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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 5, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8611302

We came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1148289/#new

This room as of today - not quite finished. yes it's the Garage/laundry/hot waterboiler and ironing.

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 6, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8612116

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.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 6, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8612315

gosh, Jean... you're really into it! Hope you get it packed soon, so you can sit and stitch... maybe on the train project?

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 6, 2011
7:03 AM

Post #8612405

Hope the house sells soon. Being in limbo like that is so hard.Keeping it pico-bello is the hardest. How is your shoulder?

This message was edited Jun 6, 2011 9:06 AM
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 6, 2011
9:34 AM

Post #8612721

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.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8613007

Please be careful Jean. You don't want a fall or any other kind of problem now!!!! I know how full you can pack things!!!!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 6, 2011
11:49 AM

Post #8613015

Oh Jean, listen to Barb. We certainly don't need you falling...delays the Florida move.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2011
3:11 AM

Post #8617087

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!!!!!

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2011
6:10 PM

Post #8622990

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...

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morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8622995

Now if I can find the other pic. It's a closer look at the front door. I'm thinking of painting it blue. I can't plant to much around the place as the Javalina, deer, etc. come foraging regularly.

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8622998

Beats my garage - COOL

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 10, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8623025

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.

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 10, 2011
7:02 PM

Post #8623106

How awesome to have your very own place.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 10, 2011
8:16 PM

Post #8623251

beats a 300 sq ft garage.Although I feel I am in hog heaven leaving everything thing and coming back to when I want.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 11, 2011
9:45 AM

Post #8623951

Gloria, that is AWESOME. You could hold quilting retreats in that place. I'd come!!!!!
How have you been???? Haven't seen a post from you in ages.
Karen hasn't been around either.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 11, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8624742

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...

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2011
3:34 PM

Post #8630478

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...

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 14, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8630906

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 14, 2011
7:43 PM

Post #8631068

morknotmindy
Great place you have there for your sewing

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2011
3:10 PM

Post #8634588

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
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 17, 2011
4:51 AM

Post #8635720

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.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8635896

morknotmindy & Qwilter
I so know what you mean it takes me weeks to find things when I have to strighten up for guests ...lol
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 17, 2011
7:50 AM

Post #8636116

So I think the moral of these posts is: just leave your sewing area messy! I can deal with that. LOL

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8636588

Jean - that's my room right now. Piles here and there. Too much going on in my head!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 17, 2011
3:05 PM

Post #8636919

That's how mine usually is too. With starting a wedding gown, i have to make sure everything is super clean now.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

June 18, 2011
3:26 AM

Post #8637856

For my wedding I made all the gowns also. This is my DD2 my flower girl.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8637933

Oh Laura, the dress is beautiful but your daughter is just gorgeous!!! I love the simplicity of that dress for her. Fantastic!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2011
6:56 AM

Post #8638111

Barb you are so right, both are so very lovely Laura.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

June 18, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8638146

Thank you. I had alot of fun with the dresses. And saved a ton of money.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

June 18, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8638164

oh yes both are very pretty
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 18, 2011
2:05 PM

Post #8638711

Beautiful daughter and dress.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

July 19, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8702705

I keep hoping to find a organization system that will work for my sewing room but it "ain't happin"

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2011
9:25 PM

Post #8702885

Pat, chaos is a kind of organization.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

July 19, 2011
9:28 PM

Post #8702887

LOL.. oh then I am VERY organized!!!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8703563

Me too right now with 5"squares all over the place!!!!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 20, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8703633

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.

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 20, 2011
9:03 AM

Post #8703675

How delightful Helene. That runner is really sweet. I'm so glad to hear the smile in your post and to know that your makeover is really making you happy. I think of you often...

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9211253

this is my ideea of a sewing room/studio http://finishmyquilt.com/Portfolio.php recliner and all
this is in the next town near me in NJ.

In a quandry as what to do here.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

July 19, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9211262

Need a recliner for planning sessions. LOL

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 19, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9211269

it is all in the planning. You can sit there all day and be working/ planning that is.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9222411

As promised...

These are the "before" pictures and a pic of the outside of the studio. The standing water in the pic is the result of TS Debbie last month.

The place was a mess!!!!!!

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9222415

Now here are the pics from this AM...

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9222480

I am green with envy!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 29, 2012
11:13 AM

Post #9222502

oh hhhh that is so beautiful. Was going to buy same color chair from wally world. Looks like one can be very productive here.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2012
11:16 AM

Post #9222506

Chair is from bizchair.com. GREAT selection & prices.
Along with the orange & green desk chairs I also have a high green saddle chair I can use at the HQ-16.

