Matt did a studio photo shoot this week! Our quest for nice, lit up photos of my sewing room have constantly eluded us until now because the light coming in from the window is so direct and bright (great for sewing but it keeps making the rest of the studio look dark and gloomy in our photos). Matt came up with a DIY flash diffuser solution to achieve the best results we've had yet. He held some white cotton fabric over his flash and suddenly my studio looked much more bright and sunlit very close to how it looks in reality! And I was pretty pleased that it was my fabric scraps that came to the rescue :P.
We've taken some pretty shots of the details:
But also some realistic ones that show how my studio is slowly being invaded by overflowing baskets of scraps:
Here are my sewing machines. Meet Mr. Industrial:
And my lovely little Kenmore (courtesy of my mother-in-law for my birthday!):
I store my stash of patterns in filing boxes - most of them are PDFs and are stored in manilla envelopes within the folders. I have folders for each of our Thread Theory collections in one box and in the other is a folder for each indie pattern company. The McCalls and Vogue patterns are stored seperate in a little box in my closet (until I get another filing bin).
We store our huge stash of Thread Theory tissue patterns in plastic bins in hopes of protecting them if ever we had a flood or some other paper-destroying sort of disaster. It's scary having so much money invested into such an easily ruined medium as paper!
Matt insisted on photographing my speaker cord :P. I have it attached to my cutting/pinning table since this is usually where my lap top ends up sitting while I sew. That way I can answer customer emails and listen to audio books while I sew (I'm listening to Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries right now :D).
Now for another realistic view of my studio: Here is the disaster that is hidden behind my closet doors...
I like using the hanging fabric shelves for fabric storage as they expand a little to fit whatever dimension the fabric is folded into but they don't look especially tidy, do they?
And lastly, meet Stella! We are dog-sitting this week (much to the disgust of our cat, Jazzy). Stella a real sweety and is so patient with Jazzy. They've even progressed to voluntarily hanging out in our bedroom together (both looking decidedly uncomfortable). Stella is a pretty good sewing dog - the sound of the sewing machine doesn't bother her and she loves to sleep beside me as I sew!