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08 April 2011 @ 10:17 pm
gotta get down on Friday  
... unless you have a fever and have slogged through work all week with a cold/flu thing and now you're home and it's FABULOUS except for the part where you still sort of feel like your brain is disintegrating into your sinuses.

I've spent the last two hours or so watching paint dry. Literally. To be fair, this work in progress does sort of look to the fever-addled eye like a magical geometric forest of painted cardboard tubes.

I came across a random craft blog (I don't recall which one - there are many and I flit around between them like a flea on cocaine) that April is Make From Stash month. (Or, in layman's terms, buy nothing and make a bunch of projects from the stuff you have already stockpiled like a crazy person fearing the mod podge apocalypse.) This seems like a brilliant and fun plan, especially because I just rearranged all my craft space! My magical toilet-paper-tube-forest up there is sitting on my brand new IKEA drawing table (I was looking for something plainer and then I saw it in the showroom and had a total craftgasm. It. has. a. built. in. light. box.), and I converted my cleaning closet into actually functional craft storage: (and, for reference, a snap of what it looked like before I spent two weeks and my annual bonus on this project)

FYI, total cost of this renovation:
$99 - perfect tabletop with. a. light. box.
$60 - for the pair of table-trestles that adjust up and down
$80 - closet storage system. Each of the pretty colored wooden cubes that make up my craft storage solution now was $30 regular price (RIDICULOUS) and I nabbed them for $9.99 each :) So, $10 x 8.
(Replacing and getting rid of tons of crappy stuff - PRICELESS.)

On the one hand, $240 it's a lot of money to plonk down at once on myself, but it also isn't. I mean, a monthly parking pass at my office costs more than that (another reason to take the bus!) and I've wanted to do this for years and I had the money and I'm making a point that I'm worth awesome shit and I don't need to always save my money in case someone else needs it. Also, in Feng Shui terms, that nonfunctional messy disaster of a craft space that has been stressing me out since I moved in is in the relationship corner of my bagua, so it's totally my fault that I drove him into the arms of another woman because I didn't keep my apartment perfect lolz for that and now it's AWESOME.

Also, my resistance crumbled to dust and I am now infatuated with Body of Proof and have a new OTP (you guys it's Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan and it's subtext with the emphasis on text and you just pretty much have to) and icepixie is not-so-innocently suggesting that RPF might also be a necessity and I am going to enjoy the heck out of this sick weekend from the comfort of my newly fabulous apartment.

anranr on April 9th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
So organised!! *admires*

Feel better soon, hon. *sends you healthy vibes*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! <3 Why are we not living closeby so you can come play and possible give me sternface until I write something??
anranr on April 12th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
I could say the same thing! Whatever happened to those days when words would appear in a text form when we thought them while we were chatting? *sigh*
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on April 9th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
eeeeeeeeeeee! *jealous*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
*loves you*

You can do it too! It only takes about 6 years of saying "ARGH I really need to fix my craft space!!"
entertaining in a disturbing waylyssie on April 9th, 2011 05:37 am (UTC)
eeeeeeeeeeee! *jealous*
Jainabrightcupenny on April 9th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC)
*covets the pretty organized crafty space*
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
*preens* hopefully I can keep it all nicey-nice! But I'm soooooo excited. :)
katyjokatyjo on April 9th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
It looks fantastic! And you deserve every pretty little inch of it.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU!! *smooches* I like having that reinforced. I get very loud and I'M AWESOME DAMMIT lately but it's a little shaky once I stop screaming. ;)
Raven: Bone Demon!noradannan on April 9th, 2011 07:10 am (UTC)
Oooh!!! Come help me do up and organize my craft space! Er, once I have it. But I may have found an apartment! Which will mean I can have a CRAFT ROOM.
Luxury untold!

