Wednesday, 8 September 2010

The Dotty Red Studio

As a little girl I always wanted a studio, it didn't matter what kind, I went from the desire of having my very own dance studio (the Pineapple Dance Studio had a big impact on me in the eighties), an aerobics studio, a card making studio, an art studio.. and so the list went on.Then one day as a big girl my dream came true, I got my Studio!!!
My sewing studio, after years of sewing on the kitchen table and my sewing paraphernalia in boxes all over the place I finally got my own STUDIO. Well half a room at first as it was officially the playroom.
So I moved in a sewing table (my mother in laws old sewing table after she passed away, a table with some family history) I put all my threads on a rack (kindly given to me my my sewing buddy Caroline) and away I went...
Only I was really uncomfortable calling it a studio. I felt it sounded pretentious, the word sat uncomfortably with me. Even when the children no longer needed an allocated room just to play in and store their toys, even when I took over the whole of the room and moved my fabric and yarn stash out of boxes into a lovely display cabinet, I was still unable to call it my studio.
So the sewing room it became. Yes, I know from a business point of view the word studio sounds so much more professional and implies a great work environment, I still call it my sewing room. My children however still call it their playroom. Only they don't play with wooden train track or build Lego-the little one now pulls the fabric out of the cupboard or stacks up the yarn balls whilst playing tiddly winks with my button stash. As for the older one he is more likely to be found with his laptop perched on the side of my sewing table showing me the latest game or a little movie he has just put together. Most importantly its still a room we all enjoy, a room that feels like a place my family can gather in, a space with the things we love in.
Its funny how things evolve organically, I remember this home when it was being built each bare room open to my own interpretation of what it could be made into, a true blank canvas. I remember being told by the Estate Agent that this was the Dinning Room, in my heart then I remember thinking...what a great studio space...

11 comments:

hello gorgeous said...

I love it when wishes come true...and how we have to "adapt" them when we get them :o)

My dream of a studio has only really manifested itself over the last 6 months....but oh how I wish for one....*sigh*

{check out my blog as I have posted my wish list for today - http://hellogorgeousdesign.blogspot.com} it relates to a studio ;o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx

Simone said...

I love your studio/sewing room. I have a craft/computer/junk room but would love to have a room of my own one day! x

Florrie said...

Love your sewing room, it's so colourful........I have a sewing room at the bottom of the garden but I can't move anything in there yet as it is unfinished........it's so frustrating.
florrie x

Susie said...

looks like a great sewing room. I call my space which is a converted garage my sewing room, somehow feels more comfortable than a studio!

Fiona said...

I do have a studio/sewing room but can't bring myself to call it either so it remains 'the extension' whenever I describe it to anyone.

Thimbleanna said...

What a wonderful place to create. I feel the same way as you about calling something a studio -- I feel like it sounds like someone is just trying too hard. So, a sewing room it is. And a sewing room it will always be!

Locket Pocket said...

How lovely! Lucy x

periwinkle said...

I think any space that you can call your own is just awesome --- can you tell I haven't got any and am quite envious of your lovely room :-)

marit said...

Love your sewingroom! I have a sewingroom too, we built a new house 5 years ago, and I got a room for sewing and other crafts- love it! I wouldn't call it a studio though...

Tracy said...

LOVE your creative space, Suzie... I Seldom use the word studio either.. it sounds a bit too much, too big... And my work room is VERY tiny space...LOL! Having a space of one's own, no matter how small or large, is good for dream growing. Thanks for sharing yours. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

French Knots said...

To be able to leave your sewing out is such a boon, no need to scramble to clear the table when it's time for tea. I call my little room the sewing room as studio just doesn't sound like me.xx