Linda of Behind My Red Door recently posted about where she blogs. She prompted me to spruce up my journaling spot a bit. I really desired a place that just feels good when I sit down to business and pleasure.
This old computer has been all over this house. I've tried it in every room, but now that Jase has his own laptop, I've moved it into my bedroom where I can enjoy being surrounded by pretty, feminine things while I'm working. So I carved out a small and practical corner in our bedroom where I can do my sewing and enjoy my computer time.
So here is where I sit and visit with you. So many of the little treasures I've surrounded myself with are gifts from my sweet online friends. I love the old tag hanging on my lamp. It says ~ "The Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!" It's wonderful to sit down and be reminded of that blessing daily.
Mary created the pinkeep wall hanging and the Grandmother's garden quilt block. The workmanship is just amazing and so inspiring. Jeffrey bought me my own little Beatle Bug matchbox car so I could race with them ~ I thought that was so sweet. Other reminders of my friends are from Linda, Paula, Rhonda and Patricia. Thanks for making my special place even more special.
To my left, I have set up a table for my sewing machine and notions. I completed the stitchery on the wall named "Job's Tears" while I was carrying Colton. It's very special to me because it reminds me of yet another time that the Lord carried me through a trial. The first pinkeep I ever got was the little lady mouse sitting on the stacked boxes. My husband saw it at a yard sale on his way home from work years and years ago and brought it home for me. I've loved pinkeeps ever since.
The little white basket with the pink rose is my latest pinkeep creation. The small chest of drawers is a recent Goodwill find that I hope to paint black sometime in the near future ~ its on my never ending list of projects that I can hardly wait to do! My grandmother's old fruit jars are filled with an assortment of old buttons. Can you ever have too many buttons? And the two little silver containers are recent thrift finds that I plan to repurpose into pinkeeps. Aren't they just lovely?
And to my right, I have set up an antique ironing board. I really do use it for ironing when I'm making dolls or aprons. I don't mind leaving it up like I would a regular irong board. Of course, it is currently covered with fabrics and charm packs that I just can't bear to put away. But I love to look at them for inspiration. You know, I can look at them for weeks and weeks, and then one day I'll look and know exactly what I need to do with it. I couldn't do that if it was neatly place in a box out of sight, could I?
Behind the old ironing board is a very old ladder. I found that old ladder at a yard sale when I lived in Chicago. (I've been thrifting for a very long time!) It was at a house about 10 blocks from my home and I bought it without realizing it would not fit into my tiny car. Well I had already envisioned it with quilts hanging on it and could not leave it behind, so Jase & Luke who were just little guys ~ maybe 10 & 6 years old ~ carried that ladder all the way home for me while I slowly followed in the car. They thought it was great fun and of course, used it well to climb trees before I finally moved it indoors for my quilts. Such a fun memory!
Well now it has been sawed in two pieces and this one holds four old quilt tops that I have found in my treasure hunts. I especially like those that have incorporated feedsack materials. Three of them are all hand-pieced and the bottom one is hand quilted as well. I suppose I treasure them because I know how much work some dear woman invested in creating them. I often wonder why they were never completed and ended up discarded ~ but I take good care of them and their efforts are not forgotten.
So now you'll know where I am when I visit with you. This will probably be my last post for a while. I am hopelessly behind in visiting and can hardly wait to catch up and see what you've all been up to! Maybe I'll get to sneak in some time tonight.
Be sure to stop by Leslie of My Country Home to see what other gals are working on this Wednesday.
Most importantly of all, Jase is doing very well. His spirits are high and he is keeping busy with school and work. I can hear him down the hall laughing with his brothers ... life is sweet!
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