Sewing blogs and sites abound with questions about how to use left-over fabric. For the past few years I have packed it into large zip-lock bags, labeled it and donated the bags to the local second-hand shop.
Before we moved I saved some bits and pieces for my granddaughters. Several days ago while at our house they discovered their “stash” and had a limitless amount of fun with what they found. All they needed were safety pins (like every pin I could find), scissors and their creative energy. Here is the result:
Lesson to self: Never underestimate the creativity of a child.
Seems like it’s been forever since I’ve blogged. Unfortunately life’s events stole all of my emotional energy plus. Briefly, here’s a rundown of what we’ve been up to since late Feb.
- Sold our Philly home and most of our furniture
- Packed everything into a truck and drove it to Wisconsin
- Purchased a new-to-us home
- Moved in
- Refurbished our home to make it livable
Moving is stressful enough. In our case we added to the stress by purchasing a beautiful home that was the unfortunate victim of a bank foreclosure. Worse than that, the home was missing many of life’s essentials such as a kitchen faucet, shower heads, cabinet hardware, towel/TP holders, light fixtures and appliances. There’s more but you get the idea. Kevin and I have been shopping and installing all that was missing from the home. We are on a first-name basis with nearly every employee at Home Depot.
Now that the worst part is over, I’ve been able to spend time renovating my sewing cave which also was a victim but nothing that a little paint couldn’t fix. Appropriately, you, my sewing friends are the first to see it nearly completed.
First of all, I am so excited to have a sewing such as this – maybe even a little guilty to think about this type of indulgence. Now that I’ve said it, I’m over the guilt.
Because the previous owner used this as a “craft” room, it is perfect for a sewing room. Two walls of counter height and wall cabinets were removed before we purchased the home but the following remained intact:
- Counter height electrical outlets – just perfect for sewing machines, lights, etc.
- Sufficient natural light
- Track lighting
- Closet of sufficient size
In addition I was able to add:
- IKEA adjustable height tables around 2 sides of the room
- Magnetic paint
- A cutting table
There’s more to do such as unpacking the stash, organizing and some items to add: base boards, wall decorations and closet shelving. In the several days that the room has been operational, I’ve loved it. Here are the other views:
Just wanted all of you to know that I am still working on putting our new home together – will return to the blog soon.