Tuesday, March 4, 2014

My little corner

Thank you for the wonderful comments on my last post. I appreciate your thoughts on my stress and anxiety, and your suggestions about dealing with them. I'm okay, I just let worries pile up sometimes and it's hard to get out from under. Thank you also for the advice and suggestions about our upcoming child-free trip to San Francisco! We're making plans now, and we're excited for our little getaway. Welcome, new readers and followers! I'm happy you're here.

Last week, I shared the pompom garland I made to decorate the shelf above my little workspace area in our home office. I've been really happy with the way it looks; it brightened up the space and added a whimsical touch. I'm fairly timid where color is concerned, preferring light colors for most decor, but I'm starting to embrace brighter or richer colors around the house. My workspace has been taking shape over the past six months; we bought a desk in September and I've been making the space my own little by little. It's small, but I'm finding ways to personalize it and I think it's coming together nicely.


It's difficult to photograph my corner because the room is small and the window creates a glare. I won't even get into that cluttered bookcase. I should say the window gives wonderful light for working at my desk, and photographing things with the plain white desk as a backdrop. I'm thankful for the light. But it's not easy to photograph the corner itself. The Bear's desk is in the foreground, you can just see his desk chair. We're back to back, a couple of feet apart when we're both using our desks. It's slightly cramped, but not too bad because we're sort of staggered; he's about two feet away from the window, whereas I'm right next to it. This arrangement reminds me of my freshman-year dorm in college; my roommate and I had our desks back-to-back in front of the window. We lived in an long, narrow room in a 19th-century building, with a tall sash window at the end of the room. My desk was in the same orientation as it is now. We had an old-fashioned steam radiator under the window, and the first time it came on that fall, we got sprayed with hot water and steam while working at our desks. We had no idea how to operate that contraption but we learned our lesson quickly. Thankfully, there will be no steam burns while working at my current desk.


I've got half a bookshelf all to myself. Hey, it's something. I'm keeping pertinent crafty books on the shelf, so that they are in easy reach when I'm at my desk. It's nice to have them all in one place.


I've also got a little space on the tippy-top of the bookcase, where I'm keeping this new photo box. I bought it to hold my card-making supplies. It's a really nice box, very sturdy with metal handles. I found it at Hancock Fabrics, on sale for 40% off the regular price. I think they sell similar ones at Hobby Lobby too. I've also got a smaller tin on top, good for buttons and other sewing notions.


I just love the design on the box. It matches the tin really well! The tin is from Cath Kidston, one of my birthday gifts this year; it came as a set with a smaller pink one, which I keep on the shelf over the desk. I'm such a sucker for these rosy designs. I always think I should be aiming for a more modern look in my decor, but I can't get enough of this stuff. That dorm room I mentioned? My bedding was mint green with pink roses all over. I had a crocheted afghan, which I bought at Goodwill, folded at the foot of the bed. My roommate had a plain hunter-green flannel duvet. She said I had a "little old lady bed," and I don't think she was joking. Hrmm. She's a pediatrician now; I hope she's nice to the kids.


Yep, plenty of room for the burgeoning washi tape collection and my stamps and ink pads. My cardstock and envelopes sit on top of the tape and stamping supplies. I really like having this box to hold everything; I'd been using a shoebox but I outgrew it. You'll be glad to know I saved the shoebox, and now I'm storing finished crocheted circles in there, to be made into squares with white borders later. Waste not, want not. You know, because shoeboxes are so incredibly hard to come by...


On the floor next to my desk, I have yarn collections for two different projects. The basket holds yarn for a throw I started making for my in-laws (which I'm not especially enjoying, so progress has been very slow) and the bag holds the yarns I'm using for my crocheted circles. My stash yarn is packed into large plastic bins on the other side of the room, easy to get to but also out of the way and nicely organized until I need it.


When I'm not perfecting the arrangement of items near my desk, I'm busily cutting 2.5-inch squares from my 1930's reproduction jelly rolls and other stash fabric. I have a plan for the squares - several different plans, actually - though I haven't begun to execute any of them yet (aside from the cutting). I'm going to make a patchwork seat cushion for myself with some of them, because...


