items sale! SO not only did I get a HUGE cutting mat (3' x 5') BUT I got it at half off!  WOOOOOO!
When I got home from shopping, I had a bit of a dilemma.... I wanted to sew but my "office" was a disaster.  I don't use it often and it tends to collect various things that need to be filed, or really that I just don't want to deal with.  So, I took a few hours one day and I cleaned it out!  Below you can see the before and the after... DON'T JUDGE the before people... no really... stop it!

 Before.... lots of boxes on the floor.... pictures spilling out everywhere.... bags and random papers all askew.... UGH.... printer taking over desk.  Treadmill in the way.....
 After.... moved the filing cabinet to the closer along with two hanging organizers.  Found homes for all the papers, moved the printer to the shelf.... shuffled the desk 2 feet to the left. Added all the sewing stuff!
SOOOOOO much better.... now, as you can see from the last pic...I just need to make some curtains!   That's some crazy mid afternoon sun!

Hmmm... I think I know what my first project will be!