Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Organizing the Craft Room

Life has been crazy lately and I have been extra lazy about cleaning.  So much so that everything around the house was getting thrown into the craft room and the door shut.  The craft room became the CRAP room, and my projects started leaking out into the rest of the house, much to the distaste of Husbando who is basically relegated to a corner of the living room.  Poor guy!

Last year we worked with Belinda Beebe of Organize for Joy to help us pack and move and unpack multiple times.  Belinda is fantastic--her blog has all sorts of great organizational tips.  She helped me decide how to store all of my fabric and other notions and craft stuff, I just haven't been keeping up with it.  So this last Sunday, I spent the entire day (except for the evening SF Giants game) cleaning and purging the craft room.  This is what it looked like before:

Fucking embarrassing huh?  I like to broadcast my shame to the world because it encourages me to keep things clean.  So I cleaned all day.  I organized things into piles and then plastic baggied most of the stuff into categories that would fit into a small clear plastic bin.  Here's the beginning of the thread and bobbin storage.  If anyone has a baby in your life--save those baby food jars!  They are great for little knickknacks like buttons or sparkly things that would otherwise get lose.
 I have a ton of ribbon and lace.  I don't know if this is how I'll keep it forever because I actually need better access to it, but I got it organized so we will start there.
I placed all of my fabric into two LARGE bins.  One bin is for fabric under a yard, and the other bin is for fabric significantly over a yard.  That really separates my collection into two categories:  for the fabric under a yard I can make bags, purses, and anything small; the bin with the longer yards will most likely be apparel fabric or for multiple smaller projects.  This was a great success in my mind as so often I start a project thinking I have more fabric than I really do and have to go back to the fabric store.  This way I know from the get go!

Here is an after picture--yes I know there is still stuff on the floor.  This is pre-vacuum and for some reason I don't have pictures of after that.  What an improvement!  I even changed the layout.  Now I have a sewing table and a cutting table and a reading corner.  The fabric is in the storage containers under the cutting table.

 Here's the closet.  Look at that!  I can actually find stuff!

I decided to make some curtains since that window is naked.  Now I have a nice little sewing and reading corner.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Nice Day in Petaluma: Part II Lagunitas Brewery Tour

A few weeks ago we ventured to Petaluma for a fabulous day of eating, drinking and shopping.  One of the stops on our tour was the Lagunitas Brewery.

We did a beer tasting and tour with KQED.  My favorite beer by far was the Day Time beer.  Low alcohol content (also known as perfect for DAY drinking).  I tracked it down at Safeway--but it's in limited release so keep your eyes peeled.  We were in the "upstairs" bar area that is reserved for non profits having parties.  Here are some of the fun things that were upstairs:

 Yup--that's the leg lamp from A Christmas Story!!!!!!!
 The bar with our gift bags!  Thanks KQED!
 I wish we had a set up like this in our house. 
 The dog face on the beer glasses.  We now have two of them and they are the coveted glasses in the house.
 There's husband riding a Lagunitas saddle!  Love that Cynget shirt baby!
 Too funny--the bartender said the upstairs was "decorated" by dudes who got married whose wives wouldn't let them keep their bachelor stuff in the new grown up house.  So basically decades of storage lockers and bachelor pads came to die up here.  I loved it!
Here are some pics from the actual tour.  I was pretty drunk by this point (and was not driving) so I don't really remember much but Husbando remembers all the stories.  Definitely worth a venture up to Petaluma to do the tour!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fresh hummus

One can garbanzo beans
1/4 cup lemon juice (or water to your taste)
1/8 to 1/4 cup olive oil to taste
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon of cumin
Garnish with ground pepper
Garnish with cilantro to taste
Blend all ingredients in a food processer and refrigerate. Keeps up to three days.

A Very Merry Sewing Vacation

I was totally done with work two weeks ago--I could not handle to come in to work one more day and deal with other people's problems and anxieties.  I needed a break!  And what is the point of working for yourself if you're putting in 18 hour work days. 

In an attempt to reclaim the mythical work/life balance, I Liz Lemoned myself into having it all by taking a week off.  In this GLORIOUS week that is now sadly over I sewed my ass off. 

I ordered some patterns off of Etsy and just cut and sewed and watched Law & Order SVU reruns.  One night I stayed up until 3am working on this purse by The Sterling Owl.  It's a hobo/diaper bag that I love--I've made two now and am going to make that for everyone for Christmas. 

Here is the bag I'm sporting now:

And the second bag I made:

And here are some change purses I made from a pattern by Aivilo Charlotte.  I modified the pattern a bit.  

I'm still working on my skills but really having a great time doing it--and making something so functional.  When I was making that bag at 3am I realized how inspired I was to sew.  I NEVER feel that way about my regular work.  I need to figure out a way to incorporate crafting into my every day life and not just on vacations since it makes me so happy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Nice Day in Petaluma Part I

Husbando organized for us to go on a brewery tour of Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma today.  Since we haven't spent much time together the last few weeks due to work, we decided to make a day of it in Petaluma.  The downtown is adorable and has tons of antique shops, toy stores and restaurants.

We decided on Cafe Zazzle for lunch.  All kinds of tasty healthy things were there.  This is what we got--some wrap thingy and a salad.  TASTY!

Cafe Zazzle has a fun brick wall--looks like something that should be in SF.  What are those things hanging from the ceiling you ask?  Noise dampeners.  I had no idea.

 I'm going to post on the brewery tour and tasting in a separate post because there are just too many GD pictures (most of which got blurry by the end because the picture taker (me) was a bit wasted (I was not driving)).

Next we went to Chick A Boom Vintage which for some reason doesn't have a website.

This place is perfect for a crafter, actor, or nostalgia collector.  There were endless racks of dresses.  I wish I could wear them all or sew reproductions of all of them.  I was really taken by the 50's and 60's.

 I was really taken by the 50's and 60's.

I have this week off from work and am thinking of spending one day up in Petaluma wandering again.  What a fun place to relax--and parking is so easy!