The first thing I did was move the counter-height table to the center of the wall, and organize all the random stuff scattered on the floor into temporary boxes and bags which I then stowed away under the table.
I'm waiting for the 10 plastic stackable containers I ordered online. These will replace all the boxes and bags, make better use of the under table space, and I'll be able to see what's inside.
We live in a remote area of Oregon with no big box stores, so many times internet purchasing is the only way to easily get what I need. Shipping was free with my order. Definitely a plus.
Next, I made a skirt for the table.
The skirt material is a sheet that I purchased for rug making. I think I paid 25 cents for it at my favorite thrift store. It's in great condition, very soft and just the right weight to hang beautifully from the tension rods. The stars add whimsy to my studio and remind me to keep dreaming.
Two sides of the table are covered with the skirt; I left the side next to my sewing machine open since no one except me sees that area. Later I may use a small part of that under table space for easily accessed sewing supplies.
I moved the shelf unit to the corner where the table previously stood.
This, too, is temporary. I have plans to replace the shelves and the bookcase to the right of it with one piece of furniture that will hold all my fabric and supplies.
So far I've gone from this. . .
to this. . .
and I'm very happy.
So happy that I've been motivated to create some things.
Like these heart coasters for the women in my Bible study.
We've been studying Experiencing the Heart of Jesus by Max Lucado, which gave me the idea to use a heart theme for the gifts.
I also made a mug rug for a friend whose husband passed away recently.
He was my Sunday School teacher when I was a little girl and I remember him as a man filled with the joy of the Lord. I never saw him when he wasn't happy and laughing. A great role model for how a Christian should live. His wife is a wonderful woman, and I hope my simple gift will lift her up and remind her that she is loved.
I used a tutorial I found here on the Fashioned by Meg blog, altering a few things to make it more to my liking. Mug rugs are bigger than a coaster, which is nice if my friends needs room for a cookie or other treat with her cuppa.
|Photo of our cottage walk this morning.|
"Sing across the winter snow,
Pierce the cloud;
Sing when mists are drooping low
Clear and loud;
But sing sweetest in the dark;
He who slumbers not will hark."
~ Lettie Burd Cowman, Streams in the Desert