My Happy Place, no filter

IMG_5921I’ve done it again. I got busy cutting, sewing, painting and crocheting, that I just made a big ol’ mess. It’s been two weeks since my last craft show and this room still looks like this. Lordy, Lordy, being neat is NOT one of my strong points.

You know what? I got to thinking that maybe I haven’t given you a proper tour of my happy place. Well, by golly, I need to show you around!IMG_5922 2So with my music turned up, I took it one piece of ribbon, one spool of thread and one ball of yarn at a time. If you are OCD/Neat Freak/Clutter Free/No Dust XYZ, then you may want to leave now. My 12×15 ft happy room may make you crazy, even in its “clean” state.IMG_5923 2My strategy to conquer this room was to start on the left and work my way around. I decided to put everything in its place…or at least in its general area. So here we go, on our left is my Cricut station. I truly don’t use this little amazing machine as much as I should, but it is good to have on hand. I store the vinyl, mats and rolled paper on the shelves below it. (Hmm…I’ve got that cat pillow there that I need to sell and the sunflower painting I need to finish up. It’s good to see these things.) Next to the Cricut station is a shelving unit filled with scrapbooking paper, stamps, painting supplies, and odd boxes of staple and glue guns. (I really ought to finish that neighborhood applique. It does a great job of hiding the junk though. I have a lot of UFP’s, unfinished projects, huh?)IMG_5924 2

Moving right around is my “office” area. Believe it or not there is a sort of organization going on here. Go ahead and ask me where something is…

Twine? Lower left hand cubicle.

Hammer? Easy…Upper right hand cubby in metal bucket!

Important MerryMary Studios documents? Thought you got me, didn’t you! Ha! In flowered folder in second from left upper shelf! Honey, I know where it all is. Those two rolling drawers are filled with ribbons, glues, markers, and doodads.IMG_5925 2Along with the crooked lampshade and falling down painted piece (I will never be Pinterest ready), I store my glitter and punches in the lefthand side. Yes, I have a whole box of glitter. A girl like me can never have enough glitter. Glitter is sparkly. Glitter makes things jazzy. Glitter is just so…glittery!

Three of those cubicles hold my bible journaling supplies…washi tape, stamps, stickers, devotionals and doodads. That reminds me that it has been a while since I’ve done any creative journaling. I need to get back to that.

Do you see the two pairs of pants laying over the back of the chair? Yeah, they need some fixin. And those two wine glasses are empty of crafting juice! Oh my! Note to self: Must fill.IMG_5928 2Ahhh the sun, glorious sun. I believe my very favorite part of this room is the window. After ten years of crafting in my old windowless room, this is heaven. I love opening the windows, listening to the birds, watching the squirrels and feeling the breeze. I purposely put my sewing machine right there. I have my sewing corner where the thread, rulers and iron are within arms reach. I only have to scoot around in my wheelie chair to grab whatever I need.IMG_5930 2 It is amazing what this tiny cupboard can hold…buttons, fusible webs, zippers, elastics, snap pliers, bits, bobs and even an ironing ham. I love my little gem.

As you can see, I’ve organized my fabric stash into color tubs. No, my fabric isn’t folded into perfect little rectangles or hung on cute little hangers, but it is in reasonable order. Hey, I figure that’s what an iron is for, to iron out the wrinkles. Does it look just amazing when every bit is carefully folded into a fat eighth quarter and stacked in color order, ABSOLUTELY!!! But I also know that I would get really upset with myself when it all came undone. I don’t need that kind of self-criticism. I’m letting that one go.IMG_5931 2Here we are coming to the opposite side of the room. The hutch has been with Superman and me since our first year of marriage, 31 years ago. Again, being in a room with no closets, I had to be creative. The upper portion stores books and some glass jars. The green basket holds fabric for projects I have in mind to do soon and the old dish rack files my patterns. Underneath is where all of the wonky stabilizers, interfacing and quilt batting can fit and not roll all over the place.

