Monday, June 11, 2007

In which we discover a new use for an old room...

I thought I'd get a picture of my front garden while it is still looking pretty good. As the summer gets hotter and dryer, these hostas and ferns begin to look a little worse for wear. I haven't had much time this year to get out and weed or mulch--indoor things seem to be taking precedence.

Have I mentioned before that we live in a very small house? It was built in the housing boom just after WWII and was meant to be a "starter house," by which I mean a young couple with a baby might start their journey through home ownership here, then move on as their family expanded. There are three basic models in our neighborhood. What's interesting is the way in the past sixty-odd years that people who live in these cookie cutter homes have managed to personalize them for their particular needs. (I say cookie cutter because I was told by one of the men who laid flooring in a lot of these houses that when the workers went to lunch they would tie a bandana on the door of the house they were working in order to be able to find it again when they came back!)

For the last few weeks my husband and I have been talking about what to do with the tiny little room that used to be our son's bedroom. When he graduated from college last year and headed off to graduate school in Texas he left quite a bit in his old room. To wit: a trombone, a guitar, 2 turntables, a keyboard, a hockey stick, a miniature trampoline, several LARGE boxes filled with various electronic gear, a printer, and a large box of LP's. This was in addition to the other things in the room like the bed, dresser, bookcase, desk, chair, other printer, printer table, computer, etc., etc. His bed had also become my de facto linen closet since our real linen closet is not big enough to hold more than a couple of towels and wash cloth or two.

So anyway, over the weekend we finally got moving and got most of the stuff cleared out of there and into storage. Now our big project will be to repaint the room and convert it into a spare bedroom. We're thinking that with a futon, a couple of end tables, and a lamp or two it won't be quite the eyesore it has been. At least I won't have to hurry and close the door if anyone drops by.

I finally got a start on two of the Dear Jane blocks this weekend between cleaning and moving furniture. I'm not too happy with the one on the left, I-1. It's been a while since I worked with such tiny pieces and there are a few puckers here and there. But finished is better than perfect, right? I really need to get going on this since our group is meeting again this week and I'll have another seven blocks to work on. I'm going to cut more out this afternoon and try to get at least three or four more done.

10 comments:

Libby said...

Enjoy your new room. Our daughter's room is still in a state of flux. One more year and I think it will be safe to call it our own *s* Have fun with those DJ blocks - they are so tiny and delightful to look at.

Connie said...

Getting ownership of the room and decorating it sounds pretty good. There's never enough space!

ruth said...

A new room sounds wonderful. I really like your DJ blocks, especially the one on the right - love the fabric.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Good luck with the new room, tracey

Helen Conway said...

I am inpressed that the room is a guestroom and not a sewing room or just a fabric storage room!!

meggie said...

Your garden may be small, but those lush plants look lovely to me!
Lucky you, having a room to do as you please.

Pam said...

First off - both DJ blocks look wonderful.

Your front garden look very much like mine - hostas and ferns - a great garden, so easy to keep - just watch them grow :))

You son and mine could be brothers :)) I was left with a room full of guitars and amps and records and receivers when he moved out. But he now has most of his stuff and it is so nice to have a spare room/guest room. Such a treat. Enjoy!

Quilt Nut said...

great blocks-love that blue fabric. your garden looks so fresh and green

atet said...

Oooh...new room to decorate. Fun! And yes, finished is much better than perfect!

Ali Honey said...

Oh enjoy your new space.Large houses aren't always the best ....they require more housework!