Tuesday, October 22, 2013

My Creative Space


"My Creative Spaces" is being hosted by Shannon from the blog "Thoughts and Thimbles". I have been following Shannon's blog for years, her sewing, decorating and homemaking tips have always been an inspiration. When I recently read her invitation to fellow bloggers to participate and link-up I thought it would be a great time to share a little bit about where I sew and how I organize my supplies.

The photo above was taken in our dining room, where I do the majority of my sewing. I have always enjoyed sewing by a window, the natural light and view of God's beautiful creation brings me great pleasure.


Beside our dining room table is an antique cherry server that a dear friend gave me before Adam and I married. I had no idea then just how handy this lovely piece would be. There are two drawers in the bottom of the server, the one drawer was designed with dividers for silverware but I am using it to store my ric-rac and bias tape. : ) I am storing some lace and elastic in the other drawer.


Our dining room is rather narrow and I found it awkward to do any ironing in the dining room, but the kitchen is off the dining room and a great place for my ironing board.

The ironing board cover was made by my sister Rachel and given to me as a wedding gift. I really like the cheerful colors and how well it coordinates with my iron.


The table in our living room was built by my father when my sisters and I were little. The wood used to build the table came from the woods surrounding my grandparents home. I am so pleased to have this table as part of our home! I have many fond memories of cutting out my first sewing projects on this table with my mom.



I enjoy using tea cups to store special little sewing treasures. Not only is it attractive, but handy. Many time I will set buttons for a  current project on the saucer.


My little pincushion mouse (sneaking around the teacup) is the perfect place to keep my hand sewing needles. The peach calico mouse is filled with sand, which is helpful in sharpening needles.



Last Christmas Adam gave me this lovely antique sewing box. I store all of my most special projects in this box.


I must confess I am a bit of a "basket case". I have baskets in almost every room of the house, and each is filled with fabric or other supplies for projects. The basket in the photos above is especially handy as it has a lid. I store my yarn in this basket. Our cat Winston is very fond of yarn, and this is a great way for me to keep my yarn collection protected!


Some of my supplies are currently being stored in our laundry room. My thread is on a shelf near my washing machine.


This bookshelf is also in our laundry room. I have my fabric organized by amounts suitable for certain projects. I have more fabric over at my mom's house that I haven't had time to bring home and organize.

I have found photo boxes to be a terrific help in keeping my supplies organized. Each of the boxes contain different supplies such as buttons, ribbons, patterns and the like.


And to close, the view out our dining room window. Truly an inspiration while sewing!

"And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands."
Psalm 90:17 






16 comments:

  1. It is lovely Sarah. :-) Thank you for inspiring all of us...

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  2. Such a nice place to work, and the view out of the window is so pretty. You are so organized! Everything in its place and so neat. :-)
    I enjoyed the little tour ~ hopefully it will inspire me to be a little more organized!
    Blessings to you,
    Anne♥

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  3. Wow, what pretty and inspiring place to create. :) I love your shelving for your yardgoods!

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  4. What a lovely space, Sarah! I love your use of the silverware drawer for your ric rac and bias trim -- brilliant! You have been so resourceful in finding homes for your supplies, and I love how you are reflected in the spaces you've created. The bookshelf is lovely, and so tidy!

    Thank you so much for linking up, and for sharing your space!

    Blessings,
    Shannon

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  5. Hello Sarah, I really loved seeing your special place where you create and use your skills for making your home lovely and welcoming. I have always loved to have a corner when the children were younger, now I have a whole room!! And it has been just wonderful!
    I bet your loving your new wood stove...
    I have been very busy doing some really deep cleaning as my Husband and I are renewing our vows here at home this Saturday.
    Thanks for being my new friend:)
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. Thank you Roxy! May the LORD bless you and your husband this Saturday!!

      -Sarah

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  6. Good Morning, Sarah!
    I so enjoyed visiting your "home" and having the chance to see your "creative spaces"...thank you for sharing it all with us! Your home is so sweet and inviting. I, too, have an antique bureau that was my grandmother's that I store a lot of my notions in...she also had one in her sewing room, as does my mother. It makes me feel more connected to them. I love the braided rug in your kitchen...did you make this? I make them with t-shirt yarn...which is really rugged and holds up well.

    Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Sweet blessings,
    Laura

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    1. Thank you Laura! Yes, I did crochet the rug in the kitchen. I have a couple of rugs I have made in the kitchen and bedroom. I love crocheting rugs, it is a great way to use extra fabric. Using t-shirts is a neat idea, I have made all of mine from scrap fabric, of which I always seem to have an abundance. : )

      -Sarah

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  7. All you sewing things and your organization of them are just lovely!! You have such a sweet and special place to create and enjoy such a beautiful aspect of homemaking.

    Thank you for sharing :) I loved your photos! And the view out your window is so wonderful. Definitely an inspiration!

    Hoping you are having a joyful day!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Jazzmin
    Blessings and hugs

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  8. Everything looks so lovely and I am just like you and like to store items in tea cups. I have a tea cup by my sink that holds the drain stopper and a sponge :) Your shelves look so pretty with your neatly folded fabric and sweet storage boxes.

    Thank you for "inviting" us into your home and sharing your pretty's with us - the view from the window is stunning and I can see why it's an inspirational place to sit and create. Blessings to you, my friend.

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  9. Hello Sarah, I just wanted you to know that you allow the vanilla to steep for at least a month and the longer you let it steep the better!!
    I really like your new blog header. I notice that your sidebar is cut off, so maybe look at your template size, it may be on wide, you need to put it on standard sizes. Try it out, but view before you save it!
    I also love your Pinterst Boards!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  10. aww thank you so much for showing us a beautiful part of your life!
    thes pictures are beautiful and you are so creative! I wish I could find myself the patience to sew! haha.
    this is awesome. I' love your blog and am definitely a follower ;)
    have a wonderful day pretty girl ;)
    can't wait to be back!

    much love,
    LadyIlg

    p.s. feel free to check out my blog too if you want ;)

    short sleeved pants

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  11. Dear Sarah...such pleasant hominess ... such sweet inspiration! Weekend Blessings ♥ Teri

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  12. Hello Sarah, I just wanted to thank you for joining my apron giveaway, but I must say I just drooled over the one you had on your Etsy shop. I bet you sold that one right off. I will let you know in a few days if you are the winner!
    I also enjoy having you on Pinterest :)
    Looking forward to a new Post!
    Blessings, Roxy

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  13. I love your sewing space! I don't think I would ever leave it. I have those same scissors. I also really like how you used the tea cup. What a lovely place.

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  14. You seem so peaceful and happy in your home and in your homemaking. I enjoy visiting you.

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