Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stitching & Craft Room (Lots of pics)

Happy Tuesday everyone!  Hope the sun is shining is your neck of the woods.  It is here today, but it's getting rather brisk.  I heard that we may actually see some snow (hopefully very little) this week!  Probably snow flurries, but heck, snow is snow, right?

Since a couple people guessed the name of the sampler I started, I can reveal it now.  I was going to wait and see if someone could identify it before I posted the name (Cari and Siobhan guessed it right, so a little surprise could end up in the mail soon!!!). 

This is the progress I've made this week:






Adam Alone
Sheepish Designs - Second Examplary
DMC Threads
WDW Parchment 35 ct. linen

I seem to have been struck by the Adam and Eve craze that's going around and I'm bound and determined to get that A&E wall filled.  I am so loving this piece.  The colors are brighter than I anticipated, but there is a lot going on with this.  Queen Stitches (those things actually used to make me tear out my hair), over one (which still does make me want to pull out my hair), and Florentine Stitch!   I have to admit though that after I snapped this picture, and then sat down again to stitch some more, I realized that I was off a thread on the dark blue portion of the Florentine Stitch, which proved to be something that I couldn't fudge without it looking hopelessly lopsided.  So I had to frog it out almost to the center.  GRRRR!!!  I was not happy!   So far it's holding my attention enough that I haven't given in to the urge to slap another piece on some scroll rods.  But I have to admit that doing that Florentine Stitch made me start yearning for a needlepoint piece that I have upstairs that I've barely started.  So don't be surprised if you see that pop up in the near future.  Since I've put Ann down I feel like having a stitch free-for-all!

I was pleased as anything to win one of Missy'sThirteen Days of Halloween.  I thought this was such a fun giveaway:


Isn't that a great package?  I love, love, love the crypt with the scissors (since we all know that I've become a scissors whore).  But I'm keeping these babies in the crypt and displaying them all year!  Thanks Missy!

And finally, I've gotten my craft room into some semblance of order.  It's not finished by a long shot, but here's a short tour.  Ignore pieces you see on the floor - I still have painting to do on them.  This room is a little wonky because it has 7 walls and three doorways.  Makes it a little hard to arrange things.


My craft table made by my wonderful FIL.  He did such a fantastic job and I'm just tickled pink over it.  The shelves on the sides are removable so I can arrange them as I please.  I found the little shelf on the table a while ago in a thrift shop and thought that it was perfect for displaying some of my pincushions (I still haven't found the rest of them). 




My daughter added her decorative touches with the wreath on the door.  I'll leave it up for a while, but it's covering my DMC thread sign.
 
To the left of that table is a very long wall where my sewing machine sits.  I didn't want to run rampant through the house and rip samplers off the walls, so this wall is going to be filled with different things.  In the meantime, this arrangement will have to do.  I still have some small cupboards and things to paint that will go on this wall.  And samplers when I can get them stitched.

At the end of the wall is my walk-in closet and a slight alcove-type of thing.  On the right is the closet - on the left is the entrance to the bathroom.  Convenient set up!  The people who previously owned the house had a ton of kids and built two bedrooms in the basement with a Jack and Jill bath and small walk in closets.  All I need is a refrigerator in this room and I could camp out for a long time!!

The closet definitely does need some help.  I basically moved everything from the other room to this one and didn't go through it:


Pretty bad, huh?  Obviously, I need to do some work in here and obviously I need to really sort through this stuff.  I dream of having a cleaning woman, cook and chauffeur so that all I'd have to worry about every day is playing with my stuff (yeah, what was I sniffing this morning - LOL!).   Anyway, the pizza boxes hold cut- up quilts that I have every intention of sewing one of these days.


More pizza boxes, and bins holding kits, fabric and needlepoint pieces.  I definitely need to sort all this out.  Especially now that I've embarrassed myself with my slovenly closet habits.


Another shot - the closet doesn't seem so messy from this view (or maybe it does!).  You can see a couple pieces I still haven't put up on the floor waiting for paint jobs.


Another wall and an empty bookcase.  The shelving piece I found at a shop in my travels recently.

And then my favorite place! 


The stitchy area!  The chair and ottoman are from our old house and I'm glad we kept it because it's perfect to stitch in.  Actually, I stitched in this chair before we moved.  The table is just a folding table I covered with a quilt for the time being (actually it made a great paper-piecing table when I was doing a lot of quilting).  I'm still trying to find something suitable.  The bookcase I just bought this weekend and I couldn't be more pleased with it.  I looked high and low for something that was bigger than usual because I have a lot of books (still in boxes at press time).  I saw it in a shop recently and the owner was going to distress it all up.  She said that her brother made it and it had been sitting on the floor for a while so to move it she was going to make it look old and get rid of it.  Well, she did get rid of it - right into the back of my van (it was a push to get it in there).  It's solid oak!  I can't imagine distressing this!  And because she wanted to get rid of it, I got a fantastic deal on it!  I can't wait to get all my books on it.

