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Monday, January 5, 2009

New Iron - Problem Solved! - And Other Stuff =)

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season! We had a lovely Christmas...our families make it a lot of fun! My husband is also super creative, and in honor of the two kittens that I got for my birthday back in August, he wrapped me up a present (it was a new calendar for 2009) from them...here is the wrapping:
Doesn't it look like a cat!? I loved it...it even says from Clover and Metroid, our two cats...strange names, I know! =)

As many of you know, I've been having ironing issues lately, so when my parents asked me what I'd like for Chistmas, I said a new iron...please! They are so sweet to me...they got me a new iron. It's a Rowenta, and I love it! It's a dream to iron with...glides so smooth and it has all these little holes for steam...soooooo much better than my old iron! It makes ironing so much more enjoyable. And...no more marks on my quilt blocks...hooray!
With some of my Christmas money, I visited IKEA and bought this great desk to use as my sewing table (the old one has now taken up residence in the laundry room as a folding station). The top of the desk can raise to different heights and it can tilt, so if I'm tracing a pattern or something it won't be as much of a strain. It also has a glass top, with what I'd describe as an open drawer, so I can store a picture of the pattern I'm working on, or I can put a light underneath and trace...no more taping to the windows or the sliding glass door! I love this desk...it looks very scandinavian to me. (Sorry about the striped paint...I've wanted to repain this room for some time, but haven't done it yet...I think I'm leaning toward a robin's egg blue color...what do you think?) Also, after 10+ years of marriage, our old, cheap mattress that we bought as newleyweds was really needing to be replaced, so we bought a new mattress! It's a ComforPedic and it is so comfortable...no more waking up feeling like my back was broken. Our old bed was a queen size, but they were having such a great sale on this mattress that we bought a king...it was even cheaper than the queen! Of course that means new sheets, blankets, quilts, bed frame...so I've got some more shopping to do, but it will be fun to redo our bedroom. Here is a picture of our old bed, which we moved into one of our extra bedrooms (we took the daybed from this room and put it in my sewing room...I bought a great red and white duvet cover from IKEA for the daybed in the sewing room...to go with the Scandinavian feel of the desk).Years ago, my husband made the nightstand out of old wood he found...it's held up really well, and I like the weathered look. There is a bookshelf and a dresser on the other side of the room. We still need to hang some things on the wall and I need to make some different cushion covers for the rocking chair.

Since I've been making over my sewing room, another thing I bought from IKEA were some baskets to organize my fabric in...8 baskets to be exact. I thought for sure that would hold all my fabric stash...not even close! So, one of my new year resolutions is to use up the fabric in my stash this year...that will make for some fun scrap quilts - my favorite.
Well, I have many other new year resolutions, but that's a post for another day! Hope you have a wonderful day! Sorry for the lengthy 'catch-up' post. Thanks for stopping by! =)

9 comments:

Tina said...

Glad you got a new iron. Yay! And I love your new desk! Fun to be making over your sewing room.

Sherri said...

I bet you will love that new iron! And how fun to get a new sewing table and storage baskets...I've never been to Ikea...but I'm planning on stopping on the way to Salt Lake the next time I'm up that way!

Howdy said...

Sounds like you had a Merry, Merry and have got the Happy, Happy underway!
That is a great table - so many ways to use it! I love Ikea but don't get over to the one in Philly very often... which my husband thinks is good because I can always find stuff to buy. Wandering around there is a lot like wandering around a quilt shop... you almost have to go around a couple times to make sure you see everything.

Kim's Treasures said...

I love your new iron and desk! I just love IKEA!!!

Lana said...

Yay for IKEA! Every time I go I half-expect to see you guys there :)

Kristin Barrus said...

I love your desk. It's so fun to peek into other people's sewing rooms.

sewtakeahike said...

yay for your new iron Anna! I'm glad that fixed your problem. I love your new sewing table!

Jennifer said...

Not only do you have a sewing desk set up, but you have it so organized. That is so smart. I always make such a mess sewing and it stays out for weeks at a time :) I loved catching up on your blog!

Micah and Kristine said...

Very nice new iron, you've gotta be excited.