Okay, I've decided to give Blogger another try at loading all these pictures. Some of you may remember that I attempted to do this about a month ago, but gave up out of frustration!
Here is a pictorial tour of my room, at the request of several curious readers. As I warned, it is rather tightly packed, to fit my sewing supplies and a good selection of books, but it is well-organized, which makes all the difference with limited space. My room is smaller than it was in our previous house, so to insure that everything would fit into my new room, before we moved I made a scale drawing of my new room on graph paper with all of my furniture pieces cut out. I wanted to fit a twin bed, a cedar chest, two quilt racks, three bookcases, two tables, a lamp, an ironing board, and a chest of drawers into an 11'x12' room. And people said I wouldn't be able to do it :). See, a real-life math application!
The walls are filled with old-fashioned pictures that I found at garage sales. I'll show close-ups of a few of my favorites later in the post. Also on the walls is my hat collection. I've found a variety of hats at Goodwill, usually for $1.10 a piece. Some of them are for decoration, and some I wear. Someday I'd like to decorate my daughters' rooms (Lord willing) with the pictures and hats, as I think there are enough for a few rooms :). But for now I've crowded them into one room. Ideally, I think decorations look better more spread throughout :).
Here we are entering my room. Note the garland hanging above the door. It matched my wall and quilt, so Sister Dear let me steal it from her :). It was a Goodwill find.
Here is the wall to the right as you enter. Note my lovely books :). Most of my books are in boxes, but I keep my favorite books, and the books I want to read in the near future, in these two bookcases by my bed. I bought three matching bookcases with movable shelves at a garage sale and combined all the shelves into two bookcases to give me more shelf room :). The teacups on the top of the right bookshelf I found at a garage sale for 25 cents each.
The quilt (log cabin, barn-raising pattern) on my bed, which I made a few years ago, was my first full-size one. My hope chest at the foot of my bed (see below) is beautiful, is it not? A family friend made it; make sure to check out his website! I used up a very large assortment of yarn scraps to make the afghan folded on the cedar chest.
Turning a bit to the left, we have my sewing center :-D. I turned a bookcase into a fabric case, and it works very well. I really should find a way to keep the dust off the fabric, but I don't have a good idea. I used a sheet before we moved, but it looked dumpy. Suggestions?
For my college graduation, Parents Dear gave me a serger, which is the machine to the left, next to my sewing machine. I have plastic storage shelves underneath my table; they hold my lace, zippers, interfacing, scrap material, and sewing patterns. On top I keep plastic containers for thread, ribbon, and miscellaneous sewing items. I bought the quilt rack on the far right to hang partially finished projects.
Turning a little more to the left, here is the next corner of my room. I'm arranging hats on the bed for a close-up picture, and Hannah thought it was neat the way my right arm looks half-there (She took all these pictures, by the way). I use the table behind me as a dressing table. I'd like to make some sort of covering for it, but I haven't figured out exactly what to do with it yet! I'm blocking the only chest of drawers I have in the room, which is small since most of my clothes are stored in the closet. I have a few plastic crates and metal racks in my closet (which you can barely see) to create more storage above my hanging clothes, which I use for extra batting, yarn, and shoes. I also keep some of my knitting supplies in a knitting basket on the floor of my closet, as you can see.
Continuing to the left, we are back at the door! I have an ironing board on the back of my door, which is quite convenient for sewing, since I don't have floor space to keep a full-size ironing board open in my room. I also have a second quilt rack beside my door, that I use to hang towels and such. This picture also shows several of my hats.
Here is a close-up of my six favorite hats.
And here are a few close-ups of my favorite pictures:
This one is very nostalgic to me, because Hannah and I used to play school with our friends when we were little. I usually got to be the teacher, and I was a mean one :).
I think this one is so elegant and feminine.
This is probably my favorite one. The girls playing in the field with the country church in the background is such a picturesque scene!
I found these three reprints of famous paintings for free(!) at a church rummage sale! The top two paintings are Monet, and the bottom one is van Gogh.
Okay, thus ends the pictorial picture of my room.