Ever once in a while, I need to test to figure out how something works or doesn’t work. This is one of those times. My question, can I use Pins from Pinterest in a blog post?  let’s see

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Please let me know if you can’t see the above pins, or if they disappear.  Sometimes, things work for me, but not anyone else.


PS I can’t see anything from the ‘copy link address’ test.

Off-Season Clothing Storage

Another ‘not post-gussy’ project, just happened to get done shortly after I decided to quit gussying the sewing and stash rooms for this year.  Every year my closet gets overburdened just before I completely change from hot to cold or vice versa weather clothing. It’s only a few weeks a year that I know I’ll need both clothing to warm me and the least clothing possible so I can keep cool. I’m relieved, usually, when it’s time to put away the previous season’s attire. I also try to purge a little at this time–and always surprised next year when I need to purge even more.  This year, to my surprise, the number of clothes I’m keeping and was wearing has grown. I did release worn and non-fitting items as well as those that were not worn even once.

But my usual storage is not sufficient. Primarily because it is still occupied by deep winter sweaters and pants. I looked around and realized that my gussying had ‘freed’ a little space in the ironing closet (the closet you see in all my pics). I purchased 2 new Sterite containers. Cleaned the top shelf in the aforementioned closet and after filling, tucked the new containers into the far corner.


I plan to give this closet a good cleaning, probably when I move the winter coats upstairs. For now, I’m tickled and pleased with myself for having taken 20 minutes to do a really good job which will make it easier when I get to the point of earnestly. cleaning the closet.

Wish I had thought to take a preview.  That corner was a mess.

Not exactly post-Gussy-project(s)

I burned up another  iron.  I’ve had several well-meaning individuals encourage me to buy a professional iron.  They insist that although more expensive a professional iron would rid me of this need to replace irons.  Thing is, just because an item is branded ‘professional’ and even ‘commercial’ does not mean it’s going to last longer, or do a better job.  Instead of buying a professional iron, I spent the time searching out the specs for my favorite and comparing with the other irons available.  I hunted the internet avoiding only those sites which specified a business license of some sort was required. OK, I did not check all 356,769 links Google returned; and maybe I should have used other search terms. I discovered to get a truly better iron, something that would hold up to my near-daily, 3-4 hour use, would cost between $1,200-$1,500 and up. For my budget this translates to credit card use which entails some interest.  I made the choice to continue buying irons marketed for the home user.  I know full well and accept that my irons will last at best 12 months.  My last one the Kalorik, lasted 14 months.

So I bought another. When it arrived, I was still in the mode of cleaning. In fact, I’m enjoying these 15-20 minute bursts of intensive cleaning. I took a little longer to cleaning and straighten the entire Ironing Station which includes, iron, stand and bulletin board:

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Those pictures don’t show the Ironing Station at it’s worst. I’d actually cleaned a little before I thought to take pics.  A good thorough cleaning which included pulling out the stand, cleaning all the shelves and the floor and discarding unused ‘tools’; later:

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I left only the things I use on the bulletin board and in the basket.

Looking into the basket — which got a liner!


Why did I not line that basket before? 10 years of fuzz was difficult to clean.

From the side:


… and yes that is a repurposed wine rack.  I thought the bottle rack would be great for holding rolls of stabilizer and pressing tools. I prefer to have my stabilizers stored next to the cutting table where I assemble my embroidery hoops for the machine. Turns out there aren’t many ‘rolled’ pressing aides. The basket, er ice bucket has turned out to be excellent for holding many things.  I keep scissors for use and spot cleaning laundry aides. That’s spray starch and water hanging on the side. On the back side, hangs a sweater buzz and more spot remover. We get lots of spots.

I had to move the electric strip to the shelves after those photos. Pity,because I’d like to have most of that space for cleaning out the shelves under the embroidery machine:


Which is a future project, I’m sure.

PS my new iron looks just like my old one. May be the same model too. I liked how it works and loved the price.