Another of those southern sayings, I'm tickled with my new room. I love it. It makes me smile. Being in it makes me happy and makes me want to sew. It was a lot of work, but so very worth it. I wasn't so sure while in the midst of the chaos, but now... ahhh.
It's not finished. (and it's not as dark as it appears in this photo- it's actually very light and airy) I still have to dress it up a bit, but I want to go light on the dressing. I'm enjoying the clean uncluttered feeling it has now. As much as I enjoyed looking at all the pretty things I'd accumulated in my old sewing room, over time, it just felt like too much. (If you clicked those links, by the way, it had not looked that clean in a long time). Too much color, too many things collecting dust on too many shelves. I want to keep things very simple, clean and uncluttered. The walls are gray, I have plain white sheers over the window. That chair is going to get recovered in something gray, very soon. The photo above is the view from the door.
This was Casey's bedroom. I had some apprehension about using his room for a sewing room. I didn't want him to feel like this was no longer his home, or like he doesn't have a place to come home to, but at the same time, I know his time spent here for the next four years will be very limited. I plan to make the other bedroom a place that is welcoming for either of my little grown up birds. It was a decision made first for practical and safety reasons. Bayleigh is here during the day and there was just too much going on in there that could hurt her, making it completely magnetic to her little inquisitive self. It was exhausting to try to keep her out and I certainly couldn't think of going in there myself while she was here. I tried to make child proofing a top priority when setting up the new room and I think I did a pretty good job. I can be in there with her. She can play on the floor with her toys and books and I can actually do a little work in her presence. The old room just didn't allow that. Now I have a sewing room and the family has a dining room once again.
Here are some photos of the process, leading to where it is now.
I bought these boxed units at Lowe's. Mitch kindly put them all together for me.
A door blank (36"x80"), also from Lowe's, was painted white to top the drawers/shelves and act as a work surface. We discovered if we use quart sized paint cans under the wheels of my sewing cabinet, it lifts it to the exact height of the table giving me a great L shaped work area.
One of the best things about the move is the closet space. The room has two roomy closets.
I think I cleaned out my local Dollar General's inventory of plastic storage bins.
I love having a place to store patterns, that is also easily accessible. Before they were crammed in boxes under my cutting table. I could never find the one I was looking for. Now they are organized according to category.
I don't plan to put much on the walls or shelves, but I did hang this bit of word art I made using wordle. I call it my happy thoughts. I created the word cloud and printed it on June Tailor computer printer fabric. Some of the words that are not showing up as clearly in this photo are Mitch, Alyssa, family, love, sunshine.... I just love this piece and I love my new room. And if you're wondering if it's conducive to sewing? The answer is yes. Saturday night I did something I've been longing to do. I made Bayleigh a dress.
It's the Claire Peasant Dress, by Portabellopixie. I didn't get a photo, but it was precious on the little sweetie.