Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Show and Tell: My New Office!

It's Show and Tell day over at Kelli's House, and after weeks of blogging about my office/sewing room in progress, I'm finally proclaiming it finished. This project has come a long way, so for Show and Tell today, some pictures of my new room...

The view, as you walk into the room:

The "office" area:

The "sewing" area:

And where the two worlds collide, writing books meet quilting fabric:

I'm sure there will be more little decorative touches to come, but here are a few items that just had to be in here right from the start. I made this mini-quilt to cover up the big hole in the back of my Freecycle desk:

Wall space is at a premium in this room, but every office needs a few certificates on the wall. Here is my diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature, and my sixth-place award for a children's story entered in the 2001 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Wow... has it really been that long?

This little writer bear was a spontaneous dollar-store purchase, but I just love him, with his little typewriter and that big stack of finished pages. He's an inspiration!

And of course, every desk needs a family photo. The frame was a gift from a "secret friend":

The one and only remaining bit of wall space displays this photo by Angela Giles Klocke. Angela is a fantastic writer and photographer, and when she offered this photo as a giveaway on her blog, I thought it would be the perfect touch for my office. How thrilled was I when I found I had won?! The text reads, "Success Doesn't Wait - Grab a Pencil and Get Started!" It's the first thing I see when I walk into the room, so hopefully my conscience will get the message. (By the way, she's giving away a different, poster-size print soon, so go check out her blog!)

Incidentally, Angela gave me my start in freelancing years ago. As publisher of "The Writing Parent," she was the first to pay me for a piece of writing. And though we've never met in person, I consider her a dear friend - and an inspiration.

My friend, Leween, made me this embroidered "UFO Queen," after I went through a particularly prolific period of finishing UFO quilts. What a great surprise that was! She definitely has a place of honor in my new sewing room. ;o)

So there you have the grand tour! I consider it a small miracle that I managed to squeeze all of my stuff into this little 9 x 10 foot room. Hopefully having everything organized and in one place will motivate and inspire me to do great things this year. ;o)


It's All Good! said...

Hi, happy Show & Tell. I especially like your quilt idea on the desk. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day!

Penless Thoughts said...

This was a great tour and job!!! I love all you were able to squeeze into it and make it so especially yours.

Angela Giles Klocke said...

It looks great, and thank you for the linky love! You made that print look great!

Crystal said...

Wonderful space to create! I still need to make my office/art studio into a useful space myself.

Constance said...

Great job! I think atmosphere has a lot to do with motivation and inspiration! Of course now you won't have any excuses! Tee-hee! Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Your family is going to be lucky if they can get you to leave your new room! It looks so inviting and motivating!

MammyT said...

What a wonderful space you've created for yourself. What a blessing. I appreciate all the little details you shared.

nannykim said...

Wow, can't believe you got that all in the small office space. I love the window area the best!!

Inland Empire Girl said...

Thanks for the show and tell. What a inspirational room. I better rethink the mess I have in my "writing/craft" room. I have been inspired!

Folded Wings said...

I still can't believe how you have managed to get all the stuff into that room! Well done! thanks for sharing. I love the little bear with the typewriter

Jewelgirl said...

Fabulous Job! Now you can come
to my house and organize. The bear
is so cute!

Rick Rack Attack said...

Love the typing bear! My kids saw one the other day & did not know what it was!!

Stop on by for a visit at Made some Kiss Me I'm Irish Beef & Cabbage yesterday & posted the recipe. Come on over, I'll fix you a plate!

P.S. Can you come organize my office?!

Barbara H. said...

How inspirational! I hope to have a room like that one day -- but I need to wait til the nest empties, and I am in no hurry for that!!! I especially love the little quilted piece.

Jean said...

Love your room Heather. My only worry is, where is the sewing machine?????

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic room!

With friendship,