I'm so excited to have Ruthanne from Eclectic Whatnot guest posting for me today! This girl is awesome and I've had a blast getting to know her over twitter. (Psst... I also just painted super fun custom painting for her! Can't wait to show it to you!)
When Lindsay asked me if I would be interested in sharing my studio, I said, "Absolutely!" Then, I walked into my work space and had a moment of hysterical laughing mingled with silent weeping. Ya know what I mean?
Serious, serious disaster zone.
Thankfully, it was just the kick in the pants I needed to get my act together.
My studio doubles as a guest bedroom, so I've had to be open-minded and creative about my set-up and system.
I have a shelving unit for all finished products that are ready-to-ship and just waiting to find a new home.
Instead of throwing out empty spools of thread, I like to keep some and wrap scraps of fabric around them. It adds a burst of character to a somewhat bland room and a smidgen of color and fun.
Last year at Blissdom, I won a door-prize at the (In)Courage Beach Party. I picked out the little wood stand that says, "We believe in Grace and the One who gives it." Sometimes it's nice to look over and see that staring at me in the face.
Especially, when I feel like slamming my machine against the wall or something. Not that I've ever thought about doing that. *averts eyes*
I have another shelving unit for cut fabric waiting to be sewn, a tin for all my receipts and a few odds and ends needed for the sewing machine. I like having a lamp close to the sewing machine for extra light.
The ironing board never gets put away. It just adds to the general splendor of the room. Or something like that.
The table is home to my extra-large cutting mat.
I. Love. This. Mat.
I've been using it for almost eight years now. One of the best purchases I've ever made for my sewing room.
I keep all of my mailing supplies stowed underneath the table ~ envelopes, tape, tissue paper, scissors, ribbon, biz cards, etc.
The guest bed is not only good for sleeping in, but is also a useful spot to keep products waiting to have tags sewn on. I'm all about multi-functionality.
Music provides both motivation and inspiration for me, so I always have iTunes open. It's usually on repeat playing my favorite song. Can ya tell which one? *wink*
Other places you can find moi:
Blog ~ www.eclecticwhatnot.com
Shop ~ www.eclecticwhatnot.bigcartel.com
Twitter ~ www.twitter.com/eclecticwhatnot
Basically, I'm a really hard person to track down on-line.