What?? Spring is here!! I gotta do what, clean my studio…?  You know what happens when you have systems in place, that is the only thing that is your saving grace for disorganization and clutter.  If it weren’t for the system I set up during my non-busy days, then cleaning up the studio would be a monumental task.  So when my fellow ambassador, Cheryl, called out for folks to participate in a blog hop of studios for spring I was right on the band wagon since another well known blogger, Rhonda Buss, had already made a “call-to-action” to share.  UNTIL….. I opened the drawers and found “stuff” that was just stuffed into them hidden out of sight.  I call that my “All Dressed Up with a Dirty Neck.” I must have tried to clean up before, and didn’t have time to do a thorough job. 

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That is when I realized, this is what a creative genius looks like in action….

I love being able to move around so freely in my space.  I love the colors I chose to accent, and I just love how bright the extra large window makes my room.  Aside from not having a bed, I could just live in this space, my fridge is in the corner in the picture above.  I still have a few more things to do to get it a tad more productivity friendly, but all-in-all, it is just perfect!!!  Welcome to my world!!  I’ll just go right into it and show you the before pics first for each section and then the after for the second picture. 

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BEFORE Shots:  If you follow me on youtube, then you shouldn’t be surprised with my “creative disorganization,  the area you most often see on my YouTube channel, is the one with all the drawers and wall units, which are all from the Container Store.

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I store all manner of goods in those drawers and boxes and drawers:  bra kits, swimwear kits, silk fabrics, current projects, business forms, interfacings, rulers, embroidery supplies, etc.  It is all there, ready to go whenever I am.  My fabric stash is all in here “stashed” away in bins, and under the cutting table.  Some fabrics, mostly cottons and knits are out on shelves, and wools and fancies are hanging on the rods for now.

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There is a place for everything, if its not in place, then I’m in a creative stance currently, and need it all out while I think and dream.  That is the way I work.  I may lay fabric on the floor, see that on the floor above?.. or hang it over the rod, or over the door or dress form until I feel what I want to make of it, then I dive into the project.

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#springcleanyourstudio blog hop


AFTER Shots:  “All dressed up, with a dirty neck.” is my motto for fast clearing and cleaning for a photoshoot or youtube filming, or a quick periscope broadcast.  Whatever and wherever my mind and creative thoughts take me, I’m usually ready at a moments notice. (most of the time…hehe.)  I need to see everything, it just can’t be inside a cabinet, or I won’t remember what or where it went.  Out of sight, out of mind.  The only difference is, if the cabinet is a single use system.  All, and I mean all of my sewing is required to be in one room of the house.  No exceptions….  “Well I do spill over occasionally.” 




I am always working to improve the flow of my space.  By using folding tables that fit well with the flow of the room is helpful when I have guest or students visit.  As time goes on, I have acquired extra “stuff” that has taken room normally used for a student.  So that will change as I get to clearing out other areas of the room.  Corners are terrible with stashing overages and forgetting them.  I am sad to say that my bad spot is behind the curtain…a very large television, since I overtook the media room to make this my studio.  That is the area I am mentally planning actions for improvement.  Until then, this is what I work with, and its my world and who I am.  I will continue to update you on the progress for the “other” side of the room in the next few months.  This is gonna take a while.  


If you have pictures you would like to share on your journey to #springcleanyourstudio, please hashtag your social media post and share on your blog or link your pictures here.


   

    An InLinkz Link-up

   

In the meantime, remember to check out others on this hop, if you want to see how others create in their rooms. 

#springcleanyourstudio Blog Hop!!!

April 20th- Toni Smith – http://www.quiltoni.com/tonis-blog.html/ 
April 21st – Sam Hunter – https://huntersdesignstudio.com/
April 22nd -http://www.sewsupportive.com
April 23rd – Pepper Cory – /http://peppercory.blogspot.com/ 
April 25th – Andrea Davis – ME!
April 26th – Misty Cole – http://www.mistycole.com/blog/
April 27th – Amalia Morusiewicz – http://funfromatoz.com/  
April 28th – Jenelle Montilone – http://trashn2tees.blogspot.com
April 29th – Cheryl Sleboda – http://blog.muppin.com