So that's the tour!  Still definitely a work in progress.  And that's about all that's going on this week.  DD's basketball team had a real nail biter of a game last night with a team that they had lost to earlier in the season by one point.  Well, they lost by a point again, even with double overtime.  If you wanted to see a very long, sad face last night, it definitely would have been my daughter's!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks even more for the wonderful comments you leave.  Have a wonderful week and make a lot of X's.

61 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh I love your Adam Alone! So gorgeous -- I love the bright colors! Bummer about having to rip that Florentine stitch out though. :( Can't wait to see more! Love your stitching room too. Lucky you! I'd be happy to have any room to myself at all! Ah well, someday.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Adam Alone is lovely Deb. The colors are very appealing. Oh WOW... you've created a wonderful craft room for yourself. It looks marvelous. But...oh my, that's a lot of pizza boxes... you have a few quilting WIPs don't ya??? LOL

TFS

Stitching Cat said...

Deb, loved seeing the pictures of your sewing and craft room. Makes me even more anxious to get back to working on mine. Adam Alone is coming along wonderfully. And you scissor coffin is great. Deb

Nicola said...

Love the sampler so far, the colours are just gorgeous! I'd kill for a craft room like yours, and it looks so neat and tidy too!!

Thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog. It means so much to me to know that people enjoy reading my posts and looking at my stitching, which I love to share with everyone.

dixiesamplar said...

Your sampler is quite lovely, Deb! those colors are very vibrant, but they really make the sampler special.

Love the craft room...mine is still a work in progress as well...or should I say a "perpetual" work in progress. I think I spend more time organizing than I do stitching! Until later...

HAPPY STITCHIN'
Terri

Alice said...

Debbie, I feel so sheepish as I also have Adam alone and did not recognise it. Those Queen stitches are so pretty. Have never stitched them so it will be a challenge when I get round to Adam. Thank the heavens for Youtube when you need to learn new stitches! Your craft room looks awesome! I love seeing how everyone arranges their rooms around their needs. One day I will show photos of mine, patched together with everything that has no other place in the house. Still, its my little space in all its imperfection. : )
Alice

valerie said...

Oh, love the colors in Adam Alone. So bright and cheery...I hope you keep with it. LOVE your craft room. I so would like my own but apartment living is short on space. lol Great find on your new bookcase too!

Colorado Stitcher said...

Deb:
Adam Alone is pretty. Last year I converted one of the bedrooms into my studio and I just love haveing my own space. DH has a den, so I can have a room too. Once all settled I am sure you will love your room too. Enjoy!

Catherine G. said...

Beautiful stitching! Love the craft room - someday when my boys move out, I will take one of those rooms over....but I am not in a hurry for them to grow up!

Angela P said...

Love your new wip :) The craft room really looks fabulous! Love your stitching chair :)

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on your sampler! I love it! You are right, the colors are much brighter. I really like it. I had this pattern, but sold it, and now I'm really regretting that! Your craft room is to dye for! I just love it! One of these days I would love to have my own room!! It's so pretty. :)

BeckySC said...

Oh your sampler is looking lovely and your stitching room is DROOL-a-RISTIC!!!! Can I come over???
Have a great day :)

Vonna said...

Well I've been darn jealous before and now the ugly beast is rearing its head again...that is seriously the most wonderful room ever! LOVELY, LOVELY, LOVELY!
Your WIP ain't bad either! (JUST KIDDING...it's wonderful too!)

:)

Susimac said...

What a simply wonderful craft room, Oooo I'm so jealous, its marvellous.

Love Adam alone, you are getting slong well with it, even though you had to rip it, but it will look fantastic when finished.

Berit said...

OMG, Deb!!

You always know how to make a drool-worthy post! It's so awesome to see some *new* stitching from you; I LOVE IT! And your "Craft Room!"

I love it all, particularly the DMC sign! Where did you get such a thing!? Any chance you'd favor us with a closer pic? ;)

Daffycat said...

Oh wow, Deb...your craft room looks wonderful! I really enjoy seeing where my friends stitch!

Kajsa said...

Wowser! Your craft room looks fantastic! Lovely new start too, the colors are really pretty.

Karen said...

That is a very neat & tidy craft room. Looks well organized.

samplerlover said...

