Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Big Plans


I have big plans. Inspired by this and this, but mainly this, I have been doodling and drawing design plans for a redo of my workroom, which, at the moment consists of big heaps of projects in progress, loose pieces of paper with patterns and design ideas all over the place, and a big messy jumble of yarn, fabric, floss, needles and hooks and thread and elastic and snaps and buttons in jars—it is everywhere. It is total chaos, and this room is Right in the Middle of the House. The front door opens into it! If you want to get anywhere at all, you’ll have to go through this room first, and you’ll have to step around a basket of wool to do it. It’s a mess, and I can’t stand it.

My friend Amy, who is a professional designer, came over with her fancy rulers and we measured everything, all the doorways and furniture, and I kept confounding her excellent scale drawings with the awesome architectural handwriting by saying, “But I love that sofa!” and “what about my great-grandmother’s marble-topped table?” and “will that big yellow chair fit over here? I can just walk around it!” Because she is patient and magical, we figured out how to make it all work.

Now all I need is a can of paint, these shelves, and about four hundred hours of free time to make it happen! Stay tuned.


More vintage needlework. If I tell you I love thrifting, will you be surprised? No? I knew it.


  1. I go nuts everytime I go to Ikea... have to go through the entire store even if all I need is a new box for storing things and usually leave with a whole bunch of things I can't live without but never knew they existed lol
    Have fun redoing your workroom :)

  2. Oooh, this is exciting! I've never been there, and I can just tell I'm going to need at least two carts. Should I have cinnamon rolls or Swedish meatballs? Or both?

  3. I sold the same vintage needlework in my Etsy shop recently (or the same pattern, anyway.)
    It was hard to part with. Good luck with your project!

  4. That's interesting! It seems like that means it was sold as a kit. Very anthropological of me, no? I can see how it would be hard to have let it go--it looks smashing in your etsy photo. :)