|My Room Now|
In our last home -- a 640 SF mountain cabbage (my husband called it a cabin, I called it a cottage, so I dubbed it "cabbage") -- I worked at a makeshift desk in the living room. I didn't do crafts or sew because there just wasn't an appropriate place to do so, in such a small space, without putting everything away at the end of the day. That's too much interaction with creative materials for my taste; I like to leave my project out until I'm ready to resume work on it.
|My Room In Our Last Home|
The new home we're now planning will include a studio for my artist husband, and an office/craft room for me. We moved here sans furniture, knowing that we'd make purchases for our new home, so anything I've bought for our apartment has had to be basic furnishings that can be reused in our next home, or things I could dispose of without feeling guilty over the cost. Translation: I bought a lot of thrift store, yard sale, second hand stuff that wasn't too large.
The table I now use for sewing and crafts began life as my desk. I blogged about it in Vintage Table Makeover.
A vintage drop leaf table serves as my desk. I only need to raise the front leaf to accommodate my computer and other essentials.
A photo I took of my husband walking an Oregon beach, my reading glasses, and a praying angel (a gift from a friend) are all "essentials".
My daily journal is essential, too.
On the wall to the right of my desk hangs a perpetual calendar that I fell in love with on a weekend getaway to Hood River, Oregon. I had to buy it; especially since it was 1/2 off. Next to it is something I printed off and taped to the wall:
Mistakes are proof that you are Trying
Just a little reminder that's it's okay to fail. As a closet perfectionist, I need that encouragement.
Moving a little further to the right we find this funky piece of furniture. Dennis picked it up for $20 at Rehab. It appears to be handmade and was probably used as a hutch. For me it acts as a little cupboard to store fabric and such. (And I see the contents could use a bit of straightening.) I didn't bother to paint the cupboard, but will do so when I move it to my new space and decide how to use it there. The vintage suitcase tucked under the cupboard is a $10 garage sale find, and holds extra office supplies. The cottage garden oil painting on the wall was painted by Dennis. Of course, it's a favorite of mine.
I love anything with roses. The little plate and Homer Laughlin sugar bowl are thrift store finds. The mini gold heart frame was a gift. Photos in the frames from left to right: My mother (long deceased) as a young bridesmaid in her sister's wedding. She's standing next to the groom. I'm very fond of this photo because my mother looks so stylish and vivacious; Me My brother found this very worn photo in my dad's wallet, after he died. It was the only photo he carried of me, and I thought it was so sweet that he had it all that time; My father as a very young man with a dapper cap.
The pair of blue and white porcelain "cuckoo clocks" belonged to my grandfather, who came to America from Belgium as a young man. They are petite vases that are meant to be hung. In Grandpa's little cottage they hung on either side of the kitchen door. I treasure them.
These are a few of the vintage books I own. The bookends depict the South Tower in San Francisco, and came from a local second hand shop. Very inexpensive. Most people would probably pass them by, but I like their chippy look.
One of them has an inscription on the back. I think they may have been souvenirs.
|I'm crazy about cobalt blue glass!|
I found this chippy harp mirror frame in an antique store in Colorado. I couldn't resist it. Except for cleaning it up just a bit, I haven't changed it. It's just this wonderful, naturally aged, crackled, chippy piece. Here it rests upside down on the ledge, and holds photos of my son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
My grandchildren are 12 (almost 13) and 10 now, but I still enjoy their baby photos.
Under the shabby chic harp mirror frame are photos of Dennis and myself. We married four years ago (I was a widow at the time). These photos were taken a few months before we married.
|My church friends gave us this photo with farewell notes written all around it. |
They presented it to us our last Sunday there, before moving to Colorado.
|Our wedding invitation|
I enjoy listening to music while I work. Another one of Dennis' cottage garden paintings hangs on the wall.
I like to use baskets found at thrift stores and yard sales for organization. We found the wire cube shelves at a garage sale. I think we bought 20 for $5. Ridiculously cheap and very easy to move and set up.
Vintage tins, a yellow hobnail vase, and a wicker organizer hold sewing notions and tools. In the background on the right you'll see my over-the-door ironing board. Very handy.
I just recently started collecting vintage wooden rulers. These three in the vase were 10 cents each at Rehab. Priced right for collecting, wouldn't you say?
Thanks for taking the tour of my home office/craft room, and allowing me to share a little of my personal life with you. Do you have a room of your own?
Whether you have a home office or craft room, or a space carved out of your kitchen or some other room, please share it with us at Every Room In the House. We're partying in the Home Office/Studio/Craft Room/Study/Den through the month of May, so come and join in the fun. You may show us your studio, study or den, too, if you like. Inspire us, or show us your design dilemma. (Do any of us really have any of those? Am I kidding?)
I'm sharing at these lovely parties:Every Room In The House at A Joyful Cottage
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an EWow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Shabbilicious Friday at Shabby Art Boutique