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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...not sure which thread we are supposed to be using now, but this one was 1st.
My sewing area ia now 1/2 disaster and 1/2 empty. Most of my fabrics are packed up & in the POD. And somehow my long arm table is now covered in piles of mist "stuff", some of which also needs packed up.
Oh, then there is another pile of fabric that needs to be donated...
I'm hoping that by next week I'll have some time to sit & sew...I did leave fabric out for a couple projects.
Other than being a bit stiff the shoulder is fine. I did have a bit of a time trying to put a HEAVY box up on the upper shelf. I had to stand on a chair - but I'm blaming the weight of the box more than the shoulder.
I am trying to "behave".
Taking Thur & Fri off to finish the BIG stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to "relax" a bit starting next week. Won't know what to do if I can go home after work & sit down for a bit!!!!
And my poor, neglected sewing machines!!!!!
Hi all, I finally got around to taking a pic of the outside of my 'Sewing room.' It is actually a guest house. Altho I spend so much time there that I'm calling the big house my guest house. When anyone comes to stay they are in the big house and I'm in the guest house. I've named it "Tuesday House". I found an embroidered tea towel years ago. It was the Tuesday towel from a set and had two kittens jumping rope with the cord from an iron. When I saw it I said to myself that one day I was going to have a Tuesday House and hang that little towel in the kitchen. So I finally did! Anyway, here's a couple of pics of the outside. I am in the process of cleaning and trying to decorate the front. These are the 'before' pics. I hope to live long enough to take the 'after' pics...
Hi helene, I have sewn in a few cramped places. Bedrooms, dining room tables, desks, card tables, any thing that would support a sewing machine. My Tuesday House is a dream come true. I actually live there more than in the big house. Me and Rose and Zena. This is a pic of the path from the big house to the Tuesday House. The varmit strolling along is Rose.
I just love the look of serenity to your retreat. Just to be able to isolate yourself for a while is great. No distractions and just let your imagination go where it will. That's when you can create...Enjoy it Gloria. And let us know how you are doing with it...
About the serenity... It is usually very quiet and peaceful. However, I have had a few encounters with some of the local wild life. Last July a mountain lion came calling, being very interested in making a meal out of one of my cats. He was stalking my Rose (who was totally unaware of anything!) when I came flying out of the house and picking up anything I could get my hands on, rocks, dirt, leaves, whatever, and throwing at him and yelling like a crazy person. He took off thank goodness. I tried to call Rose in the house but she just ignored me so I threw rocks at her to chase her around to the other side of the house. The next day I was sweeping out the garage when I heard a ruccus right out side and saw that darn mt. lion had treed one of the cats. I went flying out with the broom yelling and beating the ground or whatever with the broom and he took off again. I voiced very loud opinions about his ancestery. I haven't seen him since so I must have hurt his feelings... Ha! Just because I haven't seen him doesn't mean he's not around. One of the neighbors up the road is a lion hunter and I'm just waiting until I see that varmit again...
Sadly, my encounters with a bobcat hasn't turned out so well. Within this past month he (maybe she) has made off with four of my cats. The 3 I have left are confined indoors. They don't even want to go out. We are all very spooked and not sleeping to well. I have a feeling that the bobcat is a female and has babies. There are all kinds of trees, shrubery, and boulders around for them to hide in. I want to have some low voltage lighting put in between the houses. If i throw my flashlight at some critter I want to be able to find my way home...
Gloria, beautiful place, sorry about the trouble with the critters... :( hard to lose a furry family member.
I have been "moving" into a new room...it is done enough to work in...finally...but still in a mess..sorta. I don't have any pictures on this computer..will have to try to remember to post from the other one so I can put up some pictures.
As soon as I get the inside somewhat straightened up I'll take some pic. Right now is in such a mess that you can't be to sure what it is used for... You know what they say about creative minds... I've been in there creating like mad and shows... lol
Mine is so clean & organized now that I can't find anything!!!! Takes me forever to go through the drawers looking for what I put away. It's just easier with the piles of fabric on the cutting table. Just move the pile over to cut then back afterward.
I do piles of projects and then turn around and look for something and can't find it, too many piles...Piles are , I am into knitting right now.
This hobby/laundry/storage/potting for AVs and extra fridge is awesome. I just walk away and shut the door. The quilting table and the whole set up is in 300+ ft. the comfort of it is $$ in my mental bank. This Created right in here.
That is why I was curious about the color...it was my bedroom color in the G'ville house and the same color (different name) here at the lake. It is so soothing and tends to be changeable depending on the accessories in the room.
have to check on the color I chose it but they painted in my absence. I am drendged with that color. In fl I have my 3 BR and the garage painted with thi color and pink in the LR and kitchen. Reminds of the Color of the gulf of mexico. The room will be exquisite I think.
JoAnn's has them on sale at half price fairly often. I got myself an Ott floor lamp for my reading area too. It sure helps these old eyes. I have two Ott lights in my sewing room, one by each machine. I cannot imagine how I ever did without them before. Only caution, be sure to get sufficient wattage.
