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Still here! Come and have a tour around my new sewing room

It’s been too long, way too long! I even considered closing this blog account, but oh no… how could I?  I’m back! 9 months later… and many things have changed. (pst…Scroll down to the bottom for a giveaway…)

First of all: we moved into a new home. Not very far from where we were but equally beautiful. We have absolutely stunning views from every single window (I think I will blog about it some day, when the sunny sun decides to come out for once!)

It is a smaller place than the one we had but I love it much more, the light in the kitchen is so beautiful and it warms up the whole house. It is just now with the gradually longer evenings that we are realizing how bright this place is. We moved in at the beginning of winter, and boy we’ve had a bad, cold, windy, rainy, stormy miserable winter…

Best of all: my sewing room! I think I have been very lucky to be able to have my own sewing space since I started to sew, here’s a post about my sewing room in my old home.

FullSizeRender.jpgI have two Velux windows (windows on the roof) giving the perfect light for the whole room. One of them projects the light onto my worktop (that I recently got so I didn’t need to use a camping table any more!) which is great for taking good photos.

I still have to put up some pictures and decor on the walls, but it is looking pretty much the way I want it to be. I have to be careful with my head when I come in though, the roof is quite low (so low that the doors are cut on the top angle! Can you see it in the photo below?) and I still get the odd bump if I’m not paying attention… At least I can use the very low space to put my bookcases horizontally. FullSizeRender-6.jpg

I love my new work top. In my old place I was using our dinner table (as there was already a big marble table in the dining room that was impossible to move), but obviously being a dinner table it was not ideal for a worktop. Too low. And I had constant lower back pains. Ergonomics! So important!

FullSizeRender-1.jpgWith a bit of shuffling around, I could move the furniture I had and use it very well. As you can see, they could probably use this room for one of the Ikea catalogue pages! That’s what happens when there isn’t much of a choice for furniture shopping in your area. Most of it is donated and up-cycled. Good thing that almost everyone loves Ikea… I have lots of baskets that I get in charity shops, they look nice and are great for storing small items  and I can always use them as preps for my Christmas market stall.FullSizeRender-4.jpgI love the light from the other window above the futon… Sometimes the kids come up to stay with me (I do feel guilty many times, spending a long time upstairs completely forgetting about the time! I do need a clock on the wall) so they can sit down and watch a movie on my laptop, do some homework or play with a few toys.

You can see the dress I am working on at the moment. This is something I’m planning to blog about too (like in 9 months…? just joking – I hope). And of course, the Supernova Star quilt that some busy bees and I managed to create.FullSizeRender-2.jpgOne thing I have mixed feelings about is the carpet. I do not like them. I am allergic to dust and I think they are not hygienic at all. But I did not have a choice. What annoys me most is that if I drop a pin, as it happens sometimes, I can’t hear it and it is hard to find too! Then my foot is the one finding it, and it’s not fun. But it is nice to walk bare feet on them. I am not allowing shoes upstairs anyway…FullSizeRender-3.jpgI’m using my old desk for the sewing machine, and I finally got my shelves up (yes, Ikea spice racks), which never had the fortune to be up in my old sewing room. It helps having the desk clear. The big wicker basket is where I keep all my wool and knitting stash. Lots of boxes under the work top, my serger (I got a new one! – will blog about it too) and my Brother sewing machine, which is taking a rest at the moment. I use an ottoman to store my wadding and it serves me as a seat too.FullSizeRender-5.jpgFinally, I have found a place for my ironing board that has it tucked in and out of the way when I’m not using it. I have a tiny travel iron that works perfectly when I only need to press seams when piecing. I still can’t believe I got it 5 years ago in a local shop for €1! When I need to press and iron big quilt tops I use my proper iron that I keep in one of the baskets when not in use. One thing I do really need is a new cover for the ironing board…

So this is it, pretty much. I have added a few things since these photos were taken.