In every game, field event, or business, the torch must be passed on to the next person or generation in order to keep the legacy moving forward.  As a Bernina Brand Ambassador, I am always on the look out for others that could or may do what I do.  I have often wondered, what if I tell someone about this position, and they do better than me?  What if, I tell my Bernina Rep about someone, and then I get the boot?  These things we all ponder, especially in such a competitive field, as it has become in the sewing community.  We look at another person and think: 

“Wow, I want what she has….She doesn’t seem to be doing any better than me!.. I have more followers, more hearts, more likes, prettier pictures, I spent a lot $$$ on my blog!!  So, maybe, I’ll just bite off of her so I can be seen by the the “BIG” boys, do what she does, so I can be chosen to take her place.”  That’s what I’ll do!!””

So we set out to make it happen, quietly and meticulously, scheming and planning for that opportunity to pounce on the one hope that we will be recognized and chosen to become that prized “IT Girl.”  The cream of the crop of sewing machine ambassadors.  

“WAIT!!”  You don’t need to go there!!! Just ask me.  I’ll help you.  I want to pass the baton, this job is temporary for all of us.  So, please ask me, because I want another great person do a great thing in the sewing community.  I want to know that that person whom I’m passing the baton to is worthy and hungry to lead the pack after I’m gone.  Please ask y’all….BERNINA USA is looking for more folks like us to take the charge for the next few years.  Checkout the Kollabora site and read more about the BERNINA USA collaboration.  You could be the next “IT Girl” of sewing machines.
Some things, to keep in mind…
  • The fun part…You will receive a new machine on loan if you are selected as an Ambassador
  • The work….You will need to “write” tutorials which will be considered for review and maybe added to their website and published on the WeAllSew Blog.

  • Take lots and lots of step-by-step process pictures of every step in your sewing process.  
  • Learn your machine!!!  Study it, take the classes at the dealer which are required.  They are from 16-24 hours total depending on your machine.
  • Sell, sell, sell the machine to everyone you know.  Well, not exactly like a salesperson, but more like a true “Loyal” BERNINA owner would. If you don’t “really” love the machine, no matter the company, this part will be hard for you.  
  • BE LOYAL!!!  For me, I would buy a BERNINA even if I wasn’t getting one to use for free.  (Think about it…you know the cost.)
The glamour is in the brand, the work is in the process of sharing the brand.  You become “their” Brand representative in addition to your own brand.  Have fun, join in the fun.  
  • Write some process tutorials or tips for the Kollabora blog so you can be considered.  
  • Show lots and lots of pictures to show the steps you want to present.  Don’t just show the final product…they want the entire process.
  • Show how you stitch the project on the machine…it is okay if its not a BERNINA right now. Just show all the steps.
  • Pictures, pictures and more pictures.  
I welcome your questions and comments.  I want to see some great people join the ambassador program.  

GOOD LUCK!!!! 

I have been semi-MIA from my blog for way too long my wonderful sewing friends.  This new social media outlet, Periscope, has become a real goto for me because I love talking about sewing in real-time.

 Dispensing fitting help during my new “Fit Friday” scopes:

But, to do that, I have allowed my friends and family to be left behind who enjoy reading about my fun adventures in my sewing room.  So with this, I ask your forgiveness.  I am back, and you will be seeing a total turn around of blogging write-ups to get you up-to-date on my activities.   Just to name a few,  some of the fun things I have been working on include:

My wool coat and the details for construction which I shared on Periscope.

My sequin skirt, which I have been teaching about sewing on sequins.

The wonderful Christmas pajama party we had for holidays at my house.

Lest I forget my trip to Chicago for the annual Bernina USA Ambassador Reunion…

and my fantastic meet-up with the one and only Cennetta and the fun I had traipsing in the snow like a new kid.

My kids remember me and added two new charms to my lovely pandora bracelet.

In case you have forgot, or just didn’t know, my YouTube videos are still going strong.  With more being added weekly to help you fit your patterns for better fitting projects each time you sew.
There are also a few good tutorials I have written for the BERNINA USA blog WeAllSew, including the tips on making great buttonholes. 

 Until next time, have a wonderful, wonderful new year celebration and be safe.