I finally found an old wooden chair to fix up for myself. I can't sew at the desk while sitting in the office chair I currently use. It's too low and the angle is weird for sewing. I'd been on the lookout for a kitchen-type chair since last fall when I got the desk but wasn't having much luck. They were either really rickety or beat-up, or they were very nice and therefore quite expensive. We found this one at a yard sale being held in a church parking lot a few weeks ago. They were asking $15 and we bargained down to $10. It's very sturdy and the wood is in good shape. My plan is to clean it well and then paint it. I'm hoping to use some pale aqua paint we already have from another project. I think the color will look pretty in my desk area. With the eventual patchwork cushion, I'm envisioning a cute, vintage-y look.


I'm excited about my space! I think it will be fun to fix up a piece of furniture just for me, and continue adding personal touches to my little workspace. Someday, I'll have my pick of bedrooms to use as crafting/office space, but for now, I'm making do. Mostly, I'm very happy. I can get to my books and my crafting supplies, I can sit quietly at my own little desk and read or write, I can look out the window and daydream. I have a great view of the roadrunners, especially when they swoop down from the vigas into the courtyard. It's warm in the window on cold days and I always have excellent light, even when it's cloudy outside. When I got the desk, I thought a lot about how far I'd come, just having my own little space and also for taking it for myself, if that makes sense. I'm so glad to have a place just for me.

55 comments:

  1. Hey Jennifer,
    It must be lovely to have a corner all to yourself with all your things around you. It must make for lots of creative inspiration. There was a corner of the conservatory that used to be my space. I'd sit there when I was studying for my counselling diploma, and also when I was writing my journal and stories. Olly now has the conservatory as his playroom, and I no longer have a little space of my own. I don't mind. I guess the greenhouse is my space too....I do love these kind of posts. I feel I know you a little more every time. And what a score with the chair! I can't wait to see it painted. I'm sure it will look gorgeous.
    Leanne xx

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  2. Love your little corner Jennifer. Enjoy it and also enjoy the fact that you can't have a room all to yourself right now (meaning you have little ones around). I waited over 30 years for a room of my own and I love it now. But I also loved the earlier times of childhood. I can totally see what that beautiful chair will look like all painted and dressed in a patchwork cushion. Way to go for a bargain!

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  3. I'd love a little corner all to myself :D I've got under the bed, a bookcase in my bedroom and the inside of a footstool!

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  4. Nothing like a space just for you!! It is wonderful pal! I love that chair you found! And all of your pieces tucked into pretty boxes! I would say this is a great place to make, think and be!! I'm happy that you have a space for you!!! Nicole xoxo

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  5. Hi Jennifer, your little corner there is looking good, I love the CK florals and the bright pops of colour, I think your chair will look mighty fine and fit in well when you've made it over, i'm looking forward to seeing that! Enjoy your wee space! x

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  6. Hi Jennifer. Isn't it great to have a little space to yourself? I can't wait to reclaim some room to call my own! At the moment, I have an armchair.... I am almost hyperventilating at the sight of the little 1930s fabric square, just beautiful and oh so exiting. I can't wait to see the quilt. It is lovely to get to know you better and better. Cx

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  7. Hi, Your making you're little space so cosy and girlie too, I love the rosie box so I'm obviously a old granny too and proud of it ! the paint for the chair sounds lovely. I wish I was as organised as you. Have a great week
    Clare xx

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  8. What a lovely work space. I'm very envious, I have to use the dining table so I need to clear up all the time. Some nice books on your shelf, I've looked at the crochet flowers one, it looks great. That chair's a really good find, and a great bargain as well I think. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

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  9. Love your little corner, must take a pic of my messy room area where we both have computers as
    well as my sewing lol

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  10. It's been so lovely seeing all your special things Jennifer, and watching your little corner being established just the way you want it! Your chair is going to be beautiful when you have given it its face-lift, and I'm so looking forward to seeing it and your sweet fabric squares all sewn up into another beautiful creation!
    Joy x

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  11. Great little chair , I am thinking it will look beautiful in aqua
    with the patchwork cushion
    ~ can't wait to see it !

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  12. I like your space! It's very cheery and looks like a perfect spot for creativity to bloom.

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  13. it is so great to have your own space and love that garland.

