We're back to NYC, ready to start another school year! Fall for me, is spring cleaning time. After being away all summer to our home on Long Island, coming back to NYC, means, clean out and reorganize. (Before fall madness begins!)
My kitchen got the biggest clean out. I do not have a large kitchen, so things get pileup on my counters. After a while, I'm left with very little work area... So, now, I'm set to go. Dust bunnies, be gone!
I collect cookbooks to read like novels. Crazy, I know, but I love cooking and food as much as I love quilting! So as an hour of rest, I choose two cookbooks, and two cooking magazines, to sit down with and post it note, a whole bunch of recipes.
I get so many comments from people saying, "How do you get it all done?"
here is how I get my family fed:
I post-it-note about 20 new recipes in a few random cookbooks.
On the post-it-note, I write out the shopping list.
I look for recipes that sound fast, delicious, and for things I know I will often have on hand.
Now, when I'm ready to make the recipe, I grab the shopping list and go get the extra ingredients I don't have.
Saves me tons of time, and I can revisit the many, many cookbooks I have, and actually put them to use.
That hour is my sit-down-and-relax time. A cookbook to me, is like sitting down to read a magazine... I enjoy finding new recipes that I can share with my family.
Now that my shelves and kitchen is freshly organized, I hit the studio...
Thankfully I left it clean, before I went to Texas. So it's been sitting here waiting for me! I moved a few things around, updated my fabric storage with a console table, taken out of my home,(sits on top of my fabric unit) and bought two new desks from IKEA.
I actually made 'less room' for the sewing/piecing area... I found the larger 6' tables I had used previously, to just be a dumping area for "stuff",
So I bought these desks that are 15" shorter...
I still have boxes of "stuff" (for a lack of a better word...) crammed under my JUKI long arm. Friends will soon be asked to come "dig and take" :-) ...The fastest way to declutter my studio!
This also gives me more room for my jukiQVP 2200 sit down machine. I can now walk easily around the tables and the QVP, to get to my design walls.
I'm off to do some school shopping today, and to just enjoy this beautiful September day. I hope you do the same!