Friday, April 25, 2008

Sewing Room Makeover

My friends think I am good at decorating, but really, I'm just good at copying others good ideas. I saw this photo online at Heather Bailey's website and decided to model my sewing room after it.

So I painted the walls pink, bought a shelf for my fabrics, covered my cork boards with Heather Bailey designer fabrics, and now I just need to paint my sewing table that gorgeous distressed turquiose color. If it ever gets warm enough to haul it outside and paint it, it will happen. I thought of cleaning my sewing room before I photographed it, but hey, this is how it looks on a daily basis. (Yes, a new house is being built on the *&^% flag lot behind us. Don't ask me how I feel about that.) I need to do something about having a black chair in this very feminine-looking room. I need to figure out if I can take the chair apart and re-upholster it. It's comfy!
This cutting table has saved my life. I can't believe I sewed all those years without it! My little Ikea shelf would look gret if I would keep my fabric organized into colors, but that's too much work.

I bought this chair at Ikea so that Paul can visit me when I am working. He likes to prop himself down there with the latest copy of Fortune Magazine. We're a good team. Need to recover the chair in cute pastel fabric too. Ah, the never ending projects.
I buy my fabric stash wholesale now and avoid the retail prices. I had no idea retail was marked up 100% until I started buying wholesale!

My shelving unit is loaded with Ikea stainless boxes. All my containers are critical to keeping me 'semi-organized'. This unit holds my patterns, baskets of serger thread, zippers and buttons, sewing book references, etc. (The gallon of distilled water on the floor is to refill my iron.)

My iPod is my best friend. I have it loaded with heathen music that I love and LDS General Conference reports. See my Pullitzer-Prize winning Shuffle Me Righteous Blog for more info about my quirkiness with music and conference mixes. I hang Hallie's artwork behind the iPod on the bulletin board.

We complete your 360 degree tour of my sewing room studio with a view of my college diploma on the wall. I've always hung my diploma in my sewing room since the day I got it 12 years ago. It's the most expensive piece of paper I own and it took me another 5 years after college to pay off that piece of paper. Ah, but it was worth it. Look wear I am now? Working in a pink studio with sewing machines worth more than our 1993 Nissan Sentra.

9 comments:

Nic said...

I haven't been to your blog in a while and it was so much fun to see all the new things you've been creating. I'm jealous you have your own room to sew in... I just have a kitchen table that my husband just loves me piling high with fabric, ha, ha. HB's crafting room is amazing... I also love your tunics... I might have to make one for my little girls if that's O.K.
I can sympathize with the whole brown hair/black hair thing. I hate it when people say my hair is black... it's dark brown. I've only known my Mom with salt-and-pepper hair. I need therapy for all the times that kids in school told me my Mom was a witch. Me and my 5 sissy's all struggle with the evil grey!!
Recover that chair and it will look soooo cute... I love uphulstory projects!
It's great to see what you been up to. Your music mix/conference cracks me up. Happy creating!!!

Paul said...

Glad you have a place to call your own. I love you and all of the marketable creations that come out of that room.

Love you dear.

Win said...

VERY CUTE!!

Just make sure the scissors have a special place high above Hallie's grasp!

Ilene said...

What?! The sewing machines are worth more than the Sentra?

Blasphemy!

ellene said...

OMG~ I saw the same picture on Heather's site and fell in love also. Turquoise furniture is a dream...I've been thinking about buying fabric wholesale too, I'm embarrassed to say how much money I spend on fabric. I always thought I'd have to buy it by the bolt though~ any advice on how to do it?
thanks!

Anonymous said...

Cynthia-
I love it!! You've inspired me to clean out our "back room" that is piled high with crap and one tiny corner I squeeze into to sew. maybe that's why I don't sew as much as I'm capable. Dig the pink walls.
Carolyn #2

Anonymous said...

Cynthia!

I love the sewing room. I have been meaning to paint mine (I still have the sample paint splotch on the wall from January) but am thinking of asking you to come over and paint my room! You do such a great job!

Love,
Your sister

Sarah said...

Okay, perfect stranger leaving a comment on your blog. I stumbled on your blog after trying fruitlessly to find Amy Butler's pattern for the Liverpool dress. (apparently, I'm not the only one.) Anyway, I found your blog to be refreshingly honest. What fun! Thanks for a good read.
-Sarah

mary said...

OK, I want to know more about buying fabric wholesale. How did you get set up with that? You probably have to have a business license or something, right?

It's so fun to stumble on your blog -- I'm just over here in Orem and in my neighborhood I feel like an alien being a sewing addict. We have very similar taste and it's exciting to think there are "more of me" out there. Thanks for the fun blog!

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