Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sometimes, the Universe smiles for you.

Hard to believe it has been more than a month since my last post. I actually got an email from a follower asking if I was okay; I was so touched! Yes, I am fine; circumstances have just kept me out of the sewing room lately. I've been engaging in a lot of project planning, so that when I manage to carve out some sewing time, I will be ready!

A few weeks ago, while I was babysitting my next door neighbor's adorable son, I spent some time thinking about the storage (or lack thereof) in my sewing room. I was also trying to address the lack of a mirror, which, one would think, would be an essential fixture. My sewing room has very little available wall space, so I wondered whether I could combine the storage and mirror issues by building some kind of free-standing unit. So I started sketching out the idea, and here's what I came up with:

I started pricing out the materials I would need, and figured it would come to between $100 and $125 for the boards, mirror and hardware. But since I was still lacking the time to actually build it, I held off buying the components.

Fast forward to yesterday. My daughter is home from college, and we decided to go to Tyson's Corner Mall for a few hours. On the way home, we took a detour to Great Falls Park, where the rain-swollen Potomac River was running so high the Park Service closed the Olmstead Island Walk. Still, the sight of the roaring river was quite impressive. This detour meant we would be taking the back roads home. As we were enjoying the drive, Diana spotted a sign: "Estate Sale, Friday, 10-3". It was just after 2:30 when we saw the sign, so we figured we'd see what they had. Following the signs (which, luckily, led us in the direction of home anyway), we pulled up at the sale location at about 2:50pm. I headed into the basement and spotted this:

Okay, so it's missing the cork board and the pegboard, but I don't think I could have found anything that was closer to my sketch than this!! And it was just $40! I think it is from IKEA, but I'm not sure because they didn't have anything like it the last time I checked.

So, I will be spending some time figuring out what goes on the shelves, and appreciating that I finally have a full-length mirror in my workroom!


  1. I had this once!!'s definitely from IKEA but I got mine around 2003! It's perfect for you...I love this design!

  2. Very Cool! I'm glad to see your back!

  3. AMAAAAZZZING!! Do you feel like deja vu? What a timely find. Was it difficult to haul home?

  4. Wow, what a find. Nice to see you posting again.

  5. Yup, I recognize the Ikea great design glad that you came across such a perfect find.


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