I am working on 3 custom quilts at the moment and I have prepared 2 tutorials while I am working on them. Just useful tips to help a beginner. I am hoping to share more posts with useful information besides showing my WIPs and I also hope you readers are still here! Sorry it took me a very long time to come back!

By the way, I am now on Instagram! You can find me @ElPetitTallerEtsy (you won’t believe it but I’m still getting the hang of it…)

And… I am holding a giveaway on my Facebook page to celebrate Paddy’s Day! You are in for the chance to win one of my Irish Cottage pillows.

 

 

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My sewing space… a WIP

I have been working hard over the last weeks trying to organize my sewing room and now, just now!, is finally taking shape. I should have probably taken photos of the BEFORE and WAY BEFORE THE BEFORE, but it was really a mess. Well, maybe not a mess. The thing is that it is not only my sewing room, like I use to have upstairs (you can see a bit of it here). That one became Conor’s room when he turned up, so I moved downstairs where there is a spare bedroom, with a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suit bathroom, aka My Parent’s Room when they’re visiting. It is not the same having your own room than one where there are passers-by all the time (it’s the only bathroom downstairs) plus it became as a laundry room too. So I decided it needed a whole rearrangement.

Things I got rid off:

– Huge big ironing board. I still love it and is great for ironing quilt tops, but I’m not ironing quilt tops all the time. So upstairs it went.

– Laundry basket. It was used as a storage box to keep batting and other supplies, but I can get rid of it and store the batting somewhere else. I still don’t know where it will go.

– Bookshelves. I had them in a corner, next to the window and the sofa. We need book shelves in another room so they’ve emigrated where they’re much needed and appreciated.

Let me give you the  little tour… but this is NOT THE FINAL LOOK! You’ll see things all over the place but you’ll get a good idea. Also, I’ll be painting the walls…

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First change: You see that unit in the corner where the printer and the serger are? That was where the desk is now. And the desk was just behind the table, so I was sewing with the window at my back. I like having a big table to spread the quilt on when I’m quilting, but I felt a bit confined in that corner. Now I’m sewing facing the wall, but when I need to quilt, I’ll move the seeing machine onto the table and that’s all. I’ll put some shelves above the desk for keeping notions and bits and pieces. The low shelves under the table were under one side wing , now they’re right under and across. Oh, and that ottoman, I love it! it has the perfect height to sit on and it stores a great amount of fabric too.

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Here you can see the area behind the table, it is like the counter in a shop :-). The fabric bolds are there in the corner now. I’ll move the serger out of the way since I don’t use it that often (yet). The spool holder that my brother made will live over the desk area.

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The big change: Here’s the opposite side. The only thing that hasn’t moved is the sofa. There were bookshelves in the corner where the little floor lamp stands and that little coffee table was right beside on the other side where the new shelves are now. Yep, IKEA. Don’t pay attention how they’re stuffed at the moment, I needed to have them up and I just threw everything in for the time being. Right now they look more organised, really. I will put 2 shelves on the wall beside the window, and I’ll hang some pictures or mini quilts on the wall above the sofa, where the tiny owl hook is graciously covering a nail.

 

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There’s the entrance door and a little boy on the sofa.

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I’m planning to make a design wall on the area above the radiator. I actually wished it hadn’t been placed there, as I think it takes a good potential from that wall, but anyway, that’s how things are. I’ll show you the rest next time…

So it was quite a busy day today. I came from work at 2pm, having started my shift yesterday at 4pm, I spent most of the afternoon here in this room with Hana and Conor pottering around. Then we put them to bed around 8pm and I borrowed my friend’s bike to go for a spin. What a lovely evening!!! Just look at this:

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I cycled all the way out from the island to the causeway and went down to the beach. The smells and the sounds… The freshly cut hay as you pass by the fields and the sea weed and the salty sea right when you hit the causeway. The funny cows looking at me passing by and the sound of the cuckoo… this is really paradise for me. I’ll show you the rest of the tour (both room and cycling) next week. Have a good weekend!

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