Saturday, July 12, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

This is my third year participating in Karen Valentine's "Where Bloggers Create" blog party over at My Desert Cottage.  I love looking at everyone's creative space and hope you take a minute to browse through my sewing studio.

This is the room where I spend most of my days and (sometimes) evenings!  It's where I create my custom designed personalized baby blankets for my business Sun 7 Designs.  I hope you enjoy taking a tour of my favourite room in the house.

This is the machine that I use to sew the blankets together.  It's a heavy duty Mega Quilter and I couldn't survive without it.
 I love receiving thank you cards from my customers and keep every single one on display!

My aqua Ikea cart that holds all my packaging and shipping supplies.
I keep my winning ribbons displayed in a shadow box frame on my wall.  I'm proud of what I have accomplished!
 I have three embroidery machines and, on a busy day, all of them are humming at once!  Love having my TV on and catching up with daytime television - ALL DAY!
My printer's tray on the wall holds a few of the hundreds of thread colours that I have for sewing.
Embroidery threads are in two storage cases kept in the cupboard.
 This is my newest and most favourite machine.  6 Needle Embroidery Machine!  I use an Ikea CD tower to store all my fat quarters which I use for my owl's wings and fabric teething toys.  I love having such a great selection.  And these buttons are my favourite - purchased last month from Ikea.
I love buttons and have these ones hanging above the painted threaded needle on the wall.

My sewing table is my pride and joy and was custom made for me many years ago by my dear father-in-law.
 I'm a big collector of mannequins and have several displayed all over my studio.  I recently recovered the one in the corner in alphabet burlap and added a few trinkets to her.
Love the cute camera necklace hanging from her.

All my trinkets and treasures on display along the top wall shelves.  I collect vintage sewing treasures and I'm always on the hunt for a new addition to my collection.
I found this shopping cart on wheels at a local garage sale this summer and have plans to make a fabric liner for it and store some of my 38 colours of Minkee fabric in there.
38 Colours of Minkee stored in 3 X-large Rubbermaid containers and on bolts.
My daughter bought me this adorable bicycle bin and I use it to store my Minkee fabric ends.  These remnants will eventually turn into stuffed Owls and Scottie Dogs.
I have 8 of these cubby holes where I store all my cotton and supplies for my burp pads, teething toys and car seat canopies.  Notice my cute "owl" containers holding my teething toy rings!
Ribbon for making my Softie (Taggie) Blankets.

My doll pram is one of my treasures.  I have used it as a display at trade shows and am saving it for a future grand daughter to play with.  I have a bit of an addiction to prams and have 4 of them, including a real Silver Cross that I used when my children were babies.
A vintage miniature doll crib that I got at an antique store on our way to Phoenix last year.  It's adorable and in beautiful condition.  And below that, my collection of old wooden spools.
The inside of the closet.  Never seems to be enough room, but I try and keep it organized.... Being so busy, I need to know where everything is.

Thanks for taking the time to stroll through my studio with me.  If you would like to follow my blog and leave me a comment your name will be entered into the draw for a $25 credit to my store.  If you "like" me on Facebook I will give you an extra entry into the draw.  Thanks and good luck!

Sun 7 Designs creates custom designed personalized baby blankets and other baby products in Calgary AB Canada and ships worldwide.  All items are handmade by me and are all customizable to coordinate with your baby's nursery or theme.

So now, re-fill your coffee and take some time to look through all the other studios on Karen's link-up page and leave them some love as well.  


Anonymous said...

Love it all, especially the dress forms. This is the third time I've seen that aqua cart in less than a week, first spotted at IKEA. I think it's time to bring it home. ;)
Thank you for sharing.

carrie shepherd said...

Love your work, wish I could buy everything you post

Kat W said...

Hi there, following you now, your crafting space is just gorgeous and all your machines at hand WOW that is neat! I wish I wish! I will be forever organizing but that is just how it is anyway :) thanks for sharing, I got so many neat ideas from your space :) love all the Ikea stuff, we do not have one here in NV :( hugs kat =^.^=

Susan Smith said...

Your space actually inspired me to take my drab office and turn it into a place I love working in (full of owl decor, naturally) :-)

Sandra Kaye said...

Gotta love those Ikea carts!!! I have 3:):) Thanks for sharing your space...I'm a quilter love seeing sewing spaces:):)

Maggie Dory said...

What an awesome creative space!

Karen Valentine said...

Hi Valery!! So nice to see your studio again!! Thank you so much for joining the party and inspiring others!!!

Grantham Lynn said...

Very nice studio. You do beautiful work! I enjoyed visiting.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great studio, Valery! The blankets you create are just beautiful. I am going to have to pop over to your store before I leave. I am seeing that Ikea cart quite a bit on the tours and am thinking I may have to get one myself. It seems to be coming in quite handy for a lot of different tasks.

Love the buttons on the wall! I just found a craft place online where I bought different size wood ones and painted them to go with my creative space. They are a new addition to my space for this year's tour! : )

Maureen Hayes said...

What a fantastic sewing room! I can see how you get so much done, you are super organized. I adore owls so I was drooling as you showed some of your work. I love how you have mixed the new and the vintage and made it all work seamlessly (pun intended) together!

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

Love it all! What a wonderful space to create in. Your needle and button wall is so charming ♥

Conny said...

Wow!! You have a beautiful work space!!

Conny said...

Wow!! You have a beautiful work space!!

Art and Sand said...

I laugh at how many of us have that aqua IKEA cart this year. I had one last year, but didn't show it.

Your space is wonderful for creativity.

Janet Greer said...

I love your studio and you sure have the equipment. I love the buttons and the needle art on the wall, so appropriate for your studio. Thank you for inviting us in. I am Janet from Graceful Rose.

Maureen said...

What a great space to sew! Wow, those machines are awesome. Love the winning ribbons, the mannequins, the pram. Thank you for sharing your room with us!

Stephanie Rees said...

Following your blog and Facebook! We received a blanket at a baby shower back in May and absolutely love it!!!

Jennifer LaVite said...

Love your dress forms! You have a wonderful creative space. I enjoyed seeing your sewing machines too.