A Room to Call My Own

In all the craziness of the past few weeks, I neglected to mention that we bought a house! We looked at over 40 houses, seeing some strange and wonderful things: a bedroom converted into a sauna with a sunken hot tub; a blue bathtub with mystery poop in it; a great room with a huge stone fireplace; many houses with neglected fish-tanks (if you have one, please go clean it–those fish need to breathe!); and finally, a cute Cape Cod house with a light-filled room perfect for pursuing ones creative pursuits.

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Life is good.

The property is wooded in the back, perfect for bird-watching and letting the dog run around. There’s also plenty of room for friends and family to come and stay over, which is a necessity since most of my family is in Idaho. Consider this your invitation, friends and family; there’s plenty of room!

Back to the glory that is my craft room…I’ve never had a room devoted to creativity. What a luxury! As soon as I get the bridal wallpaper scraped off, I plan to paint it something really stimulating like red or fuscia. Really. I have a couple of tapestries from a trip to India that I plan to hang in the space, and they are filled with vibrant reds and pinks that I find beautiful. Much more inspiring that this beige and white:

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I also plan on investing in a sewing machine and a comfortable chair to sit in while knitting or reading. Maybe I should get a bed too, since I’m starting to think I’ll never want to leave this room!
The house has a lot of great windows, and not a single set of blinds or curtains. So I have it in my head that I could sew some, or buy store-bought panels and dress them up a bit. I’ve done this before in my first house, and really enjoyed it. But I need a sewing machine first! Does anyone have suggestions for a good home sewing machines for beginners?
Since I’m basically starting from scratch I have the opportunity to set myself up for success in the organizational department. I’d like to be able to store my yarn in an artistic way, out in the open where I can see it. What about great storage ideas for yarn and notions?
Alright, I suppose it’s time to tear myself away from the computer and get over there. I have a lot of painting and scraping to do before this dream of a craft room can become a reality!
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9 thoughts on “A Room to Call My Own

  1. My mother swears by her Bernina sewing machine (www.berninausa.com) – they do a good range and lots of workshops for beginners! Your craft room looks fantastic – love the idea for the wild colours!

  2. I love the house… it looks like it’s straight out of a storybook!

    I loved my Viking Husquvarna sewing machine, and hated to leave it behind when I moved to England. I didn’t have the top model, but it did more than enough to keep me happy — and mostly I loved the way it purred as I sewed.

  3. Congrats on the house!

    I love a glass-fronted cabinet to store yarn. There are great ones from Ikea, that have smokey glass fronts, for pretty cheap. The shelves are quite abundant so you could store a good deal of yarn, and it’s pretty without looking cluttered.

  4. Your house is lovely. Houses here don’t look like that, so for me that looks like it is straight out of TV lol. Very cool.

  5. Congrats on the new house. It brought back memories for me because I grew up in a house much like it in Conn. The two upstairs windows were closer together in my house, forming an alcove room in my room where I had my desk and vanity.

    As for the sewing machine, I had an Elna SU for about 30 years which is like new. It uses cams, instead of being computerized, so I expect it to last at least another 50 years. It is so solid and reliable. Try to find one used.

    For storage, I use an ordinary bookcase and I use the plastic shoe boxes from Container Store. They work great for needles, sorted by size.

    Have fun with it all.

  6. Virginia Woolf said, “it’s important to have a room of one’s own”, didn’t she? Or was that a room with a view. . . or am I thinking of a movie. Anyway, I’m pumped that you’re so in love with your craft room, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I’m ready to peel wallpaper with you and eat pizza!

  7. Well, I liked my Singer sewing machine, but after 35 years it froze up….so…..lots of choices out there. good luck and enjoy peeling & scraping. wish I was there to lend a hand.

  8. My aunt, a v. serious quilter, swears by Berina. She believes it’s the only way to go.

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