First off I want to thank you all for your kind words yesterday. It seems pregnancy hormones have hit hard and I’m a little, um, grumpy and self-critical. Your kind words really helped cheer me up!
I’ve had several posts languishing in my drafts folder for months now and its high time I share them! First up we have photos of my sewing room. I know you guys have seen snippets of the room from various belly/fashion/sewing photos, but I have yet to give a proper tour of my redone space.
My sewing room is my quiet-time haven. This is where I craft, blog and workout.
No. 328. In college I spent my days, and many nights, at Mallet Assembly. I have more fond memories from Mallet then I can begin to recount. Suffice to say – lasting friendships were formed, massive debauchery was had, large things were thrown from the roof and regular adventures were embarked upon. On graduation day, my friend Kelly and I decided to snatch a few dorm room numbers. I don’t remember whose room was 328, but do remember that the third floor was were some of my craziest memories happened. Also, the third floor bathroom was totally the grossest 🙂
The Ikea Expedit… possibly the most famous piece of cheap Swedish furniture ever made! My Expedit stores camera equipment, yarn, sewing items and wedding mementos. The shelves also allow me to store my fabric stash so I can clearly see what I have and not forget about projects.
The top of my Expedit has several glass jars that keep things like rubber bands and balloons out of the mouths of our cats. A huge salt water fishing lure is a memento from my job in Birmingham. Thread and bobbins are stored on wooden racks. White Christmas lights from Big Lots provide a little cheap illumination. Also pictured is a sweet photo of my first cat when I graduated college – Katzel. One day I’ll write about him. He was amazing.
Across from the Expedit is my sewing table. The lamp was left behind by the Professor’s ex-girlfriend. I know a good lamp when I see it and decided it made the cut when I was purging him of “bachelor pad” items! The table is Ikea. The bottom right shelf holds my yoga mats and weighs. The gray metal drawers hold sewing notions, stamps, and writing tools. A white tray serves as a catch-all.
The walls are painted a soft grey – Behr “Gentle Rain” – and currently the only thing decking them are two framed pages from a 1963 edition of the Tampa Tribune’s Gasparilla edition. Tampa is the area where I spent my early childhood and I later returned to work for a sister paper of the Tribune, Hernando Today. I found this old Tribune several years after leaving Hernando Today in the attic of a Birmingham book store for $20. I cherish these framed pages as they represent so much from my life.
An aluminum print of one of my photographs sits on my desk and patiently waits for the Professor to hang it. I’m forbidden to poke more holes in the plaster (one too many plaster disasters!)
The desk chair was picked up for free from Tuscaloosa High School. I heard rumor one day that they were replacing all their furniture and hundreds of old wooden chairs were free to whoever wanted them. After work I high-tailed it over and one lone chair remained in the center of the lawn. I took it home and have had it ever since!
My next big project will be cleaning out that closet. It’s scary in there! Also, a freshly opened box of my favorite: Puff’s Plus with Lotion. Allergy Belle requires tissues in every room. I’m super sexy to live with 🙂
My sewing room doubles as a second guest room. Futon and paper lantern are from Ikea. A bunch of lavender from my backyard dries on the wall. The sheer curtains are from Ikea and the rods are from Home Depot clearance. The ugly stool that Newton is sleeping on is ancient and falling apart. I want to toss it, but can’t because the cats love it soooo much.
A few of my favorite stuffed penguins and moose (I collect both) and a Blue Footed Booby from Hermano.
And finally, no photo post is complete without a picture of a cat! Newton dozes peacefully on a blanket stored on the ugly stool in attempt to make is less ugly 🙂