Saturday, October 12, 2013

I GIVE UP! I'm moving back across the street!

Actually that's not the case but I did say that to my husband just to get a reaction. Hee hee. I know dangerous but really he knew I was joking. It occurred to me that I really missed sewing, knitting and other crafts but I really didn't have a place to do them. There is definitely no room in our house and unlikely ever will be. My mom on the other hand lives across the street.  We lost my dad a month ago 8 days before his 98th birthday and several times when I was over recently I could tell she was happy for the company. She he's alone in this 3 bedroom ranch with a den as well. Rylie has a room of her own. So I asked last night if I could have a room. She had already converted my room to a guest room and her morning devotional room. So she said you can't have your room back but you can have the den. I was pretty sure that was the room I'd get since it was my dad's hangout and she hadn't had a chance to take it over yet. I figured this would be a great way to bring something new to the space and have a reason to hang out over there so she doesn't get too lonely.

So first I have to remove a bunch of stuff that doesn't work anymore which includes a huge console TV and two "readers" for those with visual impairment. They are like personal overhead projectors and we never got them to work. They belonged to my Uncle Robert who had similar eye problems to my dad but by the time we got him my dad's vision was so far gone they wouldn't have helped and they needed work. So I figured I could take those to Rev. Richard Hanson to fix at the Church Mouse and the TV I guess will go to the curb. I need a new light fixture because there is no overhead lighting. And I think I have an extra light fixture I bought for going over the sink before I realized Pat intended to put in cans above it. I also spied another big 8 foot table at the office I might bring over to put the sewing machine and serger on. Or there was a small desk there as well. Now if I could just find my sewing machine pedal. I hope it's in one of our storage lockers because I can't find one cheaper than $70. Ame Nguyen also brought me her mom's (who passed a few years ago) old Kenmore sewing machine. But it's needing a bobbin case. Karen Korem gave me her recently her mom's serger. Her mom also passed in the last 6 weeks. So this space is really about bringing together stuff that came from those that passed before us and creating something special.

So it's not just a craft room, it's a coming together of a space and machines that belonged to people we loved and loved us and have left. I hope I can do it justice. Oh and I have no money for this project so I'm scrounging for as much stuff as I can. I just thought it's a B&B room, bequeathed and bestowed.

Wouldn't this be perfect?

Traditional Home Office by Phoenix General Contractors Meritage Homes

Since I can't afford however such lovely cabinets at this point this looks closer to reality.

Eclectic Kids

Looks like I could put a long shelf (tons of these at office) over a couple shelving units. Yes that ought to work for now!
And if I keep the couch over there after all I could put a big bulletin board (have one of those in office also) over it.
Eclectic Home Office by Philadelphia Interior Designers & Decorators Caitlin Wilson

So now to go measure the room, take before pictures and haul stuff out!
The Before...

I took 2 VCRs, 2 reading assistant magnifier thingy's, and all of Rylie's stuffed animals and tent out of the room. I'm going to get Pat or Joe help me move the BIG TV console out to curb tomorrow and move the couch possibly to the other wall. I'm hoping I can get my mom to move the file cabinets to another room or garage. I'd like to paint the room lilac I think. I'd really like to take that carpet up and put down a bamboo floor. Maybe if we have flooring left from basement? And I saw the perfect curtains today at TJ Maxx along with some pillows for the couch if it stays to tie it all together. I also saw some great furniture but I will likely stick with stuff I can peice together out of storage unit and storage at office. So now to play with the room layout on!

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