As a quick note, if you are reading this post in a RSS reader or email, you might want to pop over to sewfearless.com to see the blog makeover that happened this weekend! Sew Fearless has been going strong since March 2010 and it seemed about time to make it feel more like “home”. There will be some tweaking happening in the coming weeks, but for the most part, I am delighted to have worked with the amazing duo over at Honeycomb Design Studio. Thanks, Honey and Jonah!
I’m trying something new today – vlogging. I’ve shown snippets of where I sew before, but I have moved around the house quite a bit during the last couple years. We live in a small 2 bedroom house and I don’t currently have my own sewing studio. This will hopefully change in the not-so-distant future. For now, it is what it is and I am grateful for a lifestyle that allows my sewing to spill into all parts of my life, and of my house.
So, without further ado… I present to you… my living room…. my cleaned living room.
I have to apologize that I didn’t show you my basement sewing storage area. It really was so dark and scary down there I just couldn’t bring myself to take video of it. So much for keeping it real, I guess. 😛
more about the things in the video:
- sewing desk
- sewing machine
- pincushion caddy
- embroidery project bag
- the fabric for my next Mommy Poppins bag
- the blazer project
- re-upholstery, a someday project
- the basement area where I used to sew, but which is now a big chaotic mess of clean and dirty laundry and junk, and now I just store stuff there
Where do you do your sewing?
Do you have the luxury of a whole room to yourself? A corner? A desk? The kitchen table? The entire house?
I have About half of my basement as my “studio”. My sewing desk is my late grandmother’s dressing table, I do my drawing and pattern figuring on my great grandfather’s late 1800’s cast iron drafting table, and I have a giant kitchen island I picked up at an estate sale to use as my cutting table. It’s my little slice of heaven.
That sounds lovely, Nikki. It must be cozy with all that history surrounding you.
Gah! You are so cute it’s ridiculous 🙂 I loved this vlogging thing, and the partial tour of your house. Very encouraging, very wonderful! Thank you for sharing some secrets of your sewing world 🙂
Oh yeah… I sew, cut and iron in my basement, and try to keep my stuff down there since I don’t have a very good excuse to take over anywhere else yet. I dream of an upstairs sewing room… Someday… But until then, I’m grateful for what I’ve got too 🙂
I think your basement space is pretty darn cozy and I am glad I’ve seen it in person. 🙂
Jody great video, you did a great job. I’m lucky enough to have a sewing room. It has it down falls, because it is in the basement it becomes a catch all for the rest of the house cast offs. I have to clean it out more often so that takes up my sewing time. I need a sign that says no dumping allowed. LOL
That is EXACTLY why my basement area is a dump right now. sigh. Except I’m just as guilty as everyone else for the dumping.
Adriana @ Classical Quest says
I’m glad to see that your home is full of the artifacts of a life that is being LIVED and dreams that are being pursued! Thank you for giving us a glimpse into your lovely home/studio.
(We lived in a 2 bedroom farmhouse until a year after we had 4 children. They LOVED the closeness and NEVER complained about sharing a room. Such memories! No mansion could compare! And as my passion is reading, you can be sure there were stacks of books EVERYWHERE. One entire wall was a custom bookcase my husband made for me. I gathered books from library book sales and brought them home to my little nest like a squirrel.)
It wasn’t so bad with 3, but with 4 and one more coming… we are BURSTING it at the seams. soon. soon. we will move.
Jill Frank says
I have the pleasure of sewing in my basement. I blogged about it here… http://simple-yes-easy-no.blogspot.com/2012/03/sewing-space.html It is not pretty, but it is functional. From time to time, I still bring a machine upstairs so I can be with the rest of the family. But, the kids also join me in the basement. I agree, you can make anything work. I have gone from a dingy basement corner, to my dining table, to part of a bedroom (or any space I could find – I was mobile in that home), to now a nice walkout basement. I would love to have it finished – maybe one day. Until then, I love this space and am able to create without having to clean up! Thanks for sharing your space.
oh my goodness! such a lovely windows for a basement. thank you for sharing.
Amber @ thecardboardcollective says
I love the vlog. It really just reinforces the fact that you devote your time and energy to the things you love most, which I think undoubtedly leads to a very very happy life lived. Can’t wit to see your next creations!
Moving my blog right now too. It’s terrifying!
fortunately, it wasn’t a whole “move” just a theme change. Moves are scary. good luck!
What a fun & inspiring 1st vlog! I love how you make room in your house & in your daily child-full life to sew. I sew at my kitchen table & it drives me nuts but it is a nice height to sew at and roomy enough to cut on. My sewing machine & notions box wait on the floor in a corner nearby and my current project gets slung over a dresser/side table until I can sew again. It looks only half as slobby as it sounds. The plan is to make our basement laundry area into a laundry/sewing area this winter, but I wonder if I’ll miss the light & company from upstairs. Can’t wait to watch your next vlog!
I have been reading your blog ,a nd facebook page for sometime now, and I just love it <3. First congrats on the pregnancy 🙂
I dont have a sewing room, I too sew in my living room. I have created a corner for me, and It works for now, but it quickly gets out of controll. I did post a few pictures on my facebook page… a before and after. lol.
Keep up the good work
This is so inspiring and comforting for me, because I also sew in the corner of my living room, which tends to clutter up all too qickly. But something else strikes me… and that is how ungrateful I am, because I’ve got only two children, and am forever complaining about the mess, about not having enough time to do this or that, to sew and so on…
When I see you smiling and content it reminds me of me forgetting to live my life . Of worrying too much. When I see your home, it reminds me how often I forget my job is to make my home a pleasant and warm place to live, not just clean, or tidy… I appreciate your vlog very much.