I spend lots of time in this room. It's been the subject of previous favorite corners posts, but today I'm giving a different view, a tighter shot. Focusing on some of the paraphernalia that clutters this corner. The stuff that has become part of my everyday. Necessities if you will. I don't know if I could qualify one thing and the most important because they all work together. Of course the sewing machine is essential,but more than my scissors or cutting table? In the short time it took for me to go from timidly sticking my toe into the waters of sewing to being fully immersed I have acquired quite a bit of stuff. It has taken over this room that used to be known as the dining room. Since I do much more sewing than cooking or entertaining it seemed logical. The fabric, oh the fabric. it seems to grow and grow doesn't it? I've had to get a bigger shelf twice now to house it. I think it's time to take a look at some of what I haven't used and likely won't and find someone who will put it to use. My work table is what was my dining room table. This 5 foot cutting mat fits perfectly. I have my sewing machine at one end and use the other end for cutting. Next to the sewing machine I keep those frequently used tools close at hand. Everyone has their necessities, tools required to get the job done. Some of the tools I've found invaluable are good sharp scissors, rotary cutter (with a sharp blade) and ruler, good sewing machine needles, denim needles are a must for sewing through multiple layers. Hemostats are very useful for turning narrow things right side out. I love my pen with disappearing ink, use it daily and my little army of seam rippers...it's a love hate relationship with those guys. Fusible tape has become one of my staples. Great for putting zippers in. It adds an extra step but doesn't take long and eliminates lots of mistakes. Not really tools but necessities in my arsenal are chap-stick, my inhaler and a cup of tea. Not hot tea, ice tea without the ice. What's in your arsenal, what could you not get along without?
One more corner shot. My little shadow, he doesn't let me out of his sight. Ever. Seriously.
This is his radar look. One ear up. Notice the redness in the corner of his left eye? The vet calls it cherry eye. It looks painful but I've been assured it isn't. He suggested we have it removed, the gland not the eye, when he is six months old and goes under the knife to remove his puppy dog manhood. Shhhh don't tell him.