If I wait till it’s done… It will never get posted!

Yes friends I am just that way.  I want it all to be perfect, but it is not.  I think it will take quite awhile for it all to shake out, and settle into where it goes.  That aside, here is the basic layout.

The window quilt is whole cloth, and was a practice piece for machine stippling and binding the edges.   It also instantly and dramatically warmed up my room!  The handbag collection was my Mother-in-laws.  The little bed by where I work is Tucker’s place.  🙂

So, it’s all here, and like I said it still needs a bit of fluffing and folding, but it will sort itself out as I use it and find the logical places for it all.

And this is very special to me…

The vintage telephone table was a recent purchase.  The vintage telephone belonged to Bob’s parents and still has the old phone number on it… the one I dialed so long ago and he answered…  AND IT STILL WORKS!  😉

Things I learned how to do:

  1. Use a pneumatic nail gun
  2. Use a radial miter saw (and didn’t hurt myself!)
  3. Build and install a sewing counter (it’s there on the left in the first photo)
  4. Lay and cut in vinyl flooring.
  5. Miter and nail in shoe to hold flooring

Bob painted the ceiling and helped me carrying the heavy stuff.  He also helped me with hanging the wire shelving and the peg board (it takes two for those jobs).  But the rest of it was all me.

Can’t you just feel me smiling?

Now, what else can I tear up fix around here?  OH, I know, the laundry/mud room!

27 thoughts on “If I wait till it’s done… It will never get posted!

  1. Lindy Barnes says:

    This is wonderful, Lynda. Two-hands clapping for you 😀 Those first 2 sentences of this blog are exactly the way I feel about trying to settle into this house. It’s going to “take quite awhile for it all to shake out, and settle into where it goes.” Your sewing room looks wonderful – gives me renewed motivation to work on my sewing/knitting space.

    • pixilated2 says:

      LOL, Lindy! It does take time. I tried when we first moved in to “put everything away,” but it just doesn’t work. You have to use it (or find out you don’t use it) to figure out where it really needs to be located. So I went through the contents of the crates and rolling storage to remove stuff I knew would go in here and then brought only the needed things back in. I have to admit, I did bring in a couple of things that make me smile (e.g. Barista Bears, Framed Diploma and Who’s Who in Teaching Award, some smaller trinkets, etc.) but the things that make you smile are the things that give you inspiration, don’t you agree? ~L

  2. Fran says:

    Lynda I have a similar room, but mine is more crowded. I also have a sewing table with storage under the edges and this winter a new infrared quartz heater is setting under the corner of it. I have stacked plastic bins, one sets behind the door, another on casters is in an area where I need to move it around. I took the closet doors off and set a large bookshelf facing the closet and an L shaped desk backs up to that, hard to explain, but it extends the storage area. I crowded in a couch. I “live” in this room.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Fran, your room must be much bigger than mine, and your explanation makes sense, LOL, I only wish that I could “crowd in a couch.” I would have loved to, but couldn’t even fit in a cushy chair… My telephone seat is nice and my office chair is cushy! So I guess I have comfort and function, but just not all in one package. Reclaiming closet space is a brilliant option for adding usable storage and floor space, if the room has a closet… However, this one is small and closetless, because years ago it used to be the dinning room. 😉

    • pixilated2 says:

      Lauren, Don’t blow torch!!! Essentially, I took everything out, (think tabula rasa) cleaned, painted, etc., then I brought it all back a bit at a time going through all the items. I just eliminated the stuff that didn’t apply. With the exception of sewing/quilting tools and fabric. I applied the “If I haven’t used it in five years, then I probably don’t need it” rule, and so a lot of the junk was eliminated. Now my stamping supplies I did keep, but I am going to ATTRACTIVELY set them up too, in the guest bedroom due to space issues. ~ L

      PS: And besides, I don’t think guests would mind it if I leave out supplies for them to make post cards, letterhead, or a greeting card or two! 😉

  3. joycee9931 says:

    Love it! If I had a nickle for everytime I set in the “telephone chair” and talked on a phone just like that… well I would be in the Bahamas right now sipping a tall cool drink! I still have our old harvest gold dial phone from the 1960’s! I should plug that thing in! Merry Christmas sweetie…wishing you a wonderful 2011~

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thanks Joyce… Here’s a little HINT for ya…
      I still haven’t gotten used to how loud that old phone is, and it makes me jump every time it rings. :O I guess back in the day when everyone only had one stationary phone in the house, then it needed to be LOUD enough to hear throughout the house! LOL! ~ L

  4. littlesundog says:

    These little nooks and work areas often say the most about us! Bravo to you for accomplishing the “do-it-yourself” projects mostly on your own! It takes a bit of courage to venture out and try something new!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you! You know, finding courage to venture out and do it myself is why this project had not gotten done for a very long time. I had to work up the courage to actually start, because power tools terrify me! ~ L

  5. ceciliag says:

    I love your vintage telephone table, we have phones like that all over the house and USE them and how wonderful that yours has that precious old phone number on it!! Sweet!! Have a great christmas day!! c

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you Cecilia, it is a precious piece to have around,but it does keep you tethered to one spot! Thankfully, if you have to be stuck, it is a nice spot with a surprisingly comfortable seat! (I was on that phone for almost an hour and a half this morning with my Aunty in northern California!) MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  6. Ginger says:

    This is absolutely wonderul, you did a splendid job! I can’t belive you learned how to use a saw! I am insanely jealous!! I love your curtain, the pattern truly does warm this space up! Your sewing room is perfect, you should be so proud! I know I am proud of you!! Cheers and Happy Holidays!
    Tons of hugs, too!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you Ginger! I had a lot of fear fun working on this. Now I have to start earning it all back! I did a lot of reusing, and almost all of the work myself, but it still adds up. Know what I mean? My next milestone is to get product made and onto ETSY to sell. That should go a long way towards helping me recoup. Hugs back to you! ~ L

  7. pattisj says:

    Great job! You must be the DIY Queen. 🙂 I do love that window quilt, it works so well in that space. I remember when most houses had a telephone table of some sort. How cool that you have that phone!

    • pixilated2 says:

      Thank you Juliette! I got my project board made and installed it this weekend. I now have bulletin/cork board on the end above my computer, and the rest of it is felted for quilt layouts. 🙂
      ~ L

  8. MargeKatherine says:

    What an amazing woman you are! So many new things you learned to do and accomplish. Do you pat yourself on the back? I hope so because your learning curve is off the charts! Yippee for you!

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