Home, Sewing

IKEA! (and my 100th post!)

There’s a magical place not so far away that I make a pilgrimage to every year or so (though I’ve gotten to go TWICE this year; whoa!).  It’s a place filled with Swedish meatballs, Lingonberry jam, flat packed monstrosities, claustrophobia, and a scent that can only be identified by it’s name:  IKEA.


My big goal for this journey to Schaumburg?  A new cutting table!

Here’s my current cutting situation.  A folding table in the basement:

Cutting area before
Cutting table before
I left the mess from my Mini Wardrobe so you could see my piggy shame, just like my last post.  And this is after picking most of the scraps up along the way…

I only had two criteria for my new cutting table:

1.  Must fit my 3×5′ cutting mat
2.  Needs to be at least 36″ tall for ergonomic cutting (AKA fewer backaches).

As you can see, my current situation fits neither of my needs, but I’ve been making it work for the last few years.

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Closet Surgery 101

I live in a pretty modest small house that was built in the 1960s, during a time or by a developer who did not believe in the magic of healthy sized closets.  Or garages for that matter (mine was an afterthought build-on), which is essentially a giant ass closet for your car and lawn maintenance machines.


Closet space is now at a premium due to the Mr. 5 & Jess Household Consolidation Act of 2012. Not only are we working on combining households in the last two weeks, but we’re amalgamating two whole HOUSES of belongings. A subtle, yet important difference. Mr. 5’s house is also bigger and has comparatively decadent closets.

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