Saturday, June 15, 2013

Saturday Spaces ~ Handmade Whimzy

Hi Polka Dot Fans!  Today you are in for a treat as we take a peek at the wonderfully organized space of my seamstress friend Tricia Harvey, from Handmade Whimzy.  She has some fab storage ideas that will work for any crafter!

I moved into my current sewing room about 1 1/2 years ago.  It was an empty bedroom in our house that we were using as a game room - or at least that was our intention. We did have all our games neatly organized in there along with a game table but unfortunately you couldn't see it because of all the junk we were "storing" on top of it.
My husband kept saying we should move my sewing room into that room from the little bitty room that it was currently occupying. I kept saying no because I had just painted it a lovely light aqua.  But finally, I agreed because the new room was twice as big as the old room and I would no longer have to keep the ironing board out in the hallway.

1. What was your budget for your sewing room? We really didn't have a budget while we were setting it up. We knew before hand that we would have to change out the lighting. We reused the track lighting from the old room and put it over my sewing tables. We did buy a new light fixture for the center of the room.

We didn't repaint because I had repainted the room a couple of years before and it was still in really good shape. But it is not my lovely light aqua - it is super bright lime green which I thought was great for a game room.  My two favorite colors though are lime green and turquoise so having a sewing room that's lime green doesn't really bother me. The only other thing I bought for this room was the cube storage shelving that I got at Target on sale. It holds my smaller cuts of fabrics like fat quarters, charm packs, jelly rolls, etc.
Oh, I did spend about $100 on 8 art prints from jellybeans on etsy that I had coveted for a long while.  But I used the money I had made from Christmas sales to buy them.  And I LOVE them.
2.What is your favorite thing about your room?  My art prints from jellybeans on etsy. :)  Also, I love that my hubby made some wooden risers for my cutting table to make it counter height so that I wouldn't have to bend over.

But the main thing I love is that I have a space all to myself where I can go to get away from all the boys in my house.  It smells nice - like lavender (not like smelly boy).  I am so thankful everyday that I have such a nice space.  Sometimes I just sit in it and do nothing.
3. Will you be making any more changes to your space?  Yes!  I have fabric that I bought a year ago to make skirts for all my tables so that you wouldn't be able to see the storage I have under them. 
And one day I'm actually going to make those table skirts.  Also, I'm thinking about making some kind of board that I could cover in flannel and use for my design wall.  Maybe one that will hang over the door.  Right now I use my floor for my design wall.
 I hope you've enjoyed visiting my little space.  Come back anytime.
Thank you Tricia for sharing your gorgeous green space!  After seeing this post, I know I have got to have more shelving in my crafty little life!  And she also inspired me to create my own dedicated shipping area, what a time-saver!  Hope you enjoyed it and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love the bright green walls! What a cheerful space to create. My daughter's house has the same color green on her front door.

    1. Thank you Karen! The only problem with the walls is that sometimes they cast a green/yellow tint to my fabrics so I try to be careful about taking pictures in there.

  2. My craft space is the same color!! Must be a great color for MOJO!! love your space, I wish I knew how to sew!!

    1. Paula, if you're interested in learning to sew, your local quilt shop probably has beginner sewing classes and they are usually fairly inexpensive. Also, there are instructions for everything on the internet and it's free!

  3. Ah the essential cat bed... ;)

    Very pretty space. I also love lime green and have it as pops of color in my sewing room. I relate to just sitting in it and doing nothing - my space just makes me happy. :)


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