The shelf unit holds some of my craft show display items, empty boxes and bags, felt, more ribbons and other odd crafting supplies. It tucks nicely between the hutch and sliding barn door. IMG_5933 2This beauty is probably my biggest pride and joy. I made this sucka! All. By. Myself. It is a 4×6 ft cutting table on castor wheels that can lock in position. Yes, I cut, screwed, painted, sanded and lifted this big girl ALL. BY. MYSELF. Did I tell you how proud I am of myself and how I did this….all….ok ok. you got it. But really, look how beautiful she is! Not only can she be rolled easily around, she has a large surface to lay your fabric out on to cut and a very roomy shelf space underneath. All of my small fabric scraps go into their color drawer. She’s the perfect height to stand next to when working. In my last craft room, I used a long folding table, which was good, but it killed my back to work over when standing. This pretty gal is also great when a friend comes over. We each pull a red stool up to either side and do a project together. I love, love, love this table! You know, the one I made ALL BY MYSELF!IMG_5922 2So there you have it. My happy place in all of its glitter and mess. This room is so much of who I am. It is colorful, happy, and creative. It’s organized in an imperfect wonderful way. It has lots of current ideas mixed with the old. It is a place where God’s gift is used. This little room invites friendships to grow with scissors, paper, glue and lots of talk and giggles. Fabric and thread are sewn together in this room to sell and donate the cash proceeds to organizations that serve the poor. We all should have a happy place, whether it be a shed out back, a corner of a garden, or a soft comfy chair where we escape into a world of books. Where is your happy place?

This is my happy place. Thanks for stopping by!


Pre-Show Spaz Out

Dagmar and I are two days away from another craft show. We’ve done this before several times, but funny enough I still get all spazzed out the week before.Here I am a few nights ago with my crochet needle flying through the yarn, only to run out of pink yarn. Seriously?!? She only needs one more leg! The next day I ran to Joann’s for more yarn, which by the way, irritates me to have to buy a whole skein for one little leg. Guess what?!? They are out of the pink! Ugh. What to do, what to do….Because this rabbit MUST be ready by Saturday, I buy cream yarn. I figure I could pull out one of the pink ears and use that yarn for the missing leg and use the cream yarn for the ears.

I spent a few hours pulling out perfectly good ears, crocheting more body parts, stuffing and sewing together.And this is what I ended up with. Needless to say I am not really happy. Her head looks a bit too big and the ears just aren’t what I had hoped for. So my question is…do I keep her as is and put her in the show? Or Off With Her Head! And redo the head and ears with the pink yarn when it becomes available? These are the rest of her friends whom are ready for the show! Heads are proportionate, ears are matching and looking Oh So Cute!For some reason, I don’t know why 😉, but this soon-to-be Mimi has baby on the brain. So I am going to have a whole bunch of baby items at the show. My Director of Product Development, Angie and I were very busy cutting and sewing bibs, burp cloths and pacie holders. This is just a sampling of the cuteness.A crowd favorite, my lovies are ready for the next baby shower.The girls are making another appearance. They are all dressed up and waiting to be loved!Baby items won’t be the only things available, of course I have items for the women too!Here are a few from my new collection. (Hee hee…that sounds like I know what I’m doing.) What I wanted to show you was the embroidery I did on some of these zippered bags. I had this need to do some hand stitching, so I kind of jazzed up these babies.I’ve actually had a few people request card holders. These sweeties will keep your purse organized with all those floating gift cards, credit cards and loyalty cards in one place.I sewed a few more tote bags. Don’t you love this fabric?This bag is one of my favorites. I use this same style all of the time to carry my bible and study materials, or craft project of the day or I fill it with books, snacks and water bottle. It’s the perfect size.Here is the same bag in a different fabric. I incorporated my piecing obsession into the look.Here is my house in all its glory…clothes scattered about, blankets left rumpled on the couch, and my favorite…the fur bunnies floating everywhere. Anyway, the point of this pic is to show you the coat rack I found at Hobby Lobby. I needed another coat rack for display purposes at the craft show. I thought surely, Walmart would have a cheap one. Oh no. After excruciatingly, painfully having to deal with the Walmart experience, they indeed do not carry coat racks, according to Nancy, the one employee in that entire place who actually likes her job.

Coat racks are a great space saver in a craft show. You can display so many hangable items in a small space. This show will be held inside, so I wasn’t going to have the ability to hang things like I can when we are outside with our tent. I thought I could make a coat rack. Of course I could! But being days before show time, did I really have the time? Go to Walmart. That was a bust. I went to Big Lots, no go. Then I decided to take a quick loop around Hobby Lobby. Who doesn’t like to loop around HB? OMG! They have so much cuteness! As I turned the corner of the aisle, the heavens opened up, the angels sang and here was my coat rack! I grabbed that baby, slug her over my shoulder and headed to check out.

I find my heart quickening when I think about Saturday. I have to take deep breaths and say to myself that all will be ok. I remind myself that I am not creating world peace. I’m just selling things that I make in order to help someone who is helping someone else. All of the money I make from this show is going to help non-profit organizations that serve, encourage and nourish those in need.

Come see Dagmar’s Crafty Creations and Merry Mary Studios this Saturday, March 9 from 10-2 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on Reidville Road in Spartanburg!