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The New Sewing Space

December 13th, 2018

A few years ago, I turned the tiny room above the kitchen into my sewing room (more of a nook really). It was a nice space, but the ceilings were low (being under the eaves) and I kept banging my head on it when getting up from my sewing machine or ironing. There also wasn’t enough light in there, I had to string up Christmas lights and add 5-6 desk lamps to be able to work in the evenings. When we moved our bedroom downstairs, I took over the old room as my office/sewing space.

It’s a perfect room for this because it is south facing and has the best natural light. While I’m still in the process of setting it up and organizing it for both work and sewing, it’s coming right along and I’ve really enjoyed being able to have a large space with lots of light for my work.

This year I’ve been making almost all of the Christmas gifts we are giving, so It’s been nice to have this space functional. I used two closet doors from the spare bedroom on two cabinet tops as my work table, it’s HUGE, but amazing! The plan is to tie it all together and put it up on wheels so it can be moved aside when not in use.

Overall, it’s been wonderful to have this space, even thought it still takes me 15 minutes to find the office and sewing supplies I need for projects. My goal for January is to have the room fully set up and organized.

Do you have any fun indoor projects in the works?

Drying Hydrangea Blooms

October 31st, 2017

Many years ago I used to dry hydrangea blooms to have in the house throughout the winter. When we moved, I no longer had the masses of hydrangeas in the garden. After adding a few, they’re finally getting to the point where they bloom enough to provide blooms for drying. The key to getting your blooms to maintain their color, is to pick them at the right time. Just as they are starting to dry, but before they start turning brown.

I didn’t get to the ‘Annabelle’ blooms before they started to turn brown, luckily I now have four or five other varieties that bloom a bit later. One of my favorites is a very large flowering variety. It only produced one giant bloom this year, but it aged beautifully in the garden and it dried very nicely. I’m looking forward to having more and more to dry each year from here on out.

I’ve been thinking more and more about flowering for drying as I plan/plant in the garden. Cutting gardens can provide fresh flowers for summer enjoyment and dried flowers to brighten the house during the winter. This winter I plan on researching flowers that are good for drying.

Do you dry any flowers for winter enjoyment? Do you have any good recommendations?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.