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  14. I'm glad that you are enjoying making your own space for yourself and that you have your new chair project to work on. I know what you mean about having the right chair to sit in to work, I can't bear sitting on an office chair for sewing and things like that. Keep going with what you are doing and you will get there! xx

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  15. I love your corner! I know how hard it is to find room just for yourself when you have little ones, but it looks like you created the perfect little niche. You found a beautiful chair. Can't wait to see if after it's painted. I think the pale aqua will be gorgeous on this type of chair.

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  16. What a lovely little corner. -I'm a collector of washi tape, stamps, and a whole lot of card stock. It's nice having those handy. I absolutely love shopping at Hobby Lobby. Okay I'm probably a sucker for all craft stores.-haha.

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  17. I think it's important to have our own personal space where we can go and do our own thing. My space is small too but thats ok with me. Have fun personalizing your little corner.

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  18. Very sweet space Jennifer, and it's all yours! I was using the dining room table for crafting, and it was so frustrating getting everything out then having to put it all away. Sometimes it defeated me and I didn't even bother to craft. Last fall I moved into hubby's space, which we now share, minus his woodworking tools which were move I to the new garage. Long story, lol, but I love my imperfect space and think it is important for all of us to have "our space".

    Your washi tape box and tin are so pretty. Bet your old lady afghan cheered up your dull dorm room too. :) The snow plow came down our road this morning, so I got myself to the post office. Your package has a long way to travel, but at least it is on the way!

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  19. I like your floral leanings.. thing is, we all need to follow our muse when decorating.. we all have a different way to "feather our nest". The most beautiful spaces aren't the ones that are someone else's idea of what's pretty.. but one decorated from the heart. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. Nice to have a little area to tuck into an do your thing. I like that it's near a bright window. And,that washi tape collection.. love! it!

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  21. And you can stencil a few pink roses on the chair's top rail.... :)

    I like the little pops of colour in your work area. And there's nothing better than natural light coming over the right shoulder!

    It's so nice to have a corner of one's own.

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  22. Even your place is small you have provided place for all the works to be done. Your garland looks so colorful.Wooden chairs looks awesome!!

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  23. Thanks for letting us enjoy your cosy little corner, Jennifer. It looks like a wonderful spot for creative ideas to brew...and to watch road runners...exciting! As I am typing to you there is a boisterous froggy chorus coming from our ponds. It is amazing, distracting and a sure sign Spring is coming :) Wishing you happy days! xx

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  24. What a nice space. I've been dreaming of my own home office!

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  25. It's lovely having some space to yourself, in the next couple of months I'm having the landing as my crafty area. As I live in a male dominated household the boys/men will have to walk through a vision of craftiness on their way to the bathroom each morning!

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  26. I love your space, it looks perfect to me and those pompoms look so colourful, a bright cheery garland to greet you each time you sit down I think your old chair looks as though it needs a crochet cushion?
    Happy hooking!!
    Chris x

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  27. You've really put your own stamp on your space. It's such a lovely corner filled with all sorts of pretties, I love it.

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  28. I love your space! I have my own little space too, with three males in the house it's essential that I have a place of my own :) I love fixing up old chairs and furniture, that is what I have done with almost everything in our house. Everything either came from the second hand store or friends and then I re-did them with paint etc. Use spray paint for the chair, so much easier than hand painting and takes only 15 minutes :) I bet your chair will look awesome once you have added your artistic touch!

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  29. What a great little space. If it gets bigger it just becomes another stress so that is perfect. Those squares are just wonderful, what pretty patterns and rich colours, looking forward to seeing that. Jo x

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  30. I love your cozy corner! And the shelf above your desk is darling with the colorful garland. I love it all! Enjoy your day!

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  31. Looks like an inviting space! I was just saying this too, I wish I had one spot to keep my stuff out

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  32. Ah, a corner all of your own! Fabulous. I love the way you filled it with all your favourite and most necessary things, it's very you. That chair was a great find, it will look beautiful when you've refurbished it. x

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  33. A little corner to call your own is important, Jennifer and I'm glad you've found yours. Just being surrounded by your treasures must help foster the creative spirit. And I LOVE your chair - a real find. :-)

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  34. It's a lovely little space Jennifer, it's lovely to have a little corner to call your own. I love your chair too, can't wait to see what you are going to do with it. :)

