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Monday, September 27, 2010

Very Special Day

Today is a very special day to me. This quilt I made one block at a time, one every month represents the accomplishment I am so very proud of. I call this wall hanging my "quitting smoking" quilt and I started making it eleven years ago today. I wanted to commemorate my choice by making a block every month that first year. During the renovation around here, it got removed from the wall where it was hanging for all those years(minus the times I took it down to clean it!) and now I am trying to figure out where to hang it. My father died 22 years ago from lung cancer and my mother passed away 3 years ago from emphysema. I wanted to try to set a good example for my boys. I am not going to say it wasn't difficult and I certainly won't say the 45 pounds that are added to my 5'2" frame aren't extremely annoying, but it was one of my proudest achievements. So, eleven years smoke-free. That's worth celebrating!

Now, onto the update of my craft room and the surrounding changes. Here is my new sitting room right outside my craft room. I love it! The paint color is faint maple and it is so cozy and warm.

We aren't done with our new living room but my hubby is thrilled with his new TV and its placement. There are still many changes to come on either side of that fireplace with the addition of two new built-ins.

Here is my new desk nook. It is still a little messy and needs some straightening but I love that it is NOT the first thing you see when you walk in my door!

And last, but certainly not least, my new craft room is coming along nicely. I am waiting on my husband to build me new cabinets for over my paint table and sewing machine and he is going to build me a cabinet for my new ironing board. If you look back a few postings, it is nice to have room to move around after having very little space in my shoebox craft room!

Well, thanks for coming by to check my progress. I have a list a mile long of things to create when I am up and running. I hope you all have a great week and take care. Nancy

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Craft Room Redo and General Mayhem

First of all, I want to apologize for my lack of posting lately. Crafting anything is out of the question at least for now. But very soon, in my new and improved craft room, I will be a creative madwoman! I can't wait to share all of that with you.

I also want to just let out a great big YIKES! because, the day after tomorrow, I am officially back to work. Once I get back into the swing of things, everything will be fine, but it sounds a little overwhelming right now, as it does every year. I met most of my class at an Open House last week and I must say-what a bunch of cuties. So, I am looking forward to a great school year.

I wanted to share a little of my mayhem, I mean renovation with you. In order to do that, I am going to try to show you where I began. My craft room, which I affectionately called the shoebox, was cramped to say the least. But it was my getaway spot, where I wasn't able to execute much but I planned every project I did.

Well, there it is in all its glory!

These are pictures of my former living room, which pretty much was around my craft room. On the other side of that fake brick is my craft room. and the window was right outside my door.

Well, my husband used the same wall(the one with the brick) and extended it out so my room is a whopping 8x12! My desk will fit in the little nook that new wall makes. It will be so nice not to have my desk(very messy at times) not be the first thing everyone sees when they enter my house.

The window area will be a sitting area which will be a nice place to read or just sit and talk.

I still have the same closet which I will be able to make neater with all the space and storage I will have.

This is the color I chose for my room. It is a beautiful blue called New Day. I am getting a blue counter top for my sewing area. My hubby will make me cupboards to go above the counter top which will be white. I am going to put my old hutch in there for fabric storage. What color should I paint it? White maybe? I love my clear pine ceiling. I will have a wood floor in there too. I am getting so excited.

My husband has been working so hard, but as with any project, there have been setbacks. We have all my craft room furniture as well as the living room furniture all over the house so there is just a minimal walkway through it all. And the Sheetrock dust-don't even get me started! There is no sense in dusting. So, we are in a state of disarray right now which drives both me and hubs crazy! Well, that is the most recent update. Thanks for stopping by, I hope everyone has had a nice weekend and has a great start to your week. Take care. Nancy