Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Proper Table

I love my office/craft space.  I have been tweaking it here and there over the past year.  Now mind you since Little Buddy arrived my time is a bit limited in this space but I still wanted it to work better.  I was using a cutting table as my table to hold my sewing machines and assorted crafty items.  It was way too high to sew on, too rickedy, and frankly not all that comfortable to sit on a stool and do any work there.  The cutting table started to become a storage area for me and I did not like that at all.  You see I am not much of a sewer.  I can dabble a bit to fix something or make a Halloween costume but that is about it.  I really did not need the sewing machines to take up all the space on the table.  On Saturday I had to make a trip to IKEA for my husband so I thought I might have a look around to see if anything would work better.  I  think I found the perfect solution and now I am tickled pink.  I put it all together this weekend, rearranged a few things and now I almost feel like I have a proper studio.  Here come have a peek with me............

  
Come on in.......lets take a look.


Here it is!!!!  Gosh I am in love with this table.  Look at the legs, this tripod feature allows me to store my sewing machines under the table when I am not using them which allows for more room on top of the table.  The table can be raised to various heights and even be made into a drafting table for those of you who draw and paint.  Those mismatched shelves might be next on my list of things to fix.  They hold yarn, fleece, and all of my knitting, crochet and felting books.  These shelves were used to hold books when my boys were little so they have been used for a long time.

I bought the chair on sale at Target and it fits in perfectly.  Now I have a nice table to work at and do not have to perch myself on a bar stool trying to sew or create.  This room is actually pretty dark, actually every room in my house is which is odd considering I live in Florida.  I had to lighten up these pictures a bit so you could see more detail.


  Turning to the left you see my computer area where I spend lots of time working up evaluations,  for work and of course reading up on all of your lives and creative endeavors.  I still love the crochet valance I made for the window.


Turning more to the left you see Caroline the Dress Form in the ruffled shawl I made.  I am thinking of making another one in the beautiful yarn hanging on the back of the door, that was from my lovely friend Bridget at The Ravell'd Sleave.  I think it would be fun in this color.  The closet next to my desk holds all of my toys, puzzles and games for work.  It is a crazy mess in there so we won't open the door.  I hope to turn it into my yarn closet when I retire someday.  A yarn closet, doesn't that sound like bliss!!!!!


Turning left again you see the door we came in.  This is my old, oak shelving unit holding a lot of my yarn, not all of it but a good bit.  The sign above my bathroom door was from my MIL's room in the assisted living facility, it says, "Vim and Vinegar, Old Age Ain't For Sissies!"  This room looks much bigger in pictures, it really isn't all that big, but it is space I have carved out just for myself. The new table helps make it perfect don't you think?

Thanks for all of your uplifting comments on Little Buddies progress, he amazes us every single day.

54 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

What a lovely room, the crochet valance for the window is adorable and the shawl is stunning. What a very useful table, I particularly like that you can alter the height, that would really suit me as I am quite short.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

It's a beautiful little room, and when you think at the beauty that comes out of it, it's even nicer.

Love, LOVE that table. Ikea is over 7 hours away from here, so no quick trips for me.

Jen

Dee said...

Good find! I love the crocheted valance. That is adorable!

I'm using Stephen's old bedroom as my work room, but a lot of the time I take my stuff into the family room to work on it.

Right now the old kitchen table is my work table, but when I find the right desk, I'll donate that table.

Vera said...

Love the table and the legs -- storage - yay!! Your room looks great. And, love the moon over the door.

Linda Gilbert said...

I have exactly the same arrangement in my craft room. The trestle legs are my favourite bit. But, sadly I have no window at all. That is because it is part of the garage. You gave inspired me to tidy it up and blog about it too. That night take a while :)

kristieinbc said...

It's a great work room, and the table is perfect. IKEA is brilliant for having just the right thing, which is why I love to shop there.

Home Meadows said...

You have a pretty and organized craft/work space. Enjoy your new desk. Have a great Tuesday, Heather

Pammy Sue said...

That's a right nice room you have for yourself now! Love your new table. I spied that red yarn hanging from that door and wondered what you were going to do with it...that was just before you said what. It'll be beautiful as a ruffled shawl or anything else for that matter! I really love the Japanese flowers hanging in front of your window! Was thinking of doing the same thing on my living room door that leads to the back porch. It looks naked with just blinds.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You have a wonderful work/play room! Wishing I had my own room to work in. But it's kinda, sorta nice having Danny working behind me. We use a middle bedroom for our office. Danny is on one wall and I'm on the opposite wall.

