Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's almost Friday - have you entered my giveaway yet?

Hi, all!

Thursday has rolled around, and it's only one day till my birthday - and the day that two lucky commenters are going to get some giveaway goodies!!  If this is the first time you've stopped by this week, go back to my Sunday blogpost and read the rules, then go through this week's posts and make comments to earn entries!  I'll run Little Miss Random tomorrow morning early and post the winners before I post my Bloggers Quilt Festival post.  I'll also send you a personal e-mail if you win!  (PLEASE NOTE:  If a "no-reply" comment is drawn, I will try to locate an e-mail address for you, or post a comment on your blog if I can, and your name will be posted on my "winners" blogpost - but if I don't hear back from you by Saturday morning, I will draw a new winner for your prize.  So sorry - I want to give everyone a fair chance but if I have no way to reach you, the prize will go somewhere else!  So if you don't have an e-mail address associated with your comment, please leave me one now!!)

By the way, I topped 200 followers this week (thank you so-o-o-o much!!) so I'm adding in 
another little Moda goodie for a third commenter just to celebrate...

Two mini honeybuns, one each
of Spring Magic and Patisserie
This little cutie will make up two Sweet Treat Bags, instructions included!  


I'm still struggling with my to-do list - it's much harder with my sewing room still in disarray.  But since you've been so patient with me and left such sweet comments this week, I want to show you a few pics of what I've done to the room so far.....

This is where I started - a pass-through room at the top of the stairs.  My husband's drum room/office is through the door on the left in the top picture.  The windowed door goes out onto a very small balcony with a ceiling only about 3 inches over my head.  (Needless to say, it doesn't get used very much!)  The den is through the door you can see by the wicker chair in the second picture.  The third picture shows the room from the balcony door.












Well, after going through all the books and weeding them out (they were getting seriously out of control!) I moved four of the bookcases and the rocking chair out of the room.  Then I moved my fabric shelves and table supports in...











Shifted the bookcase out of the corner and brought in my worktable....

The view from behind my worktable...

and here, from my comfy chair!














My comfy chair, with beautiful pillow
made by my friend, KarrieLyne!

I've made a few additions to the room - as you can see in these pictures, I've brought some of the fabric in, and put one of the bookcases from downstairs on top of the two 9-hole bookcases.  I may put the other bookcase up there, too - there's room above it - but I'll have to have some help from my hubby to get it up there!

Just part of the stash......















It's so nice to have shelves for my books and magazines...


Rolling drawers will hold small
color-sorted scraps for easy access.

Most of the artwork will be replaced with some quilted wall hangings I've collected over the years, but I haven't managed to get a hammer upstairs to put up the hangers yet!

I have had several questions about my storage units, so here's the skinny - I buy my storage units from Target.  They are a standard size and come in several colors and wood tones (as you can see from the pics, since I have two different wood tones!).  You can buy inserts for the cubbies if you want to store your scraps in them, either wire or fabric, for a fairly reasonable price.  My worktable is made of a hollow-core door from Home Depot, and is set on four narrow bookcases (also from Target). It wasn't quite as tall as I wanted it to be - I'm tall and prefer to do my cutting at a high counter, like my kitchen counter, so I used four photo storage boxes from my local craft store on top of the narrow bookcases to raise it to the height I like.  It works great for cutting, ironing with my table-top ironing board, and piecing or quilting.   It's easy to manipulate a quilt over it while quilting because it's so large.  Because it's so high, I had to put a ledge for my sewing machine foot control underneath, but I had an old tool chest that belonged to my granddad that just fit.   And it's actually wide enough for two people to work at it, one on either side.  The table top is covered with stone-look vinyl self-stick tiles left over from a home improvement project!  So the long and short of it is, you don't have to spend a fortune to have a functional workspace (although I'd love to give it a try!)

Here's some pics of Lilli giving it the seal of approval....

Showing her mom how she can sew at the new table....















And checking out that little ledge underneath!
OK, that's enough of that - I won't show any more pictures until it's finished, and then just a short and sweet view!  It has been a real process, and I've still got a bunch of cleaning up to do where I've moved stuff around, but at least I can sew up there now!

So this will be your last chance to enter the giveaway - remember, if it's your first time here this week, go back to the Sunday blogpost and read the rules, then leave comments for entries!  (By the way, I've really enjoyed reading your comments this week and feel like I've made some new friends - and I've definitely found some interesting new blogs!) Tomorrow's my birthday, and I'm going to wake up early to celebrate with all of you by sharing some goodies!!  Don't miss out!!

Later!

Sarah

38 comments:

KarrieLyne said...

This makes me yearn for a sewing room of my own....think anyone would mind if i kicked out my 12 yr old now? LOL... Just kidding.. :)

Lovely set up so far Sarah! :)

Wendy said...

How wonderful for you! The bookcases, of course, look much better with fabric on them :) Lilli is gorgeous with all that blond hair! My youngest is 4 1/2 and we've still only cut her hair once (unless you count the time she whacked banges off to top of her forehead)and it still is only just past her shoulders. Curse her parents' bad genes :)

Happy Birthday!

beth said...

You've got a lovely work area!!

