She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Place For Me ~

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!

Blessings,
Lea

43 comments:

The Whites said...

What a beautiful computer nook you have! I have to share my computer with the kids and my desk is covered with homeschool stuff!

I should really try to find a spot just for me but our house is tiny-it will be a challenge!

Mandy

basketsnprims said...

Lea,
What a charming spot you have for your computer and sewing machine with all of your special gifts and things you've made around you. Thanks for a little peek into your world. I pray Jase is doing well.
Pam

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

The ladder is a true find and I love the story of how you got it home...Will be back to enjoy more stories of treasure hunting.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing "your space" with us. Love the quilt tops and the story of the ladder.

The Old Dairy said...

How lovely to have your own computer spot, I have to share mine with my large family. But I do have a very special place to do my sewing in...I am praying for Jase and your family.
Mandy

Lanny said...

What a lovely space you have for yourself. You have some nice things with good memories.

Katy said...

What a lovely area to sit at Lea! :) I love it! :)

So glad to hear Jase is doing well and that his spirits are high! I have been praying for him often!

theoldestonehouse said...

Lea
I'm glad Jase's spirits are high. In medicine we find the spirits of the patient is 80% of the cure.

I love your area. Mine is so cluttered with everything. It's a wonder my DH puts up with me. I have painting and wood in the garage, sewing in the basement as well as hand work by my chair in the living room and our computer is shared by all so it's really in need of a spruce up.

Have a great day
Rhonda

Stellar Creations said...

I love your little nook.. mine is sitting in the desk in the kitchen so when I'm not on the computer it usually has a bowl or two sitting on top of it.. lol. Thank you for sharing.

Hugs,
Stella

KKJD1 said...

Its nice to have a little place you can call your own. Love the ladder and quilts. So pretty! Hope you have a wonderful day! Blessings, Karen

Kath said...

Hi Lea-
You have sucha perfectly comfy spot for your computer/sewing.

I am happy Jase is in good spirits, you are all in my prayers...
Hugs-Kath

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

I love your spot so personal and you are so lucky to have your own space.
I'm so happy that Jase is in good spirts...that's half the battle:)
Have a wonderful day Lea and thank you for always stopping by for a visit:)
Rondell

Nancy Jo said...

Lea,
Nice to see where you are at when you are visting with all of us. Isn't it funny how we women care about the smallest things? I if I told Richard that one of the girls on my sites got new kitchen curtains he would look at me Like I needed to take a pill.
Very messy weather here today, schools are closed. I have one grand daughter here for the day.
I saw the Annie's you made for Mary Beth, and the little chair. Just to to cute.
NANCY jO

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a wonderful space you have to be creative...thanks for sharing it!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

What a cozy corner you have. Love the story of the ladder just makes it even more special!
:)Ginger

Bevy said...

Stop!! You're making me jealous... "Oh, to have a sewing corner. Maybe even a whole room".

I'm fairly new to your blog, but I sure enjoy checking in. Thanks!
~B

Farm Chick Paula said...

What a wonderful and cozy little work space, Lea! I can see all kinds of creativity in that room!

Julie said...

Hello Lea--I've been a little behind in my blogging. I just caught up with your posts. thanks for the soap tip--I love it and will try it. Also, "Your little corner of the world" is so sweet. I love that ladder and the story of how you got it home--that's classic!! I hope you're having a great day. Julie

Farmchick said...

What a lovely spot for you Lea...it suits you perfectly!!

Colleen said...

What a sweet space you have there... and I'm delighted that Jase is doing well and laughing. Such wonderful things. I'll be keeping you all in my prayers...

QuiltedSimple said...

Love your space - and how perfect that it is just for you! Glad to hear Jase is doing well!
Kris

Nancy M. said...

I love that idea of using the ladder for quilts! I would have never thought of that. The quilts are nice too. It was cool to see where you blog. You have a nice spot there! I'm glad to hear Jase is doing well!

This Country Girl said...

First of all, Lea, I'm glad to hear Jase is doing some better! I'm praying for him!

I love that you showed us your blogging and sewing nook. I can picture you there with all the feminine things! I absolutely love your laddeer with the quilts! I love the story behind it too!

Blessings,
Tammy

nancy huggins said...

