as it is today. As you would be aware, I started redecorating the studio at the end of January. In a short time, I got quite a bit done, but I still have not finished painting the window wall. I had thought that by attending My Desert Cottage’s Studio Party, I would get the room finished, but other than the painting, I came to the realisation that anything I added now would not add the ambiance I wanted to the room, being contrived. So I decided that I would show you where I am at now. In 6 months, we may have a different picture, as I finish painting the bungalow and sorting through the rest of the junk.
As you walk down the hallway, you can see the small decorator table sitting in front of the window. The little jug and bowl sitting on the table was a gift from my best friend 20 years ago when we both lived in Bendigo and worked at the Base Hospital there. The vase came back from The Netherlands with us 5 years ago and I bought the Shaker carrier to go with a cross stitch design that I am yet to stitch when I attended A Sampler Gathering in Plymouth Massachusetts in either 2002 or 2004. At the back of the room is a wall of wardrobes with mirrored sliding doors. This is where I have put my painted Ivar shelves from Ikea for my stash. Most of the stash is safely housed here. I usually keep these doors closed. Behind the decorator table is a bamboo blind that is in place to provide some privacy for the main house from when the previous owners rented the bungalow to one of their daughters.
Opposite the small round table is the sofa bed. We bought this at Ikea in Delft about 10 years ago and by all accounts it is still very comfortable to sleep on. As my best friend’s DH comes over for business every month or so, we need to have abed for him, and this is the best option. The fabric on the couch is now rather worn and is starting to tear in places, so I have covered it with the couch throw. The quilt on the bed is also from Ikea, and is usually enough for during the summer, but we need more blanketing for the winter months. Another time I will show two cushions that are on the sofa in more detail. They have both been cross stitched by me. I love my Yazzii bags and have two or three others besides the one you see sitting on the back of the couch. At the moment, this one is being used to house the fabrics and other materials needed for Leanne Beasley’s Down in the Garden block of the month.
And now we are looking at the sewing table. Tomorrow I will have some pictures up to show you what it looked like last weekend, but I have now returned it to the use I had envisioned. At the back is my trusty Janome sewing machine. I recently had it in being serviced, so when I go to Sit and Sew on Monday night, I will take it in the amber sewing trolley that you may just see under the table. The table is a desk top sitting on trestle legs that we bought at Ikea for our main computer desk. I have covered two sets of little wooden drawers with fabric after painting them country white. I just have tow more sets to do. The heart hanging from the drawer handle I picked up in The Netherlands from a lovely lady who made all of these sorts of things and used to sell them at The Border in Den Haag.
Currently on the table, in front of my machine, is the folder and materials that I am using for “Down in the Garden” I am using the Rural Jardin range from the French General. The trouble I had to get the jelly roll and the layer cake had to be seen to be believed. I ended up going to the AQC in April. Not a pleasant experience – I prefer to be on the selling side of the aisle at these things. LOL.
Above the sewing table are these shelves. In the baskets and the tins are various threads – Weeks Dye Works, Sampler Threads, Silk n Colors and so forth. The two ceramic dolls I have had since I was a child. I did not want them in the house anymore, but I did not want to dispose of them. I felt that this was an excellent place for them to be. The bunny softy was from an exchange I participated in a few years ago. I love it. The girls have both tried to claim it, but it is mine and it lives in my studio in it pride of place. So what do you think?
(PS Sorry for the long post.)