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Finally settling in

2012 October 30
by elizabeth_admin

Ahhh, unpacking, a double-edged sword if ever there was one.  All the decisions you have to make about what goes where and how it will impact your workflow.   Since the movers left, I have moved my clothes to three different locations.  I have moved my stash twice.  I have put my notions in one area only to decide to move it again.  I still don’t have it all figured out.  It’s nice to finally unpack, but I hate making all these decisions, knowing that I will be changing my mind and finding a “better” place for that ruler or that tailor’s ham.  And I haven’t actually prepped a pattern or sewn yet, so I have no idea if the decisions I have made are workable or not yet.  Ugh!


I haven’t been able to unpack my fabric yet, as I need a shelving solution first.  The fabric closet, as the closet outside my bedroom has now been dubbed, was formerly an extra washer/dryer closet that was never set up as such.  So there are pipes riddled inside its walls.  I am fearful to install my Elfa shelves and cause any pipe damage.  So I have to wait to unpack all my fabric for a while while we research options.


My sewing room is again part of my bedroom which is great and not so great.  Great for the amazing proximity.  Not so great because of the lack of decent lighting in the room and very little natural light.  The lack of natural light is great for sleeping though.


I am using the built-in cabinets/bookcase in my room to store my Burdas, Ottobres, and Threads collections, as well as my sewing reference books.  The drawers hold some notions, etc.  Don’t ask why I have a mini fridge and microwave in my bedroom.  It’s a long story.  I am also using my old dresser to store more notions and fabrics I know I will use soon for the sewing queue which is a mile long.



It’s been in the 80’s during the days here in San Diego, but quite cool in the early mornings and evenings.  It’s quite weird to deal with wardrobe wise.  I feel like I could wear linen year round here, but it seems so odd to wear linen in October/almost November.  I feel very confused about what to wear.  I will have to do some serious wardrobe revamping in the coming months.  It definitely does not feel like Fall here.

I have checked in with or read status updates of all my friends and family who live on the East coast.  Thankfully everyone is safe and sound.  What a crazy storm.  I hope everyone can recover a semblance of normalcy quickly.  I know the flooding in  lower Manhattan has been pretty bad.  I am thinking of you all over there.

I am anxious to get sewing again, but Jack and I have a playdate this afternoon.  We’ll see…

Happy sewing everyone!

6 Responses leave one →
  1. October 30, 2012

    When I set up my first sewing room back home in NZ I re-arranged it 4 times! So I know exactly what you mean – it was packed up for so long it was like I had forgotten how I like to work – but I got there in the end. My most recent set up (when we bought our first house 3 months ago) was easier because I had the room empty for a few weeks while I organised new carpet so I drew up a plan and played with the layout inside my head – I still want to do some tweaking – but I guess how we work as creative types is ever evolving 😉

  2. October 30, 2012

    Sewing room organization always seems like a perpetual work in progress…

    And, to be fair, these are actually fairly odd temperatures for San Diego at this time of year. It has been much warmer and sunnier than in years past around this time. Usually it is mid-60s to mid-70s, but this year has been crazy hot for a much longer time period than normal. So, well, I think you probably could get away with linen year-round, but I also think your sample size is a bit small yet, and a bit skewed towards not normal.

  3. October 31, 2012

    So glad to see my newspaperblackout in the top pic. But the real question: is the dead animal still there?

  4. M-C permalink
    October 31, 2012

    The lack of natural light seems like a heinous fault. Are you sure you can live with it? Definitely you need to get more lights before you even start to unpack anything else, maybe track lights over the entire counter? Don’t fret too much about decision, I think you nail it on the head when you talk about no practical feedback. Much better for you to unpack a small bit and see whether it works before you redo the whole thing several times..

    You need to dress year-around as if it was summer, basically. Just add layers, different ones as the year progresses. Lightweight wool cardis are perfect for next month for instance. In real winter, you’ll want to also add socks and underlayers like extra tanks and perhaps even fitted turtlenecks. Silk is good for those. The same medium-weight jacket should take you through most of 3 seasons, just add scarves in the depth of winter (or switch from silk to wool, or do silk indoors and wool outdoors). Forget any idea of “summer fabrics” being inappropriate for November, that’s all over, you lucky dog :-).

  5. Judi permalink
    October 31, 2012

    Your sewing area is nice…love the window and the built-ins! A mini fridge and microwave in there makes it downright heavenly. I do wonder about your thread rack being in front of the window…would the sunlight rot the thread?

  6. October 31, 2012

    Now here we have a every cloud moment… at least you’re not in NY when Sandy is doing her best to wipe out the eastern side of the continent. Think positive, it will all work out. And I’m admiring your built in furniture in the bedroom. Teenage son wants a fridge in his bedroom and Granda has offered a microwave! Oh you have all that ahead of you…..

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