The work of a simple homekeeper can sometimes be complicated. I keep changing things, particularly my work spaces. I love change and look for ways to change so that my work stays interesting and is done efficiently. I am currently in the middle of cleaning up and rearranging my work room. This room used to be Hanno's office and even now he tenaciously holds on to a tiny portion of it - a cupboard and a drawer. I'm sure that cupboard would serve me well as a space to hold my fabrics and wool, but that is a change for a future time and unlike the old Rhonda who was terribly impatient, now I'm like a statue - just quietly watching and waiting for THE time. I cannot divulge my plan here because Hanno reads the blog every day, but change is coming, I feel it in my bones. ;- )
Yesterday I organised the desk space, moving my laptop over to its Winter position and the sewing machine to the left of it. I like looking out the window during summer but now the light has changed I prefer to look into the corner. As usual, my notebooks and notes are to my right. It's strange how you can live with things for years and not notice them. I've used one of the kids old mouse pads for donkey's years. We bought our first computer in 1988 when the kids would have been 8 and 7 so I am sure this Mickey Mouse pad is from those very early days. When I saw it yesterday I knew I couldn't live with it another day, so a quick project later, I now have a quite nice floral mouse pad. It took me all of five minutes from start to finish and I will be able to replace the floral when I'm sick of it.
All I did was to draw the shape of the mouse pad, with pencil, directly onto the fabric, then cut it out. I sprayed each side with craft adhesive - do this outside as it's very sticky and smells a lot, then press the fabric carefully onto the pad It takes a little while for it to dry but when it does, it's ready to use.
I needed a little place to keep all the little things that commonly come with sewing - tape measures, bias binder makers, pins, cottons, embroidery threads, pin cushions etc. so I found a little shelf unit Hanno made for me many years ago. It was outside in the shed but I bought it inside, gave it a good scrubbing with my liquid soap and a stiff brush and it came back to its beautiful, simple self. I think it looks really sweet and it holds all those things that I need nearby but not on my desk. I'm really happy with it.
Today's task is to finish up in here, which I'll do after I finish writing this blog. I have a number of baskets, containers and shelves on which to place my various stashes; the fabrics need to be tidied up by refolding and replacing them on their shelves. I also want to move the overlocker/serger so I don't hit my shins on it and rearrange what is under the desk. I hope to get it all done this morning so I can sew this afternoon. What are you doing today/tomorrow?