Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Studio Make-over phase 2

Things are coming along very slowly in the studio.  I suppose that's just part of doing a renovation with 3 small children while homeschooling and starting up a new Classical Conversations community.  The timing of this project was probably not the best now that I think about it but I'm ecstatic that it will be done soon!

You would think that since most of what I do is sewing that organizing and setting up my sewing supplies would be top priority.  It's actually not.  I've learned over the past 3 years that I can find a way to sew in almost any condition.  At one point during our 2 moves I even had a desk made of boxes that I used as a sewing table.  The organized sewing room is just a perk at this point.  My real motivation in this project is to create a space where I can knit, hand quilt, and spend time in devotion. 

I'm all about kids climbing all over me on the sofa as we read and talk and I feel personal touch with my children is so important in showing them love.  However, when it comes to knitting and bible study time,  kids climbing all over me and jarring me is a huge source of frustration.  When we started this project the closet in the corner had to go so that I could make room for my reading chair and create a space that would allow me time alone with the Lord and a space to knit and regather my thoughts so I can do the job God has called me to do. 

Right now it's a work in progress but you can get an idea of where I'm going with it.  I'm loving the baskets and crate.  They are great for storing yarn but it's looking a little too primitive for my taste as it is.  I have a few other option in mind to try and some of my mothers art work to add to help balance the wall.

One of my favorite additions so far is this vintage crate.  I have been wanting one for awhile but unfortunately this area is not the greatest place to find original antiques.  I was hoping to find one with this patina but could only find them online from the UK so you can image the price tag!  Today I found this one at a local shop for $20.00 and it's perfect! 

I purchased this bread bowl in Costa Rica on our honeymoon 11 years ago.  It's perfect for holding knitting needles.  The journal on top was made by a dear friend and is where I keep pattern notes.

This stool I have had for several years and is another antique that I feel in love with at first site.  I think the thing I love most about this stool now is that it has survived the toddler stage of all 3 of my children and is still standing firm.  Something about this stool has always said to my children "please knock me over", on wood and tile floors of course, and the sound of this stool whacking the floor has left a permenant imprint in my mind.  I know it will become a sweet memory over time. 

As far as the rest of the room things are moving along.  Half of the fabric is put away.  The trim work is done, my husband did a fabulous job, and the everything is painted.  Now it's just a matter of bringing the image in my head to life. Pin It

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