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  1. Not that I sew, but those old sewing machines are gorgeous. Love seeing how you rearranged your new space. I love shopping the house, too…I rearrange things all the time! I go down into my basement and see what goodies I can find that I have stashed away down there.

  2. Hi Brenda,

    I love everything that you did. Kudos to you for taking an ordinary little apartment and making it so warm, cozy and inviting. You have the touch for putting things together Those Featherweights are so sweet. At a recent fiber arts show I saw a booth selling them – quite pricey. I love the entire wall of “stuff”!

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting here tonight before going to bed looking at all your lovely things. Just amazing and simply charming. Nice job Brenda!

  4. I am jealous of your Featherweights. They are just as you described. They are all metal and can be used for many projects.

  5. Brenda your space looks fabulous! You have such a great eye for putting things together… I know gazing upon all these lovely treasures would be inspiring… the Featherweight sewing machines are still prized in the quilting community. In case you were wondering… the white one would bring anywhere from $400 to $700 in the current market like ebay or etsy. I hope you have many enjoyable hours playing with all the bits and bobs.

  6. Your office/craft space is amazing. I have a very small living room and have a hard time deciding how to decorate it. Nothing I do seems to turn out looking right. Your decorating ideas are wonderful. I love your Farm house/Country look. Some day I will find the right look.

    Love the pictures of Charlie and Ivy Lou. Charlie is so cute and sweet. Ivy seems to be always looking for something to get into.

    I hope you are feeling better now.
    Love reading your Blog everyday.

    Marilynn and Hayley

  7. Brenda, I could never get tired of looking at the things you use for decor in your home. It’s always just fascinating to me to see what others collect and form attachments to. Some of the things you like are ones that I like, too. Old photographs, Mason jars, flower art, pencils, paper of various kinds, odds and ends of fabric and lace and ribbon, vintage just about anything! I could go on and on. Anyway, post away, girl, I’ll have a ball looking!

    And I think it would be SO much fun to have you come and “shop my house” and rearrange it all! I think we would just have a fabulous time! But, alas, it’s a long trip from you there in the West to Michigan! So, I guess I’ll just have to channel your spirit and try to do it on my own. I would send you pictures but I haven’t been able to get most of my photos onto my computer because I am so technology-challenged! That is one of my goals for 2019–to get my tech-savvy daughter to help me learn what I need to do.

    Thanks for the fun post and love to you and the fur babies.

  8. Brenda, you out did yourself on This project! It is my favorite
    decorating of all???
    Oh, how I wish you would come and visit me. I’ll get you a ticket
    & have fun decorating.
    You will have a bed. Bring the
    little puppy Charlie & little miss
    Ivy Lou.

  9. I have never seen a featherweight sewing machine. I have an ancient portable Singer sewing machine in a domed wooden carrying case that I plan to display in my sewing room. I really like your very colorful arrangement of your supplies. It’s nice having things organized and within reach when working on projects.

  10. Everything looks fabulous, delightful, beautiful, wonderful, etc. Can you tell I love it? 🙂

  11. I love the way you decorate your small home. Mine is much too large. That sounds funny but it’s true. You need so MUCH stuff to have an impact. I don’t want any more stuff. Looking forward to downsizing. I’m not as talented as you but you give me great ideas!

  12. Love all the colors and the sewing items. I had a friend with a cat and she swallowed a pin or needle and had to have expensive surgery; so be careful. Your pets are just precious.

  13. I love the way you have arranged everything. Those sewing machines are beauties. The photos are precious. Thank You for sharing.

  14. Quilters still highly treasure and use Featherweights. They are excellent work horses for classes, smaller and less complicated than a lot of today’s electronic/computerized sewing machines.

  15. I love the blk featherweight Singer! It reminded me of the one my Mom had. I never liked to ask for things or for help and I finally did ask for it, it was too late. It was the sewing machine that I learned on.

    The McCall’s pattern of the aprons that you have on your corkboard, my Mom made a bunch of those when she was young. She just gave a few of them to me. ?

