A Haven for Vee

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Last of the Sewing Room Saga

No one can develop fully in this world and find a full life without feeling understood by at least one person. ~ Paul Tournier

 This post concludes my ponderings on the sewing room. 

 ...and a low rumble of approval swept across the land

What have I learned? A lot. I have learned that I like colors because I like candy. (Not to be confused with "eye candy.") You think I jest? No. Oh no.  Serious time has been spent thinking about this connection. The more colors (and, presumably, the more candy) the happier I am.

I do not surround myself with "beauty" so much as I surround myself with the things that remind me of beautiful people.

Such as this puzzle assembled over a cold winter by my grandmother's friends who wanted me to have it to remember them by. I do. And it makes me smile every time I stand there to iron.

And here's the beginning of the craziest patchwork ever...polka dots and country cows and florals and checks all dance along together.

You are here.

She is here.

They are here.

 Pearl is here.

My daughter is here, my grandfather, too. All the family really.

My friends.

It's not perfect...

nor will I be making a skirt to hide it all. Wouldn't want to hide the candy after all.

(Wish I had hidden the Lysol wipes, though. ☺)

Pearl has a point!


  1. It looks like the perfect sewing room to me! I love all of the sentimental touches that you have kept in your space. Memories and love just pour from your sewing room. I like your analogy to candy. You have a wonderful way of expressing things. ANd with all of the inspiration that surrounds you, I am sure you will create marvelous treats from your "candy" room. =)

  2. Looks like the perfect spot for creating treasures. I really like your puzzle. A treasure given to you is now a sweet memory. Your sewing room turned out beautifully. Hope you share what you create now that your room is how you want it to be. Maybe a sweet cover for your Lysol wipes....then they would fit right in! Lovely!

  3. Morning Vee

    For some reason you post brought tears to my eyes - I feel the same way too about my studio but you said it soo eloquently. Thanks!


  4. you have a lovely sewing room! i can relate ... i have things in my "office" that to most people wouldn't look like much of anything, but to me are treasures, because of where they came from, who gave them to me, or who they remind me of! they're not worth much monetarily, but worth SO much to ME!

    have a lovely day!

  5. How lovely to have so many little treasures around you.

  6. OH! Vee, This is one of the loveliest rooms I have visited in a while.To be surrounded by so many treasures from those who loved you most, can only cause much creativity!! I agree with Pearl, this truly is a play room, you are going to have so much fun! If ever you are found missing, John will know where to look first.
    Thank you so much for hosting the Note Card Party, I had so much fun!
    Enjoy your day,

  7. Great room! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. What fun to get a glimpse into your playroom, I didn't see the bowls of candy though. It's peaceful to spend time doing things we enjoy. Thanks for sharing this snippet of your life Vee. You're a blessing. ~ Abby

  9. What a wonderful place to be creative! Filled with bits and bobs and memories. It is perfect Vee. - Well except for the Lysol container :-)

  10. I love color too and lots of it! The meaning and memories behind that sweet puzzle along with all the other memories in your room make it so special.

  11. You can ponder on any topic, for as long as you wish, in your own blog. Come now! Haven't we told each other this, over-and-over-and-over again? :-)

    Ahhh... Just the colors of things surrounding you, can only make you happier! Not one single calorie is contained in them! ,-)

    "I do not surround myself with "beauty" so much as I surround myself with the things that remind me of beautiful people." What a simply lovely decision/pondering!

    "It's not perfect..." sezzz you. Naughty Girl! We know that perfection, is a totally subjective thingy. :-)

    Oh and as for the blue Lysol Wipes, I happen to have yummy BLUE Jordan Almonds. If you don't *believe* me, I'll send you some. ,-)))

    Thank you for a happy post!!!!! It's isn't that I NEEDED a happy post. But it simply makes me happier, to read this/one.

    "Summer set lip to earth's bosom bare,
    And left the flushed print in a poppy there."

    ~Francis Thompson

  12. I agree with Pearl. I could spend a long time in this room just looking at all the 'candy' you have collected. So many little things that are memories for you. You've gathered some sweet vignettes and your photos are amazing. (You are enjoying that camera aren't you) So, I hope you enjoy playing in your sewing room. I know I enjoyed visiting it. Hugs, Pam

  13. You betcha it's a play room! And you're right - everyone you love is in there with ya playing! Your own little nest that you can fluff and be creative in - OR you can just sit there and smile as you look around and remember!

    It's perfectly perfect!

    (and thanks for your comments!)

  14. A room full of memories where you happen to sew. Sounds great to me. : )
    Enjoy your room.

  15. I think it's great that as an adult you can have a play room! My playroom growing up was outside. We never had a room to spare and to call a playroom. Have a great weekend, Vee.

  16. "I do not surround myself with 'beauty' so much as I surround myself with the things that remind me of beautiful people."

    That quote is a keeper. Thanks, Vee.

  17. I think it looks beautiful, it's a reflection of you, who you are and what's important to you. I think your quote summed it up nicely!

    We're headed Down East on Friday for the first time! I'm so excited!!! Not about the 4 hr. car ride from OOB though! LOL!!!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  18. Then you absolutely did it perfectly.

    I love all your memories surrounding you.

    I love this post, it's awesome.

    If Pearl approves, than so do I, my friend!!

  19. What a wonderful sewing/creative room! It has wonderful memories, warm feelings - the perfect environment to be creative!

