Tuesday, July 10, 2012

V and Co: my new sewing space



 as i have mentioned before.
i went from not having a sewing room to having a sewing room to not having a sewing room all within years time. our first home didn't have an extra room for me to have so i sewed in my kitchen area. i also kept my fabric in my kitchen as well. it was cramped but it worked for what i needed at the time.
then we moved into a bigger house (when we decided we were going to stay in our little town for the long haul) and i got my own glorious little office sewing room, wrote a book in that room, and well i created a mess that was never really organized because after 6 months of living there we found out my husband's company closing it's doors. we moved...blah de be blah you know the story and we had to find a house in two days in our current state of iowa.
i love my neighborhood, i love my neighbors, and i love our schools. we got super lucky with all of our choices, except for the fact that most homes in our price range only have 4 bedrooms. sooooo we again find me not having a room to call my own as a sewing room.
BUT all that has changed. well not really. i still don't have an actual room, but i do have a corner in my basement where the kids' playroom/play video games/watch movies is located.
so now i can totally be in their faces whenever i need to be.
kidding but not really :)

it's still in it's beginning phase. i found that bookcase at a garage sale (WHOOT!) for $10 painted it white, and bought some cute storage bins from target. i still need to go through all of my fabric bins...and probably try to pare down some (so look for some fabric sales coming your way perhaps?)
i also found that white rolling shelf tray thing that holds "sergio" the serger at a garage sale. it reminds me of the one the husband's grandmother had in her kitchen.
anywho, it's not all that glamorous, or fancy, but come on, seriously would you expect that from me anyways? yeah didn't think so. i'm still in search of some more garage sale finds to place in my corner for storage. ah the hunt never ends.  :)
okay off to continue the cleaning and organizing.
we'll talk soon!

49 comments:

pasqueflower said...

Love it! Bright and cheery and totally functional! I'd have never guessed it is in a basement--it feels so light and bright.

trish said...

Your space is adorable. :0) I remember your first sewing spot you shared with us. I loved that one too. :0) That was about the time I started following you and made my first pinwheel using your tutorial! :0)
I hope you are having a great week. :0)

trish said...

ps. How did you hang your V?

Pétra said...

I love it!! I'm so glad you have a new space I just reorganized and it makes such a difference.

Felicia said...

Love it!

I wish you were here to help me organize my studio! It's tons better than my "dungeon" but still not as roomy as I'd like. There IS, however, a perfect place for you to sit and work while I quilt... :o(

Miss you.

luckycharm said...

It's so bright and cheery. Love all the garage sale finds. I have a room but it is dark and dreary. I'm so going to copy you and put some hexes on the wall, great fabric art!

CitricSugar said...

Looks really good so far! It has everything one needs in a sewing space...

And glad to hear that I'm not the only one giving sewing machines male names instead of female ones... :-)

CAS said...

It looks amazing -- so bright and cheerful!

Erica said...

Hi-New follower, because I love, love, love your fabric line. Eggplant is truly the best color there ever was!
My sewing space is in the back of my living room, not because I don't have an extra room (3 bedroom house, no kids to share with), but because I sew more when I can stay where the action is. When I'm sewing, cutting, etc, I'm hanging out with my boyfriend and our 3 dogs, watching movies or whatever. If I had kids, I'm sure I'd want my sewing space to be in their playroom. It's great to spend time together, each doing your own thing.

Tara said...

Isn't it lovely to have your own space? It is very you!!

Carolyn J. said...

Enjoy your new space!

Jessica said...

Ack! So pretty! I love the crispness of it. It reminds me of your pinwheel quilt? Maybe? Anyway. I lurve it!

Anonymous said...

My soon to be sewing space will be in the kitchen (one bedroom house with my bf and 4 dogs lol) the corner has 2 windows and it really odd shaped so we can really have much there so ive added a bookshelf for storage and my table. Also i can sew when my bf is sleeping (works overnights) and he cant hear me lol. Looks awesome!

Leigh Anne said...

Love it! Any space you can call your own is priceless :) And garage sale finds are my fave! Thx for sharing!

materialgirlquilts said...

Love it! So bright and cheerful...I actually have the same bins from Target and LOVE them :-). I have also done the garage sales for storage in my sewing room, you might also try Craigslist...that's where I found my "new to me" sewing table.
Amanda

Kate Brown said...

I love it! As everyone has said it is so bright and cheery and I love your fabrics sitting so pretty on the shelf. I hope you have lots of fun and creative times in there.

Denny1600 said...

Pretty space!

kelli said...

I love your hexis and the V!

How did you hang them?

