The sewing/crafting/computer room is finally finished! (click pictures to see them larger):
A place for everything and everything in its place... The wood bench was a real find at Costco a few years ago. It's meant for woodworking, but is fantastic for my crafts because of the sturdy top, many full extension drawers, and even the vice on the end is useful. My husband made the pegboard for me and I find it very useful for my many sewing supplies. As you can see, I hang my Olfa mats from it and this solves the storage problem for those.
The cabinets are from IKEA. The large one is for books and bulky stuff and the small one to the right holds all the little stuff. The barrel in the corner is an old pickle barrel from my great grandfather's grocery store.
Here's another view of the room from the doorway, which shows the oriental rug. I bought this rug about 9 years ago when I lived in an apartment but didn't have a place for it in the house because the colors and size weren't right. It's been rolled up in the closet and I'd actually forgotten about it. Turns out that it's a perfect match!
A few things still remain to be done, like window coverings. I want to make a shadowbox shelf to hang on the wall next to the window for my antique thimbles, darning egg, and tape measures. I also have some design boards to put up behind the door. They need to be recovered and I've decided to hand paint/stencil the new coverings, so that will take some time.
The other half of the room is my husband's. He has an IKEA desk and another cabinet for his computer.
So now the room is done and I can resume sewing and crafting. Good thing I have some fabric. I was on the east coast and I couldn't help myself from making a trip to G Street Fabric in Rockville, MD. It's like Mecca or something. True, there are some really nice fabrics stores out here: Britex, Stone Mountain and Daughter, Poppy Fabric, and Satin Moon, to name a few, but there's something about travel fabric. I told myself (and my husband) that I wasn't going to buy any fabric. A pattern might just leap into my basket, but no fabric. And then of course I saw some fabric I couldn't resist. These were fabrics I would regret not buying. And now I must add 8.75 yards to my 2005 fabric tally. But it was worth it!