    Thanks for sharing it with us!


  20. This is my favorite kind of room. Cozy, comfortable and filled with love and warm memories.
    Pearl is a cutie and does, indeed, have a good point. I'm wondering whether she was born in this creative room?

  21. A playroom sounds so much more relaxed than a studio! Good for Pearl! Playrooms expect to get messy in the midst of creativity and fun. I like this philosophy, I like it a lot.

    Can I come over to play?

  22. How very wonderful to have a room where you can spend time with things you love!

  23. Dear Vee the more I get to know about you the more entertaining and creative I find you. I agree no skirt to hide the guts of the work. Just another task to get to them when you have to move the skirt aside. Going to try to finish my rounds at yesterday's party. Didn't get to hobknob with all the guests.

  24. Great playroom, Vee, thanks for sharing! I too love your thought: I do not surround myself with "beauty" so much as I surround myself with the things that remind me of beautiful people.

  25. This a perfect room to play in, I love your "Pearl". I agree with "no skirt", too. Great job. xo

  26. Absolutely beautiful!

    I read this earlier and was inspired to clean out the drawers of my much beloved inherited cabinet so it has room to hold creative "stuff".

    Almost done and it looks great. I needed the inspiration to keep going. :)

  27. Oh Vee...I just LOVE your playroom AND all of your candy!!!! Your candy = memories and that is so beautiful to me. I'm sure folks think my room is a junk-o-rama but it's beautiful junk to me!!! Love your post dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

  28. Well done, Vee. I never would have thought my love of colorr was connected to a love of candy as I'm not that crazy about candy. But it's worth some thought. Your play room looks wonderful, and the best part is there are so many things there that take you right to other places and people.

  29. I am late since I have been sewing this week in my sewing room...but I have so enjoyed seeing yours and all the inspiration it holds and ideas I could use to straighten mine up

    Great job

  30. Such a wonderful post. You have such a gift for words. I love the idea that you surround yourself with things that remind you of beautiful people. What a lovely thought. Your sewing room "playroom" looks like a place where you can crawl into lovely memories.


  31. Little Miss Pearl is very smart. She knows a play room when she sees one !! Beautiful post !!

  32. Your blog is so enchanting.... please note that my blog address is now

  33. Oh Vee, you're so creative and you make so many beautiful works of art. Your room looks perfect to me.......

  34. I am a fellow candy lover, Vee! I take after my Father in that department as he always had a stash of licorice by his reading chair :) Oh, and did you know my middle name is pearl? Yes, it is! That was supposed to be my name as my maternal grandmother was called that name (the anglicized version of her name. My dad overruled my Mom, however, and chose Patricia.

    Your sewing room looks very cozy and functional. I love plastic bins and have crafts supplies in the same.

  35. Absolutely delightful!!
    I am always uplifted by your pictures of candy.

  36. Vee,

    I love your sweet sewing room redo, so many personal touches. That is what is most important to me in any creative space, that it is personal and meaningful. I love your mothers tiny baby shoes and that old suitcase full of studio stash! If you could only see my work space now, I am working on a tiny project that has suddenly gobbled up an 11 ft span of counter top! And, cleaning is overrated, you can't always be clean and creative. Love seeing all your special things, now I can picture you there.

  37. I wish my sewing room had more character and less junk...you have inspired me!

  38. Oh, I think it is the perfect sewing room! How can a room not be perfect when there is love and beauty in every corner?

    (Bekah would see beauty in the Lysol wipes too. She is a bit of a germaphobe.)

    So glad that you showed us!

  39. oh - such an honest look to your sewing room - I feel it - it seems to fit how I view you! Your feelings fill this room - can't hide what bring you joy and you wouldn't want to cover up what beauiful sights that's warms the heart - awe - perfect the way it is because it's apart of who you are = a beautiful person because you gather love ones and dear friends into your life...

  40. Hi Vee!

    I am in love with this post! It's exactly how I feel about my sewing room/studio/crafting/whatever room to create. I have my family there with me in all the things that surround me. They are all so important to me. This is the greatest post EVER Vee!!

    Huge hugs, "Edie"

  41. Looks like the perfect sewing/MEMORY room to me! Love the addition of the puzzle because my girl works on puzzles and we have quite a few on display. As to answer your question about the pumpkins growing in our garden, you need a lot of room! More room than we planned as the pumpkin vines are breaking through the chicken wire fence onto the grass, which is fine. I'm just hoping the pumpkins continue to grow! Thanks for the visit! Today is our linking party and there are a lot of great recipes posted! Come by and join or just come by and find a new recipe! Enjoy!

  42. I love the part where you said that you don't surround yourself with beautiful things as much as things that remind you of beautiful people.

    I think you may have giving me some insight as to my own taste as well.

    I love your sewing room. Someday, I hope to have a larger space to do a room like that. For now, I'm at least trying to pretty up the space I have.

  43. Vee, your sewing room is perfect! I love that you have all of the pretty things out that remind you of others. Your room is a cozy nest filled with love and memories.


  44. It IS a playroom! And isn't it a rich luxury to have a playroom all your own?! Have fun, my dear!

  45. My tiny little closet sewing room has similar little reminders of my mom who taught me to sew. I so enjoyed seeing the way you have woven memories in this functional pretty space.

  46. Great fun and I like the jigsaw!


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