I have been thinking about painting for a while now. But painting…the act of actually doing it? It is such a BIG job, and always seems rather daunting when you first start out. So I continued to put it off. And then I got my antique dress form. It happens to sit across from my computer desk, which leaves me staring at that corner a lot while working. The more I looked at it, the less satisfied I was with the colors of the walls in my office. My little dress form collection looked so drab against the light blue walls. Everything was just sort of blending in together. But did I really have the moxy to do what I wanted to do? Paint the walls dark grey?!! I mean – all my life I have been told that dark walls make a room look small. I felt like charcoal was going against everything I had ever been taught regarding decor.
Well….let me be the first to tell you, I LOVE IT!!!
It all started when my husband went to Russia for work last week. (Why do these things always start with the sentence, ‘while my husband was traveling’? Ha!) He was out of town, and I decided that THIS was the week. I was going to paint the studio! After 2 days of hard work, manual labor, and painting – I was done. I nearly killed myself trying to get that bookcase back above the door without any help. Lol.
New Sewing Studio Reveal
I love looking at my new walls. In fact, I realize that part of the reason why I love it is almost everything on display has special meaning to me. Handmade gifts, DIYs that hold special meaning, almost everything has a story.
*Kimono seen in photos is for my daughter’s oral presentation on Japan. Fabric is Nani Iro Kokka double gauze.
Let me break it down for you.
Flying pig – Well, first and foremost, its a flying pig. But so much of what I do seems unreal, and I have to pinch myself so often to make sure things are really happening. Just like the saying, when pigs fly. Because for me, pigs seem to fly pretty darn often. So I love the reminder to always believe, dream, and hope.
Handmade Clock Present from my Mom – On my last birthday, I thought my Mom forgot. I swear, she didn’t call me until that night – and all day I was like…did my Mom forget my birthday?! I am nearly 38, and I was still upset that my Mom might have forgotten – bwahahahaha. As it turns out, she not only remembered – but was busy making me this gorgeous handmade clock! She used spools of thread to indicate the hours, and has a little vintage looking dial with a rabbit ticking around. All displayed in a vintage drawer with linen fabric. Yeah, it’s pretty amazing, just like my Mom.
Vintage Shears – They may be gardening shears, but I love them so much. In fact, I fell in love with the entire store. The woman who ran the store made all of her pieces by hand, and we ended up commissioning her for a custom work desk for my husband. These shears needed to come home with me that day from the antique mall.
Handmade Shadowbox from my Husband – He MADE that for me! It’s not like my husband sits around and makes things all of the time, so this was a real surprise. He had my first newspaper feature article framed and put in a shadowbox, which he then decorated with thread, bobbins, buttons and washi tape. I was so touched.
Sign from Husband – He also bought me this ‘You are my Sunshine’ sign, which I love because it is the song I sing to our son.
Fold out Secretary Desk – This I purchased from Overstock.com, and love it. The table folds out when I need extra room (which is whenever I am sewing), but it tucks away so nicely into the corner for when I want my space to be tidy. I love it!
Books Reviewed – Almost every sewing book I own has been the loving gift from either a friend who wrote their own book, or a book sent to me for review. And I love each and every one of them.
Vintage Spools – Just something I bought, which I love. I think they were an eBay find. I highly recommend them for your own space, they work great as weights when needed to hold paper down.
Hanging Ironing Board – Whoever thought to hang your ironing board on a coat rack was for real a genius. This is one of my most favorite space savers ever. And I love the way it looks on the wall.
Flower Crown – I had never made a flower crown before this one, but I felt like such a princess wearing it for my photos. It is super big and full, and absolutely makes you feel beautiful when you are wearing it. If you have never worn a flower crown before, you should try it :). This crown ended up getting featured on the DIY Network, and put out in their Newsletter which sent my blog traffic spiking that day.
Handmade Girl’s Night Out event bag – I love this bag. This bag is a reminder of so many things for me. Of getting together with friends, of sitting around in my house making 25+ handmade bags for those friends. But also of my first big sponsor WIN. I was just a new blogger with a dream for an event, and I blindly reached out to Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores with fingers crossed that maybe, just maybe someone would read my e-mail sent into basic customer service. That was 5 years ago, and we are still working together. The amount of jumping up and down I did in my living room that day was epic. They were the first company to believe in me, and I will forever love them for that.
Sign from my Sister – Because gifts from sisters are extra special.
Antique Dress Form – The newest addition to my ‘things I love’ wall. But I love that I had an entire conversation regarding this Dress Form throughout the decision and purchase process on my Facebook page with readers. People weighing in, giving opinions and thoughts, advice. It was awesome. It was my first ‘live’ experience with you, in which I felt the sewing community helping out on a real live basis – as I made the ultimate decision. Was kind of cool.
Reviewed Dress Form – A dress form company sent me this dress form to review, and I have to say – I really love it. Especially because hilarity ensued behind the scenes with this dress form and a blog friend of mine regarding that same company. It always makes me smile when I think of that story.
First Dress Form – The first dress form I ever bought, for my kids of course because I used to only really sew for them. I am going to be so sad when they officially out grow this, which will be any day now. The dress form looks so little next to it’s big sister which you cannot see in this photo, but is hiding behind that bookcase.
There is so much I love about my sewing space, and that is probably what makes it unique and best to me. Even as my eyes continue to the bookcase next to my dress forms, so much of what is on my bookshelf holds special meaning to me. From a decoupaged ‘SEW’ sign that my Mom made me, to a fabric Liberty of London Eiffel Tower card that my husband gave me, to vintage thread box from my Grandma, to my rainbow thread holder on the wall.
The new charcoal paint color on the wall may give it a more ‘rich’ or ‘meaty’ feel to me, but what truly makes my heart swell with love and pride is what I surround myself with. The lifetime of love in all the little things that equal JOY.