Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Further Development of New Sheville

Ladies, if you happen to find yourself perusing an antique store with your significant other and stumble upon the perfect furniture pieces for your hobby room, whatever you do don't buy them. Wait until said significant other is out of town and hire neighborhood teenagers or a few guys off the street to move the furniture for you. No matter the cost, it will be far worth not having to reveal your stash of raw materials. Otherwise you will have to listen to comments such as, "Good grief, you could clothe a third world country with all of this." To which your only possible response could be, "That is precisely what I plan to do with it. You got a problem with that?"


No matter how much I tried to explain that most quilters have way more fabric than I do, it seemed to fall on deaf ears. But that's okay, I think my new fabric cabinet is worth the hassle.


I also picked up a new cabinet for storing yarn.


It doubles as a work space for processing all those fleeces I have stored in the shower. I've been hauling the shelves above it around from house to house for years. I think I'll repaint them to match the cabinet once my arms start working again.


While the guys were in furniture moving mode, I had them relocate the large media cabinet. I took the wheels off the plastic carts and they fit right inside to hold my works-in-process. I thought I was so smart for coming up with that idea.


But I knew I had a stroke of genius when I refurbished my cutting table into a dual-purpose ironing/cutting station. The top of this table was already ruined with a huge gouge in the top. It looked like someone had taken a router to the center of it. I covered it with some batting and fabric and tacked it under the edges. Then I screwed a shelf to the side to hold the iron.


Yes. Yes that last part really was brilliant, I know. Thank you. Notice how I can still use it as a cutting station by just adding the cutting mat to it. My rulers and rotary cutter go in the drawer and baskets of scraps go right under on the shelf. Best idea I've had in a long time. A total space saver.


When you have a small space to work with, you do what you gotta do.



 Stay tuned for more New Sheville developments in the near future. I have a paint color picked out...


13 comments:

Robin said...

Well, I might have more fabric than you do (if indeed you have only enough to fill that cupboard) but I would trade you for some of that furniture in a flash. What great finds!

I'm gonna tell Mom! said...

Oh how envious I am right now!
You. Are. Brilliant! I love the creative use of furniture, the storage ideas, the ironing/cutting board!

A few years back, when my daughter was switching her bedroom with what was the guest/ fiber storage room, I woke up in the dark of night in a panic, realizing that, with this move, my stash would be revealed in all its glory to my husband. I was expressing my concerns to a friend who came up with a brilliant plan. During the privacy of school and work hours, she backed into my driveway and we loaded a healthy portion of my stash into the back of her pickup truck. (We didn't load ALL of it, because to have NO stash in the closet would have aroused suspicion.) She stored my stash for the week or two that it took to make the transition. I am not sure exactly how she explained all that yarn to her husband, but since hers and mine do not know each other, we were safe.
I swear I could hear the theme from Mission Impossible in the back ground as we carried out our clandestine operation!

IF I had a Sheville, I might never, ever leave.

~kim

Teresa said...

I just love the way you have set up your sewing room, I have an armoire very similar to the one you have and never thought of filling it with plastic drawer dividers, great idea. And those chests upon chests is just plain adorable. Thanks for sharing.

callie brady said...

Love the furniture and the use you have made of it is very creative. Wonderful!

Tombstone Livestock said...

Good to see you making progress in Sheville, love the cabinet with quilting supplies, beats my laundry basket full of material.

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, my goodness, how I LOVE that fabric storage cabinet. And my DH doesn't buy my story about not having as much fabric as some others, either. Oh, well. Otherwise I'm a pretty cheap date, so he can't complain too much.

Christine said...

LOL, yes Robin, that really is all my fabric.

The Barn Door said...

I just want to come and live in your house! It is SO gorgeous!!
Karen & the Hounds

Christine said...

Kim, I can actually see the mischievous grin on your face while you were doing it!

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What marvelous finds, Christine! They are perfect for fabric and fiber storage. And what a clever solution to disguise the gouge in your ironing/cutting station. If I had a sewing room like that, I wouldn't want to leave it!

Lori said...

I love your organized space and the new, old furniture:)

Elaine said...

Love your pie safe and all the other furniture finds. My safe still has the original tins and also holds material (with one shelf for grandson's toys). I saw your swift and ball winder and shuttles in the big pickle (?) jug too. Please send pictures of your whole studio. I didn't see your spinning wheel (s). A man was inteviewed on one of our local PBS stations last week who has a degree in Organizational Psychology. I believe that all us fiber people can already handle that without a degree--what a hoot!!!

Katya Starkey said...

Wow! What an amazing set-up. And thanks for the advice about getting things moved around. You're right about that for sure!