Creative Vacation Part 1: The Room

Inspiration board, dressmaker dummy Agnes, and the ironing board.

I’ve been off work the last week, and it has been glorious. After a weekend with my best friends and their kids, I’ve spent the rest of the week re-arranging my sewing room and working on creative projects. Aside from a pot of hot tea, I can’t think of anything more soothing than the clicking of knitting needles.

Now that I do most of my work on a laptop, I no longer needed the two identical desks I was using as a desk-credenza-hutch combo to hold a huge desktop computer. I relegated the hutch and one of the desks to the basement storage room, then set up my sewing machine on the remaining desk.

Sewing table from an old desk.
I whacked the legs down to make this computer desk a better height for sewing. The rose painting is a find from the Goodwill Outlet.

I took out my handy circular saw and whacked three inches off the legs. I felt positively giddy with power, and now the machine sits at the perfect level. I have a cover made from an old card table cloth over it just to keep the cat hair to a minimum (Ace likes to lounge on the sewing table and look out the window.)

Now that the other desk is gone, I can leave my ironing board up permanently. The cats are thrilled. To the right is my dressmaker dummy, Agnes, named for “Flaming Agnes” from the musical I Do, I Do.

Inspiration board, dressmaker dummy Agnes, and the ironing board.
Inspiration board, dressmaker dummy Agnes, and the ironing board.

I found a narrow bookcase at a thrift store, which now houses several of my Streamlite luggage pieces. They hold sewing tools, fabric, trims, and paint supplies.

Streamlite luggage holds fabric, sewing tools, and other craft supplies.
Streamlite luggage holds fabric, sewing tools, and other craft supplies.
Fraudulent Farmgirl
I teach garden and homesteading skills—the stuff your great-grandmother knew how to do. But if there's a faster, cheaper, or easier way to do it, I'll find it!By day, I design earth-friendly gardens for Spotts Garden Service. By night, I don my Wellies to become the Fraudulent Farmgirl. On my small urban homestead, I've ripped out the front lawn to plant vegetables and fruit trees, turned the garage into a chicken coop and grown enough strawberries to feed half the neighborhood.

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