I am drooling with jealousy over your room, sure hope someday I can get back to a bigger area.
thank you girls, it is stupendious (?word) but that's how i feel. bought ott light from Joanns was faulty blew the bulbs had to return it.I'd like my DD to use this as well, we'll see, for sewing that is, she does have an office as she can work from home sometimes. She is VP for ATT.
Question? being it's multi tasking room, rug or no rug.Room is large so it still echos a bit.
Oh Helene I would vote the same as Karen. A rug by the sofa bed but not in sewing area. I am way to clumsy with my pins and don't want the job of getting them out of a rug. I hope you don't mind but I might try to incorporate the wall cabinet idea in my "dungeon " area. I have been looking at the walls and trying to decide what I wanted to do. After seeing the cabinets attached higher up would be perfect and save much needed floor space.
Karen, I don't know how we lived before the Ott lights! My late husband bought me one many years ago and I shutter to think how much he paid then. Can buy several for what my first one cost...I even addicted my DIL to one.
Helene, I agree with what they said about rugs... easier to keep the room clear of sewing debry if you don't have a throw rug collecting it. Heck, put up a quilt on the wall over the sofa/bed to absorb sound and display your work.
We were told to use baby oil and the white socks. My daughter has a serious heel problem from standing all day and the baby oil seems to be doing the trick. She is so much happier now that she has found some with lavender scent. Pat, Kim has a similar problem with her feet and does keep a special pair of tennis/running shoes at school to wear when she has trouble.
Exfoliating is one of the keys to softer skin. That dead stuff on the surface is just that - dead. Can't be revived. SO get rid of that and then work on the "fresh" skin underneath.
Can make a good exfoliating scrub from coarse sea salt & baby or Vit E Oil. Just mix the 2 together & store in a sealed jar. Use every couple days till you see skin is softer then cut back to use weekly. A good pumice stone is also useful.
Avon makes a good foot scrub with ground walnut shells. I soak my feet in a foot bath with Calgon for at least half an hour first. I use a pumice then the scrub. Dry my feet well then use a good moisturizing lotion very liberally and put on white socks for a few hours. Makes my feet baby soft. I try to do this once a month. In the summer I carry it all out on the deck with a good book and indulge.
I can't bring myself to go for a pedicure, I'm ultra ticklish, plus with the diabetes thing I am just a bit leery of what they do. My Dr. doesn't even touch my feet because I have such a bad reaction, she takes my word for them still being ok as far as having feeling in them.
So I just have my very own indulgent pedi party. LOL
Quilter, your sewing 'retreat' is just wonderful, and you also have an HQ 16! And lots of lighting. You are going to enjoy it so much! I know how fortunate I am to have such a cool place for me to 'play' in. I have been sewing like crazy the past few weeks. I even spent several days at the 'Tuesday House' so I could work late and get up early to start again. "Marie" (my HQ16) and I have finally come to an understanding and we get along much better now. I changed my anti-deppression meds and it has really helped. AND, I have been getting shots in my lower back and cannot believe the difference!! No pain now. Hey, life is good.
Quilter, I have grey mats that I got at Walmart in the sports department. They go together sort of like a puzzle. I have a line of them in front of my cutting table and the HQ. They are maybe 3/4 of an inch thick and I don't recall how much they cost but it wasn't to much. Anything to help our feet and backs!!
After 4+ years on what we thought would take us maybe 2+ years the house is starting to come together My Quilt room is almost ready to move in just needs the pottu finished. Now after sewing on the kitchen for the last 30+ years im kind of at a loss what to put in it Would love ideas .
I have a question for y'all that have sewing room/studios what would you change ? what can't you live with out & what would you add if you could do over. thanks for your input well I was going to post a picture but its not allowing me too
I like/ need/ extra lighting!!! I have the regular overhead lighting and a portable task floor lamp AND additional floor lamp. I have my iron, lights and sewing machine all plugged into a power strip so when I shut off the powerstrip EVERYTHING shuts off at once. I really like that, I borrowed the idea from a good friend.
I have track lighting plus an Ott light for each machine. I also feel the lighting is most important, especially since my vision isn't what it used to be. I like the power strip idea Pat. I might have to see about setting it up. I arrange my sewing room as close as possible to the way I had my original one, allowing for room size differences. I also have a floor Ott light by my living room chair for reading and hand sewing.
ott lights ott lights, and more ott lights !!! I have separate tables for cutting and sewing and I love it. I have a small ironing station next to the machine i use most, coming off at opposite angle ( like an L ) sew I can stitch, turn and press.. bigger ironing board now resides in the guest room ( youngest moved out recently ) that makes me get up and move from time to time.
did I say Ott lights?? I also have true color bulbs in my over head lighting.
