Greetings aardvarks. Has anyone ever seen an aardvark? I don’t even know what they look like. But let’s save that for another day, shall we? I’m low on sewing blog fodder, so today you all get the previously threatened pictures of my closets. I hope it’s not boring – it was fun to put together!
Before we start on the tour, take a minute to tour the new look of the Snug Bug. I did a spring blog cleaning! Most of the changes are just a bit of a freshen up, but I did take some time to build a dropdown list of finished projects – you can find it on the far right sidebar right underneath the ‘about me’ gadget. It’s a quick way to find a specific finished garment and it’s SUPER handy – at least for me!
And with that, let’s go on a sewing tour of my house, shall we?
Living room first. See the chair in the corner? I made the slipcover.
It was a giant pain. I meant for this slipcover to be a practice one,
but haven’t been able to muster the energy to make a ‘real’
one. I made the pillows too. They’re silk.
See the bookshelf? On the bottom shelf I keep binders with
knitting projects and notes. And that little basket is my knitting
basket. There’s a pair of half-knitted socks in there right
now. I started them on my honeymoon. Last July. I’ll get
back to them during summer roadtrip season!
Our reference library. Magazine files for back issues of Threads
(and our taxes!) Most of my sewing books are stored spine down
since they’re so tall and I didn’t set up my Billy’s with shelves
tall enough to accommodate them. There’s also some fine fantasy
fiction, home reference, gardening, knitting… it’s our how-to
shelf! The soapmaking is Mr. Bug’s book.
Here’s our kitchen! We redid it a few years ago. I love my
white and orange kitchen. The kitchen table doubles as
my cutting table and was my sewing table until we
put together the sewing room last fall.
This old industrial sewing machine (at least, I think that’s what
it is!) hangs out in the one decorative glass doored cabinet we included i
n the kitchen. Isn’t it cool? It was in the garage/shed in the
house I grew up in. It was there when we moved in and I
took it with me when I moved out. It made a handy doorstop.
Here we are! The bedroom. A few things of note. My tripod hangs
out in here, since this is where I take blog pictures. I
suppose it may look odd to guests, though! Oh my!
The bed is a crazy sculptured upholstered number – see the
white scrolled headboard and the brown siderails? It was
originally silver vinyl. Really. I reupholstered with that brown
mock-suede, but the color is SUPER hard to coordinate
with any other color and seemed too dark when I
repainted the walls the light blue. I managed to
make a white denim slipcover for the headboard,
but haven’t finished the siderails. I don’t
like that kind of sewing. Also, Mr Bug likes the brown. Sigh.
I made the striped pillows out of old Ikea seat cushions
and I made the cushion on the bench out of an old blanket and some
pillows. Also, not sewing related, but I made the white fan to carry
down the aisle instead of flowers at our wedding last year.
What’s in the cabinet? I’m glad you asked!
On the top shelf I have class materials (in the magazine
file) for classes at the shop. Some white boxes of jewelry,
covered button kits, leather trim in a glass jar, ribbon on a spindle.
The second shelf is almost all trims and such – the
coffee can is full of store-bought bias tape and
hem lace. Miscellaneous trims are in the basket.
My closet! It has three sliding doors, so I had to take three separate pictures.
On the left: hanging are my dresses and trousers. I have a hanging shoe rack, and more shoes in upper shelving not in the photo!) Undies, PJs, leggings and such are in the little chest of drawers.
Center photo: the white boxes are full of sweaters, tshirts, tanks and shorts. More shoes on the upper and lower shelves and two hanging bars – tops on the top (organized from sleeveless to long sleeved) and skirts, suits and jackets on the bottom – arranged from shortest to longest.
On the right: more shirts, then on the shelves I have tights and nylons in the lined basket, jeans on the next shelf down, socks in the white Ikea box and boots and shoes on the shelves. There are more boots on the floor of the closet under the lower hanging bar. Scarves and belts are hanging from the shelves too.
I got these jars from Ikea and love them for thread. Neutrals
in one jar, colors in the other. Since they’re tall and skinny
it’s easy to see most of the spools and the tops of the jars
are wide enough for me to stick my hand in – I don’t have to
dump all the spools out to get to the one I want! More coffee
can storage (I love my label maker!) and my mom’s toy
sewing machine. Turquoise and red are so lovely, aren’t
they? The pictures in the background are my mom and
dad in high school and me with a cat.
The joys of owning a home! Those of you who are renting and perhaps without a washer and dryer in your living space, I feel your pain. I seriously think this was my favorite part of buying a house! Last year Minnesota offered a rebate for buying a washer so we decided to upgrade then! There’s a super awesome 20 minute express wash that I like for pre-treating. When we upgrade the drying I really want to get a steam dryer – more pricey, but seems super handy!
My bike! Yay! I’ve been practicing, even though it’s been
pretty cold. It’s SCARY!! I thought having three wheels would
make it a cinch, but lemme tell you – if you’ve gone 36 years
without hurtling down the street, wind in your hair,
it is NOT an easy sensation to get used to!
I’ve tested it with dresses and can report that this bike and dresses get along beautifully. I will be sewing up a few more for bike riding! Mr. Bug got a bike too so we could go biking riding together – that’s it in the box – the Fed Ex man just brought it today! His only has two wheels. Poor Mr. Bug.
Here’s our back yard, tiny, isn’t it? We’ve made it very
secret garden, though, and we love it. When we moved in
everything you could see was NOT there (walls, arches, patio,
stepping stones, roses… even grass!) The previous owner
had problems with allergies and yardwork and replaced all
the grass with woodchips. Seriously. We removed 50 bags
of woodchips the first spring we were here and planted
grass. Last year we added all the hardscaping and the arch
with the stepping stones. The little wall is
a bench and my herb garden.