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About Me: I am the creative person behind Ribbonwood Cottage. A mother, wife and grandmother. My goal in life is to leave a lasting legacy to my family that life is incredible. God gave us this one life and it is worth the journey! A believer. A pianist, church music and worship director. Focused on intentionally living the best life possible.

May 6, 2012

RED AND WHITE Sewing Room-Guest Room

So glad you stopped by! 
I've been crafting, thrifting, re-using items all in an effort to make my sewing room usable.
My thrifty finds....ALL the shutters and shelves...
....spray painted  white to unify them together.
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I crafted a basket liner but haven't attached it yet so I clothespinned it onto the basket!
The baskets were pretty plain Jane so I gathered and glued fabric on the fronts of them and added a white muslin rosette to most of them. Hint...no sewing was used here....
I gathered fabric with my fingers, hot glued a small area of the basket and scrunched the fabric onto the glue as I went.
Always keeping a bowl of water nearby to
put my finger quickly into...when it got hot glue onto it!

 I'm working on a wedding project for someone special...my daughter...wedding fabric everywhere....
but below is my ironing area next to my sewing machine. I have it at the same height as the sewing machine area so I can swivel my chair around and press items as I sew them. I don't like getting up each time and walking over to the ironing board!

 I just found the teacup shelf at a little tiny thrift store near my house for $20.00 yippeee!
It was outside covered with dirt and a mess.

I recovered cans and organized them.......the cans hold lace, rick rack, buttons, etc.
Found these polka dot containers at Walmart during Valentine's day decorations. Wish I had gotten more.
I also went into the kitchen and got out vintage bread pans (more thrift store finds) and used them to store ribbons.
Bread pans are always easy to find at thrift stores...
The cupboards have all my folded quilt fabric in them stored and folded by color.
One inexpensive craft is recovering boxes with scrapbook paper or fabric. Recovered boxes with red and white gingham fabric, just glued it on nothing difficult. 
These boxes store frames, buttons, fabric, magazines, embellishments, etc.
Curtains made out of white sheets...cover 2 of the 3 windows in this room.

In my craft/sewing room is a bed for guests...

The little basket next to the bed is for holding phones, Ipads, etc. when my son is here. He always complains he never has a place for his electronics.
 (Waaaah...I told him he's lucky I put a bed in here!)

I'm in full swing making ring bearer pillows and other accessories for weddings. My newest business project. I love wedding accessories and enjoy making them.

I have had the need to clean, purge, organize, and get rid of extra things.
I've been selling extra quilt and cross stitch books in my Etsy, realizing at 52 I will not finish the thousands of patterns and projects I have accumulated!
Perhaps a few hundred projects in the next 40 or 50 years but not thousands.

There were way too many shutters around my house so I brought all of them to this room and put them up on the wall where I could enjoy them.

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Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed week!


Neabear said...

I love your sewing room. You have some great storage ideas. But I wonder if you are guilty of sneaking in a nap or two on the bed when you find yourself getting sleepy while crafting/sewing? I probably would if it was me! LOL!


GardenOfDaisies said...

Super cute! I love all the cheerful red polkdadot ginigham and rickrack. You have come up with some really fun ideas for containers. Love the breadpan idea. I bet it feels great to get rid of some of the things you can't possibly use in a lifetime. Makes more room for the things you really want.

Chenille Cottage said...

Oh, Debbie! I'm just drooling over your cheery red craft/sewing room! You are a girl after my own heart! Red gingham, quilts, doilies....My sewing room is red, white, polka dot, gingham, toile...what a darling room, comfy bed and happy place to spend hours and hours!
I hope you can take a minute or two and pop over and visit my cozy sewing room.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I love this room...it's bright, charming and so pretty!
Love all your clever storage ideas too, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

love the shutters and the colours you used!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Using the bread pans to store ribbon is genius! I love how you've adorned your baskets. Everything looks so organized and in its place. And your quilts are just beautiful. What a great space in which to create!

Denise said...

You need to send a few of these photos to a home decor magazine.A magical room you've created.

{northern cottage} said...

ahhhhh....all the red is just calling my name! I'm smitten with that blue cottage liner you whipped up. Care to show us how you did it? cute cute cute! xo


Sunny Simple Life said...

What a darling darling room!!

Denise Marie said...

Great job,Debbie. It all looks fantastic!! Great tassel, happy work place.

Carrie said...

GREAT post!
Thanks so much for sharing all the details. The room is ADORABLE!!

Far Ago Farm said...

So cheery and so many clever organizing ideas! Jane

April D said...

It's so cheerful and bright! I love that you put your ironing board at the same height as your sewing machine--great idea!
Your fabric-covered baskets are great!

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie! You know I'm in love with your sewing/guest room! I love all the ways you've put your organization skills to work! Love your little tea cup shelf and how you've used it. You're my inspiration! I have a sewing/guest room too and I've been trying to get it organized. Not there yet. I'll bet you made that gorgeous quilt on the wall too.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maria Elena said...

I love, love this room! So pretty and organized!

bj said...

What a bright and cheery room to craft in.
Love it all and i REALLY love that shelf.
I have a red and white quilt like yours...got mine at Penneys.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You've done a great job, Debbie! I love all your baskets and the cheery colors you have in here. I just get my space organized and then three other projects take over!

Visiting from WUW : )


What a fabulous and fun sewing room! I love everything about it. Is that Cath Kidston fabric?

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Gorgeous quilts - love the simple red and white one on the bed especially. All the red and white around the room look so pretty.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love, love, love your room. It is stunning. Love the red and white and you have so many gorgeous things to see. Great storage and wow, are you ever organized. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a sweet sewing room and love all the cute personal things you have added!

MOMENTS Designs said...

Love your room...Very welcoming !

Unknown said...

Love anything and everything in red gingham!! Great looking room.