The side I did not photograph still needs some "work", but I'm happy with the rest of the space.

There is a 2nd floor which is just storage & some (unused) exercise eq.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 29, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #9222509

WOW you must feel like Jean the queen

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 29, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #9222531

ok so this is what we have for my room all freshley painted new wooden floors - installation will be next week

one corner for sewing, one corner for office and queen sleeper + plus large walk in closet. Will be just right for my 5/6 mo stay.

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9222558

Helene, I love the color...name please.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2012
12:40 PM

Post #9222579

OH yes, Helene - that color is sooo soothing. Sounds like the kids are really trying to make a space just for you. That's really thoughtful...
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2012
2:08 PM

Post #9222679

That color is almost identical to what I have here in my study.
Very nice indeed.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
2:15 PM

Post #9222681

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.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 29, 2012
2:17 PM

Post #9222685

Has been raining here for the past hour. Nice steady rain. Not a lot of thunder and now only 80 degrees.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
2:25 PM

Post #9222697

No rain here but plenty of thunder in the distance. I see on the weather it says it is 72 here but if it is, it is the hottest 72 I have seen!! I wouldn't mind a nice steady rainfall.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2012
6:33 AM

Post #9223395

Oh Jean - the studio is outstanding!!! What a job you have accomplished!!!! Nobody can ever say that you were afraid of hard work. And every bit of it shows. I'm really proud of you!!!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 30, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9223488

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.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9229449

Jean, I can't believe how close we used to live to where you are now. I looked you up on Google Earth. We lived off Blanding Blvd. just about across Doctors Lake from you.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 4, 2012
3:08 PM

Post #9229618

OMG - MOVE BACK!!!!!! I'm up & down Blanding a couple times a week. What fun we could have!!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2012
4:42 PM

Post #9229705

Would you believe, I worked at Sears when Orange park Mall first opened, mid 70s.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 4, 2012
6:50 PM

Post #9229833

Karen, I never knew you lived in Florida, much less not very far from where I was in Gainesville. Small, small world indeed.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 5, 2012
4:43 AM

Post #9230008

Today has started off rainy & it is supposed to continue for a couple days. I think I'll be spending a bit of time in the Studio. I'd eventually like to get a small fridge out there.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 7, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9233275

this was installed today. sewing corner, home office and queen size pullout for guest.
do need a cutting table, and task lighting

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helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 7, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9233281

starting to move in

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 7, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9233298

Very nice Helene. I can only imagine how happy you are to start moving in!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9233337

Hmmm you need a couple Ott lights under there.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 7, 2012
3:47 PM

Post #9233425

Very NICE!!!!! They must really be happy to have you there.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9233497

Looking good Helene. Get Ott lights if you can - the closest to daylight that I have found. They come in all kinds of sizes... Now I can't wait to see what comes out of your hideaway first!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 7, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9233541

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.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9233568

WOW Helene, I have SERIOUS envy here!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 8, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9234026

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.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #9234060

Hmmm my choice? Maybe an area rug by sofa bed. No rug in sewing area, but then I'm diabetic and a dropped pin can be trouble for me. I am very careful to immediately stop and find any dropped ones.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 8, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9234104

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.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 8, 2012
7:58 AM

Post #9234122

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.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 8, 2012
10:49 AM

Post #9234341

such good suggestions. Well we had the wooden floors installed so that I could keep the floor pin free as I love to go barefoot.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2012
11:28 AM

Post #9234388

I love barefoot also...not supposed to but hard to quit, I always have, just try to be careful.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 8, 2012
6:57 PM

Post #9234995

After plantar facia I was not supposed to go barefoot, and my feet get sooooo dry that I try to wear socks with lotion to keep them from getting even worse.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2012
6:35 AM

Post #9235411

vitamin A&D cream the stuff for babies bottoms at night and then white socks. have to ask DD her pedicurist suggested something for her heels...
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 9, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9235431

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.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2012
6:49 AM

Post #9235438

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.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9235445

the other piece is - you don't want your hand and feet too soft...has too be just right.

Yet another piece is: if wearing foot geart w/o socks one can get fungus on the feet, so antifungul creams work. Years ago I had a problem from the gym (swimmingpool) and those creams worked.

I use Clarins products. Their hand and nail cream is the best.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9235448

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.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2012
7:03 AM

Post #9235450

WOW

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2012
7:08 AM

Post #9235454

`I've been using several of the tricks you have suggested and YES soaking and debrying are crucial!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9235500

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

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 9, 2012
10:22 AM

Post #9235625

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.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 9, 2012
1:24 PM

Post #9235860

I sure wish there was plumbing in the Studio!!! Of course then I'd never "go home". I do enjoy having a place I can escape to when I need to get away from it all.

