Tuesday, 8 March 2011

De-Cluttering Update & OPAM Winners!!

WHEW!! Sorry it's a bit later than I originally intended to pop back to let you know who the winners for the OPAM draw are ... I've been buried in the sewing room ... literally! :0)

All the guides to de-cluttering tell you that before you can clean up your mess, you have to make a BIGGER mess ... by dragging EVERYTHING out of its hiding place. Well ... step one successfully accomplished, then!! :0)

Here's how the sewing room looked after EVERYTHING was dragged out of the cupboard that was marked for demolition. WOW! Who knew I'd managed to fit that much stuff in there?!?! Nah ... some of it was already piled on the floor waiting for new homes, but most of this was from the cupboard. Since this photo was taken, I've been plugging away at it and have taken out three garbage bags of rubbish (mostly paper ... sorry to all the trees that were sacrificed!!) and three bags of 'stuff' that are either going to other friends (so they can claim anything they want before things are tossed out), or to charity. The ugly built in cupboard that was marked for demolition (the other one will go once we can afford to buy something to replace it) has gone and the new sewing desk has been picked up to put in its place ...


The previous owners hadn't painted inside the cupboard, so there's a 'feature wall here now! :0) The desk is just what I wanted and fits nicely in this spot now. It will get a shabby chic/French provincial make over when we're painting ... the walls will be a cornflower blue with white trims. The old sewing table has gone from this ...


... to THIS ...


So ... some progress ... though it seems to be taking a LOOOOOONG time to see any difference!! Now ... a lot of gals confessed that their sewing rooms could do with a make-over and de-cluttering campaign too ... how many of you are game to show brutally honest photos of your sewing mess and join me in cleaning up?!?! It's a bit like a 12-step program ... "My name is Kris and I have a sewing room clutter problem". Tee! Hee! Hee! If you're brave enough to post some 'BEFORE' and 'AFTER' pics of YOUR sewing room clutter, let me know when you post some pics ... we'll cheer each other on! :0)

Now that I've showed you my reason for being a bit later than expected with my OPAM winners, I'd better tell you who was chosen by the random number generator thingy. :0) First, can I say a huge ..

CONGRATULATIONS!!!
... to all of you OPAMers!! There were

708

finishes registered for February! WOW!! Maybe a few of you are also trying to clean out your sewing rooms ... one project at a time! Tee! Hee! Hee! That is FABULOUS ... especially since February is our shortest month for the year. Well done, too, to those gals who may not have registered finishes, but made some progress on a few projects ... I know quite a few of you are working on quilts BOMs and other longer-term projects. If you managed to take a bit of time to stitch and make some progress, then you've done well, too! :0)

OK ... the three winners for February's random draw are ...




Congrats, gals! If you can email me with your snail mail addresses, I'll pop a little surprise into the post for you. Now since this was a double-whammy prize draw for January AND February ... you'll be wondering where the January winners are ... well, you'll just have to hop on over to Peg's blog (if you haven't already!!) where she posted her three prize winners this morning ... Peg's an early bird and I'm a night owl! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Oh ... and keep an eye on your OPAM badge in the next few days ... my Beloved Geek Boy will once again update the total number of projects completed since OPAM began ... the smaller writing at the bottom of the button (which should currently be green) will change to BLUE. If your smaller writing is still red, drop me an email and I'll give you some super-simple steps to follow to get the button loaded up properly so your button receives the monthly updates automatically.

Well ... I think that's it from me today and after all that cleaning and counting, I think I've earned a cuppa before I cook dinner. Hope you're all having a great start to your week. Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!
CHEERS!
KRIS

17 comments:

Jessica said...

What a huge task you have set for yourself, I bet you will have a rush of inspiration once it is finished and looking lovely!

Congrats to the OPAM winners!

Mistea said...

What is with the paper - I feel like that pile gets bigger every day even when I don't go near it?

Well done on the progress in the sewing room, sure is looking better already.

Congratulations to the lucky winners this month, that sure is a lot of finished projects.

De said...

Oh my - glad you found your way out of that one! My "sewing room" is shared with the lounge room so I am trying to be good and clean it at the end of every day. The floor however looks like confetti with tiny bits of fabric that are too hard to pick up and thread pieces - I should make myself one of those tidy bin thingamies!

Congrats to the winners!!!!

Farmyard Crafts said...

Massive job! I just feel like I'm getting somewhere in mine and then I have to pack everything up to go to bed (bedroom sewing room!)... never works!! Congratulations to February's winners! :)

Janice said...

I do sincerely congratulate you. I can understand what a huge job you are undertaking. I actually sew in the lounge room but my sewing "Stuff" plus all miscellaneous "Stuff" is housed in the office. It is totally out of control. I have to do something soon, but time is against me at the present. I'll just try and belt it into shape for now and do a proper sort through another time. As for craft magazines.....I just can't get rid of them. My linen press has no room for linen any more! LOL

Maria said...

OMG Kris what a big job you have in front of you. I think I will just leave my STUFF where it is.

Congratulations to the OPAMs winners.

Oh the writing on my button is still RED !!!

BubzRugz said...

Nope, nope, nope.... I am not doing a major clean... one draw is about all I can manage without going into defibrilationary perspiration!! Your room is going to look SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD...
Hugz

Gail said...

You are making great progress! My sewing space is shared with my office space, no matter how often I purge it seems to be a mess! I do think I've finally found an arrangement of furniture that works, it only took three tries, sigh.

Love Bears All Things said...

I like your new sewing table...I have the same problem with my table shaking(its a fold up but has a woodgrain particle board top and is shorter so doesn't fold in the middle like the ones I use for scrapbooking and other projects.
Have a good week, Kris and happy stitching.
Mama Bear

Kerryanne English said...

Oh my giddy aunt... where did it all that 'stuff' come from? I was wondering where you were Kris and now I think I know - you must have been swollowed whole and been in sewing clutter never-never land. I'm glad the sewing gremlins have spat you back out - LOL.

It's looking great (we have the same desk) and imagine how inspiring it will be when you have de-cluttered.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Val said...

I LOVE seeing the real thing! Most bloggers only show the perfect days. I LOVE seeing your makeover. Congrats to the winners!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

I just don't know what to say...LOL....look at that mess....LOL....how good was Feb...fantastic number of finishes...congrats to the girls...Peg xxxx

ittybittyandpretty said...

wow that is a big mess isnt it!! i dont feel quite so bad about my messy craft room now :) :) :) i started to clean my craft room but got stuck, you might be the motivation i need to keep going.

good luck
xxxxrosey

Wickedly Divine Creations said...

My sewing room looks just like your before shots :s I REALLY need to declutter. Look forward to seeing yours finished. Love the sound of your colour scheme :)

Cybele's patch said...

Oh dear, I am speechless, thought I had etc...........!
But it is going to look all right I suppose.

Joanne said...

WOW! 708 projects is a lot!
How exciting!! Thanks!♥

Lynn said...

Oh, I so need to do this! Great job!

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