Sunday, April 22, 2012

My New Sewing Room

The moment has arrived! It's time to show you my new sewing and craft room. The only thing left to do is to build a new work table but that will have to wait until after summer projects that Brian plans to get done around the house. For now this table suits my purpose. The big cabinet behind the table is actually a Murphy bed. When I have overnight guests, I simply fold up the table and pull down the bed. I hope you like a lot of pictures!

Here it is from another angle. Yes, I do use that file organizer (long thing on the wall) that I sell the pattern for. It comes in quite handy. You might also notice the portable ironing board that I made for my room. If you click on my "Tutorials" tab at the top, you can see how to make your own. After I buy new bed linens, I'll show you the room when it is turned into a guest room.

If you follow my blog regularly, you've already seen this awesome wall of shelves that hubby built for me. The top shelves are covered because it hides the ugly stuff.

On to the details... I have photos throughout the room of those most near and dear to me. I even have one shelf dedicated to display a few of them. I also have a great spot to hang my favorite aprons. It's my new souvenir collection. It's a fun thing to collect while on vacations.

You see the baskets on the bottom shelves of the units next to the Murphy bed (top picture). Those are empty for now, but I thought they'd be handy when the room turns into a guest room. My guests will have little "drawers" to stash things in. The sewing machine table will become a writing desk or a place for my kids to use their laptops when they are visiting from Delaware. Right now you see a blanket next to the sewing machine. That is Punkie's favorite place to lay.

I found these bed risers laying around. They lift my table up to a comfy level for crafting. And these great storage containers have been on sale at Michael's. I'm going to get two more. They are perfect for storing the tiny scraps.

I actually have 4 areas for storing fabric. Here is where you'll find my 100% cottons which I use mostly. I also have a cabinet along the wall by the sewing machine where I store my smaller fabric piles (3/4 yard and under), I also have those storage containers (photo above this one) where I store the tiny scraps, and I use the top shelves of the new shelves to store felt and decorating fabrics.

My cutting tools, pencils, rotary cutters, and decorative edge scissors are so handy in these little mugs and flower pot.

I love the pretty glass jars for storing the colorful stuff! The photo in the left picture is of my grandmother who actually gave me the creative gene. I can remember hours of crafting when I would visit her. This picture was taken in the 1920's but you can tell that by her hairstyle.

And it all started with the plans above! I hope you have enjoyed my tour. I love my new room and I love the man that made it possible for me. A big thank you to my awesome husband!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Oh Little Tree Frog...

Last night I was chilling a bit before bed when I saw movement on my glass doors. I took a closer look and found this cute little guy. We must have a lot of tree frogs in the area because I see them all the time. They always end up on my glass doors right before a storm. Do you suppose that they feel safe there? Do you think they know when a storm is coming? An animal's instincts are quite strong. A few years ago they had that Tsunami that killed many people and created unbelievable destruction in Japan. I read an article about how they didn't find animal bodies. They found live animals on high ground instead. Somehow the animals sensed the severe danger and moved to high ground in plenty of time.

There are many stories about how an animal's instincts actually save people's lives. I have one myself which I'll share in a future post. But I just had to photograph this cute little tree frog! Love his little suction cup feet!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Applique Templates

I'm really excited to add a new section to my Etsy shop! I'm now selling applique templates. I got the idea when I was designing my "Mom Cave" quilt for my sewing room, which I'll show you in a future post. Stitching the detail on those little scraps of fabric is so addicting. I've got a nice selection to start but look for lots more in the future because I have a basket full of them that just need to be stitched. I started with my graphic and clipart kits, then added PDF patterns, and I figure these tie it all together nicely.

If you want to take a peek, you can click on the link above or in my menu at the top of this page.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday the 13th

Punkie would like to wish all our friends in blogland a very happy Friday the 13th. She would like you to remember this important fact:

When a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going someplace.

Have a happy day!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hey! Remember Me?

Hello blogging friends! I hope you remember me. I've been a bad blogger, bad pinner, and just bad Internet presence. When that happens it usually means one of two things, life has taken over all my time (which can be good or bad), or it means that I've been on a mad creative streak. In this case, it's the mad creative streak!

I managed to claw my way out from underneath fabric, beads, and buttons long enough to say a quick hi. It seems like I come home from work, do a few things around the house, and then I find my way to my craft room. The next thing I know, it's past my bedtime!

I'm actually working on something new for my Etsy shop and my pattern shop at Craftsy. It's something I've done before but not quite in this way and I'm super excited because it's one of my favorite things to do. You'll all see soon enough.

So, since I'm off today, I'll be stopping by your blogs for a visit, clean house, and work on more crafts!!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Happy Easter

Short and sweet today. Just want to wish all my blogging friends a HAPPY EASTER! If you don't celebrate Easter then I wish you a wonderful Sunday!

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Visit to the Horse Farm

Brian and I got a really nice treat today. We were killing some time between a Doctor's visit and dinner we decided to stop by the home of a friend of Brian's. His friend runs a horse farm and takes care of the property for a man who only lives here part time. He has a few other homes in other states. This place is actually only a few miles from our house and it's the first time I've seen it other than from the country road that runs along the front of it.

This place was amazing! I honestly don't know how big it is by the numbers but they use vehicles to get around the entire place because it's too much to walk. The property sits on rolling hills and they have about 30 horses that live there. It's divided into several sections by big white fences so you'll have about three or four horses in one particular area. The property goes even further into the woods behind. We had a beautiful walk on the grounds and got see every horse.

We were also allowed to tour the apartment that is above the riding area (not sure what it's really called). But it's a super big arena where they can exercise the horses indoors. The apartment was almost as beautiful as the grounds.

I wish we could have went inside the main house because I've been told that it's one of a kind. It's actually been featured in magazines.

I didn't want to post pictures of the apartment or the home because I wanted to respect the privacy of the owner. But I sure did get some beautiful horse pictures I can share!

This was definitely a beautiful way to wait for the dinner hour!

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