Boy have I missed being a part of the online sewing community these last couple of weeks. I had a wonderful short trip to the mainland where I found a few treasures in a couple of "new to me" fabric shops. Thanks Mom! And I will enjoy sharing those finds with you soon. But the main reason I had to take a break was to focus all my attention on remodeling my sewing/homeschooling/home office area. For the most part this room is finished, but I have a couple more things to do to finalize everything. One is the flooring. Wouldn't you know the local home improvement store didn't have enough flooring to finish the project, so I will have to wait about 5 weeks for the ship to bring some more. I just have to laugh, that's Maui for you!!!
I have been wanting to show you this beautiful piece of sewing art made by Sue of Things Be. I received it as a gift during the Pay it Forward 2011 event that took place a few months ago. Thank you so much Sue. I knew right away I wanted to build my room around it. If you haven't checked out Sue's blog you should. She is extremely talented in many different areas including, but not limited to, knitting, sewing, and photography. With this particular piece I am amazed at the tiny little hand stitches in the embroidery and the intricate bead work. I eventually want to have this professionally matted and framed. For now, I did my best to create my own matte using fabric and cardboard and refinished an older frame with glossy black paint to display it in. I love how it looks, and as I mentioned it is the inspiration for the whole room.
|Lights removed, holes filled.|
|DH being a good sport and helping me with the cutting in. Besides helping me with the painting, he installed the new lights, changed out all the electrical outlets, and got a start on the flooring. What a guy!|
|Sewing the drapes in the mess. I can sew any where! Just give me a machine and a power source. Notice the white trim on the windows.|
|The new ceiling lights. There are two of them.|
|Close up of curtain rod and Hawaiian bark cloth I used for the drapes.|
|My home office. The glass block wall on the left has two layers of fabric. The first is a sunblock material, which you can't see, the second is cotton drapes made from white sheets bought at a discount department store. My DH made the gigantic curtain rod for me. It spans nearly 25 feet. I've separated that wall of white with a black patterned drape just to kind of divide this space from my sewing space. I love what the wall art says, at the right of the desk: "Know first who you are then adorn accordingly". I also made the tablecloth for the glass desk to warm up the space and pull in a coordinating color from the drapes. This is where I blog, but also where I keep up on orders for my Etsy shop. I will update this picture when the flooring is finished.|
I have two more corners of this room to show you, but I will wait until the flooring is finished. In the mean, time I look forward to jumping back into seeing what you all have been up to and getting back into garment sewing! Woo Hoo!