Last night was one of those nights full of big ideas that get me moving. Not sewing; reorganizing. Our dinning room has been in a state of flux the last 2 weeks as I grapple with this fact - I sew there. My family knows and accepts that it is a sewing room, as well as a dining room. Well, it's time guests know too.
No more hiding the ironing board, no more constant stashing of the sewing machine, and no more traipsing to my bedroom every time I need fabric.
Here's my rearranged dining/sewing room. I left the extension in the table, so that our family of 4 can eat at the table, with my sewing machine, notions box and random supplies pushed to one end.
Reorienting the table out this way, made room for the addition of a little wooden shelf to the left. It's a permanent new home for my tabletop ironing board, as well as storage for the sewing machine and works-in-progress. I just need to tidy it up with some new baskets and a fresh ironing board cover. I'm hoping for a sewing machine cover too, someday.
The other piece of furniture in our dining room is a buffet at the right. It used to hold a rather useless collection of tablecloths, vases, crystal, tea cups and candles. I had to ask myself why I was storing these rarely-used items so accessibly. So, I seized the buffet as a sewing cabinet. My notions and scraps fit well in the small door. And, my ever-growing fabric stash abides in the larger side.
Aahhhhhhhh! That's better. Of course, reorganizing is not without some casualties. Some items are off to Goodwill, but I was wondering if these would appeal to any of my readers. Here's a stash of 10 white glass ice cream dishes and some vintagey table linens. No room for them here!
The ice cream dishes are definitely vintage. I've had them for 10 years and my mother had them for ages before. AND, she thrifted them. I love their ridges! The red/pink cloth with rickrack trim is about a yard square. It's really old (again, from my mom) and a little yellow in spots. The red/yellow fruit tablecloth and set of napkins is was purchased new, but seems to go along with a vintage decor. So, they're all free for the shipping. Just let me know what you want :). Otherwise, they're off to Goodwill too.
For more pics of these freebies, see my photostream.
Update - the dishes are taken!