Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It is with great sadness that the sewing room is now closed.....


We all love our kids and we would do just about anything for them. Dear Daughter #2 has to move back home. She was let go from her job back in October, her lease on her apt. is up next week and unemployment runs out in March. So it is with great sadness that I have to pack up my ENTIRE sewing room so she can move back in. Thought I'd share some pictures so I have something to look at over the next few months to a year (who knows!).


Behind the curtain is my tv, dvd player, and shelves with plastic totes of supplies for quilting, scrapbooking and rubber stamping. In the drawers are my finished tops (well only two drawers), scrapbooking supplies and random junk.


Here is most of my wool collection with a few fat quarters thrown in for good measure.


This is a cabinet that Dear Hubby built for me. We built the peg shelf first and stopped it short because I knew exactly what I wanted to go there. It took Dear Hubby several years before he got around to building the cabinet but it looks great there. That will stay.


Above the peg shelf are my cute little boxes of patterns all separated by category (there goes that engineering gene rearing it's ugly head again). I have mason jars filled with buttons (with a lot more buttons to sort in another container) and all of my 3-ring binders for tear files of Christmas, fall, quilt patterns, gardens, house decorating, etc.


Cheri Saffiote-Payne even has her own box with just her patterns!


And the saddest picture of all......imagine this filled top to bottom with fabric. I didn't take a picture before I packed it all up. I had clear totes up on the top shelf of smaller scraps. Dear Daughter #2 brought over some of her massive book collection already to put up on the shelf.

Right now, all of the fabrics and drawers and shelves are packed in rubbermaid containers and stored in Dear Daughter #1's garage until we build a larger storage room or rent a storage building. The books are in our living room on the book shelf that used to have some sort of decorating arrangement to it. Now it's all crammed in there. As for the actual sewing, I have packed up the machine and rulers and gadgets and gizmos like I was headed for a retreat. They will be stored in the corner of the dining room so I can at least throw everything up on the dining room table to sew. I have several projects put together into packets to work on (including the free BOM that I am supposed to be working on!) The cutting boards are stored behind the china cabinet in the dining room.

But I'd do it again in a skinny minute for one of my kids. She is being very humble about all this and feels terrible but also realizes, like the rest of us, that this is the most practical thing to do. She has started taking classes at the local technical school with Dear Son #2 who is also living at home. These two get along great, have the same personality, the same sleeping habits, the same cleanliness habits (none) so it should work out fine.

It kind of reminded me of stories of the Great Depression when families banded together to help each other out. Back in the day, a 2000 sq. ft. house was a mansion. They did a lot more with a lot less. It was just something you did. No reason, no excuses, no trying to logically figure it out.

Hopefully now that all is packed away, I can get back to sewing and post some of that. I only have so many projects so now I can focus on just the few that are accessible and get something done!!!

Blessings, Cathi

10 comments:

Libby said...

I lost my sewing room upon The Princess' return last summer. Most of my stash and supplies are neatly stored in the garage and readily accessible with only a little moving around of vehicles, boxes, etc. It's a testament to my desire to quilt no matter what. We found a small space in our bedroom for a little desk to hold my machine (the cubby) and I'm happily quilting away. We've loved having our girl home (most of the time anyway *s*) You'll enjoy the adjustments.

Leann said...

I'm sure you'll love having her home, hopefully this economy will shift soon.
Just in case you're missing PA - we're getting a snow and ice storm - but I made it to work!!

Teresa said...

I know your daughter would rather have her own place, but what a blessing for her that she can come home and be welcomed and loved until she can get back on her own again. You could always close in the deck and have a sewing room out there! Just soundproof it so you don't hear the leaf blower on Sunday morning.

tami said...

I'm sorry you had to give up that room. In this economy I think this is happening more and more. Hopefully, this too will soon pass. In the meantime you have an opportunity to enjoy her company. Our DD moved all the way from Maine to Denver and we so love when she comes home to stay for a couple of weeks during Christmas break. I'm sure everyting will work out in the end. I hope you will be able to keep on quilting while she is living with you. Maybe she will take it up too. :D

Judy said...

Hubby said Monday that something like 66,000 people were laid off, and Tuesday another round from all over. Shove aside the dining room stuff and put it all out and sew!

Mary said...

Thank you that she can count on you to help her out. Blessings.

Judi said...

You must be the best mom, I am sure that your daughter is so grateful. I know I would be. Good luck to her and I hope the economy shifts so things can be better.

Anne said...

Hey, maybe you can teach her to sew and you can have some "bonding" time. She is probably really upset about her circumstances. You're a good mom. PS. Love you wool collection. Yummy

Kim said...

Would not be surprised to hear more of this happening within families, who knows, mine could end up back in their old bedrooms. They wouldn't like that, it's difficult to give up independence - your own space, but it beats the alternative. There are also parents moving in with their children. Times are tough and we are revisiting a time that I hoped we would never see again. I am hoping that will change.

The Calico Cat said...

The baby took over 75% of my quilting room. :o) I don't have any other place to put it so he has to share, I just work out in the dining room now. Toting stuff back & forth, including the baby. :o)