Long term readers would probably know that I've never had a designated sewing area at home. Because we don't have a spare room I have to lug the sewing machine out to the dining room table every time I want to sew. I don't mind the lugging so much, but then dinner time rolls around and I have to clear everything off the table so that we can eat. Then, table cleared and it's time to put everything back on again for sewing. If I'm sewing something that takes more than an afternoon to stitch, then this system pretty much gets annoying and there's also the excess cottons, fabric and mess that flows into my lounge room when I'm creating.
Because I keep all of my fabric supplies in our bedroom (in one of those big white cupboards you can see in the above photo) I've always pondered with the idea of having a sewing space in the same room. We have a nicely sized room, but I didn't really think there was enough wall space left to combat a sewing station. That was until I was doing some reshuffling before Christmas and decided to move the chest of drawers along as far as it would go.
Ta-da! I discovered that by doing this it created a whole new space - just the perfect size for our writing desk to squeeze into.
I filled the inside space with some vintage cottons, pretty doilies, my Amy Butler patterns, a single paper crane (one day I'm going to make 1000 of these), a few of my buttons, a gratitude wrap (for stationery supplies) and my lovely new fabric journal that Janelle made me for Christmas.
I'm keeping just a few of my craft books in handy reach and on the wall I've popped a self portrait of James (created in his art class last year) and one of Nikki McClure's posters. I just love her work - poster available from HERE.
That old antique chair (from the first photo) lives in our bedroom, so it's perfect to move over and use while I'm sewing.
While I'd like to say that the sewing machine fits snuggly away inside the desk, it's a fraction too tall to squeeze in there. That's okay though, I just pop it on the floor right next to my sewing desk.
So, there you have it - my new sewing space. I'm not sure how long it's going to stay cute and tidy inside the desk, but the beauty of having a fold down lid is that I can hide it away and nobody will see.