Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just One Day Left....

...and Blogtoberfest comes to an end!

I can't believe I managed to participate despite the lack of internet at home, but I did, though it was bit of a challenge...

Now, I have another, bigger challenge ahead of me - cleaning my creative space!

A view of my creative space from the door of the room - the door is set in the corner instead of a full wall

I was reading at the blog of my creative idol Nina Bagley the other day and I was really inspired by her post about her own need to clear and clean her studio space of old supplies and materials she has not used in many a year...
The closet is storing my old computer which is usually used to watch movies when I sew in this room...

I can't say that I don't use the materials I bring home, but I do think I have quite an abundance of them that I could share and I will do so in the giveaway I'm hosting, starting tomorrow...

I've been thinking about sharing the ugly truth about the state of my creative space for the past few weeks, but I've held back because it really is quite a mess. However, I'm hoping that if I'm honest here, "warts and all" as we say, it will keep me accountable as I begin to really tackle the task of cleaning it all up.

Once upon a time my sewing table actually looked like this:


and these days it looks like this:


Once upon a time, I had the entire wall cleared away so I could photograph garments on the dress form my grandmother bought me to match the one she had in her sewing room:

This apron is a reproduction from one belonging to my grandmother - I thought it would make a great pattern and it does!

Now the wall looks like this:

The antique lace dress was one of two wedding dresses belonging to my GREAT Grandmother...

I know much of the problem stems from having so many of my grandmother's things stored in my home as I sell them at my other Etsy shop. I thought that it wouldn't take up quite so much space being mostly sewing supplies, but the fragile figurines and fabrics has added up to more space than I expected...

Hiding under the boxes is a bin full of beautiful vintage fabrics that need to be photographed for listings

I do remind myself that selling these beautiful items really does bring in funds that I use for buying supplies, participating in art projects such as The Sketchbook Project and for making small purchases from other Etsy vendors - my way of supporting "Cooperative Economics"*, one of the values of Kwaanza that I wrote about on the eve of the New Year.

If you'd like to help me clear out my grandmothers goods from my creative space, I've got a special coupon code going on in the shop until December 5, that I posted HERE, but I'll post it again:

THANKSBETTY

The coupon is good for a 20% discount for blog readers only and I'm slowly adding more goods in the weeks to come, so check out the shop to see what's new...and help me clean out my creative space! ;)


I will share the other parts of my home that need cleaning, clearing and tender loving care, but I think starting with the reality of my creative space will do for the time being!

Cleaning and clearing will be one of two big tasks in the next two weeks - the other big task is to make goodies to sell at my first holiday boutique on November 13th! There are other projects and tasks on my list, but the boutique and the cleaning are the main priorities and I'll be sure to keep you posted about it all...

In the meantime, I hope you stop by my blog tomorrow to check out my "Spooky Mystery Giveaway"!



* - I'm really happy to say that I have managed to fulfill that practice throughout the year despite being laid off!

4 comments:

humel said...

You did it - yay! And all the best with your new challenge. How brave of you to share such candid photographs! Can't wait to see the 'after' shots, I'm sure they won't be too long in coming :)

Lori said...

Well done! I did my creative space too on the weekend. I wish I had have taken a before picture like you did. It is just like cleaning your desk isn't it? Now it is time for us do do lots!

The Creative Beast said...

Thank you for your encouragement and support ladies! I'll keep you all posted on my progress =-)

Kathryn Hansen said...

you are very brave Monica...I wouldn't even think about posting my messy studio areas! i told myself after the holidays...which is typically when i do my spring cleaning!! Good luck!