|Sewing corner before...|
|Sewing corner after!|
|Books in a windowsill?|
My pattern books and quilting magazines were stacked in the window frame because they just wouldn’t fit anywhere else.
I went to Target and found an inexpensive white bookcase to put in the corner next to my sewing machine as well as a bunch of smaller plastic storage bins and a couple smaller fabric bins. This is where I wanted all of my books, works in progress, embroidery stuff and fabric to live. Lofty goals, right?
Once the bookcase was assembled and in place, I started to sort out all of my fabric by color. Unfortunately, those of you who have kids know that as soon as a space is cleared out, children get some sort of radio transmitter signal to their brains that you have created play space and you must report there immediately. They got the message loud and clear when my back was turned for 2 minutes.
So I forced them back into their room and continued sorting. All my bins were all labelled and lovely - and guess what? I know you can hardly believe it, but my fabric bins took up the entire bookcase. I don't know what I was thinking. I toyed with the idea of leaving it all there and finding places to put everything else, but even though it was all organized, it still looked cluttered and too full for the space. So all my organized bins got banished to the laundry room.
The top of the bookshelf has a very pretty aqua organizer and pencil/scissor holder from the Martha Stewart Home Office collection at Staples (my fabric bin labels, aqua magazine holder, and black and white damask binders are from this line also) as well as a glass canister from Target that I had to have to contain all my pretty selvedge strips. Look closely...it's a HEXIE shaped glass canister!! How perfect and unusual!
I had a HUGE office chair that was given to us as a wedding gift over a dozen years ago that took up practically the whole space. Insert: this gorgeous damask print chair from Staples. I should not love a chair this much, but the colors, the fabric - it was just perfect. And it hey, its not 5 feet tall! Score! Did I purposely match the chair to the binders in the bookshelf? Yes I did. But I swear that the chair came first and the binders were a happy accidental find while in the same store.
Now the only thing that I'd still like to improve upon is to find a prettier ironing board cover in either black and white or light aqua to match everything else, but that's a pretty minor quibble. Sorry for the novel-length post folks, but I'm just SO happy to have this new and beautiful space to call my own! It really feels like I can create some gorgeous stuff in here and not be working out of chaos anymore!
I wonder how long I'll actually manage to keep it clean...