    I love the chicken pin cushion too! I have alot of chickens, roosters, cows, and pig crafts in my kitchen. If I get sick of them, then I just put them away for awhile. I’ll never get rid of them though.

    I just love your new space Brenda! That will get your creative juices flowing even more now!

  16. Brenda, I hope this cheerfully decorated area brings you a lot of satisfaction. Too often such work areas are tucked in a back room, but yours is in a place where you can enjoy working in it and then just enjoy looking at it when you are doing other things in the dining and living areas. I like seeing that geranium picture again — a real favorite of mine — and there are so many other delightful touches in different spots that are fun to seek out. You do have a way of arranging such things so that they don’t seem like clutter. Thank you for sharing this pleasant area with us.

  17. You did a great job love everything much better than having the TV there .
    I especially love the red .
    I also decorate with things I already have and pick up others at thrift stores .The fun is in the hunt .
    Hugs to your babies and you .

  18. Hi Brenda,
    I love how you surround yourself with things you love in your work space. Your office is full of color and charm. Love it. I love that I smile every time I go into my office area because it feels so great to be on the computer and blogging etc. in this space. I can see that for you too with your pretty space.

  19. That Singer sewing machine brings back memories. I still have my mother’s machine in its original cabinet and just have it in a corner in my dining room. You better not let Miss Ivy Lou spot that lacy glove, I can just see her now tearing down the hall and you in hot pursuit. How is little Charlie today? I too love mason jars because I’m a “visual” person, I need to see what I have or I will forget that I own something and go and buy a replacement (that always makes me so mad when that happens!). I love your decorating style Brenda. Have a lovely evening with the Charlie and Ivy Lou.

    Carol and Molly

  20. I absolutely LOVE the jar of unsharpened pencils!! Mine are stashed away in a drawer until I need one. Gorgeous pop of color and I might just steal the idea.
    Wonderful post today!

  21. This all looks so great what you did. Very inspiring. I hope you use the featherweights as they are gems to stitch with. I like to use a large bowl and put all my pincushions in it to view and admire their uniqueness.
    My planner has lists of books I hear about or need to check out when I am off to the library or Barnes and Nobles. I like keeping them all listed versus on pieces of paper as I see them reviewed. Also a good place to jot down ideas I want to remember or they get forgotten. You have a very nice space to keep you quite inspired. Stack a few books and add a plant and it says Brenda all the way!!

  22. Brenda, I love it! The pops of color are so cheery and I like the way you have styled and organized everything. Beautiful to look at! You’ve encouraged me to start changing some things around! Love and hugs!

  23. I have my mother’s Featherweight that she bought in 1950 (my birth year), and it still works wonderfully! Love the new look! I would never have thought to display my Featherweight, but it looks great! You have such talent!

  24. Looks so beautiful. I wish I had half the talent you do with the way you put things together! I’m a quilter and those Featherweights are still much loved!

  25. Wow!!! Well done! I, too, shop the house, although I must admit I have a lot more things than I should. I’ve been downsizing and getting ready for another large yard sale in the spring. It’s lot of fun, make a little money and donate the unsold. Your color combinations and arrangements are just so pretty and so much fun. As Ivy Lou will testify to, I bet!!!!

  26. I love seeing your home, you are such a talented decorator/designer. I wish you could come to my house and shop it with me! But seeing yours has given us all some ideas for implementing what we already have. I’ll be coming back and studying these photos again. Thank you!!

  27. Brenda this is so much better than a TV! I love the pops of color and all of your treasures! I am sure that it feels great to have them out so that you can see them!

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Have a wonderful day!

  28. Oh Brenda, I love it all. Just makes me want to come over and chat with you and take it all in. Love the old black sewing machine.

  29. It looks amazing, Brenda, but of course I had no doubt it would! That geranium painting is amazing, I absolutely adore it. I’ve seen one on Wayfair I liked as well, but it’s not nearly as vibrant as yours is. What a special gift!

  30. Love those sewing machines. I have not seen a white Featherweighte.
    I have a black one, made in 1954, I need to get it put and display it with some sewing related items. Mine waa a gift from a friend.

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