Oh Sew Addicted said...

Those mini honey buns are totally adorable.... but not as adorable as the little blond cutie in your photos. Sure hope you have a happy birthday!
carla louise
www.ohsewaddicted.com

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

I love the color of the walls, and would love to see close ups of the paintings sometime. My room just has drab basement cinder block walls...but I am not complaining as it's better than the living room!!

JanetK said...

Your daughter is beautiful! And your room looks great - I feel lucky in our crowded house to have a corner in the basement playroom. so jealous... :)

BubzRugz said...

It's all looking so lovely . what a beautiful little assistant you have.........
Hugz

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I love how your room is shaping up. I think Lilli approves, too!
I'm short, but I still like a taller surface to cut on, so I like that idea.
Congratulations on 200 followers!!

Sara said...

Love your shelves all over and the door/table is a great invention!! Glad you are offering up three prizes now to three different winners;)

sewinggeek said...

Your sewing spot is beautiful! I love the colour of your room and your very able and adorable sewing helper.
Hope you have a great day tomorrow. Blessings.

scottylover said...

Love the room! And such a cutie you have there helping! :) Thanks for sharing your space with me. It gives me ideas on how to change mine!

Sandy A

Jessica said...

Your sewing room looks so cozy and homey! I love seeing pictures of Lilli! She's the cutest thing.

jennifer said...

Looks great and your granddaughter looks liks a angel.

Stephany said...

What a great sewing room! It looks so nice and well put together. The kind of place I would like to hang out in all day long! have you installed the toilet and fridge in there yet? ;)

Cynthia L. said...

Your sewing room is really nice. I have a nice, big space for sewing, but is always seems to be the dumping room. I would love to be able to keep it nice and clean like your room!

Jansie said...

Wow Sarah, what a lovely space! Your table is really cool. I just might do that one of these days. I cannot wait to see the finished project!

Bobyn said...

I am absolutely in love with your worktable. And with your sewing room for that matter. At my house, there are portions of certain rooms that used to be something and are now claimed by assorted quilting tasks. One day I'll have a room just for my sewing, and it will be amazing like yours :)

Marsha said...

Lilli is a cutie pie, a quilter in training, we can see that. Love your sewing room, it is gorgeous and I'm in awe of all the beautiful fabrics. Enjoy your birthday tomorrow!

Susan (susanlock@shaw.ca) said...

Nice work area just a question is that all of your stash? Does your hubby have to walk thru your quilt room to get to his office? This could be dangerous! ;-)

Jenniffier said...

Looks good. I am in the middle of redoing my office. I want a comfy chair to work in. I am currently in search for one. Happy b-day tomorrow.

Emily said...

Your fabric storage looks fantastic! I love to see all those pretty pieces of fabric all folded up so neatly.

Carla said...

Love the color and it's so organized!

Michelle said...

Your room is looking great! As I write this I have a cat insisting that my hands belong on her not the keyboard - Have a super great quilty birthday!

Joyce said...

I love your new sewing room!

Michelle said...

Sarah, I hope you have an awesome birthday tomorrow!

Your sewing room is coming together nicely. Thanks for sharing all of your functional, reasonably priced ideas.

MoeWest said...

Your sewing room is looking great! I love the color on the walls and how pretty the stacks of fabric look against it.

Leslie said...

this new sewing spot looks so great...

Winona said...

I am drooling over your sewing area. I have a corner of our bedroom. I hope some day to have my own sewing room. I must check out Target for some shelves. Thanks for sharing with us.

Deb said...

You're getting there. It's fun organising and getting everything just how you want it. Lilli is adorable with a capital A. Those shots are priceless...

Micki said...

I love your studio...It's looking like you are really getting organized. Your daughter seems to be interested in it all.
Micki

Diane said...

Your sewing room turned out great with everything in it! I love the idea of a door on top of bookcases for your table...just wish I had enough room to do that! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

Deb said...

I'm jealous! Your sewing room is beautiful! Mine is a cluttered mess and it's just a 11 x 12 bedroom, so it's pretty full. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Enjoy the day and have a great weekend. I'm also a follower and would love the opportunity to win - thanks!

Fay said...

Hope you have a GREAT birthday! I love your sewing room. When can I move in? Just kidding. Thanks for the opportunites to win your giveaway! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Natasha said...

I like the colors in your sewing room. Of course, I am jealous that you HAVE a sewing room. I am at least happy I graduated from the dining room table to the corner of the room with my own sewing table!

snippetsandyarns said...

I love the layout of your new workspace. Using a door & shelving for your table is a great idea! It gives a large work area & extra storage... Perfect!

~ Meagan

greelyrita said...

I feel like I've made a new friend too, Sarah. Happy Birthday to you!! The sewing room looks lovely. I envy you all your natural light. I work in the basement and although it's large, the weather or how dark it is already is always a surprise when I emerge...rita at WhereElse.ca
Boy, those honeybuns look yummy! What's with calling all these cut collections after food, I wonder?

Mimi said...

I am envious of your sewing room - love it! Please enter me for your birthday giveaway. Thanks again!!

Mimi said...

I am a dedicated follower!! Count me in for your birthday giveaway pulease!!