Mindy said...

Ooh--what a cheerful and wonderful craft space!

Sarah Sweethearts said...

Love, love, love your room! Wow! Now that is inspiring. (Really loving the crochet window treatment too!) :)

cockney blonde said...

What a lovely room to craft in and I love your crochet window valance. May just make one myself, x

Bridget said...

What a nice room! I like the way you have it organized, and the new table and chair are not just nice, but they add some more zip to the place.

I really need to get the room where I keep my stuff organized ... it tends to be a mess, since nearly everything gets dumped in there at some point ...

kathyinozarks said...

looks awesome! a very nifty table

Amy at love made my home said...

What a great space you have made there! The new table looks lovely and it is good that you can use it for sewing machine storage too! I knew from the adventures of fluffy that you liked sheep, but I didn't realise quite how much until I saw your collection there! They look great!! Hope that you love your new space in your fab room and that it inspires lots of creativity for you. xx

Teresa Kasner said...

Meredith.. you're such an inspiration to me! Your creative space is so organized and tidy, but still all your wonderful crafty materials are showing, it's just perfect! I still have to work on my CS, hopefully you will give me a needed push. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

My Garden Diaries said...

Your creating area is just awesome! I love it! So full of color and that table rocks! You have given me some great inspiration for my space when it gets going!!! Happy week to you! Nicole xoxo

Betsy said...

I love your craft room Meredith. That table is perfect. My sewing machine is in a cabinet which is nice, but when I want to sew it can be a real pain to move everything from the top and then get the machine out. What pattern did you use for your curtains? I love that idea! So delicate and pretty.
Blessings always my friend,
Betsy

Claudia said...

Looks great, sister!

xo
Claudia

Linda Powell said...

That table is a great find and thanks for the tour around your working space. The red yarn looks scrumptious, lucky you, lovely colour :-)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Yay for your own space and making it work for you. Even small changes can feel like a big accomplishment. Happy creating (when you find the time). Hugs, Tammy

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Such a lovely crafting room...it fits you perfect! :)

Hmmmm now you have to come decorate my craft studio! :)

Hugs to you sweet friend.

CJ said...

Perfection indeed, I am just a tiny bit envious of all of your wonderful space and your beautiful studio. It must be great to have all of your things so nicely organised. Conducive to the creation of loveliness no doubt.

kathy b said...

I love the window covering you crocheted! Lovely

kathy b said...

I love the window covering you crocheted! Lovely

linda said...

Your room is looking lovely, I love your new table and chair, I saw that lovely red yarn straight away it will be perfect for a shawl. I have a small bedroom where I have a small desk to hold my laptop I would love to get rid of the bed and use the space for a table, I have been thinking about it for a while but have put it off because it doubles as a guest room but I rarely have guests anyway, if I did they could always sleep on the floor haha, now see what you've done Meredith! xxx

Ana BC said...

Nice office space, Meredith! seeing this inspires me to tackle my space too ;-)

Mrs. C said...

Thanks for the inspiration! I am going to be turning my son's old bedroom( he moved into the basement 3 years ago into his own "man cave" when my Mom moved in with us for a few years and took his room) into my studio space this spring/summer. My Mom had been living in it for a few years while waiting for a spot to open in a senior apt. complex, she moved into it in Dec. She is still utilizing the closet to house her seasonal clothing that does not fit into the tiny closets in her new place. But I am going to be moving my sewing machine, ironing board( which I use for ironing my piecing I sew more than clothes!) and I want to get some kind of shelving to store my yarn... It's all over the house! It's an overflowing mess in my family room at the moment. Also, I need some shelves to store my fabrics neatly, they are also a scary mess in my bedroom next to my sewing table...I love your table! Your room looks so nice! :)

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh, that valance - I just kept looking at it! So beautiful.

That's a wonderful table - really clever design. Adjustable, with storage beneath - it's perfect.

Thanks for showing us your room, and yes, I think you could call it a studio! Enjoy your space.

Glad to hear that LB is doing well. :)

Lynne said...

What a wonderful crafty space! Funny how changing just a few things around can make all the difference. The table is a great addition to your room.
Love the crochet valance, so pretty!

mynestofyarnandbuttons said...

Hi there sweet Meredith! I love Ikea and I love your new table, you do indeed have a proper studio now! Loved the tour and wanted to come down and play with you in your lovely space! Maybe someday : )
Happy Easter, I'm sure the Easter bunny with be coming, xoRobin

Lulu said...

wow, i love that room...So pretty..

