Long time, no post….

They say the best laid plans, and all that. lol. Yeah. I had grand plans to making sure I posted a couple of times a week, and I also has plans on having the sewing room renovations completed, and a few projects started. But, as you all know, life happens. Since I haven’t really had time to get to the sewing room to finish it up, I picked my knitting back up, and have been making great progress on it. So far this year, I have completed my Jewel Shift Afghan, a shawlette, and about 18 pairs of socks, I knit really fast. I have set a goal of 52 pairs of socks this year, averaging 1 pair a week. Let’s see if I make it. At the current progress, I’m about a month ahead of goal.

Now, what about costume sewing? Well, that’s a fair question. I have really started feeling the itch to get started on some things. Right now, I am really feeling pulled to work on the set of Victorian undergarments that I want to make in black cotton, and I want to get a start on designing my Regency dress for this year’s picnic. With that urge pulling really strongly, I made some time to go down into the sewing room, and with a bit of help from Miss Julia, started getting things put away and organized. It’s much closer to being in working condition. I would love to paint before I start any projects, but with the weather acting crazy lately, I think I will let that wait another month or so. Plus, I’m still trying to decide on a paint color. lol. But, I hope to have something to share soon. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

My Fave 5 Friday – Sewing Room Design Ideas

If you have read the blog in the past couple of weeks, you’ll know that I am currently in the process of remodeling the sewing room. I got started later in the year that I wanted, and it’s taking a bit longer than I wanted, but it’s moving along. So, in that spirit, I thought I would share the top 5 things I found on (where else) Pinterest that inspired me, and what I will be working into the sewing room makeover.

#5 – Framed Vintage Patterns

I love this idea! There have been many times that I have found some lovely vintage patterns at the thrift store. As it is now, they just occupy space in a pattern box. So, I will be picking my favorites, purchasing frames, and displaying them on the wall.

#4 – Stenciled Peg Board

We did start using peg board in the sewing room several years ago, but with the temporary set up we had, we didn’t attach it to the walls, and left it the drab brown color it came in. Besides the two large sections I already have, I was able to salvage several more pieces from work in different sizes. We’ll be painting all of it a nice base color, and then stenciling designs on it before hanging it all up.

#3 – Curtain Rod Paper Holder

I picked up a huge roll of brown paper several years ago at a yard sale. The guy had the roll of paper for about $5, and he saw that I really wanted, and was only slightly interested in the industrial sewing machine he had sitting beside it. Well, he made me a deal I couldn’t refuse. He told me that if I buy the sewing machine for $5, he would throw in the roll of paper for $1. Who can pass up a deal like that?!?!? Obviously, I couldn’t, even though my hubby wished I had when it came to the sewing machine. lol. I had been looking for a way to store/utilize it since, then I found this idea. Just so happens that as I was cleaning and rearranging the sewing room, I found a couple of old curtain rod hooks. Paired with a sturdy broom handle, and attached to the end of the cutting table, this looks like just the ticket.

#2 – Sewing Table

This idea is already being put together in the sewing room. I used a couple of half sized bookcases I had in the house already, and put a nicely finished counter top I salvaged from work on top. Not sure about the height of it yet, as I have yet to actually work on it, but I’m liking it so far.

And, now for….

#1 – Rolling Chair Cover

This past summer, my work relocated to a brand new facility, and when we did, we got all new office furniture. I took advantage of this and took home 3 nice office chairs for the sewing room. Now, since I work for a freight transportation company, they did get a little dirty, but nothing too terribly bad. So, when I saw this slip cover idea, I fell in love. I can’t wait to go to the fabric store and pick out a lovely fabric to cover them in.

This week, I decided to add a bonus pick:

My Dream Sewing Room

If I ever hit the lotto, this is what my sewing room will probably look like. How about you? What would your sewing room look like? Do any of the above design ideas inspire you? Have a few suggestions that would work great in any sewing room? Please share. I love hearing new ideas. Just click the little heart in the top right corner of the post. Until next time…. Happy Sewing!