I have a black automotive floor mat to stand on at the HQ. Makes a big difference. I'd like to get one of the gel mats but not in the budget right now.

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

August 12, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #9238940

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!!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9239006

Yes, mine are the same only from the automotive section of Big Lots. They make a big difference for sure.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 23, 2013
4:38 PM

Post #9693376

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

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 23, 2013
6:04 PM

Post #9693429

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.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 23, 2013
6:10 PM

Post #9693434

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.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 23, 2013
8:24 PM

Post #9693528

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...
Happy stitchin'
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 24, 2013
6:26 AM

Post #9693683

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!!!
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2013
5:56 PM

Post #9694178

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

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2013
6:29 PM

Post #9694214

Awesome, I envy you all that space.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 24, 2013
7:52 PM

Post #9694259

me too, Karen! My sewing room would fit in her cubby!! LOL

morknotmindy

morknotmindy
Oracle , AZ
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2013
8:00 PM

Post #9694262

I would hate to be without my design wall...
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 24, 2013
8:06 PM

Post #9694267

Thank you Karen & Kizmo
the cubby is about the size of what I have been sewing on for 30+ years ...
Yes Yes morknomindy the design wall almost forgot .. going on the list

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 24, 2013
8:23 PM

Post #9694274

I started with a nice big room but it shrinks with every move.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2013
3:48 AM

Post #9694366

That looks like a very nice size area for all your "toys"!!!!!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 25, 2013
4:17 AM

Post #9694377

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.

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happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2013
4:42 AM

Post #9694388

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.

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2013
5:49 AM

Post #9694442

Leslie, when are you heading to Houston?
I really do need to get my design wall up when I get back to FL. Have the materials, just need to do the work.

happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

October 25, 2013
4:26 PM

Post #9694847

Harding to Houston on Tuesday morning, next week. I will spend the night with a friend in New Orleans, and head on to Preview Night on Wednesday. Coming home Sunday.
denimangle
Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX
(Zone 8b)

October 26, 2013
7:30 AM

Post #9695141

Barb You & DH think alike . he came up with the idea of using kitchen bases for the base of my cutting table we will be hitting the resale store

Leslie thanks for the design wall idea

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2013
8:51 AM

Post #9695181

I love Craigslist and resale stores. I'm a thrift store junky! We used to have some really good 2nd hand building supply stores in Boise.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2013
9:02 AM

Post #9695186

some local yard sale sites are on face book too. Search under your city or county.. These are listed like want ads but are free to use.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2013
9:22 AM

Post #9695197

Thanks Karen, you know I have never tried those. I know a woman who sells on them frequently. I just haven't gotten the hang of Facebook.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2013
9:41 AM

Post #9695207

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...

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 26, 2013
9:51 AM

Post #9695208

This shows a picture of the kitchen cabinet used for my cutting table. I bought seconds at Home Depot as I didn't care if there was a scratch on it or not...


http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=8304159

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

October 26, 2013
11:17 AM

Post #9695246

thats a nice cutting table Barb, I've been sketching up similar to that also. I DO really like that pieced top you have on the wall!

happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

October 26, 2013
1:35 PM

Post #9695339

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?)

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FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 28, 2013
12:47 PM

Post #9696934

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.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2013
2:21 PM

Post #9697010

Helene left a hole in all our hearts Stu.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

October 28, 2013
2:44 PM

Post #9697024

You can say that again.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2013
2:45 PM

Post #9697025

That she did. She was so willing to share with all of us...

meadowyck

meadowyck
Brooksville, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2013
10:58 AM

Post #9702549

Wow you ladies have some incredible creative places to sew in.

Just beautiful

happytail you could open a quilting shop in your home...

Jan
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2013
12:04 PM

Post #9702594

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!!!

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2013
8:03 PM

Post #9702974

You ROCK Jean, wanna come get my sewing room in order??? I can't even walk in it yet! I keep reminding myself "be patient" (not one of my virtues)
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2013
4:04 AM

Post #9703086

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.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2013
7:43 AM

Post #9703267

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!!!
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2013
11:20 AM

Post #9703414

A friend was over today & was AMAZED at how good the Studio looks. Just a bit of rearranging & it gives the appearance of so much more floor space.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2013
5:37 PM

Post #9703666

Isn't that a GREAT feeling?? GOOD for you!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 7, 2013
4:23 AM

Post #9703932

That's wonderful Jean. And it IS a great feeling!!!!
Hope to do some work on some table toppers today...

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