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  35. It's so lovely to have a space of your own, I now have 'the pick of bedrooms' but when my children were small I worked in the kitchen after they had gone to bed. It had a good table but such a bother to put everything away each night. Your experiments with colour are very pretty, I'm sure you will get bolder as time progresses

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  36. Like Catherine I also have my own room since the children fled the nest. The trouble is the larger the room, the more you put in it and the messier it can get if you're not careful. I also have a box with all my washi tapes, stamps and inks sitting nearby. Love this post Jennifer and might do something on a similar line if you don't mind. Have a good rest of the week.
    Patricia x

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  37. Cute, cute garland, and your new space is perfect and I love that it is right by the window! Enjoy!
    Jemma

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  38. What a lovely space and lovely with all your special things and finds.

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  39. A very colourful and cheery looking pompom garland indeed! I love the owl on the shelf too! A lovely post with great pictures. Have a wonderful trip!!

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  40. Your college dorm bed linen sounds perfect to this Cath Kidston fan; we would have made ideal roommates! Like you, I just can't get enough of these charming motifs and almost always surrender to their nostalgic sweetness. Your little corner is lovely, Jennifer, as it contains everything that you love, and soon enough, that beautiful chair will be the best seat in the house!

    Poppy

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  41. Your little crafty space is looking great! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with that chair. Love the colour of the yarn in the last photo.
    Marianne x

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  42. I really like the way you both work in the same space ... it's lovely having a studio all to myself but it gets lonely in their sometimes!

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  43. You make the most of your corner, it is pretty and cozy and happy - no small feat, I know! I like how you have things so organised, I too hope to claim a bedroom upstairs as my own space one day. Oh, and yet again you bring fun memories flooding back: your dorm room reference had me instantly remembering my first year, all my pretty pink things I know drove my very plaid-flannel roommate nuts! Too bad we weren't at the same college... ;-) Chrissie x

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  44. You have the most wonderful little corner and very well organized. We all need our little spaces. Hugs Judy

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  45. I love your little nook! The pompom garland is so pretty, it must make you smile every time you sit there? I know it would me! That chair is a great bargain, I saw one similar in a magazine for £200 the other day, can you believe it? ! I have 2 wooden chairs from my childhood that have been just about every colour under the sun during my lifetime. They're currently white which is quite radical for me! ;) Your's is going to look amazing.
    Jess xx

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  46. Your workspace is looking so cheery! I am still catching up on blog reading after being away last week. I'm sorry you have been feeling stressed. Worry is like pain. Once it gets on top of you it's hard to get under control again. I tend to be a bit of a worrier myself, so I know how awful it can be when it takes hold. Hugs to you Jennifer!

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  47. It is a fabulous little space. I love the tin on top of the box, it reminds me of my home and always reminds me of the weasley house, maybe because of the descriptions in the books. I also have a few baskets that contain the current load of WIPs, yours are much tidier though, mine are scattered everywhere. I love your dorm tale about the radiator, it made me think of Beaches with Bette Midler when their heating plays up. I hope you are feeling much better and your anxiety it ebbing, it is absolutely awful. As a fellow sufferer it can make life a nightmare at times. Big hugs xxx

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  48. A nice room where you desk is situated.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  49. You so deserve a space for yourself. Although I'm a little jealous of your washi tape collection!!! ;0) Take care, J9 x

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  50. Love your little corner. Your plans for the chair sound perfect, I'm particularly fond of the idea of the 1930's patchwork cushion:)

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  51. I so enjoyed seeing your little corner, it is pretty and cosy and so nicely organised. The chair will be the perfect addition, painted in your aqua paint and with a pretty patchwork cushion! I too love rosy patterns and always have.....and looks like I always will now!
    Wishing you a happy weekend!
    Helen xox

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  52. I LOVE your corner - your special place - we should all have one, no matter how big or small (although personally I think smaller is better!) you've decorated it beautifully - the pompom garland is gorgeous and I'm in love with all things Cath Kidson!
    Mary x

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  53. That is such a sweet little corner you have created for yourself, Jennifer. I really think every women needs to have a special little place. It's good for the mind and spirit, and for our sanity sometimes!

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  54. Such a lovely corner and one that you have made so pretty. I think we all need our little space for the thing we love most xoxo

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