Some time ago, when my husband and I were bed shopping, we decided to get one with drawers underneath and also eliminate a dresser from our bedroom. When we did that, we also re-organized our clothes and found some to give away, donate, turn into rags, etc. I have more clothes than I need and am aiming to not let my closets get out of control. This downsizing included some things I’ve made for myself, like a blouse that never fit well and was made from a strange fabric that I never liked. If I’m not going to wear it, I shouldn’t keep it.
I turned my sewing room into a disaster area with my Christmas presents sewing. Having a tight deadline (leaving for holiday travel on the 20th) will do that to a person. I spent much of my time after the holiday catching up with other projects and trying to fully shake the pre-Christmas cold that struck on the 19th. The only reason I entered the sewing room was to put something away or find a knitting needle. I so dreaded the mess that I couldn’t even get excited about starting a new project. Does that happen to you?
In Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the snow had started to fall on Friday morning, and didn’t really stop until Saturday evening. I had all of Friday (snow day!) and Saturday to catch up on other projects and bake lots and make two pots of soup. With all that out of the way, I braved my sewing room. My goal was to get things put away and cleaned up enough that I could start a new project—next weekend or next snow day I can finish dealing with the odds and ends. I sat down to my sewing machine and realized the snow’s glare was going to give me a headache. I needed curtains.
I’ve needed curtains for, well, a long time. The room became my sewing room four years ago and while I slapped together some panels for the street-facing windows, the large window facing the neighbor’s yard remained decorated only with a valance (leftover from the last place I lived). I bought the fabric (two choices!) in May. I figured out my measurements, cut the fabric and found something for lining, and had the curtains on the curtain rods in a couple hours. It’s wonderful!
If I continue to sew out of necessity, my next project should be trousers. But we’ll see…