Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Place to Create

WARNING! I didn't clean up my new sewing room before I took these pictures. What you see is what you get.

A month or so ago I talked my wonderful husband out of his "Man Cave". I was surprised how easy it was. I had been sewing in the corner of our family room for over 6 years. I didn't mind it for the most part, there were a couple of advantages: No one could see my space unless I invited them downstairs (I don't always feel like explaining my hobby to people) and I was still with my family. The disadvantages outnumbered the advantages though: My sewing area was always messy, I worried about other people's kids getting into my stuff, I couldn't sew and scrapbook at the same time, my fabric stash was stored in the garage, and my older boys were embarrassed about all the doll nudity when their friends came over.

My former sewing corner in the family room

My oldest son, Nathan, is 15 now. He likes having his friends over a lot and I like knowing where he is. I decided it was time to make the family room more "man cavey" and contain all my stuff in one area.

It took me a few weeks to get the old stuff out, and the new stuff in. I still have some things to organize, I can't believe how much stuff I have! The only challenge now is remembering not to isolate myself in my sewing room too much while my family is home.

My sewing area

Dolls and scrapbook supplies

Cutting/Scrapbooking/Thanksgiving table

More dolls, I need to make risers for the dolls in the back and hang up my clock.

My fabric whoared, now I can sit at my sewing table and look at all my fabric and tell myself I don't need more fabric, even though I could still fit one more plastic bin in there and the bin with the red fabric isn't very full.

My current project: 24 black cocktailers in 3 different styles.


michelle in mi said...

Diane!!You are a scrapbooker & a doll clothes designer- I love you girl!I also do cardmaking (which involves everything same as scrapbooking only on a smaller scale) and had to finish my basement into a craft room in order to stop having all my 'crap' fill up the dining room.Now it fills up my basement but I DON'T CARE LOL! I know you will enjoy your new 'space' and can't wait to see what beautiful creations you are inspired to come up with!

Lauren said...

Wow! Amazing job! I've been doing the same thing myself lately so I know how much work it is- but it's so rewarding to have everything organized and in it's place. Sewing havens!
And if that's your sewing room untidy you don't want to see mine ;)

MJ said...

I just love it so much! You just have Soo much creativity-Wonderful for you to share it with us! :-) Love it!

Belladonna said...

My favourite is the one modelled by Blue Parasol. This outfit could be paired with any hats (with matching purses). I would love to have this outfit if I haven't already had "Love After Hours". By the way, yours is better: chiffon? pleated skirt. I am still looking for something that is similar to "Town & Country".

Belladonna said...

I have found something that is similar style to "Town & Country", & it's called "Cocoa Crisp". These are a list of Ebay seller (they don't have shops, just auctions) worth watching for inspiration:
djkmro --- this one is dolls with restyled hair