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New Year, New Digs!

Wow! Where did the time go? You’d think being locked down, isolated in our homes the time would drag, but it’s been anything but for us. I took a break over the holidays, however, after a quiet Christmas and New Year I’m back at it, transforming our home.

The first thing I wanted to tackle in the new year was moving my creating area out of our spare bedroom and into the beautiful new space I created while updating our family room.

The spare room had become a dumping ground for everything that didn’t have a home while we worked on the other rooms, so it was really hard to even think of sewing or creating in there.

In my new space, I wanted to make sure it was bright and open with an efficient use of space. I had to be sure, however, that it wasn’t going to be just a dumping ground and that I could keep it tidy easily as it is part of our family room.

There are a few architectural issues to work around as well. Our home is a split level. There is a bulkhead jutting out into the space which is a bit awkward (it’s the bottom of the closet in our front entrance). Fortunately, there were pot lights already installed on the underside of this bulkhead which made it the perfect space for my desk.

Keeping with my challenge, I bought no new furniture for the space. I moved my existing bookcase from the spare room and modified it to fit the bolts of fabric. I repurposed an old desk we already had there and softened it with a feminine, vintage chair. A friend donated the light fixture, which is perfect in the space. As a bonus, I now have a cutting/pinning table thanks to an old card table we’ve been storing and had planned to get rid of.

Tada!

I’ve been sewing up a storm in my new space. I love it!

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Painting Palooza

So I thought I should show the finished bathroom, for those of you holding your breath. Before the “big reveal”, though, I thought I’d also update you on my painting progress.

For the moment, painting has moved outside until the carpet is installed in the family room. There is movement there, however, it’s happening in small steps so as not to exhaust the bearded guy … and possibly risk our marriage.

I just finished coat #2 on the backyard shed trim and I’m praying it doesn’t rain before it has time to dry. It’s not picture worthy (it’s just a shed) but it got me thinking about how important prep is. I cannot stress enough how much of a difference it makes to your finished product. In addition to scraping the loose flakes off I sanded … and sanded and sanded. The sander removed paint, dirt and mold/moss growing on the bottom of the doors. That is what eventually will cause the rot. Where ever that stuff is is where the wood is getting wet. Getting it off will allow the paint to adhere and help seal the water out.

I must say, the trim looks pretty decent considering how old it is.

So, my tip today is to invest in a good sander. (Doesn’t have to be big. I just have a little mouse sander.) You’ll be happy you did.

Ok … back to the bathroom. (drum roll)

Here’s my mood board/inspiration board:

And a reminder of the old:

And now … with the new paint and a good decluttering:

TADA!

Side by side view:

It’s clean and fresh and I just love it! Whether you do or not, I hope it inspires you.

Enjoy!

Baby

The Challenge!

Here’s the challenge I gave myself:  Transform my home without any structural or flooring changes. In addition, I have to work with the main pieces of furniture I currently have with a goal to reducing rather than increasing the items in my home.

It seems very daunting, right?  And in this current time when I can’t go shopping for fabric or wallpaper I’m doing a lot of searching on the net and hoping what I order is actually what it appears to be on my screen.  So far … so good!

Things had been going pretty well to plan until the Bearded Guy got called back to work before the carpet could be installed in the family room (we already had the carpet from a pervious house).  So … this is where those contingency plans I spoke about last month come in handy.

My original plan had me finishing a room at a time and posting chronologically.  Plan B is still to post as I complete a project, however, it won’t be so logical as I’m bouncing around the house with a “course of least resistance” approach.  So.  I’ll try to post regularly and share the successes and the failures (even if they are epic).  And, hopefully, we’ll have some fun along the way.

Wish me luck!

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Hello!

HELLO!

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… and welcome to Sing Little Sparrow. I bet you are wondering what Sing Little Sparrow is all about.

For starters, it is a business where I sell handmade baby quilts and accessories. I started making the quilts for gifts and soon had people asking for them so it seemed like something I could sell. I have added other items like bibs, burp cloths and change pads to create complete layettes.

This blog, I hope, will have lots of beautiful things to inspire others as well as myself. The beauty in nature is what inspires my creations and I want to express some of that here as well as just give thanks for the things    God has brought my way.

007One of the people I am most thankful for and the inspiration for the name Sing Little Sparrow is my mom. I remember every Christmas as a kid having something handmade by mom. One year she made each of us a Winnie the Pooh character. I still have my Eeyore. She taught me to sew when I was about 12. My mom has been gone for almost 8 years. She struggled with MS for 33 years. Near the end, when she was confined to her bed, she loved to watch the sparrows outside her window. She held on to the promise that if God cared about these plain, little birds He cared even more about her. She drew her courage from that. And so every time I hear a sparrow’s sweet song it reminds me of my mom.

I’m thankful for what my mom has given me. She is still my inspiration and when I am afraid of taking a new step I always think of her and her courage. And I am thankful for all the wonderful, inspiring people I have met so far. I hope to meet you soon too!

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