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Sewing Room Updates/Progress

A while back I posted about my sewing room (here and here), which I have to say I love and was working for me. I still have not resolved my design wall issue (I am still using portable boards), but I have made some other updates that are still in progress. I will admit, I am having to work out how to use all my space, as I need more room mostly due to fabric buys and WiPs/Projects for the year.

So come, enjoy an updated tour 🙂

First off, I added wall shelves at the back of my storage desk over the weekend. I have labelled everything for you all on whats on the shelves. I have two more additions (see edits in blue), I want to make:

  1. Adding a rack at the bottom of the shelves for hanging quilts etc.
  2. Adding an open magazine rack to the side to store Accuquilt dies. (thinking about this one from Ikea)

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These are the items already to go and be hung on the rack when it’s up.HangingObjectsReady

In between the project desk/cutting table/fabric storage and my sewing machine, I plan to hang my craft storage board I made (with the hubby’s help).
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I want to say, I work better when things are more organized. I am not sure if this is me procrastinating or actually coming up with more creative ways to store fabric…anyway the next photos show, in my re-organization, I have invested in project bins for my 2014 goals.

My bookcase + Project Rack are full of lots of possible projects, some additional supplies and my craft books.
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I found a great use for the space under the couch 🙂ProjectBoxStorage_Couch

Finally, I thought I would give you an overview of the main space, with the current updates collectively.
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If you are interested in some of the items you see here, here are some links:

Linking up with Lee @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday (see link on right menu).

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WiP Wednesday: New quilt/block and Sewing room ideas

It’s another one of those weeks where ideas are coming fast and furious but I have no time to finish anything. The best I can do is just take one project at a time. Here’s what I am working on this week and a couple of ideas I am hoping to implement….Let me know what you think about the ideas below.

Paper Piecing block/New Quilt
I have started a new paper piecing block which I am testing for Juliet @ Tartankiwi. It is another New Zealand bird and this is the 3rd for this series I have made….I have decided to take Laura’s suggestion and make a quilt from the blocks. The first piece is complete.IMG_8555

Chair Bags
I have 3 orders to make this weekend. One is in a similar color palate to this one but with dark purple corduroy.
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The other two are for older boys (5 & 7) using this fabric as a main pocket….I love this fabric it is a science experiment.
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Ideas for my sewing room
I came up with two new things in my sewing room space…..first off, I added a cork board which I made. I will hang it on the wall over the weekend, but it is right beside my sewing machine and it has a list of my to-do projects for the month.  I can get the satisfaction of crossing things off as I go 🙂IMG_8556

Secondly, I really want a bigger space for my design boards. Right now, I have a make shift one which I can move and put away whenever I like. Problem is it’s not really big enough. I have been struggling with, what to do about a design wall, as I have no straight walls really….then it struck me last night (this is when all my best ideas come :-))…..why not put a sliding/hanging door from my ceiling that I can frame/cover in flannel.  I am thinking about something similar  these doors in the photos:
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I am thinking I can put it in front of the bookcase in the picture below and when I need to use it I can pull it out. The whole door would move back and forward on a track. That would give me a decent sized floor to ceiling design wall. What do you think???

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Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday Stash {18.08.2013} + Sewing Room

Remember the post where I was playing around with the palette builder by Anne @ Play Crafts,  and how cool it was that it now supports the Kona Cotton palette. Well, that and the sale on Kona cottons at Fat Quarter led to this:

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Yes, 29 new Kona solids have been added to my fabric stash. This purchase, finally had the hubby asking ” Where are you going to put it all”. Then comment just so long as you can fit it all in the shelving I am ok. You will be pleased to know with a little organizing they all fit.

I had shared with you a couple of photos on my fabric stash and sewing room of late. To consolidate so I can share on Studio Spotlight link-up, here is my sewing room and stash storage.

The Sewing Space:
I love the natural light I get with the sewing machine in the alcove there. The Pottery Barn project table has been amazing – so worth the money.SewingRoom

Upcoming Project Storage & Book Case:
The Project Storage is new, purchased from PB Teen. The bookcase (from west elm) is invaluable for storing my Scrap Bins, Linen, Charm Packs, Corduroy, Mens Ties, Batting, Zippers, Finished Projects etc. I love how it matches.
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Rainbow Fabric Stash:
The majority of my fabric is stored by color in one side of my Project table. It is a 3 x 3 cubbies, and I store my fabric using Comic Book Boards.FabricStash

Fabric Collections & Solids:
So, this side of the project table has been recently reorganized, as of this morning, to incorporate those new solids and the collections I have shown the last couple of weeks.FabricStash_CollectionsSolids

The last thing in my sewing room I love is the “break area”.

Break Area:
The sofa of course now has my yellow & grey Kiwi cushion and the Spoonflower bolster cushion to help with the quiet creative thinking time 😉
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Linking up with Fiona @ Finding Fifth for Sunday Stash

and Ellison Lane’s Studio Spotlight

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Organizing my sewing room

I have slowly been revamping my sewing space and upgrading it over time. One of the bigger remaining areas that bugged me was how I organized my upcoming projects. I had one basket and all projects (well the materials) stacked in that basket. So, I had been looking for a while for some way to organize my sewing projects. I was thinking about some kind of shelving + bin mechanism but in keeping with the rest of my sewing room.

