Sewing Room Chaos Conquered

To accommodate a lower table for my sewing machine involved rearranging my tiny sewing craft room – which in turn had me decluttering, tossing and cleaning.

An old dining table was a freebie from a friend. I was using it for as a desk but, it is a perfect fit for my new sewing machine table. The vintage chalkboard followed me home from the school attic. I love it but, it takes up a LOT of wall space. I plan to cover and convert it into a quilt design wall.

The shelves (which reside behind the door) now only hold craft supplies, cleverly disguised in new and vintage baskets. The sewing nook (originally a closet) was tidied up. I keep a Brother Project Runway machine because it can sew over 100 different stitches — not that I use them all. My Juki only straight stitches and there are times I need to zigzig. 😉

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Sewing Room Chaos

I like to stand when sewing so my machine sits atop the counter-height craft table that my wonderful husband built a few years ago. Lately however, my poor foot is telling me to sit down. So, I had to rearrange my tiny sewing craft room in order to accommodate another, lower table for my sewing machine. My room was a dysfunctional mess; which made a supposedly simple task turn into a 3-week revival.

BEFORE IMAGES

It was good to clean out and declutter. In came the FREE sewing table. Out went the old breakfront secretary cabinet and cart. I kept only the items that I will actually use or family pieces I can’t depart with (like my grandmother’s rocks). Up went a pegboard and Kallax cube shelves. Craft supplies, paints, fabrics — now have a proper home. Eventually, I plan to convert the chalkboard into a quilt design wall.

Of course, I needed to add to the chaos and purchased a few more items to stuff into the room. Between coupons , a tackle and bait shop, and an automotive store (yep, you read that right) I purchased supplies for under $10 USD. Quilting notions; what a gimmick!

AFTER IMAGES

I’m pooped. I’m excited. It’s starting to look like a sewing craft room again. Hopefully, by next weekend, I can touch my “stuff,” craft, paint or sew. *happy sigh*

Have a good week!! — Joanne

Ceiling Tile Works of Art

I love to visit my school’s art room to see what the students are working on under the encouragement of our fantabulous art teacher. A recent project was painting ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.

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I’m ah-mazed at the vibrancy, depth and skill these young people displayed in their works. I just had to share a few close-ups of the tiles with you.

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Can you recognize the budding Mondrian, Warhol or Lichtenstein?

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I wonder if I can sweet talk a few into my classroom domain? 😉

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I hope you enjoyed the mini-gallery display. 🙂

Have a good week! — Joanne

Sewing Machine Cozy


I’m enjoying a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ day off today. *happy sigh* A perfect day to catch up on small incomplete projects. In March, I posted about our Bedroom Revamp Plans.

I love the clean look of a white cotton matelassé paired with a patchwork quilt. Well, I found the matelassé . All that was missing was the quilt. I didn’t want a mass-produced quilt; yet I didn’t want to break the bank on an antique quilt, either. What’s a girl to do? Why, sew her own quilt, of course. While it is taking a little longer than I thought, I am so determined to complete this project. It will get done. I promise. LOL.

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Because of my on-going quilt project, I now have quite a collection of fabric scraps. Hmm.
 My sewing machine needed a cover (cozy). What better way to practice learning how to piece and quilt? Now remember . . .  I’m learning. You’ll see my mistakes right away (hint: spools). 😕 But, I learned a good deal doing this little project:

Sewing Machine Cozy
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Take Measurements

Measure the length of your machine; include the hand wheel on the side.

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My Humble Little Blog

Liebster Award? What’s that? After a little research, it’s an “internet” award to help discover and promote new blogs. Some bloggers refuse the award on the basis they think it a “chain letter” award. Others choose to accept because they feel it helps to support beginning bloggers. Hmmm? This seems awful nice to a novice.

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Repurposed Beer Bucket


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This shabby pail was created from one of the saved beer buckets from our daughter’s DIY Vintage Rustic Wedding. The only item I purchased was the spray paint.  It was a quick project and was super easy.

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Breakdown:

Time: 45 minutes (add additional drying times)

Cost: $2.49 (spray paint)

Difficulty: Super Easy!

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Supplies:

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Rust-o-Leum Hammered 7213 Silver spray paint

Behr Brushed Almond homemade chalk paint

foam brush

The Graphics Fairy typography

wax paper

tape

inkjet printer

dark brown Briwax

clean rag

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To achieve this shabby look, I covered the blue island-themed (not a favorite) pail . . . 

Corona, anyone? ;)
Corona, anyone? 😉

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