Olga said...

I think everyone would me inspired to craft in such a wonderful and neatly organized room. It's so cozy too.

elns said...

It's a great space and table! I love that you can store your sewing machine under there for more surface space when you're not sewing. That's brilliant. I love the red yarn waiting to be knit up. Bridget's blog is always good for a visit. I love her book reports.

yarn and pencil said...

Oh it's so exciting to find the perfect piece of furniture :-)
Your studio looks lovely and oh so ready for a new creative spree.
Tracey xxx

Emma Pearce said...

I love functional and attractive furniture and this ticks both boxes. Your little office and creative space is wonderful and that lace crochet valance is fantastic, inspiration when you gaze outside. Your home is beautiful like your spirit xxxxx

Fay said...

What a fabulous space and table! It is beautiful. I love the crochet valance in the window! What a lovely place to be creative! Love it:) Fayx

Judy S. said...

What a great space to be creative! Love that valance, too.

Heldasland said...

What a wonderful creative space you have. I am so envious. Love that room completely love your cushion, Caroline looks stunning in the shawl.
I wanted to ask how do you add the pin it button to your blog.
Happy Easter to you and your family.

Ladybird Diaries said...

What a great craft room you have and your new table is perfect!
Marianne x

moonstruckcreations said...

I have seen that table in IKEA too, and loved it!

Your craft room looks great, hope you have a lot of fun in it over the Easter break!

Helenxx

Rose Red said...

Your room is so lovely, you are lucky to have it, I (almost) can't wait to have my knitting room back - if that ever happens, as it means my boys will have left home - I can't quite imagine that at this stage!
Ikea is great for storage and work solutions isn't it!

Jill at emeraldcottage said...

Hi :) Been blog hopping tonight and stumbled upon your blog - I too have recently set up my craft room, it needs a lot of tweaking but is slowly getting there. I do now have serious desk- envy though lol !!!
Please do pop over to my blog emeraldcottage.blogspot.co.uk, I am new to the world of blogging but enjoying it very much!

Gillian said...

I love the space you've created here and always enjoy seeing other people's craft/work spaces. Your IKEA desk is very clever, I bet it'll make all the difference. And that crocheted valance looks beautiful with the light filtering through it. x

Susanne said...

I love your space. I think your new sewing table is great and who knows, now that you have something more workable you might just be more incline to do some sewing. I would be ashamed to show my sewing room right now. I have a new table too and it is still lying in the truck bed in the garage. I have to make room for it in my space and that means cleaning this hoarders nest first....what fun!
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Faith said...

Love the table, just the sort of thing I would go for I think too. Its lovely to have a space of your own isn't it, mine is wonderful, but I don't get nearly enough time in it! I had a chance to visit a big craft store on Saturday, I was blown away by all the 'stuff' I could have bought so much, but thankfully restrained my buying to some yarn and pins. A yarn closet sounds good, but not as good as a yarn room! ;-)

Faith said...

Love the crochet at the window - beautiful!

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

It's a lovely space, and looks like the perfect place to be productive. And it's a good bit bigger than my tiny studio!

Caffeine Girl said...

That is an absolutely beautiful space. It is so uncluttered! The new table is perfect. I love the idea of having a separate area for your computer.

RedSetter said...

Your room is so beautifully and thoughtfully laid out that you could not help but hear the creative spirit. Your new desk is gorgeous and I wish you many happy hours sewing and creating there. I love IKEA for the thought they put into their products which work on so many layers. Even a simple desk has features built in for adjustments, storage and ease of transportation. I'm a sad case but I just love the thoughtfulness in what they do.

serendipity said...

What a great space. I have craft room envy! xx

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Hello Meredith. You have create a very lovely craft/work space. The desk is perfect. No IKEA around here. Have a lovely week. Hugs Judy

Nana Go-Go said...

Stuff that dreams are made of, your beautiful home. That staircase is fit enough for Scarlett O'Hara to descend in one of her flowing gowns! Love the Ikea table - you did well there, Meredith, good choice - great result. x

Gracie Saylor said...

Your new IKEA table looks like a perfect addition to your crafting studio, Meredith. I'm so glad you found it! [I love seeing your herd of little sheep :)] And I greatly admire the crocheted valance you made. In my dreams I am making one, too. Blessings to you as you exercise your creativity in your very own studio space. xx