I have fixed my problem and I love it. I bought a basket wall hanger from PBTeen last week, which was 20% off + free shipping (yippee!!). It arrived yesterday and installed it last night.

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Projects from left to right: Pouches/pencil cases , Chair Bags/Pockets + Christmas Stocking, the last two bins are the Cross Quilt (with low volumes+Kaffe Fassett fabric)

ProjectStorage_1Larger view of my storage with scrap bins, zippers, books, linens.

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View from the other side, with my sewing table (well chair) in the background (all ready for our cleaners to com.

The basket I was using for my projects came in handy, as I used it to pack my projects for our vacation which starts today….all ready to leave to Charleston. IMG_7896

My new work area

My craft area in our bonus room has come a long way. I love the changes we made to accommodate my renewed interests.

First off we made a floating sewing table in one of the alcoves. It was a great use of space. I got a cool new chair from West Elm and a desk lamp from CB2.

We moved my crafts project table (which was originally purchased from pottery barn) to be floating, so I can now work around all sides. We added a new bookcase (from West Elm) to help organize finished projects and ongoing projects; added storage baskets (felt gray one from West elm, Green tray also from West Elm, Dark weaved basket from Pottery Barn and the wood tray from Crate and Barrel).

 

The bookcase adds a framing element to my craft area and the new reading area. And today, our new couch (from CB2) arrived which adds a nice reading area which sits on the other side of the bookcase.

 

So that’s my new work area.

I also wanted to share two of my favorite walls I painted in our house. The first is my sons room which are squares that slightly wrap around the room; and the second is the guest room which is painted orange and I used white vinyl to create a tree and individual leaves decal.

Creative mind in overdrive

Have you every had those days where your mind will not stop thinking about something. I usually have problems sleeping as I can’t shut it off. Well, normally for me its usually work related, but since I started this blog and had time off work due to illness, my creative side of my mind has taken over. This is good news, but I do not have enough hours in the day do to everything.

To keep track of what I have been thinking here is a list of projects, in no particular order:

Crafts

  • Cork boards for my etsy store (frame purchased and backing board)
     
  • Caterpillar growth chart for etsy store (circles cut out and painted)
  • A stuffed elephant (pattern forming in my head – probably purple colored)
  • A t-shirt rug (in white, yellow, orange and red circular pattern)
  • Twin quilt for my son (material purchased)
  • Tie art feature in orange’s, grey’s and green’s (inspired by this art piece featured on sewingwithneckties.blogspot.com)
  • Modern Quilted placemats and table runner
  • Fabric design/printing using my son’s art work and www.spoonflower.com
  • Creating a side table (for the kitchen) and shelving (for my new craft table space, hopefully without blocking too much light from the window.) from my soon to be repurposed teak futon
      

Framed

  • Textured picture of airplane view of field (out of melted crayons, bought crayons and have photo to base it off)
  • Chalk drawing of a face (subject chosen)

Home and Garden Design (the most costly ideas)

  • Backyard: Planters, Circular area, Copper waterfall feature
  • Master Bathroom: Multi-colored wood wall feature, grey painted wall, new cabinets  from the M collection of WetStyle, shower and bath also from WetStyle, grey glass tiles
  • Master Bedroom: Orange Chair (either this but in orange; or this one), tie art feature in orange’s, grey’s and green’s (see above).
  • Other Furniture I have been thinking about adding: Sofa for bonus room, Light for my new sewing desk (see photo’s above), Light above dining room table (I want a large box light but kind find one I like), Floor lamp (not sure what room, love the red cable).

Edible Delights

  • Bell Pepper Marmalade, Relish or Preserve, to use our own grown peppers

So as you can see, sooooo many ideas – let’s see what I can get done. I’ll post as I finish things (finish being the operative word).

Designing our sun room

This is the first blog post that talks about our interior design choices.  My husband and I like modern, and simple lines.

One of the first rooms we finished designing in our house was the sun room. It is an enclosed sun room, and it is a small space ~5 ft by ~7 ft.

There are several things we loved, about this room, before we started:

  • the color  – its a dark cream; and
  • secondly the light of the room, it has great windows.

The floor consists of terra-cotta tiles, which I was not sure about when we first moved in, but as the room opens to the deck and backyard I have changed my mind – its the perfect surface with a 5 year-old and outdoor activities.

The room had a glass door and a fixed window which was door-sized exiting to the deck. We replaced that with beautiful simple French doors.

Some of the key pieces in the room that makes this a functional room and pulled it together for us are, the side-turned bookcases we use for records and cd’s, the two chairs,  the red lamp, the grey rug and the simple side table (adorned with a plant and a beautiful paper weight art piece). The layout of these pieces definitely make the room seem larger (this was the second layout option we tried).

    

My husband and I do appreciate art and are influenced by New Zealand artists. Some of the pieces that add interest to our room include an antique gas coach lamp which we hung in the inner window space (recycled from my husbands grandfather’s summer garden), a green tiki, and 3 pottery tiles with New Zealand native plants (NZ Cabbage tree, Nikau tree and NZ Flax).

    

I love to read, listen to music and relax in this room now. When friends come over this is where we drink coffee.  I think when designing, for us, it is about putting together items we have collected over time and making room useful but an enjoyable space.