One of the prettiest rooms in the house was rarely used, except as a walk-through. We had it set up as a living room with pieces of furniture I'd inherited from my parents and grandparents, as well as Lesley's piano. The light has always been just beautiful here, with windows that face both the rising and setting sun.
So when I set up my new sewing machine in this room last year on a folding utility table, we started making plans to turn the room into a studio. We took Grandma Olive's beautiful sofa to my sister Nancy. We moved the piano to a bedroom. And we moved in a harvest table Don had "slapped" together a few years ago for eating al fresco to be a dining / project table. (He sanded it thoroughly to remove glue and other unsightlies.)
We don't have a dining room, so when holidays come, now we can clear off sewing stuff and set the table for dinner. We used it for the food when the kids came for Christmas.
|Don picked up a bulletin board via Craig's List for $10;|
it's now my design board.
On it is the top of a shelter quilt ready to assemble.
Don plans to put "real" table legs on, probably using porch posts. But if you ask me, these saw horses work fine. I suppose they are not terribly elegant, but they are very sturdy.
|This was my mom's waste basket in her study.|
|Two pin cushions are indispensable; my daughter-in-law Andrea made me this argyle one.|
|A collection of baskets for storage;|
the tin on the right was my mom's sewing kit,
and it may have been her mom's too, I don't know.
|I remember the inside looking very much like this when it was Mom's.|
|stash of homemade binding|
|Peter made Santa in school one year.|
It was fun choosing just what to keep in the studio, and no doubt this will evolve over time. Don picked up this old wooden desk and chair at a yard sale. He is the absolute king of yard sales. The spool rack was a gift from Don's sister, from her MIL's farmhouse in Pennsylvania. I did not notice "Honor Student" until I took this photo.
|A box from my box collection, with sewing feet and tools|
|Don found three, three of these caddies that he'd gotten |
from my dad's garage when we cleaned out their house;
Dad seems to have made them from an old dresser.
|I put out the Radko ornaments this year for the first time in a very long time.|
|The design board with a shelter quilt top ready to assemble|
|Another of Dad's tool caddies, with fabric scraps;|
I'd like to think he would be tickled pink if he knew I was using these.