Moving

As many of you know, I was scheduled to move back to the mainland this summer.  About a week ago, the packers came and packed up our household goods and  took them away to move to the mainland.  Just outside San Antonio, TX to be exact.

Here is  most of my sewing room before the packers showed up.  I placed all of my fabric in large, extra large, and 2-extra large ziploc bags.  It took quite a few of them; as you can see by the pile in the corner under my project boxes.  I also pre-boxed up my sewing machines.2013-05-17 08.12.51

Here is what it looked like after the packers had packed up everything but the shelves:

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Here is some of the garage and such while they are loading the crates.

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It took 10 of those crates to pack our household goods.  In the photo below, three are leaving so that they can come back with more crates.

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We will be leaving Hawaii in mid-June.  After living here for nearly 6 years, I will miss the place!

A Little Bit Busy

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I am furiously working to finish all of my quilts for the upcoming Hawaii Quilt Guild Annual Show that opens to the public on Friday, May 10th.  As you may know, I am the featured artist so I am trying to make sure all of the quilts are done in time for the show!

I promise to post more soon – along with all of the quilts and projects that I have been keeping secret since November!

Mahalo!

Its March?!? Really?!?

Oh my!  I can’t believe it is March already!  Not just March 1st.  March 6th (evening!).   Where has the time gone?

Oh I know.  It has gone to classes to get ready for my husband’s impending retirement from the military.  It has gone to waiting and fretting over “orders” so we can schedule all of our shipments.  It has gone to prepping a few new items for the quilt show (and a few other super secret things I can’t show yet).

I am alive.  I promise!  Here is a teaser shot of something I am working on right now… sandwiching of a quilt that I am quilting right now.  I hope to have it quilted by Monday and have the binding attached so I can put it on by hand at the Tuesday Bee.

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My mind has also been occupied with trying to find the perfect jewelry to go with my dress for the show’s reception.  So much so that I am dipping my toes into the water of jewelry making (beads and wirework).  Like I needed ANOTHER expensive hobby to have!  I ordered a “class in a box” kit to get my toes wet.  While I do like the colors that the kit comes in, I plan on going and getting other beads of similar nature to match my dress for the reception  at the local bead store– just because it would be easier for me to do something like that than to try and decide between the over three hundred pins I pinned to my Pinterest board.  Plus, since we are moving soon, I don’t want to go full-throttle on this new adventure beforehand… I can see it EASILY getting as involved as my quilting hobby.

Storage Solutions

A little over a week ago, I saw someone (sorry, I forgot who) talk about these on their blog:

Ziploc® Brand Flexible Totes

I went on the hunt for them.  They had said they were available on Amazon.  I put some in my cart (I had to buy some new blades anyway) and when I went to checkout this appeared: “Sorry we can not ship this to this address”.  UGH!  So a little online searching resulted in me finding some at my local Target – A place I really try to avoid looking around.  I go in, get what I need, and get out.  If I just walk around, too many things jump into my cart and I am surprised when I get to the checkout lane how much my bill is!

Anyway, I only picked up two.  I decided I would open one (at nearly $10 a pop with a horrible return policy, I didn’t want to open more than one so I could return the other if it didn’t work out – plus, I wasn’t sure how big they were, nowhere online showed dimensions of the item opened up). and test it.  Oh my!  It held a TON of quilts.  The trick was to fold them right.  They also have mesh near the top so they “breathe” – they are not completely closed like the other “giant ziploc bags”.  I sent hubby back to Target (and he wandered around and partook of some after-Christmas specials) and had him pick up two more on his way home from work.  Four totes were able to corral 15-16 quilts of various sizes:

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It looks so much better up there!

While I was at Target, I picked up supplies to make some magazine holders because the area my magazines were in, was really getting overrun and hard to find things.

Here is the new solution.  I cropped out the other unorganized portions of my “wall of crap”. 

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Here is a panorama photo (I was testing the panoramic setting on my phone’s camera” – the room is a mess) of my sewing area. You can see in the upper corner of the “wall of crap” the way the quilts were stored before.  The shelf above the two drawers is where my magazines were stored.

 

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I am sorta organizing and purging stuff because we are moving to San Antonio this summer.  I am culling things I won’t ever use (very little stuff…lol) but mainly just organizing it for the move so when the packers come in, things get put in correct boxes and I will be able to find things easier (I hope) once we move and unpack).