1/17/2011

"The Barn"

When we bought the farm in 1980 this room in the barn had all the milking stalls and a drain along the floor... It is quite large (about 12'x30') and when the nursery was running it was a work room in the winter and a tea room/gift shop in the summer with enough room for workshops during the week... Once we closed I turned it into a full time sewing area...making garden smocks, aprons, etc. which I sold at garden shows... I finally got tired of bending over sewing machines and quit.

Unfortunately I didn't quit checking the yardage at thrift stores and kept hauling it home and piling in this room with the plan to make totes and purses someday.. This is what it looked like yesterday... and my neighbor "Super Woman" Liz came and helped me today.

We got all the fabric folded and sorted on the rolling racks and actually found the cutting table. One rack has tapestries, one has cottons and one has home decor fabrics...

Even though we're having a January thaw, the wind was blowing and we needed the big propane heater. It's not the best place to sew as it is most often too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer...impossible to keep clean and of course, there's the mice...

But the light is incredible... and it is surrounded with old-fashioned rose bushes.

I need to replace the old wood stove with some other kind of heater.
Tomorrow we'll tackle this end of the room not seen in the tidy photo... it is where there are 5 sewing machines, ironing board and another big rolling rack... all buried in fabric.. Liz went home with lots of goodies.... If the weather holds and I can manage one more day this week it will be to tackle the long wall with all the shelves and bins.. If not I can live with what we got done...

I'm hoping the weather will be such that Cathy and I can work on projects out there in February... with lots of light and lots of gourmet coffee...

5 comments:

Pearl said...

This looks like a sewing pickers dream! Lots of work but it looks like you have made a lot of head way. Have fun!

Lisa said...

Oh my! What a fun big space to work in! All those windows and wonderful light... and roses too? Wonderful! How great to have a neighbor willing to help you out with a big project like that!

Cathy K said...

Oh my! I bet you two had fun today. Yes, FUN, admit it! I can’t wait to see it in person. Oh, to be sitting out there now stitching and drinking coffee together! I am SO looking forward to it! Hugs, Cathy

Marty52 said...

A veritable treasure trove! Congrats on getting a good start on it.

Plays with Needles said...

Oh MY!!! I have dreams of you converting that wonderful, well-lit space and we'll all come for a Gerry Retreat for quiet reflection and stitching...what a wonderful table...and congrats on going through the fabric. Liz rocks! Plus I can't believe she has on a tank top so it must not be too cold out there. A few Cozies to sit on and you would stay toasty..can't DH take care of those mice ;)

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