I sew at the dining room table, so I can't tell you how many times I asked if we could eat under the table instead of on it :)

Kimberly Cassie said...

I LOVE the wall hexi flowers...how did you hang them? Details, please.

elizabeth said...

Love it!!! I have a similar setup-love the bookshelf with bins. I just acquired my sewing ctr recently and enjoy it very much. I'm still working on my pinwheel quilt following ur tutorial and am enjoying it soo much! Plus I have made matching ruffle fabric skirts for my mother and me!! (she lives across the country from me--I'm not that lame!). I'm hoping u will write a new book in this new space?!?! **hint hint** :)

Anna said...

seriously so cute vanessa. Love that your basement has such awesome lighting. mine is somewhat like a prison, at least I don't have to sew down there. that cart!!! awesome find!

JaneB said...

Wow, thats a basement room? I am envious! I guess with enough white paint and bright colors and lights anything can be bright and cheery. This is lovely.

Linda said...

Ah... don't we love white paint and what it can do to improve the looks of a sewing/quilting room! This looks lovely - bright and fun!

Laurence said...

Nice place, tidy, bright and colourful!

marysza said...

it looks beautiful!!! so inspiring and bright :) it doesn't look like a basement at all!!!

Charo Murciano said...

Felicidades! Me encanta y lo quiero igual para mi!
congrangats! Ilike it to much and I want one for me!
Besos-kisses
Charo

jax said...

My current sewing space is a corner of my husbands out building that has no windows and no HVAC. It's so dark. We have no basement, because SC does not believe in building houses with basements due to the water tables...it would flood whenever it rained too hard. I am in the process of starting the planning part of having my own outdoor sewing/craft room, complete with windows and HVAC. Some day in the future it will be complete, I hope.

Thimbleanna said...

It's looking fab Ms. V! That white rolling cart is a keeper -- I have one in the garage that unfortunately, as a young bride, I covered with contact paper. (Gah.) I'd love to restore it but have no clue how to do it. You're so lucky yours is still looking beautiful!

jodi @ back40life said...

love it- so glorious to have even a bit of space to spread out in! i recently reorganized my sewing-crafting space and moved in a large L-shaped desk, which has been great to hold my sewing and embroidery machines...love it!

enjoy!!

Brooke said...

love, love the clean white background - so inspiring!

Purple Quilter Queen said...

It's so YOU V! Too cute! Jenn

pinksuedeshoe said...

It's ridiculous how much light you have in your basement... I think I'd actually prefer a corner in a kids room/family room instead of a room with a door. If I have a door I end up with large piles behind it and then I sew on the kitchen table anyway.

AprilA said...

Soooo jealous. I had an extra room when we bought our house a few yrs ago but then I had an extra baby, so... Kids have have 2 playrooms on the main floor (I have 4 kids). Been contemplating kicking them out of the smaller one. I think u just inspired me to finally do some rearranging. Thanks!

Katie Fleming said...

I love the new space! Definitely bright and cheery!!!! Congrats

- Katie Fleming

Donna @ Snowbound said...

Great space and very colorful!

Annalia said...

You're making me want to sew hexies real bad! ...and your colors are dreamy. Organizing is my kryptonite.

V and Co. said...

It's a cardboard V so it's really easy to hang, I just used two nails and placed it where the top part of the V hangs down. :)

V and Co. said...

You are making me sad! Quit it! I miss you too!!!

V and Co. said...

I just pinned them in place with needles. :) that way when you are ready to take them down you don't leave a mark on the wall or in your fabric!

V and Co. said...

Pinned them in place with needles. :)

V and Co. said...

Lol! Yeah I'm kind of happy I HAVE to keep it clean!!!

Janice said...

Love your space. I have gone from sewing room to no sew room to sewing room to no sewing room.. I understand the frustration.. But mine was due to grown children moving in and out. But what can u do. They have to have a roof, and I can't. Tell them no.

Nanci said...

It is dreamy! Of course you did all of this for the photo ops! Show what a daily room looks like is not conducive to pics!

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able mabel said...

Looks like it's coming together quite nicely. Love the bright colors!

kimland said...

You have made a wonderful space in your "corner of the world." Enjoy!

Team Clark said...

Looks like something out of a magazine!!

D said...

Yay! I'm in the process of making a craft room in my formal dining room. We have a big space in the kitchen for our table and with three little boys I don't need them eating over carpet anyway. :) Can't wait to have it done and everything out of boxes!

Jodie Hickman said...

I love you sewing space. I love the white with all the pretty colors of fabric! It is really bright, cheery and clean!

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