About a year ago we started renovating our tiny little garage, which is more of a shed than a proper car-storing garage, into a creative space for me. Prior to that I was set up in our office, but it was right next to Oliver’s room and because he is such a light sleeper, I’d often wake him up if I was sewing. So it ended up that I would be afraid to use my space. Off to the garage I went.
Since then I’ve received a few emails requests to see the final renovations on my Studio and about the machines I have and use.
This is a before shot looking into the garage from two doors that swing open.
Looking deeper into the mess garage.
After tearing out the messed up drywall on the upper walls and ceiling and having it repainted.
A closer look at the curtain that divides the back (a 6-foot or so section with shelving for storage of gardening equipment, bikes, etc.). I used an Ikea curtain and inserted the patchwork panel from Amy Butler fabrics. (Word to the wise: don’t trust that the curtains are on-grain and use the fabric is the guide to insert the patchwork or you could end up with crooked curtains just like me. DOH!)
My main work table which was made using the old desktop from the office, cut in half lengthwise and propped up with filing cabinets. We installed kitchen cabinets from Ikea above for more storage. The quilt on the wall is a gift from my dear friend Joansy. We installed mirrors on the back wall to give a sense of space, for more light, and for me to be able to keep an eye on Oliver even when my back is turned to him. (Notice the Evil Eye thingie in the entrance? No bad spirits can enter here!)
Looking in from the side doors. These are currently solid doors but will someday be French doors. The rods hanging from the top of the doorway are to hold hangers (on the left) and freshly ironed shirts (on the right). My cutting table is just inside the door in front of my ironing table. To the right is an antique Chinese apothecary-type chest.
Looking out from the back of my studio to a small patio area. Behind the green (bouganvillea) is Oliver’s Jungle Gym.
A shot out the side doors into our garden. I was quilting my birthday present from Joansy.*
This is my combo embroidery and sewing machine, a Brother PC 8500. I got it last year from an Angel.
This is my serger, given to me by my dear friend Joansy. It belonged to her mother so it’s very special to me.
I don’t have a photo of my other two machines, but my backup machine is a Husqvarna Lily 545 that I bought a few years ago (actually, 7! Just as Dear Hubby and I started dating). My backup backup is a POS Singer. Don’t buy new Singers, they suck (which is why it’s the backup backup!).
And that my friends is my creative space!
*Speaking of my birthday present, here’s a shot of it on the daybed in our office along with a couple of matching pillow cases I made. There is one more pillow done and many more in the works to make it into a comfy, loungy space.