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Getting There

January 13th, 2016

In our house here in Maine we have much more space than we had in Ohio, probably about triple the square footage if not more. For a while, we had two of the bedrooms set up as guest rooms and I had my sewing machine in a corner of the upstairs landing. It wasn’t great, not only are there no windows anywhere close, there was only one light, and old fluorescent fixture that was super dim.
sewing room 1
After we painted one of the rooms (both floor and walls), I decided it would make a lovely sewing room. I started moving all my stuff in there a few weeks ago. There’s still moulding that needs to go up, around the windows, by the ceiling, and baseboards as well. But that’s OK with me, because it’s a much better space than I had. In fact, in the few weeks I’ve had my machine in there I’ve managed to get a ton of sewing done. Probably having light is what does it, it is rather hard to sew without that.
sewing room 5
sewing room 2
I need to rework the furniture a bit as it consists of things that have been cast off from other areas. A counter height cutting area is going to be put in eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later. I also need a beefier table to put my machine on, as the one I’m using is warped and my sewing machine rocks as I use it.  I got a new thread rack to organize thread/bobbins and I plan on hanging a bulletin board and a few metal magnet boards as well. I will also need to get a few other bits to organize things in places they’ll be handy. I figured that using the space for a while would be a good idea before I invest in any furniture or organization items. Once I get a feel for the space, I’ll have a better idea of how I will work best in it.
sewing room 3
At the moment, I’m enjoying working on my vintage sheet quilt. It’s made with old pillowcases and sheets that I’ve been collecting. Most of them have been given to me or I have purchased them for a few dollars at the thrift store. This makes for a very inexpensive way to make a quilt, I will probably only have about $25 worth of materials in this kind size quilt by the time I’m finished. I like using sheets for the backing and flannel sheets on the inside instead of batting (I like a think quilt).

Are you working on any creative project at the moment? What creative pursuits do you do when gardening isn’t an option?

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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.