Friday, June 24, 2011

Grateful #14 - What are you thankful for today?

Happy weekend, lovely readers!

I’ve always been a big fan of getting things done around the house. We’ve got a list as long as my arm of things that we’re keen to do to our airy, light-filled home, but we’re realistic – some of our must-haves may never happen; others may take ten years to complete. I’m ok with that.

I’ve wished big wishes for a studio space here, and quite frequently lapse into crazy daydreams about building something wonderful in our leafy backyard. And even while my imagination goes haywire, I’m aware that my musings are not really about a fancy-shmancy space; it’s more about having a room that belongs to me - where my books are safe (from babes who have taken to sneakily ripping random pages), and where I can work on and leave out whatever project I happen to be doing, without the threat of inquisitive sticky fingers wanting a look too. A place where carefully cut material will stay exactly where I left it, bobbins won’t disappear, and pins don’t have to be monitored. A quiet place, with a door to close, and lots of light.

(Oh dear. Even as I’m writing this, I feel horribly selfish for all the mine, mine, mine! connotations in the previous paragraphs… but, creatively minded or not, I’m sure you know what I mean)

So, with all of that in mind, this week, I’m very, very grateful for:

My lovely new sewing space.  It started with a fold-up table I found in the shed, and the realisation that we actually had space in our bedroom for a sewing nook. Oh happy day! I eagerly scrubbed down the table, moved all of my bits and pieces into the bedroom, and set up right in front of the bright bay window, overlooking the vege garden and the street. I’ve been sewing in there daily, and it’s such a treat! A closed door to keep everything safe, and a cheerfully lit corner with a lovely, leafy view.
And then, Dave, partner-carpenter extraordinaire, found a bench top in the magic shed that he’d saved from a dismantled kitchen, and he spent an afternoon sanding it back to brand new honey-coloured wood. It’s going to be stained, sealed, legged and fitted to my bay window spot to make a semi-permanent sewing space.

I’m so happy; can you tell? And so grateful for a small space that’s all my own in the busyness and bustle of our family home. It’s my little, neat, organised piece of handmade heaven.

What are you grateful for this week?


Ps. Linking up with the wonderful Maxabella Loves – and you can too! Link your grateful post here, or write your grateful list in the comments section below.


Alice Becomes said...

That's awesome Nat! What a wonderful partner-carpenter extraordinaire you have. Gill xo

Susan @ Reading Upside Down said...

Your sewing space sounds wonderful. I have wonderful plans to shuffle my children around (boys into the spare room, daughter into the boys room) leaving the very small room that my daughter is using free for me to use as a writing space and somewhere that I can finally set up my sewing machine once again. I can't wait.

I'm very glad you now have a space all of your own. You don't sound selfish at all. You sound very lucky and I'm definitely envious. :-)

Naturally Carol said...

What a good idea to put it in a bay window space! All the best with all your sewing projects that will be created in your new space.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a delightful space :) I share my creative space with my family but love that I have a nook all of my very own.

Happy creating.


Maxabella said...

A 'room of one's own' is such a wonderful thing. I'm so happy for you!

And with 'light and airy' already ticked off, I feel I would have nothing to do at your place! Light and airy is all I crave at mine... x

Kia said...

Really? You have a 'door to close' AND a handyman ? Gosh, I have an architect husband who refuses to allow doors into our house! k x