Sunday, August 23, 2015

The New Sewing Room Reveal

After months of planning and weeks of moving, I finally have my sewing room ready for use and I can't wait to put it to work.  One of the "must haves" for the renovated house on the lake was a dedicated sewing room.  A sliding pocket door seals off "the most important room in the house," as the builder would say.
The walls are a lovely, happy mint green color.  How wonderful to have room for both the sewing machine and the quilting machine.  
Cork flooring should be good for the legs.  
The room has four windows for natural light.  The TV on the wall is a bonus.

Although focusing on my sewing may be a little difficult with the view to the lake.
 A design wall will be added to this blank space in the near future.

All the bookcases, fat quarter racks (CD storage) and the sewing machine table came from the previous house and are from Ikea.  In addition to a design wall, I also need to build a cutting table and  work on a better solution for thread storage.

We've had a wonderful few weeks of summer in our new home.  September will be here soon and I have a long list of sewing projects to embark on.  Looking forward to sharing some sewing pictures with you soon!


Friday, August 7, 2015

On to the Next Chapter

It's official.  We closed on the sale of our Massachusetts home yesterday and are officially New Hampshire residents.  The last three months have been exhaustingly full with activities related to the sale of one house and the renovation of the other.
I won't bore you with the detail but I will share one lesson learned.  PEOPLE listen to me:  get rid of your extra STUFF!  One day you will need or want to move and you will regret you didn't heed my advice!  Simplify, eliminate the  clutter, donate, recycle, work a little at a time but get rid of stuff!  Your children do not want your stuff.  Even when you try to shove it into their houses!!
Leaving the town where my family has resided for almost 100 years and the home we raised our boys in was emotionally difficult. The change was made easier by our joy (dramatic word but true) with the "new" home.  The renovations came out better than expected and we couldn't be happier with the feel of the home, updated yet comfy.  We have so much to be thankful for and, believe me, we do not take these blessings for granted.  A little champagne toast on a Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the final transaction...

As you know, I have a new sewing room (one of the major requirements of the renovation) and I will share that with you in another post.  I finally was able to take a break from the unpacking, cleaning and entertaining (my favorite activity up here by the way!) to go for a little practice run in the new room.
 The house is beside a little cove on a large lake and we have converted a screened-in porch to a year round sunroom with lots of windows and comfy seats and a new window seat that is long enough for sleeping on.  The furniture in the room is rugged and covered in Sunbrella as part of the dog/kid/bathing suit friendly environment.  What a pleasant surprise the current offering of Sunbrella outside fabric is with a wide variety of colors and patterns and a soft, fabric feel.  Joann Fabrics has an extensive supply of outdoor fabrics and I was able to pick up enough yardage on sale to cover this 7 foot long window seat.

So much fun to have a finish!  I cannot wait to get back to playing with my quilting cotton to make a few more pillows for this window seat!

We have a loon family hanging out in our cove this summer.  Mom and Dad appear to be teaching Baby Loon the necessary skills to survive.  What a lovely sight and sound most mornings and evenings.

More new neighbors down the road to get to know.

It's safe to say that we are embarking on a MAJOR new chapter of our lives.  Moving full time to a house on a lake in New Hampshire that is one half hour away from a place to just to buy socks is a little different compared to our home in Massachusetts where we could be in downtown Boston in less than a half hour!  I'm so excited about the adventures ahead, not to mention all the time in my new sewing room!

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