Tuesday, March 8, 2011

... my new sewing space

remember this train-wreck of a room:

my sewing space

yeah, that one. with the box spring and the willy nilly stacks of fabric and the sad strips of fleece that served as my "design wall"?

well, now it finally looks like this:

sewing space

yay! double yay! ok, triple yay!

sewing space

three things happened to make this all possible. the first is that i finally got rid of that box spring by posting it for free on craigslist. and some sucker wonderful person came to take it away. the second is that i managed to get some shelves up on the wall to hold my fabric and supplies. the third is that i made a mini design wall on the facing wall, which is actually quite functional and is really serving me well.

why don't you join me on a tour?

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

sewing space

it's not perfect, but it's pretty darn great. sewing in there this afternoon was such a pleasure. the light coming in from the window that is no longer blocked by a giant mattress is truly refreshing. and the fact that most everything has a place pleases me to no end.

and just getting something done and checking it off my list is a satisfying feeling.

21 comments:

  1. You have made your room beautiful, functional and inspiring, a lovely space to be in.

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  2. I'm so jealous. I might have to make some of those fabric boxes. My scraps are mounting up now.

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  3. You're room looks like such a lovely place to spend time now! One of my long term aims for the year (you know, in between the baby and the wedding...) is to make my workroom a bit more inspiring, organised and generally pretty.

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  4. I really wish my fabric was folded that nicely! Beautiful.

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  5. It probably says a lot about the sad way I live that I thought the "before" picture was lovely. But the "after" pictures are even lovlier, no doubt about it.

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  6. Your room looks GREAT Ara Jane! LOVE IT!

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  7. This looks so fabulous! I am super jealous of that cozy looking couch... and I totally want to come drool over your fabric! Great job!

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  8. Wow! It looks fantastic! I'm a wee bit (okay, a lot) jealous!

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  9. OMG. OMG. OMG!!! Now i KNOW that i need a sewing room. Sometimes I tell myself that it wouldn't be ideal, but gosh it would. THIS IS! I need to figure this out pronto.

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  10. wow! what a bright and sunny place! i love it. :)

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  11. yeah yeah and yeah for sure! see you tomorrow?

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  12. what a great space! it's so bright and colorful. i love it.

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  13. aw, thanks for the love, everyone! i really am tickled with my new space.

    katie: yup, i'll be there tomorrow!

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  14. VERY pretty! Great stacks, great organization. I've got a design wall and separate inspiration wall in the planning stages. Just gotta find the time...

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  15. Hello! Your sewing space looks perfect! So much light and place for everything! And so much beautiful fabric!!! I picked Marimekko's great box!
    Wishes from Finnish woman living in Crete! Teje

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  16. Oh that's so lovely!! I'm in awe. LOVE the little fabric containers =)

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  17. Wow...I am drooling at those neatly organised stacks of fabric! I love seeing where people craft and your space looks inviting, comfy and inspiring, the perfect mix! Just found your blog via a friend and I'm enjoying exploring!

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  18. I know I'm late in posting here, but I just re-discovered your blog :). I was struck how much this reminded me of your grandma Grace's sewing room at the yellow house - the one we made into our bedroom, remember? When I first met your grandparents (long before we lived in the house), the sewing room was my absolute favorite place. Whenever we visited, I always spent my time in there. One cold winter, we traveled to to the house, and it began snowing on the way up the big hill. When we finally arrived, all the fireplaces in the house were lit (master bedroom, formal living room, and the family room), and the pot-belly stove in the sewing room was glowing-hot. Everybody gathered in the family room to visit, but I chose to stay in the sewing room to read and watch the snow fall. It was so cozy among her fabric swatches, skeins of yarn, and projects in various stages of progress that they found me hours later, curled up in an afghan sound asleep. They let me sleep there instead of the small bedroom next to the master (the one with the cast-iron bed and purple/white patchwork quilt; both of which I would give my teeth to have right now) because I was so content. We ended up having to stay 3 more days because of the snow and I spent every night in the sewing room. It's a very happy memory :).

    I remember building forts with you and Mandy in that room, out of chairs and piles of her homemade quilts and afghans. By then, many of her homemade pieces had worn out or distributed between the neighbors, but we still had a lot to play with. Those memories are even greater - time spent with my step-sisters when we were happy and got along....well, mostly :). It's amazing how a sewing room can create such lasting memories, isn't it?

    PJ

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  19. I must say that the box spring as fabric shelf was genius. But yes, it looks much better with the shelves! I have a similar setup with the 3 shelves, and I'm always debating whether to put fabric up there as you have, or the mishmash of different supplies and things I love that I have now. Your room looks lovely...beautiful job!
    Stopping by from the Pink Chalk Studio linky!

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