 

And, it has begun!

This past weekend was a bit of complete opposites. Saturday was way more relaxed, compared to Sunday. As my mother-in-law is packing up the last of her condo for her move to South Carolina, we had her over for dinner on Saturday. So, my Saturday consisted of making sure things were picked up around the house, and the carpet was vacuumed, and then making dinner. But, when Sunday dawned bright and early, it was go time! See, I made my hubby a deal. I would help him clear out the spare room, and clean it from top to bottom for him to use as a place to study for school and get his newly acquired treadmill in there, but only after he helped me bring the loveseat up from the sewing room. I was out of bed at 7:30 am, had a bit of breakfast, and then got started on moving everything out of the way to get the love seat out of the sewing room, up the stairs, and out the front door to the garage. The first thing I did was empty out the movie shelves that I had the bottom of the stairs, just outside the sewing room door. I honestly did not think we had that many movies and video games.

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And, that’s not all of it. The bottom of the tv armoire is half full, plus there is a drawer full. There is never a reason why we should be bored. If there’s nothing on tv, pick a movie or game. lol. Oh! And you can see the teenaged invasion in the back ground. They were all playing hand held games. But, after all of this, I had to go into the sewing room to liberate the loveseat. It kind of became a “catch all” for the room.

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There is a loveseat under there. I promise. lol. But, I can say that not all of this from tossing stuff on the loveseat. Part of that was a garment rack that was attached to the wall. If fell off one day, while I was sitting next to it sewing. Everything on the rack thankfully landed on the loveseat and chairs that were sitting under it. As the room isn’t overly large, I ended up having to pile everything in the middle of the floor to get to the loveseat, but that didn’t take too long.

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Once I finally found the loveseat under all of the costumes, boxes, bags of yarn, scrap fabric, and stuffed animals, I found something else, too. There. On the far cushion. Evidence of tiny, four legged creatures that aren’t welcome in the house, let alone my sewing room. That’s right. There have been mice in the sewing room. Yuck! And, besides some leftover yarn, they apparently found a piece of candy that was forgotten about. So, note to self: Make sure to clear out all traces of food and drink before leaving the sewing room. The saving grace of this loveseat is that it is super light weight. I called the hubby down, and we hoisted it up and out of the room with very little effort. If it hadn’t been for the fact that it was in what little basement I have, I probably could’ve hauled it out by myself.

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There it is, sitting in the driveway, awaiting it’s fate. It sat there for a while, before we moved it back into the garage until I can schedule bulk pickup for next week. From there, the rest of the day was packed with moving stuff out of the spare room, sorting, throwing old stuff away, and generally being productive. When that was all over and done with, I went back down into the sewing room. And, why not? I had a clear section where I could get to the carpet….

Where the loveseat used to sit

Where the loveseat used to sit

Near the door, where Miss PJ's sewing station usually is

Near the door, where Miss PJ’s sewing station usually is

I ripped up a section that was about 4 feet wide. Can’t wait to get the rest of that carpet out of there. Each evening, I have been going down to sort, reorganize and move things over to where I ripped up the carpet, so I can prepare the next section to come out. I want to have it all out by the of this weekend, so it can go out with the bulk pickup next week. Then, once that it all out of there, I can finally get the sewing room set up in a more productive configuration. I have pulled a couple of short book cases from other rooms to go down. They will become the base of my new sewing station, with the pre-made counter top I salvaged from work. The smaller counter top I salvaged will be connected to it, so I can have my sewing machine, embroidery machine, and serger all lined up for quick use. I can’t wait! At this point in the year, painting the walls will have to wait until spring or summer. Which is a good thing, as I still haven’t decided on a color. So, this weekend will be packed full of finishing up things, at my mother-in-law’s condo, and in my sewing room.

Is anyone else doing any fall cleaning/rearranging/purging? If so, comment by clicking the heart in the top right corner of the post, and tell me what you decided to get rid of.

Until next time… Happy Sewing!