And omg that table. <3!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)

YES. We will get you AWESOME SUPPLIES from IKEA and we will BUST OUT the greatest craft room known to man.
Raven: tinkernoradannan on April 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
THIS IS GOING TO BE SO AWESOME. I swear, as much as I want to get settled and everything, I want my own place so you can come over. :P

Btw, it's only fair you help me use said awesome craft room, as you will be helping me make it. Just sayin'.
Fallon Ash: Amanda vs. teddybearfallon_ash on April 9th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
Wait WHAT? *Dana Delaney* and *Jeri Ryan*?? I need to watch this show RIGHT NOW!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Samin_parentheses on April 9th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Ooh! That's so beautiful and organized! Of course talented crafters would be talented about crafting their living space too. :) So much pretty!
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
See, you'd think so, but this took me like 6 years and loooots of inspiration from the internet. I have realized that having the right equipment is key. Smashing all my stuff into weird plastic things just because they were cheap was a bad call.
Bitch-extraordinaire!: Elizabeth Mitchellsakuracorr on April 9th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
OMG, yay, that's totes my new OTP too! How could it not be!?!

So organized! I'm impressed! The furthest I've ever gotten to being organized is "Let's throw everything in a box together!"
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on April 9th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
from the stuff you have already stockpiled like a crazy person fearing the mod podge apocalypse.

omg. You've been looking in my boxes, haven't you???
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 9th, 2011 07:11 pm (UTC)
HA. Craft Empornium, represent!
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on April 10th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)

fyca: Fanficfyca on April 9th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Just FYI - fa and I have declared May to be fic finishing month. So far, we are the only two participants...

but yay to craftiness! I look forward to the pictures!
ornithoptercatornithoptercat on April 9th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
OMG built in lightbox. shiiiiny. Not so great for a sewing table, admittedly, and I'd want a BIG lightbox for pattern tracing, but still. shiiiiiny.

I recently replaced my iron with one that has separate heat and steam settings (interfacing actually sticks right!) and my ironing board with a pad you can put on any hard surface whose finish won't die. Ironing pad is super easy to make: get 2x crib size cotton batting, fold them both in half the long way and stack together (one side of each goes inside the fold of the other, so it's more even overall), and cover in muslin. SO MUCH better if you sew, or even just want to press large skirts and such, because you can actually fit about two feet by five feet of fabric on it all at once. And it's washable, on hot even (unlike many ironing board pads, as it turns out- mine needed a wash and couldn't have one AT ALL cause of the foam, FAIL)!

Make/buy a tailor's ham to help you press pants-butts and such and you can ditch the ironing board entirely (way better than the narrow bit of an ironing board for curvy things/darts anyway). And a sleeve roll or sleeve board (this is the magical seekrit trick for pressing cuffs/sleeve hems without adding vertical creases: whether you use a pad or an ironing board, you need a thing that fits in the sleeve). I made my own, though I would make them bigger next time, and the whole filling-with-sawdust part turns out to be a royal pain - even if you do have a friendly lumberyard around which lets you empty the nice clean sawdust from inside their table saw.

Still, my new ironing kit is a project I finished, and lets me do a better job on my OTHER projects from now on, and not have to iron several yards of fabric on an ironing board ever again, so it makes me very happy. Sewing is secretly half ironing (did you know you're actually supposed to iron the PATTERNS? the standard ones that come on the flimsy paper in the envelopes - the material is designed to be safely ironed, on like silk/wool, to get the little creases all out.)

Also found the bestest new little tool at the store: a plastic thingy for threading drawstrings through. It's like a giant flexible needle, so you don't have to try to nudge a safety pin through. For like $2 at Michael's. Especially with a cat that chews through drawstrings, this is SUPER USEFUL.

Meanwhile I have like a whole extra dresser full of mostly fabric plus random craft stuff, besides the sewing machine and iron stuff, and a rather large blankets bag* with my jewelry-making stuff, and some proper-art-boxes/makeup-bags of paints and whatever from my attempt at art school. THE STASH. IT IS THE NATURE OF CRAFTERS EVERYWHERE.

*Those bags, the heavy plastic ones with zippers you get sheets and blankets in? They are the best place EVER to keep sewing projects together and just plain store fabric in (knitting/yarn too I bet!). Strong clear plastic with zippers, and except for the smallest ones they usually have handles! And they are designed to be squarish when they're full, so they fit in cabinets and shelves and stack up nicely. I luuuurve them.
ankareeda: yellow_heartankareeda on April 9th, 2011 11:07 pm (UTC)

I hope you'll feeling better soon! *hugs*
Phrenitis: shiny! (pumahmistress)phrenitis on April 10th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
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