A comfortable chair, that fits well with your sewing table.
my room has bookshelves on all four walls. cutting table is at a window. sewing table in center of room, and I sit facing the window that has the cutting table, another window to my side. nice to see out when you are doing 8 hours, or more of sewing.
if I could have anything...my room would of course be a bit bigger. I would like to have some wall space for design wall ; would not want to live with out one, it is in the hallway just outside of my studio. I would like to have the space to decorate with some quilts and or wall hangings on the walls. not enough room for that. but it is mine own, after sewing on the kitchen table for many a year. i am very happy in my space.
oh yeah...music, and computer are must haves. and I did say Ott lights right??!!!
there are some blogs out there that have posts where people send in pictures of their rooms, if you do some messing around on the net you can find some spiffy stuff, good ideas...
Make sure your cutting table is at a good height. Either bed risers or PVC pipe is good for raising the table height.
I use peg board & hooks for hanging all my rulers, w/in reach of the cutting table.
Good lighting is terribly important & I also have many ott lights. Especially when using darker fabrics.
Shelving/storage is great for stacking/organizing everything imaginable. No matter how much you have, you end up needing more.
Covered coffee/tea/water container. I'm glad I have that lid every time I knock mine over!!!
I have the table top from an office conference room DH will be building the supports ( book cases & storage)
so it will be 36 & 1/2" high . I have track lighting & will put " ott lights" & true color bulbs on my Christmas list :)
note to self ...Drinks with lids only
peg board is on Hubby's shopping list as well as lumber for storage shelves & book cases
pic 1 is a cubby area that will be shelves on all 3 walls for fabric storage
picture 2 some of the track lighting
pic 3 looking in from the Door the powder room & on the small wall book shelves the cubby is behind the powder room
picture 4 looking out from the cubby area
pic 5 in the making
When I redid my sewing room, I bought a kitchen island at the Home Depot. It has a fold down section across the back, which when opened, holds my large cutting board. It has four drawers for tools and doodads. And it has two cabinet spaces. One side I put in the shelves and the other I put in hooks and my rulers hang there. Everything is together and out of sight if I need it to be.
One of my design wall, and another of my fabric wall. When we built this house, I wanted all my sewing stuff in one room (as opposed to spread out all over the house). So we took the two bedrooms that shared the same wall, and just left out the wall. The shelves are built in, and the design wall is that blue styrofoam board from Lowe's just covered in flannel. I duct taped the flannel to the back, then used long screws with a washer to attach it to the wall.
If you use kitchen base cabinets, be sure NOT to get the fitted tops with a curve or a backsplash!! The cutting mats don't fit good. When I was using those, we used a piece of that finished particle board (I know it has it's own name but I can't think of it) and cut it to have a six inch overhang on each side with no overhang on the front. That gave us a 26" depth for the cutting mat. It worked out great. Due to downsizing with my move, I gave those cabinets away and got the island one instead. My 24" X 36" mat fits nicely with space on the ends for lamps...
I needed the space under my ironing board to be storage, so I bought three of the ArtBin cubes, and added the satchels in sizes I needed. My DH attached the three together so now they roll as a unit. The Big Board just sits on top of them. The smaller cabinet is used for fat quarter sized pieces, just not yardage pieces. The larger cabinet was my mother's, and when she moved to the nursing home, it is the only piece I didn't get rid of. It serves as a catch-all. (Not sure why one picture is upside down?)
Was looking through the older posts of this thread and saw the empty space that Helene was starting to fill in posts from July,12. It made me sad. Fortunately, I have the wonderful things and blocks she shared and made on past swaps.
My afternoon apt cancelled on me so I got motivated & "worked" in the Studio. Reinforced a shelving unit that was starting to lean, moved another unit, finally assembled a saddle chair that has been sitting here, in the box, for over a year (took 15 min), and then swept & dusted. Even cleaned the vents on the fan!!!! Unbelievable how much lint grows out there.
Re-sorted a few boxes of scraps into a nicer basket. Tossed some small pieces I know I'll never use inot the scrap fabric bag. Found a few things I've been missing!!!!
had to come in & wash my filthy hands. Now i think I'll go sew something!!!
Pat - I just read your other post: can build but don't like house work!!!! I'm with you on that. The whole time I was out there yesterday I was thinking "oh, the house could really use this cleaning"!!!! But my clients don't see the dust in the house!!!!
I LOVE to organize stuff. Any STUFF!!!!! DH's mess calls to me so loudly, but if I dare touch it, he gets very upset with me!!!! So I'm getting him shelving (for the large closet) and storage containers for Christmas.
I like a neat and orderly place. I THRIVE on having a place for everything and everything in it's place, it's just not a talent of mine. Visual clutter is very DIScalming for me. I'm working on it and getting better. Over the last 3 years my husband has been so sick he never really did get settled into our Othello house and have all his tools put away. THAT is so unusual for him, his organization and commitment to order is one of the things that drew me to him!!!
Last night I pulled his car up and partially into the garage and we shoveled out his trunk. He sat in his wheelchair and told me what drawers to put what. The trunk of his car had not been CLEANED in over a year. I took tools, etc, etc and put them away. We still have stuff to CLEAN before it can be put away, I'm not putting a greasy jumper cables back into that car!!!