Friday, March 19, 2010

The Gnome Room

Welcome to the Gnome Room.

When we first saw our house, looking to buy, my youngest son dubbed the small room off his soon-to-be bedroom the Gnome Room because of its tiny door. (If you look closely along the right side of the window, you'll see a little gnome dangling.) When my sons lived here, we kept our futon in the Gnome Room along with a TV and video games. Yet, since it's unheated and un-airconditioned, one must be pretty desperate for space in order to use it for most of the year.

Well, I was desperate for a sewing room, so I packed up the video games, moved the futon to our basement library (once son #1's bedroom), and set up my sewing machine. Before, when I wanted to sew, I'd have to drag all my accessories out of the closet, take over the dining room, and generally it would be too great an effort to even consider. Now, as long I am willing to freeze or swelter, I can sew whenever I like!

I hope you were not expecting a decorator's dream craft room, because this isn't it! But allow me to give you a tour, anyhow.

When my boys were small, I went through a major counted cross-stitch phase: above are cross-stitched baby statistics for both boys as well as a wedding sampler. The blue embroidered piece is a Hmong creation purchased long ago at a craft fair in Minneapolis.

Taking over the Gnome Room also allowed me to finally move my out-of-season clothing from my tiny, over-stuffed closet and store them neatly and covered behind the curtain. Can't wait to trade out my woolens for all those stored Lillys!

Do you remember the yard sale score from last May? One of the pieces turned into my sewing storage. Note the Liberty of London from Target storage box! (I also found the watering can I wanted!)

My mom needlepointed the butterflies for me in the 1970's (can't you tell?).

And here's a peek at my fabric stash.

Now that it's spring, the Gnome Room is actually comfortable. And I've got the itch to sew.

This mess on the floor will ultimately become the Tunic Dress I mentioned a couple of posts ago. I hope to cut it out this afternoon and work on it this coming rainy weekend.

These beautiful Anna Maria Horner fabrics just arrived, along with two patterns. There's enough to make the Socialite Dress, the Multi-Tasker Tote, and a Tunic.

The fabrics looked so pretty stacked together that I took several pictures:

Happy weekend, everyone! I hope to share the fruits of my labors very soon.


Bee said...

Do you take orders? Because I would really like a tunic in that beautiful blue fabric.

Also, I think that the sewing room needs some AC comfort for the summer. It seems a shame to only use your lair during spring and fall.

LPC said...

Love those piles of fabric. Posting one to my Tumblr, in fact:).

Anne @ The City Sage said...

Ooh! I LOVE your sewing room! There's something so satisfying about stacks upon stacks of colorful fabric. Thanks for sharing!

Princess Freckles said...

What a wonderful sewing room! I plan to enroll in a sewing class this summer and also hopfully makeover our "office" (cluttered mess of a room) into a proper office with a desk and a sewing machine.

You've inspired me!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful fabrics! I love them all!!