Hi Deb,
Well I checked out the blog and I love everything. No wonder you are proud of your sewing room. Your FIL did such a wonderful job with the table. The whole room looks like a needleworkers heaven. ahhh.
Well, what can I can about Adam Alone. He is beautiful. I can see why he has grabbed your attention. Hey I just realised maybe I should do some Adams for obvious reasons lol. I wonder if he would get it. Probably not. - Sandra.

Loraine said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! I love it all! Thanks for the virtual tour. Your FIL did a wonderful job on the cabinet. I love all of the nooks and cranny's to stick and hang everything!
What a wonderful place to hang out and sew!
Your closet looks great to me! When I open mine, I have things attacking me.
I love the folk art charm on the walls. You have done a great decorating job!
Love the new sampler. It will be beautiful when your done.
Congrats on your win! Cute coffin scissors and magnets.
Take Care, and many hugs!

Missy Ann said...

Great pics from the sewing room. And if you think that's a sloppy closet you should see my house. When you open the door to my closets things jump out and attack you!

Jeanne said...

Wow. I wish my stitching room was that organized!

Adam Alone is a lovely sampler. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Oh, Deb! Your Adam Alone is gorgeous! So sorry you had to frog those stitches - God knows, I can relate! Your stitching room is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! REally! You have some great things in there and I love your oak bookcase!

I was so glad to see that you had won Missy's giveaway! Yeah you!

See you Saturday!

Mel said...

Stitching is looking great. But I love those scissors in the crypt. So neat! :)

Jennifer said...

I love, love your new sewing room! So pretty and organized! By the way, your closet looks good to me!!!!

Your progress on those specialty stitches is great! Love the colors and the tulips especially.
I haven't done any specialty stitching yet. I will have to try one day.

Hey, that chair looks so inviting and comfortable! Nice, nice room.
You're a lucky woman! ;)

Melissa said...

Oh Deb, I love your new start! I've recently gotten into Sheepish Antiques charts and love them! I don't have this one but I want to start on Sarah Salter soon!

Your work space is just wonderful! *sigh* So organized and all that space!

ivoryspring said...

Debbie - you have the DREAM craft room!!!!!! My goodness - it is simply heavenly!

Suzanne said...

Now that's a great craft room. It's so beautifully decorated.

I love Adam Alone, this is a beautiful design.

mbroider said...

That was an excellent tour of your craft room. I enjoyed it immensely. Cant wait to see the book shelf filled with books:)

Lois said...

What a wonderful craft room Deb! I loved seeing all the pictures. This Sheepish Designs fan is loving your Adam Alone and I know what you mean about the thread colours being brighter than you expected, I find that alot with her designs once you pull the threads together for a project. Queen Stitches ...... shudder....I have yet to grow to love them!! Truthfully I avoid them like the plague. I wish it were not so!

Isadarena said...

Your new start is very beautiful as always Deb: the colors seems to be bright !!
wow !!! you have a nice craftroom very neat :-)
I am jealous if you have a sunny weather , here in Brittany, we have rain and wind :-((
Have a great day ,
Isabelle

dianemi said...

OMG Deb... *everything* is simply wonderful. Your father-in-law's table (def. worth the wait), Adam Alone, the flying monkeys sign, :) that delicious bookcase (woo hoo) and I gotta tell you I love that chair! It just screams go ahead... sit down and stitch til it hurts. lol Just might have to show up (margarita in hand) and do just that! ;)

Congratulations on winning Missy's giveaway, too. Yay!

Robin said...

I love your craft room. My son just moved out and we were debating what to do with his room...do we really need another guest room? Now I know what to do!

Lisa said...

Oh it looks soo deliciously crafty in your room, I think you have done a lovely job.

Irene said...

Wonderful craft room !

Kellie said...

Hi Deb,
Adam Alone is beautiful! That A&E bug has bit me too. I never realized how many beautiful A&E samplers are out there. Love, love, love your room and everything in it. I especially love your stitching chair and that gorgeous bookshelf. I agree...what was that lady thinking distressing that solid oak bookshelf? It is fantastic just the way it is.

Gabi said...

Love love love your craft room. That turned out fantastic. And your new sampler is gorgeous. Love it too. Congrats on your winning price from Missy. The coffin with the scissors could even make me almost to a Halloween fan...lol. So cute.

Siobhan said...

Deb, oh my gosh!!!! That room is amazing. I would be hard pressed to ever leave it! Your FIL did a great job on the table.

Your Adam Alone--wow! Talk about smokin' needles! It looks great. YGG!!

Andrea said...

What a gorgeous sampler Deb! I've never seen that one, it's really beautiful!

Your stitching room is awesome, I love it! I see some Longaberger baskets that I have too :-) We have good taste, lol! Anyway, it's a very pretty and cozy room, thanks for sharing the pictures of it!

Ranae said...

