Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Place for my stuff or where I sew

 OOps! sorry, Sorry I'm late to the party but i got all sidetracked with "stuff"

I'm going to start this tour of "where I create with" my favorite sewing spots.

this is my swing chair under the lanai by what we use as the front door it's just covered enough to keep the rain off
and in Seattle it rains A LOT!
here is my other spot for it, on the back deck looking out onto the backyard.

this is the cool west side of the house surrounded by trees.

in august when it gets warm around here this is the coolest spot in the house to sit.

it's also nice when it gets cooler when we take the top off the table and it turns into a firepit!
this is my favorite room in the house.
cozy and open at the same time with lots of natural light.
this is the room where my sewing machine and fabric live, yes that is an organ, I play the violin, recorder, and guitar, my fiance plays the organ I don't know what to do with it!)
that chair in front of the fireplace is the BEST chair to cozy in, when its cold out!

here is another view

the Beauty fan I made of real condor and parrot feathers that were naturally shed.
I got them when I worked in Lincolnparks childrens Zoo, in the 80's it was one of my summer jobs in H.S.

the drawers hold all my  implements of craftage.

the window is the best feature of the room it looks out onto the backyard and the willow tree that picture of the gypsy in the corner is my grand uncle Olaff who ran for president against Taft and with my Grandfather worked on the Eastland, ran a speakeasy in the 20's, were hobos, and all sorts of other things too long and various for this post.

look at all the wonderful light coming in the window!

I have prisms hanging all over the window so when the sun does decide to shine(we are in Seattle after all!) I get rainbows everywhere!

the corner is where all the color lives! 
fabric waiting to become, partly and finished projects, bits and bobs displayed with reckless abandon!

also more drawers within easy reach when I am in the "throws" of creativity.
and I like boxes, tins and baskets to hold things so this corner tends to be a jumble

the picture is of Scott Joplin, my grandfather drew him with chalk pastels as part of his favorite composers, Bach hangs over the organ on the opposite wall.
I made the ermine "grouch" bag from pelts I traded two beaded bracelets and and a pin for at a Pow-Wow in Chicago when I was 9.

 the cover for the fireplace is what I have so far for my "fairy tales" CQ can you tell which ones I have so far?   
Here is my corner of the computer room, my fiance and I share this room and often work in it together

 I'm working on my last "fools Gold block" 
all my beads, threads, ribbons, buttons and little things that are so important for CQing.

 I have braided most of my threads and hung them on those little hoops you get at the staples for folders. I find it more handy than almost any other way of storing my thread they are mostly the same length and to remove just the right amount you just pull.

my other project that I haven't named yet but is rapidly turning into "my heritage" blocks.

they are hanging on the file cabinet and a speaker that lives on the desk

under my desk is almost as interesting, its where the lace, trims, silk ribbon and my most used books live.
I want you to notice the tin filled with cut straws. they hold my small quantity beads. you know the colors you only have this many of and it's too small to put in a container and too many to just ditch.

you can close the ends by pinching them with needle nose pliers and a  lighter. then you can make them as big or small as you need them AND if you swipe them from the costco food mart their free!  HA!

 this is and old cd tower that I have appropriated to display my purses and boxes in the living room.

my couch is another good spot to sew in the colder winter months. it sits to the right of the wood stove and right in front of the TV so I can watch and sew or sew and watch, depending on how committed i am to finish something!

 I'll leave you at my absolute favorite spot anywhere to sew. it's under the willow tree in the backyard with a fresh cuppa!

Happy sewing!


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Hi Flora
Its nice to see where others envision where you are when you you show your projects. I have a room where I try to contain it all, which is easier when the kids aren't living here.

I love your big room with the fire place. It is so light and looks cozy too. We have wood stained and varnished walls and ceilings in mine... Ponderosa style with 2 patio doors. Its wonderful in the winter, but I miss the bright airy feel of a room like yours in the winter.
xx, Carol

Geralyn Gray said...

A very nice place where you sew.......thanks for sharing on where women create!

Karen Valentine said...

It looks like a very comfotable and hapy place to be! I love all your crazy quilts with the trims and such They are really lovely. Thanks so much for joining the party!!

Sandy said...

Light, bright, and comfy! Love your quilts, they are so very beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

StasaLynn said...

Flora - first off - you live where I would love to leave some day! Thanks for sharing your space - which happens to be your whole house! Lovely, lovely, lovely. I am a new follower because I am also a new quilter (a pure novice at this point!)

Can't wait to see more of your creations!


Something Special said...

You have an amazing space here and your embroidery is incredible!

Maureen said...

So great to see your space... my absolute favorite is under the tree outside too! So green there!

Kristi said...

Love your creative spaces,wow so many options! Of course my favorite would be outside too,but I live in the South and the heat is relentless during the warmer months and the bugs will carry you away!LOL
thanks for sharing your home with us, I enjoyed my visit!


Rita Barakat said...

How fun to be able to sit in that swing and create! What beautiful work! I admire people ho can sew - never got the hang of it myself!

Mari Brown and Colourblob said...

I love your place where you sit and have a fresh cuppa : ) Nothing better than sitting down in place that makes the ideas flow or have a good read... Always makes me feel good when I do that either before or mids of painting.

You have a great space, what to do with the organ, wish I could tell you (looks like it takes a lot of space). But other wise great creative space. Thank you for the tour : )

Creative Grammie said...

You have wonderful places throughout where you do your sewing! Your work is beautiful too! Thanks for a great tour and thanks for sharing your creations.


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