~~~~~~~ An Intrinsic Challenge ~~~~~~~~~~We have lived in this house in rural Iowa for over 30 years. With six children in the household, my sewing/craft room has moved from a storage room, to a basement corner, to a restructured bedroom, and many places in between. Long after the children have left home, and three years ago when we did some remodeling of our lower level, I claimed the restructured room tucked behind my office area. Next to my office area in the fireplace room (adjacent to the "new" room) would be my cutting table (a Formica® topped dining room table re-purposed as my craft/sewing table when we put a new maple dining table in our family dining area).
On March 12, 2016 I attended a regular meeting of the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the American Sewing Guild. Kristine Larson, the first vice-president and program chair had put together a program focused on organizing one's sewing area. She featured sewing rooms from Guild members -- and shared organizational ideas. I came home from that meeting feeling that perhaps I should take stock, and I did. What a mess!
~~~~~~~ Before ~~~~~~~~~~
The white baskets hold sewing notions, silk ribbon, and my rotary cutters; the blue cubes hold craft items, card-making blanks, and some gift items to combine with a thematic sewn item.
~~~~~~~A Few of the Details~~~~~~~~~~
I love the "new" space and especially because I was able to incorporate some reading references into this room. I wanted this room to be one that Mr. PEB (a cute little three-year-old who frequents our house) will view as a "reading" spot. And there are subtle (and not so subtle) nods to reading and books in many corners of the room.
Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman (Scholastic, 1993),
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Penguin Viking, 1999), and
My Grandfather's Coat by Jim Aylesworth. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock (Scholastic, 2014).
The buttons are included to mirror the button motif on the clock on the other side of the room -- and simply because Mr. PEB likes to categorize objects and buttons are good objects for that. Fabric being sewn are remnants from the quilt made for my Beatrix Potter Room
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading TreeGreen Frog Gifts features such items as pillow cases made for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, items featuring characters by Dr. Seuss, and other books such as crayon motif pillow cases to accompany a copy of The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywait (Philomel, 2013) and The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywait (Philomel, 2015). See those items on the Green Frog Gifts or on Green Frog Gifts Etsy site.
Reynolds website. The clock was decorated with colorful buttons; and the frog is a wooden pull string frog created by Levi - Italy Südtirol, a gift from author/illustrator Jeni Reeves.