Wow! Love that Sampler, it's looking really really good so far.
Thanks for the tour, you are so organized.
Love the little coffin and scissors you won on Missy's Ann 13 days.

doris said...

Another A&E piece I don't have! I love that one. That would really be a fun one. Queen stitches are my favorites (you already knew I'm nuts), especially over one. They turn out so pretty.

Love, love your craft room.

Nancy M said...

I can't say anything that hasn't been said already about your room. Thanks for sharing your space with us and letting us see some of your goodies!! Too bad my parents don't live in Rochester anymore...I could stop for a visit when I was there for a weekend.

Debs said...

Your stitching room looks perfectly lovely, comfortable, and creative! Fabulous table your fil made for you. Your Adam Alone is looking great--sorry you had to frog out the florentine stitch--what a pain that had to be. Thank you for the long post--it sure was a pleasure reading it. You are quite the decorator, everything looks to be in perfect position. And as for the closet--you could just shut the door to hide everything. Big cheers to you for how lovely it all looks.
hugs
Debs

MyLifesAStitch said...

I love love love your room!! Looks like a cozy retreat. :)

Michele said...

Congratulations on your Adam Alone! I have that one in my rotation too. I WILL learn to love one-over-one stitching before I finish that one - Phew! I love Sheepish Designs, and I love to see other people still stitching them. I cannot wait to see more of your progress.

Doris said...

lovely stitching!!!. i like your craft room,, i want one too!!.

Melissa said...

What a fabulous space and you'll have that wall full of samplers in no time.

I love, love, love your Adam Alone.

I say buy a fridge and one of those Keurig coffeemakers and you should never have to leave. I know I wouldn't.

Michelle said...

Adam Alone looks fabulous - love the colors! And your craft room looks so beautiful too - lucky girl! How are you liking your thread file system? I'm thinking about going that direction.

Lana said...

I love the sampler!!! Great start! And your stitching room looks just like a 'lil slice of heaven...=)

Littlebit said...

Oh wow, I absolutely love your craft room!! What a neat idea, the pizza boxes.

Brigitte said...

Your Sheepish Designs sampler is gorgeous and has wonderful colours. And oh my, what a craft room. It looks so inviting and I think I'd spend most of the day in it.
What's the sampler above your stitching chair?

Sally said...

Wow I love your new sampler! Ir is absolutely gorgeous:)

Your craft room looks fantastic:)

JOLENE said...

I bet you are lovin' that craft room of yours, mine is in desperate need of help! You know, I could use a little fairy that could re-do and re-organize that craft room of mine......hmmm.....know anyone??? Problem is, no one can really "do" that job but me, myself and I (sigh) lol!!!
Adam Alone is just perfect! Looks like an enjoyable stitch. I need to finish my Sail Away, but I think I am having a hard time picking up something summery when all I can think about is fall and winter. What is one to do?
Love your decor, great job!

Charlene said...

Pretty stitching, and I loved the tour. Listen, girlfriend, if my craft room looked nealy as neat as your closet, I'd be tickled!

Love to Stitch said...

Wow, We have all been waiting so patiently and watching your stitching room progresss. It is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!! I just love it all. The paint color, the decorations, the table your FIL built, and its all so ORGANIZED!! I bet you found stuff in there you havent seen in years! How fun is that?! Your comfy chair?! I think I may have to come over and stitch with you :).

Great start on A & E....It is gonna be gorgeous!

woolwoman said...

Don't know how I missed your fantastic post Deb - I think my blogger thingy is messing me up! Your new room is just DEE-VINE - I would get that frig and never leave - just send out for food - gosh you even have room for friends to come and play - wish I lived closer and GF you'd be a hooker too! Seriously Deb - I can recommend some great teachers in Michigan if you seriously do want to try your hand at rug hooking. Love love your new start - it is so bright and colorful - Wonderful - I will go back and look at your photos again - I seriously need help organizing my wool room. enjoy it! Mel

LoriRay said...

Oh my gosh...your craft room is amazing. I could spend a looooooong time in there!

Keep up the great work on your stitching. :)

VALIE said...

Oh the bliss of having one's stitching & craft room ! So large too ! Seven walls and three doors ? Maybe you could spare a couple for me and I'd make even if only a closet for myself ? ;-)

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Loved the trip around your stitching world, Deb! I'd be ashamed to show you mine! Let's not even start to talk about organization, okay? :] Your "Adam Alone," is so pretty. I'm so anxious to see it grow....
Hugs,
Deb

The Scarlett House said...

Hi Deb, love your Adam. Really, really nice. I so enjoyed the tour of your craft room. I had to look at every little thing. We have such similar tastes in decor. I could easily hang out in there forever.

Katrina said...

Oh love your stitching room! It's gorgeous :-).