Thursday, July 9, 2009

Clean Cupboard = Clean Mind?

Hi everyone - I'm back in the land of the living again!

The last month or so has been rather full on with Dental surgery (which I didn't recover from as well as I had wanted to), but boy is that Happy Gas good stuff - took all my anxiety away immediately......left me wanting more! and I have had an album commission to complete and when I'm working on one of these it totally consumes me and every waking hour until it's done. Hence my absence of blogging! Come to think of it, my family is kind of happy to have me back too.

Yesterday I spent the day shopping with my girls, Gemma has been very patient about spending her birthday money and Renae had some things she wanted to get too. A very enjoyable day though. I even managed to try on some clothes but couldn't decide what to spend my money on - something I haven't had to deal with before - too much choice now I'm a few kilos lighter.

Today was spent cleaning out the wardrobe in my studio /office. It has taken me all day and although I'm tired I'm very happy with the amount of "stuff" I sorted through and purged. I thought I would share some before and afters with you.

Everything has just been shove back into this cupboard and the door closed - out of sight, out of mind.
So this morning it was my mission to empty everything out of here and purge purge purge. And purge I did. Look doesn't it appear alot tidier!

These drawers were purchased at Target in Joondalup yesterday they had 20% off so it was meant to be! They are really very good quality and I have stored all Judy's supplies (for commissioned albums) in here because I like to keep them separate to my own. Except the bottom one holds all my camera equipment - safe and sound. I think I need another 12x12 paper one like the top one in the photo for a few other bits and pieces that I currently have stored in pizza boxes.

The very top of the cupboard is now cleaned out entirely and re-organised.

I went through all my Bazzill with a little help from Gemma too - beatifully sorted into the colours of the rainbow, or have I got the pinks in the wrong spot?

I can't tell you how many times I dropped my old cotton box (the ones with the little sticky up bits for the spools to slip over) last week - reels of cotton everywhere, so this was on my priority list of to do's today. Changed the box over to this one with a secure lid that snaps down - no more cottons all over the floor! Hopefully.

Whilst I was sorting through some "stuff" I re-discovered 2 sewing boxes, one that belonged to Steve's Mum and one to his Aunty Pam who gave it to me just recently. The boxes were identical and the contents almost the same - they saved everything, like old zips and buttons from clothes, every little scrap of lace, trims and fabrics. Sifting through them reminded me of how frugal they were/are re-using and recycling almost everything and here I was chucking it all out! Anyway I digress, I found this vintage (1975 that's considered vintage isn't it?) Soft Doll pattern for the next 1/2 hour I sat and read through it with a cuppa. The patterns are so cute and could easily be bought into current fashion with just a few "now" fabrics.
I've also been participating in Jessica Sprague's Photo Editing: Frame-Ups & Special Effects course and here are my first 3 lessons.

So I'm off to finish dinner and hopefully I will be back with some more "Purging" very soon.


Kris said...

Wow that cupboard looks amazing.. Do you want to come and tidy up my cupboards..ha ha.. Love your first 3 photo lessons, they look great!!

Kris :)

Lissy said...

It certainly looks like you have had a productive day! And goodness...Morganne looks so little in that photo...she sure has changed!

Tracey said...

Well my cupboards are ready when you are, just kidding.
The digi stuff looks fab, maybe I should give it look.
Hope you and your family are all well.
Love me :-)

Gayle said...

ooohhh..isn't purging fun! All my cupboards and rooms in my house are now finished.
Glad to see you are back blogging...does sound like a big month you had. Hope you have recovered ok now.

Jenny said...

OMG - those photos are just absolutley beautiful Sharon - Love the one of Gemma being herself as "sassy"

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.