Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cabin Fever

No way.

I can't think of anything better than being stuck in my cabin with Dave and the kids and 8 inches of snow. I didn't leave the house for days, and even then it was only to pick up more fabric and another pattern. I sewed my fingers silly during and after this massive snow storm. The best part of snowing in the snow (well, in a house in the snow) is the bright, bright light that is reflected off the snow and under my presser foot.

After all of the time I spent sewing with Anna Jane, I got caught up in some projects of my own.

I'll show them soon, but since we have ANOTHER snow day tomorrow, I hope to add a couple of things to my total for the week.

With all of the time spent with my fabric and thread, I got an itch for an organized sewing space. At this point, I have supplies in bags, drawers, cabinets, and RubberMaid boxes. They are not all in the same room and I'm terrible at putting things back where I found them.

I actually have lots of options for a sewing space: a corner of the playroom, 1/2 of Henry's bedroom, lots of space in the basement...I know enough about myself to situate my sewing supplies in an area of the house that is easily accessible. The basement would be an ideal spot with lots of space and storage. But I wouldn't want to be alone downstairs while the rest of the household continues without me.

There was a pretty obvious spot in the middle of the house, but I had some reservations.

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This is kind of our laundry room. Or like a breezeway through our laundry room. There are doors that span the wall behind me (taking the photo) that enclose cabinets, a washer and dryer. Behind that is the playroom. To the left of the "room" is the dining room (which is at the front of the house). To the right of the room is the kitchen, and on the other side of the room is the den (and all bedrooms).

Now that you have a treasure map of my house, you will see that this really is in the middle of the house. It's where we keep the birthday cake during our big family parties. The green buffet serves as a dessert table for other get togethers. When we are not entertaining, we stack up clean (folded or not) laundry. It also showcases one of my favorite wedding gifts: a P.Buckley Moss print, which was a gift from my parents.

Taking photos of this space was really difficult. It's quite cozy, despite what it looks like on my computer screen. I moved the green buffet to the right and added an antique work table.

The green buffet was the first piece of furniture that I painted with my friend, Elizabeth. I bought it from my minister when I bought my first house. We crackled it and I added these drawer pulls that reminded me of my Mema's back-porch screen door:

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The work table came from Bocock-Stroud Department Store in downtown Winston-Salem. My great-grandfather Henry S Wilson started this store and most everyone in the family worked there at some point.

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I found this photo in some of the city's online archives:

Maybe that's my table!
Here is a photo of the store during a Christmas Parade:

Once I got those two pieces in place, I just started adding things that I found around the house. I did have to run to Michael's to pick up two of the little shelves. I painted them white and hung them, including a little special shelf for my piece-of-art pin cushion:

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I added trim to each of the three white shelves:

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I had this antique printer's box in the basement:

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The tall spools of thread in the middle are ones I have used. The others were given to me in a very large bag of sewing supplies from my grandmother. She also gave me a bag full of empty spools:

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I know exactly what I'm going to do with them!

So here is somewhat of an after photo:

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I'm sure I will find more around the house to add. The drawers of the buffet hold supplies, as well as the containers on the shelves. The cabinets of the buffet hold fabric scraps. Not enough room for a substantial amount of fabric or batting. Those are still in RubberMaid containers.

I am missing a few things, such as this, and this, and this, and this, and the list goes on...

I've tried to keep the laundry out, and I've got a chair of Henry Wilson's that I am changing the seat on so that it will feel at home in my new space. I think I like how it has turned out so far.

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  1. That space looks fabulous! I love how resourceful you are. Teach me your ways, great master! Hopefully, where ever we live next year, you can come and help me put our new home together!

  2. I'm jealous. It looks like the perfect place to sew!

  3. That looks so adorable! I just new you would be crafting up a storm. That one yard wonders book looks awesome. I can't wait to see what you've stitched up!

  4. I finally figured out how to post! look out! I had time to figure it out. Riley's sleeping. Room looks great. love the trim on the shelves. I might have to steal that! :)

    Think we'll run tomorrow?

  5. Friend-
    The sewing "room" looks awesome. I love how it's such a mix of the past and the present, new and old. Isn't family history amazing? And I love how you're already making sewing a family activity. I wish I had had more patience with my mom's sewing! Like so many things, it's something I didn't appreciate as much as I should have. Anyway, the sewing room is great...and I know that some awesome fabric and thread creations are going to emerge from it. Can't wait to see them all! Lindsey

  6. What a perfect way to store your spools! Thank you for sharing!