New Year, New Studio

Happy 2011 !

The last few weeks of 2010 were a continuous blur in my mind.  I know we celebrated Christmas and had 2 birthdays (mine included), but other than eating a TON of food, I’m not sure what else we’ve done.

Moving to a new house has been good for us.  We are appreciating the blessing of having extra space while being surrounded by less junk (hooray for the ease of donating to the thrift store!).   The good news is the sewing room is organized!

studio - shot

The bad news is I’m scared to start sewing in there because I don’t want to get it messy.

studio - thread

I discovered I had WAY too many frames.  So I put my old SEW letters in the attic and came up with this:

studio - sew

Ikea shelves are great for fabric storage.

studio - shelves

Our old changing table holds bolts of fabric and pattern packaging has it’s own corner.

studio - bolts

On top of  the changing table is part of my collection of books and mooks.

studio - mooks

And my first woodworking project holds a bunch of miscellaneous items.

studio - bench

I learned so much making this little work bench.  It’s about 10 years old now.  Great Grampa (my husband’s grandfather) made sure I knew that real cabinet makers use screws, not nails.  :)  I’ll do it differently next time, even though I love how the nails look.

nails

And finally, a little bit of wall storage…

studio - wall storage

The biggest difference between this room and the room in our old house, besides the increase in space, is that this room has no closet.  No place for me to hide things.  This is definitely a good thing.  While my storage shelving may not be the most beautiful, it’s open and open means that I won’t accumulate a bunch of stuff that I’ll forget I have and then never use.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

29 Responses to “New Year, New Studio”


  1. 1 Bethany January 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I organized my area too and I’m afraid to get started because I know it won’t last long …
    Happy new year!

  2. 2 Viv January 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I love your new sewing space, it looks awesome !! I agree that having hidden storage is bad. Now get in there and use it !!

  3. 3 zoe January 3, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I think my favourite HAS TO BE the last picture. I’ll never have a room with that much space in to do any kind of craft, but I can aim at something as gorgeous at that little wall unit.

  4. 5 Joanna January 3, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Ooohhhh! It’s fantastic! I really like the bench you made. We moved a couple of years ago and the purge felt so good.

  5. 7 Beatriz Deves January 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Is so Beautiful!

    Congratulations on the studio and a year with many craft `s.
    I am a Brazilian fan!!!!!!

    Happy New Year!!

    Kisses

    Beatriz

  6. 9 Rachel January 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Been a follower of your blog for a while. I just love it. I nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to accept it and pass it on. This may be nothing new to you, but I’ve only been in blogland for a few months.

  7. 11 Joanna January 3, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    wow. looks so big and clean and organized. remember when you helped me clean mine? it’s a dump now. heh heh.

    • 12 craftapple January 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm

      Here’s my advice: Clear EVERYTHING out of the room (minus the furniture) and only put back in what you want. Everything else can go to the thrift store. Hahaha. Aren’t I helpful?

  8. 13 Ashley Ann January 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    It looks super nice! I need to make a studio in my basement before my husband explodes from crafty mess rage. Ack. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. 15 Tawnya January 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    What a nice new space! I bet it feels great to have it oraganized and read to go. Also, I appreciated your post about not being a slave to your things….I’m sure the purging was difficult but so freeing! A good reminder for all of us!

  10. 16 Melissa January 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Hooray for accomplishing the task! I am itching to get my own little workspace setup (also add the rest of our residence setup to that list too). I just got my first sewing machine this past Christmas and have no clue where to start or what a certain thingamabob does. Perused the web and glad I happened upon your blog which is giving me some ideas and inspiration. Thanks!

    If it were my husband’s uncle, he would say to use wood screws if you manage to need any at all. He’s an insanely good woodworker!

  11. 18 Jessica January 5, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Happy New Year! love your studio, so neat and spacious. My ideal studio.

  12. 20 Beth January 5, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Lovely workspace! Happy New Year to you!

  13. 22 Laura January 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

    What a nice space you have made. Open shelving is such a good idea for a workspace. My problem is fear of actually cutting the material once I have it. Aack. I need a sewing buddy. Have a fantastic year.

    • 23 craftapple January 6, 2011 at 12:18 am

      Goodness, I know that feeling. And I also have had to toss out good fabric that fell victim to my design mistakes. But, then I realized that I wouldn’t enjoy working with ugly fabric. Working with good fabric makes me a more careful sewer. A sewing buddy would be nice, wouldn’t it? I was sewing yesterday while my son was working on his own art project at the sewing table. It was nice to have him there. Not exactly a sewing buddy, but nice company.

  14. 24 Angie January 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Congrats on your new place! You really do have a grand new studio with lots of SPACE! I have a bedroom, but I have to share it with a spare bed. You are really organized, it would probably been a good thing for all of us to not have a closet to hide items!!

    • 25 craftapple January 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

      Angie, I feel SO blessed to have the space. Having a room is nice, and your spare bed is a nice place to lay out projects, as I’m sure you know. I thought at first that the closet was a good thing. It wasn’t until we moved that I realized that for me it was very bad.

      Happy New Year!

  15. 26 UK lass in US January 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Happy belated Birthday and a Happy New Year to you, too!

    ooh, lucky you! My kids don’t realise that the moment one of them leaves home I will be taking over their room and having my own sewing space. I keep collecting things for my future craft room, despite it being a good 11 or so years away…

  16. 27 Melanie January 14, 2011 at 12:51 am

    I really love the wall decor. Can you come do my office? And then make my boots happy too.🙂 (Sorry i’ve been remiss on reading my blogs!)

  17. 28 LittleLotte January 27, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I love this space! Unfortunately we do not own our house, and painting the walls is out of the question. But I love your picture collage. It may just be what my guest room/sewing nook needs to cheer up the landlord white!🙂 Thanks!

  18. 29 thedomesticdiva February 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Love it!!!!

    With friendship,
    Lisa


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It's what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 12, 13, and 14), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and a pattern designer.
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