A while back I posted about finally sorting out my studio. But it just never got finished and infact it ended up worse than it's ever been. But I finally, finally finished it over the weekend and have just been waiting for a bright enough day to photograph it. And as luck would have it, today, a thursday, was bright enough. So I can combine it with my Corners entry.
As you walk in the room this bookcase is on the left. It holds all of my craft and most of my interior books as well as most of my notebooks and photo albums. And my collection of Living Etc.
I'm incredibly nosy and love to see what's on people's bookcases so I'm going to show a close up of the shelf that holds most of my craft books - because I assume (hope!) I'm not the only nosy person out there.
The basket on the window sill was given to me by my mother so that I could recover it for her. So far it's been sitting there for a year.
Next to the cabinet is our guest bed - we bought this bed for when Bella is older. Which I think was just an excuse for us to buy a bed that we really liked!
The quilt was one of the first quilts I ever made. I didn't realise at the time that you need to prewash fabric, so I didn't bother and when I washed it for the first time the colour ran very badly and I've never been able to remove the stains.
Above the bed are our bookshelves. We've spent a small fortune over the years on bookshelves. We have them in every single room of the house. These books are the ones that we don't read very often but don't want to part with.
The cabinet next to the bed was the first piece of furniture I ever stripped. It took me forever, particularly because of the beading, but I loved the whole process and it led to me studying furniture making and restoration. I now use it to store the sticker and badge makers as well as the folders that hold my templates etc.
In the centre of the room is our old dining table. I would love to have this back in our kitchen, but the configuration of the kitchen as it stands right now just doesn't allow for it. We have a useful but dull round Ikea table at the moment.
Close up of the basket on the table. I made the needle book about a year ago and it's absolutely the most useful thing I've ever made.
And here's the fun stuff.
I use this cupboard to store my solids. Most of it is old sheeting. A friend of my mothers works in a charity shop and saves fabric that she thinks I may want. A lot of it isn't very good quality but I can. not. get. rid .of. fabric.
I built these cupboards originally to store my video and dvd collection plus my old vinyl albums. But the videos (which never get watched anymore) have been moved in to the attic and it's slowly being taken over by my fabric and notions. Duh!
On the front of the cupboards hangs my 'design board'. It's just a polar fleece blanket that cost £2 from Ikea. I know all about making a real design board, but I needed something that was temporary and a simple fleece blanket works perfectly. Fabric sticks to it as well as a proper board.
Seriously, if you haven't got the space for a real design board, just tack up a fleece blanket.
It makes such a massive difference when planing a quilt or cushion or whatever to be able to stand back and look at it. I know that Hillary has said the same thing.
And to finish off (if anyone's managed to get this far, thank you!) this is a bucket of wool! When I was pregnant I asked my mom to teach me to knit so that I could make a blanket for Bella. This is the blanket so far. Impressive, no?
Behind a curtain on the right of the bookcase is my pc and scanner etc.
And very finally here's my bucket of paper. Of course.