Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Creative Space

I am uber-excited about this.

Since we moved into our new place, we have been contemplating getting some bar stools/chairs to go with the breakfast bar in the kitchen.  I thought it would be a nice place for Pumpkin Pie and I to eat breakfast and lunch, rather than carting everything into the dining room every time we want to eat.  But we've lived here almost four months now, and I just haven't been able to find anything that I've liked in my price range.  And I've realized that I am now used to taking everything into the dining room.  It's not really a big deal.

So my next idea was to buy a folding table and chair set.  One of these days I am going to jump feet first into the world of hospitality, and while hospitality-guru Sandy says over and over that you should be hospitable where you are, no matter how small, I still felt like we needed more than our four dining room chairs and one computer chair.  An extra set would allow us to invite more than just a childless couple over for dinner.

So, armed with Christmas money that we've been holding onto since, well, Christmas, I sent my husband to Wal-Mart to buy a cheap-but-sturdy-looking set.  We used the chairs on Sunday when we had my parents and brother over for Mother's Day lunch.  It worked great.

And then I starting thinking about the table.  Honestly we won't use the table that often, but it is something I think will be valuable to have.  And then the Good Lord smacked me upside the head with some inspiration...a craft table!  Why not use the table in our walk-out basement to put my sewing machine on?  You all know how I just had to have that sewing machine.  Well, I bought it in March, and it was still sitting pretty in the box.  I just couldn't bring myself to pull it out, only to have to put it away in an hour, since the only place to use it was our dining room table.  I still wanted to do all the projects I have percolating, but I couldn't get past the hurdle of spending 30 minutes setting up the mess, working for 15 to 20 minutes, and then spending another 20 to 30 minutes cleaning up before the girls woke up from their naps. 

But we have a pretty great walk-out basement.  The tenants before us left a big piece of carpet in the room with the door, so that area is actually really nice.  And, as I learned after several 80+ degree days, the basement will be a cool place to hang out this summer (literally, folks!)  AND I can leave my sewing machine set up on it all the time.  Pumpkin Pie only goes down there when I do, so she'll be supervised around it. 

Now all I have to do is run down and plug it in.  My ironing board is even down there, so I won't have to run up and down the stairs when I'm making something serious.  Genius.

So here is my creative space.  I've even inaugurated the space and machine with my very first ribbon-trimmed burp cloth.  I will probably have to use it as a dust rag, because it is pretty atrocious, but practice makes perfect.  I'll nail those straight lines in no time.

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