Monday, February 27, 2012

Serendipity Studio . . . In The Beginning

I promised you I would be sharing my latest adventure, the making of my new craft room, Serendipity Studio, so here we go!

My sweet husband built me a sewing room in the basement about 2 years ago. I was thrilled, because he built this house 7 years ago and I had been waiting, waiting, waiting . . . and had all my stuff in boxes, boxes, boxes. 

I would sew and paint on the kitchen table, and had things pretty much scattered all over the house.
When the sewing room was FINALLY finished I was SO happy, and got busy opening boxes and organizing.  You could hear a lot of  "Oh, so that's where that was" and "I knew I had this somewhere" coming out of the basement as I opened them.  I was a little surprised at how much I had actually accumulated.  I had duplicates of many things - notions and tools and even a couple books - because I could never really find anything.  Remember, I had about five years of things in boxes . . . and when I went to work on a project and I couldn't find what I needed,  I ended up going to the store and buying it. 

When my sewing room was finished I LOVED it and felt that I was the luckiest girl in the world. I never dreamed I would have such an amazing sewing room of my own.  As I continued unpacking, I was  shocked to see all the fabric I had accumulated.  I will just take a deep breath and say it . . . "My  name is Julie, and I am a fabriholic."  There.  I said it.  It's really nothing I didn't already know, but now you all know.  And I know for a fact I am not alone. Anyone out there considering the possibility that you too are a fabriholic?  It would be fun to hear back from you on that!  Luckily my granddaughter will be learning to quilt, so I will designate an entire shelf of fabric for her, in her own little special space. 

I have so much stuff in that sweet little sewing room. I am going to take out all that is not related to sewing and quilting and move it into it's new home, Serendipity Studio.  I can already hear my sewing room sighing with relief as I empty her contents.  I should try to think of a name for her too, shouldn't I?  Here are some pics of the basement as we were getting started.  

My son and my son-in-law pouring the "knock down" material into the machine.  This sprays out a texture onto the drywall, which is already up and waiting, thanks to those two fine boys.  Lucky for me I had three boys, because only one of them is into this sort of thing. The other two are computer guys! See, if you have many children your odds are better of having someone that specializes in something!!!! 
The "knock down" sprays out of that blue funnel thing and they just go in a back and forth motion to evenly coat the walls.  Some of the walls will be the actual outside foundation  walls with no drywall, and it will look a little nicer with some texture.
We painted the room the most beautiful shade of pink.  I loved it. 
 Can you see the darling ceiling fan?  It has dimensional zig zag lines on the glass bulb that look like ric rac, and it has tiny flowers on the blades that look like polka dots.  Plus it is the prettiest shade of pink.  I saw it and grabbed it up so fast, I was certain it was made just for me!  I'll try to get a better pic of it later.
Then I decided it was too much pink, so I would paint one wall blue.  I have big plans for that wall.  More later on that.

Yes, I am a dork.  I was actually having fun. I was about to do some decorative painting on the wall.  I'll show you that soon, once I finish it.  Remind me not to wear that outfit out in public.  I thought I looked thin in it until just now.
I'm really getting excited about this.  I hope you are enjoying watching it all happen!


  1. Wee! Remodeling fun! First off, you look great!
    Second, I am so happy you have helpers to get your room going! I love the colors, and can't wait to see all you are going to do here! It looks like such a cheerful environment!
    BTW I would almost be afraid to unpack all my crafting things, as fear my husband would cut me off from my crafting purchases!(And sewing, and arts, etc...) But not working out of boxes will be wonderful for you!

  2. Lucy,
    What are you talking about? You look great! It is looking good :) It looks like you got it all cleaned out faster than you thought. Progress is a good thing!

  3. Oh Boy! Remodeling....who doesn't love reading these blog posts????? I can't wait to see it finished, so let me get this straight, you have TWO rooms????? Uh lucky girl! LOL Sandy

  4. Woohoo girl, you look marvelous!!! Ya should see me when I'm knee deep in a project, better yet...nobody should see me when I'm knee deep in a project. It's not a pretty sight! Heeehehehee!!!

    Oh sweetie, you new space is gonna be fabulous and I can wait to see wht ya do with it.

    God bless and have a magnificent week! :o)

  5. Hey you look so great!!
    The room is going to be fantastic, how lucky are you!! I am so looking forward to seeing the finished look, I bet it is going to be perfect and you will never want to leave it! you will get so much done, enjoy the transformation and have a lovely rest of the week,
    Andrea x

  6. I am also a fabriholic, and what's really sad about it is that I don't know how to sew.

    Your space is going to look great. I can't wait to see it when it's finished.

  7. My dear you look fabulous. I am so happy for you and I love seeing the process of your room.

  8. My name is Melanie and I am now sitting next to you in the Fabricsannonymous class ! lol...... I have quite the collection happening, any shade, any colour, any texture and I'll have it here. Do you think there is a cure for our disease ? I can't wait to see your sewing room all full of your bits and pieces, I'm sure it will look lovely !

  9. Ha! Ha! I think I always look thin until someone takes a picture of me. Ugh....You look darling and I am loving this makeover. Thanks for sharing. Smiles...Renee

  10. How exciting getting your own studio! I need one as well for all my baking pans, vintage dishes, vintage fabrics etc. I've long outgrown my kitchen! I love what Susie said about being nervous unpacking all your goodies for fear your husband might think you're spending too much! I know my husband would think so if he saw my stash of vintage linens!!! LOL. Thanks so much for your visit and kind words. They're much appreciated! xoxo Jina

  11. I shall raise my hand too Julie...I have far too much fabric around here!...Ooh, your studio is going to be wonderful and I'm looking forward to seeing your are so lucky to have those lovely willing workers too!
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Susan x
    P.S You look fab in your pic!

  12. How exciting, watching it progress. I would say I am a craftaholic, I do love fabric but I also love anything else craft-related. There is no hope for me, Oh well - I can live with that! Have a lovely day x

  13. How fun!! I think I am as excited as you are and by the way, you look great. I still cannot believe you are a grandmother!!

  14. Wow you lucky girl having all that space just for you, so envious! my room is too small, wonder where I can extend it ... he he thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you feel better soon sweetie :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  15. Oh, I know how happy you are. It is better than Christmas!

  16. Julie I agree with everyone else you do look great. I understand though, I was in town today and thought what I had on was okay but for some reason out of the corner of my eye I happened to see my reflection in a shop window. The clothes I were wearing, which I thought were thinning, were not. So I pulled my tummy in as much as I could and went on my merry way and forgot quickly what I looked like. It will be so good for you to have two rooms, and I am certain you will need to buy more fabric to put on the shelves to stop the dust gathering!

  17. Oooh cant wait to see it all finished ,i too love love pretty fabrics i really have tried not to buy anymore but if i see some i like i just have to have it xxx

  18. Thank you for your comment on my card, So sorry i havent replyed yet.. 24".. I CANT IMAGINE IT!! lol..

    i cant wait to see a pic of this room all finished!! You must be really delighted!! Hugs, Brittany, xoxo

  19. How wonderful for you, and you so deserve it. I am so excited to see the finished room, and I know it will be gorgeous. You've been an amazingly special friend, and I'm sorry I haven't kept up with communications. Even though my mom is now in a new, independent living facility, there are still multiple doctor appointments and shopping trips to take her on. I think I'm just being extremely lazy and slowly recovering from the horrific past year. Please know that you are never far from my thoughts and one of these days I'm gonna' have the energy to let you know how special you are.

    God Bless and big hugs,

  20. Just love a room makeover, and even better if it's a sewing room.can't wait to see more.