Saturday, April 14, 2007

Pre-packing thoughts

Sigh...The Tramp and I have to start packing up all our belongings again soon. I'm determined to get a few sewing projects done first though. I have paraments to finish for the chapel and I also want to make at least one more doll and finish a quilted tote....and whatever else distracts me at the moment. :-)

Digging around on shelves (we have way too many) I found the book my mom bought for me which helped inspire the organization of my sewing area/studio/sandbox.

Being the Ikea fans we are, we were pleased to see that some of the suggested furniture were familiar items we could go and see for ourselves. We're lucky we live close to not one, but two Ikeas. And one of them is in an Urban Enterprise Zone which means 1/2 the sales tax!!

In the book she discusses lighting, furniture size and heights, ergonomics, the working triangle, etc. We installed lots of lighting and used daylight bulbs. I have plenty of task lighting too. We followed her suggestion that all pieces of furniture have useful storage space and bought the Markor sideboard (actually we got two!) and covered the top of one for ironing. As a bonus, the ceiling is low above the ironing table so we installed electrical outlets overhead for the iron. Very cool! You can see both of the sideboards in this photo. The ironing one fit perfectly between the lolly columns and backs up to a futon.

Mixed with some older Ikea pieces, I have Galant tables for computers and sewing machines, various sized Kilby book cases (kind of ugly, but cheap!), two small bureaus (Rast) attached back to back as a small island for holding threads and tools, and two Expedit bookcase units in different sizes for fabrics etc. Not in the catalog, but sold with them in the store (at least at the time we bought them) were clear blue plastic bins that fit perfectly on the shelves. They are great for storing trims, paints, fibers and yarns for doll hair, my doll skin fabrics, 1/2 finished projects, whatever you can think of. And it's soooo nice to be able to put out all my fabric on shelves where I can see it!

Since these photos were taken, we've rearranged things some. It was still half set up at the time. I don't think I've even come close to the ideal "working triangle". But we made it comfortable for us.

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