Monday, January 17, 2011

What up Buttercup?!

For those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter [honestly thankful for those social media outlets] know that I am still alive. This blog is on my list of things to 'cleanse' - this may be my word for 2011 too. Everytime I sat down to post I wanted to clean up a few things, which ended up being hours of frustration and wasted time. For example that HUGE space on my right hand side bar... Typepad can't even get rid of it, it's something that I programmed in my CSS. CSS wha??? exactly. Then after all of that I didn't even post.

Which leads me to hiring this team and eventually moving the blog. Right now I am deciding how much of the content of the blog is going to transfer over and how much is going to get cleansed out. It's not an easy transfer so it will be a great deal of cutting and pasting. Unless I find an easier way to do it of course! Any ideas?

I am definitely not going to keep you waiting - because I do have so much I want to share... Like my office remodel!

Part of my cleansing has been to change the colors in the house - it has been happening ever so slowly. Since we have lots of photographs and art I wanted a calming color on the walls. This goes for my office too - I started to feel that my office was just too much! The walls were coral, all the paper stacks were colored, the art is colored, everything had some kind of color and my eyes needed to rest. Calm. Grown up. Big Girl color. Whatever you want to call it...

I call it Collingwood [OC-28] by Benjamin Moore. Here are some initial photos of my space - my organizing system is still in place, there is less of it. I just purged and re-arranged furniture. Since I don't have the luxury of having a totally seperate computer work area I tried to make it seem like I did. I also wanted to be back by the window.

The main creative area is still the same - I was hoping to get rid of at least one Bonde [discontinued IKEA] shelf but couldn't part with such a good unit. So I set out to empty/purge one unit! I also was able to situate my worktable against the shelving unit. Only blocking a few shelves that I don't need to get to on a daily basis.

The other goal on the list was to move my Genesis trimmer off my workspace so I had more area [you need this when cutting fabric ;)] Setting up the other side of the room allowed me to do this and place the trimmer on the Alex [IKEA] drawer units.

This is my sewing area...

I am slowly adding in the details - there will be a pendant light above the sewing desk and a quilt design wall on the blank wall above the Alex drawers. Magnetic boards will be hung back up and can't wait to get this from the framers to hang above my computer desk!

Thanks for sticking with me and hope to be a better blogger in 2011!


  1. lovely room :) I love that sign, would be so appropriate for me!

  2. Love your work space! We've just started to work on organizing ours, which is a combo studio (for me) and office (for both hubby and me). IKEA Expedit units have been a lifesaver, and a great way to organize the 'stuff' that goes with combining rooms.

    It all takes time. We have so much remodeling and reorganizing going on that it gets insane (and stressful) sometimes.

    I came upon your website by way of a Google search that eventually led me here.

    Read your 'about' page and felt a connection. Though quite a bit older than you (I believe), hubby and I are childless by choice, though we waffled back and forth a couple of times. It's a difficult road (where other people are concerned), as marriage is supposed to be followed by children. It's just expected (by most people anyway).

    I'm enjoying your works in progress and will be stopping by again when I have a bit more time.

    I'm a NW girl as well!


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