In this momentous week of my life, the brightest diamond is my darling daughter Dayna. She graduated yesterday from Wayne State University in Detroit with a Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude, double major, in Finance and in Global Supply Chain Management. I am such a proud mama bear!
|Ford Field, Detroit|
On with my humble corner of our basement. Warning: this is not a magazine worthy sewing space. You won't find fabulous cabinetry, room design, (well maybe a little), fabulously painted walls decorated with all things quilty. You won't find lovely laminated wood, carpeted or linoleum heated floors, no fabulous floor to ceiling windows with lots of natural light and peaceful views, nor walk-in closets, no specially lowered cupboards for a small-in-stature sewist like myself with handmade melamine tops. No 8X8' gridded flannel over styrofoam sheets design wall. Nope. I did have all that in our previous home in Alberta, but not in our new home in Ontario. This one is pretty rough.
So why in the world am I going to show you where I create? Even my husband said, "You're not going to show this on the blog?!" Yet I am. "Come on down!" as Bob Barker used to say on a show my dad absolutely loved, and Lara did say last week when she tagged me. And said:
The Place IS Right.
Last summer my husband put in big fluorescent overhead lights. He and I both love and need lots of light. My natural light comes from the basement window in the corner that you can see, and one other right of where I was standing to take this photo. Because of the cold cement, I have made good use of area rugs and cotton mats.
Sorry, Bella reminded me to also note that this is HER happy space as much as mine. She actually calls me down, yodelling in a near cat-in-heat yowl about once a day if I am upstairs and she wants me to join her. Let's try this again:
|A soon-to-be fully revealed WIP on the sewing machine bed|
This shows you what I have done with the gridded flannel. No styrofoam boards behind it, just stick-pinned it into the studs for now. It lays over the vapour barrier, so it has some issues with not being firmly backed, but it does serve the purpose. You can see a couple of WIP there. You also see my sewing angel who flies over my machine here as she did in Alberta. I set this up so that my sewing machine faces my north-facing window. Although I only get a view of the sky and a bit of the black walnut trees behind our house, at least I do have a window, and it opens! One of several IKEA bookcases is to the right of the design wall for some of my stash, knickknacks and books. (knickknacks? who says that? Guess I do.)
The Sterilite drawers (and one blue no-name one lol) with a melamine shelf on top are an idea I got from my dear friend in Alberta with whom I used to quilt. Originally to store folded and rolled up fabric pieces for our kaleidoscope fabric (yes, fabric kaleidoscopes using Paula Nadelstern's method), they now also hold, sorted by colour family, rolled up fabric pieces that are less than 1/2 yard. Many are good-sized scraps, many are fat quarters or 1/4 yd cuts. The IKEA (I'm realizing how much IKEA is down here!) basket tower is one from my eldest daughter that she no longer wanted. Yeah, it's missing one drawer, but a good spot for the flipflops, kept there for two purposes: one to wear if I don't wear slippers, and two, to kill spiders or other basement, unwelcome guests down here.
Winter Night, where she hibernated for the winter while we toasted our toes in Florida. Although I got her in 2013, our relationship is still very new, since I have to leave her here for the 4+ months we spend in Florida over the winter. You can see a couple of other tops; actually there are three. Over and Under is hiding beneath Fleurs, ready to go with her warm 'n natural batting all cut to size. I can't wait to get back into the swing of longarm quilting.
So, there you have it, my creative space, such as it is. Know that it will become a beautiful finished sewing space one day. My husband has built me an incredible room already once; I know he will do it again in this new house. :-) And I'll give you a tour when that happens!
My point, in case you haven't gotten it yet, in showing you this less-than-perfect area, is that the space doesn't have to be magazine glossy beautiful; it is what comes out of that space that is beautiful and makes our souls feel more beautiful because of that very creation.
And now it is my turn to tag someone. Immediately Judy of Quilt Paradigm popped into my head as "it". Thousands of miles apart, Judy and I have become such good friends thanks to quilting blogland and, I believe it was either Pets on Quilts or the Bloggers' Quilts Festival events of last year where we really bonded. Speaking of beautiful creations, wait until you see her jaw-dropping fabulous quilting. Speaking of pets, be sure to read Nugget's blog takeover post; he is much like my Rocco.
Oh! If you didn't catch my giveaway for Sew Mama Sew's giveaway day, click here. I am linking this up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Julie's Saturday Pet Project Show, bottons on sidebar. Okay! I'm off again back to Detroit, meeting Dayna so she can take my mum, her nana around Wayne State campus. It should not disappoint; between the beautiful architecture of the buildings and the grounds with their glorious breath-taking flowering trees absolutely everywhere, we will have some nature-nurturing for our souls. :-)