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Date: 8/21/11 5:58 AM


And so.. Poorpigling did try to take inventory.. Good thing school supplies are on sale this month.. as it required not only extra notebooks.. but would soon require extra storage ...

It was like Christmas.. at Halloween I tell you. A mix of a bit of both Holidays here this week at Poorpiglings Place.

You see .. after the frog left.. I moved the armoire from the guest room into my sewing room.as I may have mentioned.. And thought that would solve all my problems.. both organizational and storage wise. BUT after living with it for a few weeks.. I simply didn't like the looks of it.
So, it was definitely time to rethink my strategy..

The funny thing is .. when we were remodeling.. and I redid the kitchen.. I planned it out to the last cookie sheet.. Measured all my wordly kitchen goods.. plus thru in a few cubic feet of pantry.. one for canned, one for dry.. etc etc etc. And I love my kitchen.. Its very efficient and plenty of storage for everything.. even new items and those stupid appliances we buy at Christmas time and never use.. to be later donated.
Yes, I spend a lot of time .. and effort in the redo of my kitchen.. But as most of you know.. I don't spend a lot of time IN my kitchen.. In fact it mostly serves as a hallway to my sewing room.. I would maybe just do a Lynn Rowe and use those cabinets for extra storage.. but I don't want my fabric that close to the coffeepot and microwave..

But when it came to my sewing room.. Well .. thats a LONG story.. Long story.. so grab your cup of coffee and pop your pastry in the nuker.. Then go sit in your sewing room and see how close I come to your circumstances..

Okay.. Frog is gone.. well in this case in the beginning I moved him to the guest room as you already know. And so I begin dreaming of my dream sewing room..

And as most of you know.. I am totally into home dec.. so I felt the sky was the limit here.. Even though my budget required me to stay on the ground..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:05 AM


I thought .. since it was a nice size room. think double car garage here. with two closets.. the space was almost perfect I tell you.. so I thought an island in the middle.. some storage all around.. a chair under one window.. One closet for holding fabric.. one closet for holding all else..

With that thought I was already screwed.. as I had my clothes in one of those closets since the frog had the one in the guest room.. and Mr. Poorpigling had the one in the master.. and since who in their right mind would share a closet with Mr. Poorpigling.. even if it would hold all our clothes.. his smell rather like a locker room at the High School gym.. so I don't think so.. Nope.. best to keep our socks apart so to speak..

And I was thinking I wanted to keep the colors on the light side.. whites, off whites. and bring in any other colors in the fabric of the curtains and chair upholstery.. And right now I am so confused I can't even remember what colors those were to be..

And I was thinking atmosphere. maybe some beadboard on the cabinets..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:11 AM



And so I head off to the thrifts to look around for a chair to recover.. and whatever else I might find such as another Morse sewing machine.. Seems like there are a lot of Morse sewing machines in our thrift stores here. but I digress.. as usual..

And what happens.. well lo and behold.. there are a million.. yes a million. I know that cause I counted them .. mahogany office desks. credenzas and so on.. And a lot of those are L shaped.. perfect.. just how perfect to sit on a sewing machine with the serger on the adjoining L part.

Now knowing I had a large room.. I knew I could fit about a half dozen of these babies in there.. Now I ask you.. what would you do right about now.. What would you be thinking.. OF COURSE Poorpigling wasn't really thinking at all. All thoughts of any preplanning for the room went right out the window when faced with all that sturdy, gorgeous mahogany.

But I did come down to earth and realized that that was NOT exactly what I had planned.. SO Of course I was disciplined enough to know to pass up on those desks.. For all of five seconds..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:14 AM



Now at that moment.. knowing HOW much those desk cost .. I figured no way they would be affordable.. that is for the same amount they would cost me.. I could get what I originally planned for the room..

And so being the friendly pig that I was.. I just remarked to the people working there how nice all the desks were.. how lucky they were to have them donated.. and how much work must have gone into setting all those heavy items on the sales floor..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:16 AM



And so the clerk says to me.. Not so lucky.. they were taking up all their space.. and no one seemed to be interested in them as they were SO heavy and bulky and they were not selling as fast as they would like..

Hmmmmm..

So ''How much ??'' I asked.. innocently.. after all I am not GL Butterfly. who we all know as GUILTY..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:22 AM


''Which one did you want ?'' He asked..

Well, HAHAHAHA.. Anyone that knows me knows to say which ONES.. plural ..

And so still thinking.. no way I want to spend a lot of money on items NOT on my list .. I told him. Well you see that is the problem.. I need more than one.. I need more than two really.. I would need at least a couple of the L shpaed.. and one of the larger ones without the L to sit in the middle of the room.. and thats for starters..

''A hundred bucks'' He says.. oh NOOO.. That may be doable.. I am now thinking .. not clearly but my thought processes are in overdrive now. Much like when I see an orange Husvarna on ebay..

THUNK..

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Date: 8/21/11 6:25 AM


But NOOOOO.. I am not going to be detered this time.. no how . no way..

Well, thats a wonderful price I tell him.. but it would add up fast for the number of pieces I need.

No. he says.. you can have all you can take for l00.00 bucks.. TOTAL.

Now my knees are getting weak. .my resolve to stick with my planned room.. even weaker.

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Date: 8/21/11 6:28 AM


And in that instant.. I spot a group of three matching . two L shaped and a large three by six that would fit in the center of my room to use as a main project desk..

And I ask ALL of YOU.. Want would YOU do??

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Date: 8/21/11 6:34 AM

Now keep in mind here. this was a couple of years back.. right about the time I joined PR.. and at that time.. had only the required number of machines for most people.. A sewing machine and a serger. and knew I was adding an emb machine.. So one would naturally assume that three desks were all that was needed here.
Who knew about Enablers.. who knew about so many machines going on clearance. Who knew about ebay.. I was INNOCENT.. Innocent I tell you..

And Who knew about papercrafting.?
-- Edited on 8/21/11 6:54 AM --

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Date: 8/21/11 6:40 AM


''They are really nice desks.. and a bargain price '' I told him. But not exactly what I had in mind.. So ''I think I will have to pass, but will think about them and measure when I get home.. just in case I change my mind '' I told him..

AND So I got out of there as fast as my four little hooves to run.. and hoofed it to the lumberyard to work on the first thing on my list.. That island with the beadboard..

And I walked back to the kitchen cabinet department.. and what do I see .. A group of wall cabinets being marked down for clearance at less than half price. IN MAHOGANY.. At least the color was mahogany..
Is that not a sigh from the sewing gods I ask you ?

NOW tell me.. WHAT would you do ??

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