I am like you Lea..I treasure all the little things that all my friends send me..even if it is just a little scrap of fabric that they knew I would like. I love to sit and look at them all. I can't wait until we get moved this spring or summer so I can fix up my house and my pioneer room and trains in the old real depot that is behind the house we are moving to. At least now I will have something interesting to blog about.
Take care
Hugs
Nancy

Back in the Day said...

What an inspiring area to work! I love the old ironing board! I wanted one behind my sofa as a table but didn't have the room! Glad you are putting yours to use!
Nicole

Colleen said...

Thanks for the sweet comments about my stitcheries, Lea. I sometimes sketch out my own patterns, but I often use free patterns by Cheryl Seslar and Twigs n Sprigs. The Spring rabbit pattern can be found here -- along with dozens more: http://www.primitiveblessings.com/catalog.php?category=215

Enjoy!

Nancy Jo said...

Lea,
Just wanted to thank you for pointing out linda at the red door site. I now either have to sell my house or completely re-do this one.
NANCY JO

country gal said...

Hi,

That looks like a cozy and heart warming computer nook. It's great that you have reminders of your friends all around your blogging place. I'm glad Jase is better. We will continue to pray for him.

Love, Joy =D

Linda said...

What a lovely space you have carved out for yourself Lea. With a houseful of men, you deserve all the special sweet touches! I wish my ironing board wasn't so warped so I could actually press on it too. That was my initial intentions when I got it.

Have a great weekend and Happy Valentine's Day! hugs, Linda

mary said...

What a beautiful, feminine space you have made for yourself! I am still trying to decide how to use some spaces in our new house. You have inspired me to look at my bedroom and see what ideas hit me in the head :)

We are still praying for that precious Jase! Have a peaceful and joy-filled weekend sweet girl.

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

You have carved out a sweet little space for yourself! I actually have a small room, but I have so much stuff in here that it's not a pleasant area to be in for long periods of time! LOL! I'd fix that problem if I had more room to store things. Maybe one of these days.......

Maggie Ann said...

I'm glad to hear your son is doing well...and that the sun is shining again...so to speak. God is ever near to help us. I'm so glad...no matter what happens, his love makes us stronger than we would ever dream of being...I have found. Your work space is delightfully neat...mine is not ever neat if anything at all is in progress. When I cook, I dirty as many utensils as I can..unseemingly. Thankfully I am loved in spite of all my shortcomings! I just wanted to come by and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day! I don't blog every day...its so addictive..don't you know...grin.

Karen said...

What a cozy place for online visiting and for sewing, surrounded by keepsakes with special memories! I will picture you there :) Like you, I keep fabrics and projects out where I can see them. Not only do I feel happy when I look at them, but I see new possibilities.

Deb said...

Lea, I just heard about Jase, over at Cora's. I'm praying that all is well and for your family. Deb

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Your post always make me feel so good. When I see where you visit from and all the good that you do is not such a big space, I am amazed. You are amazing.

I hope you have had a very happy Valentine's Day, Lea. connie

Beemoosie said...

What a beautiful space! Hope your Valentine's weekend is lovely!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Happy valentine's day...m.

Granny's Closet said...

I really love your ladder. that is a great idea..I am giong to have to keep my eyes open for something like that or have my husband make me one.

Rose Mary said...

What a special place to work and visit. I love the way you've surrounded yourself with things that you love!

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Love your special spot Lea, so cozy! I too would of walked that ladder home no matter how far, it's great! Enjoy your week and your special space!

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Just love your "creative space"! Enjoy yourself! blessings,Kathleen

Farmgirl said...

I just ran across your blog and have to say it is one of the loveliest spots I have ever visited. The background, cozy/homey pictures and especially the music....all work together for a nice relaxing, peaceful visit. It was so peaceful, I did not want to leave!! Thank you for a beautiful blog. Janice

Linda said...

I always find it so amusing that we go to great lengths to make our homes look 'old fashioned' or 'prim' (myself included) and then, in the middle of the beautiful old writing desk -adorned with lace and doilies and old books- is that big, black computer screen and keyboard.. *lol*

They should really figure out something to disguise them when not in use ;)

Greetings from the netherlands!