Wednesday, May 19, 2010


So today I got the big idea to clean out my sewing studio. I am NOT one of those people with the dreamy sewing room, with decorator colors on the wall and inspirational art pieces scattered on shelves throughout the room. My studio is purely a place to put things until I want to work with them. Except that sometimes I get so much stuff stacked around that I can no longer walk into the room.

I'm at the point right now.

Those boxes in the floor are all vintage fabrics. I had been "storing" them in my van, but since we went on vacation and had to use our minivan for its intended purpose, rather than just a storage room on wheels, they ended up in the floor of my studio. I'm waiting for storage inspiration to strike.

What you can't see in this photo is that there's an area of the room that is literally knee-deep in knit yardage and garments for refashioning. I spent the morning hauling it all out, sorting it, and folding it on my dining room table. I no longer have a working dining room table. I'm waiting for storage inspiration to strike for this as well.

Now that I'm all depressed about my fabric hoarding and lack of storage, perhaps I should show you some progress that's happening in our house. Remember my ugly fireplace? It started out as this:

and then my sweet husband added sheetrock above the fireplace (actually, it was fireboard because it's a working fireplace) to cut the ugly brick fireplace off at its knees. He also built a new mantel that's considerably deeper than the ridiculously shallow one that was there before. After mudding and sanding and mudding and staining, it now looks like this:

I'm totally digging the dark stain on the mantel. We'd be all done except for the decorating (see my pretty new bottle on the mantel?) except that Home Depot did a piss poor job matching the paint and now we have to repaint the rest of the room. I'm not going to think about that right now. Instead, I'll start obsessing over what to put above my new mantel.



AlyGatr said...

SIGH...I envy your hoard...and your room to put it in, even if you think it's a mess! Wow, what a difference with the fireplace. VERY nice.

Denise Felton said...

I hear you. I've spent way too much time today browsing around the web looking at "real" artists' studios. (Do they really work in those highly decorated rooms? Who cleans in there?)

I can't believe how much difference the fireplace remodel makes. Tony SO rocks!!


My studio gets that way too! Two of my friends discussed doing something about it. Doesn't have to be decorated, just organized! So we are taking a day each month and going to each other's houses and doing an organization day. The hostess makes lunch for everyone and we all have fun doing each other's rooms together! We start next month!

flarffy2000 said...

I just stumbled on your blog and I have a question about the pegboard in your craft room. How did you hang it up? Did you just attach it to the drywall or screw it into the studs? Thanks so much, Monica