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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome to My Sewing Room/MySweet Saturday

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Guess where this door goes!  Yep you guessed it my Closet Sewing Space. 
Come on in and enjoy the little tour.  Little because it is a tiny space.  But it is filled with treasures.

My mini ironing board which I recovered all by myself!  It was a dumpster find!
                           I am thinking I should keep count on those trash to treasure items! 
The little childs iron really works it was my sisters.  Don't know how I ended up with it! 
I didn't photo the steam iron I really use.  But here is the elephant that holds the water for the iron.
He is one of about 200 from  my daughters collection.    There are a few more we'll see in a minute.

This is the area you see as you open the door and come in. The top shelves more dumpster finds that store my things.   When you come in on your right . . .

Don't they look tacky?  But they were free.  I have no idea why I pulled the drawer out and stuffed stuff in.  I need to clean that up!  They were dusty and dirty when I found them.  Must have been used in a garage.  I didn't have anything to remove the tacky sharpie.  I have a plan though

I am covering the fronts with white contact paper.   Much better don't you think?
These drawers just hold stuff.  Tape, glue just stuff I need.   Next to this section is. . .
This is another group of plastic drawers that hold fabric.  I am working on something for school so have some hanging out.  I always have a few 'irons in the fire'. 
This group of drawers was given to me by another crafter that was downsizing. 
Next to it is a black shelf unit that again came from the dumpster actually it never made it in the dumpster.  Most of my finds don't.  I walk the dog a lot and so I am able to grab things as soon as people put them out. 

Next we are moving around to the opposite wall and another drawer unit. . .
I think the drawers came from the same friend that was downsizing. They hold fabric also.  The baskets hold lace and netting.  On the right the shelf is metal.  It was one my father that held plants.  It is old and rickety and not expensive but it is still a treasure. 
This area is still pretty messy I haven't quite figured out how to deal with it.  But maybe soon something will shop up at the dumpster.  When you live in an apartment it is difficult because you can't really add shelving.  I make due.  This is a childs dressing table. I was able to put a couple of things on top.  Still working on this area. 
                                        My sewing space is always a work in progress. 
Next I'll show you the rest of the decorative 'focal point' of the area.
Just above the mini ironing board is the area I display some of my teacher gifts.  The plates weren't gifts but I have no place else to put them!

Next to this area is another of my collections . . .
I love rabbits!  These are just a few.  The shelf they are on a neighbor gave me when she was moving.
               The shelf is open on the back I covered foam core board with the pink  fabric.
A better view of the rabbits.  I love lamps.  The lighting isn't great in the closet so I have to add lamps. These are two of my favorites.  I didn't get a good shot of the shelf on the right.  The top holds part of my snowman collection.  You can barely see the lamp in the upper right.
This is the collection on the 2nd shelf below the snowmen.  Just a few elephants!


A few things hanging that I love.  A card Cowboy sent me when he was working out of town.
An old Christmas card I love.
I made a kind of mobile from these precious gift tags I received from a blogger friend.  I thought they were too pretty to use!  I just decorate my space with them. 

These are the things I see when I am sewing.   Along with the tacky cord hanging from the light My Cowboy hung for me.  I really need to at least cover it with muslin.  But I am always busy creating

Just above is something I am kind of proud of.  Just because I think it is genius!

A few log cabin blocks I've been working on.  They are hanging on twine attached to the bottom of the shelf.  Sort of like a clothes line. 

The last area of the sewing space is an area that holds non sewing things but important non the less...
I love this dumpster find.  I have no idea what it was meant to be. The shelves are close together. The top ones are narrow and each shelve is wider as they go toward the bottom.

I admired it sitting on a neighbors patio.  One day it was sitting beside the dumpster.  It originally had some kind of shalac kind of stuff on it that was yellowed and it was peeling.  Cowboy sanded it off for me.  It holds my paper perfectly.

And on top . . .
A caddy that I covered with duct tape!
The caddy was a freebie my mother got at her apartment.
She doesn't dumpster dive though it was in the community room 'free' area!
 
 
Before we leave a couple more pics...
As you can probably see the area is really narrow.  I had originally intended to decorate it in black and white.  But decided that would be too dark for this space. 
 
Eventually I'll paint all the wood white.  I love white.  As I said it is a work in progress.  I've begun a little of the changes to white . . .
 I have a collection of hat boxes I store fabric stripes and other sewing gadgets and tools.  I have been trying to figure out how to cover them.  Here's my first attempt . . .
 Here's how it look before . . .
I covered it with white contact paper.  Not a perfect job.  But at least it's white.  I think I am going to try gluing muslin next time.  
 
One more thing I want to show that I think is pretty clever.  
 
Here's the hanging space on the left. 
It's really hard to see.  These are quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  I hung them on the shelves instead of on the regular rod.  They are hanging parallel to the wall.   I can hang a lot more and they don't stick out into the room giving me more space. 
 
Here's one last shot of my sewing table and my current project.
A bug quilt ready to be quilted.  I can't wait to get started!
 
And before I leave I have to show you what is just outside the door! (I can't believe I forgot this pic. Another bloggers post reminded me!)
 
 My constant companion.  She is mad at the moment.  I moved her bed while I was taking these pics.
 This is front of the door leading from the bedroom to living room.  My sewing space is the master     closet.  Her bed is usually by that door.  So she can inch her way into the closet when I am not looking!  At least she thinks I'm not looking!
 
So that is my closet sewing, crafting Creating space!
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