“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Room Of My Own

Week #1: 

Our daughter, Ann, recently moved out on her own and I inherited her room to turn into my own little space.  As you can see it's a clean blank slate ready for a makeover.  My plan is to set up the sewing machine in a permanent cabinet .. my entire life, I've had to schlep it to the kitchen table and put everything away each night.  This will be nice in that I can keep a sewing project out until it's finished. 
The sewing machine might be in front of the bay window .. the view is inspiring and beautiful!

Extra deep closet .. ahem .. hubby somehow has some 'stuff' in here already!

Yes .. I'm a vanilla color nut :)

I envision antiques including a bed and small rocking chair.  A washstand with a towel bar and tiled back splash to hold a pitcher and bowl.  Perhaps an old dress form and a pretty lamp with a painted glass shade and a chimney.  Now it's time to scour the flea markets and garage sales ... AND check the basement for items to re-purpose.  Check back for week #2.


Lynda said...

Very nice! You are really going to enjoy your sewing projects now!

Dani said...

Stunning - lucky daughter, lucky you :-)

Good luck with the hunt - I personally couldn't think of anything nicer...

FlowerLady said...

Enjoy setting your room up Mrs. Mac. Looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.

Hugs ~ FlowerLady

Rebecca said...

What fun for you! That DOES look like the perfect spot for your sewing machine!

LynnS said...

I remember when each of my boys moved out. Two out of three moved back, each from serious life adjustments. Now in their mid 20s and more settled, they've both been told to look for "other" safety nets! So they live together now, Mrs. Mac! LOL

The economy is so very bad with little hope for our young adults getting beyond the rudimentary 'basics', it seems. I wish the best for your daughter! There's no doubt that the many frugal tips she's gained through you will help!

Felisol said...

I hear you already have your plans clear. Good luck with your new room. Hope you have good, spacious working table for your machine, fabrics and other equipment.
I have a room for my sewing machine, but it's Serina who use the machine and the cat who use the leather chair beside the bookshelves...
Now I wish for an ironing room. where things can lay till I get the ironing spirit.
Come to think of it, I have a place in the laundry room. Just need to make some minor adjustments. Thanks for the inspiration.

Kathryn said...

It looks like a beautiful room to use. :) We have a room i could use for sewing and crafting, but it is so cold 8 months out of the year that i prefer not to. So i'm still shlepping around my machine.

Hope it turns out wonderfully for you. :)

Sandy said...

I am going to do the exact same thing in
August when our Seth marries and moves out.
I plan to use his large room as an arts and
crafts room. I am taking all of my cross
stitching supplies down there as well as
beading supplies, art supplies, scrap booking
materials, knitting, and anything else I can
think of! It will be a joy, as you said, to
not have to move whatever I am working on off
the dining room table.
Enjoy your pretty room as I will mine!

Terri aka PennyAnn said...

My youngest married and moved this year and I now have a room of my own as well. I have my sewing/craft table set up next to the window and I can't tell you how often I sit down there on a busy day just to rest and gaze out the window. My room is going cottage and I'm excited as it comes together. Hope you enjoy your room and get it just the way you want it.

Trish said...

Can't wait to see it all, your vision sounds lovely!
Have fun decorating!

Pat said...

I've been trying to comment since you posted this, but blogger wouldn't let me! Hopefull with the help from others, the problem is now solved.
If I had my sewing machine in front of that window, nothing would get done. I'd be gazing out and day dreaming!
Tell Ann I send congratulations and load of love in getting her own place. Another passage of life, for parent as well as child. Is she sharing an apartment with someone or living on her own?

Mrs. Mac said...

I've had SO much fun at the resale shops. All of the furniture has been purchased .. everything is antique and vintage .. good prices too. I opted for a very sturdy vintage walnut sofa table to use as my sewing table .. my machine is a portable White brand .. heavy duty .. pretty basic .. 15 year old machine. I don't think it can be used in a drop down sewing cabinet. My ironing board gets set up in front of the bay window and I have to tell you .. it's so much nicer ironing there than down in the cold basement :)

Ann moved out with a girl she went to high school with. She's a nursing student is and gone a lot of the time or studying. Ann is sticking with her budget and working four days a week as a dental assistant. So far .. so good .. it helps not having any debt or a car payment.

Will post a few pictures soon .. now off to gather old family photographs of my great-great, great & grand mothers .. the room's 'theme' is 'Grandma's Bedroom.