Alack! Alack!

by Chris on August 8, 2011

That’s a little ode to Romeo and Juliet for ya. Again with having to explain the titles. Guess I’d better not quit my day job. Back to the title…I bought Ikea’s Lack shelves (noooowwww you get it) several months ago, and I finally got hubby to hang them up.

hanging ikea shelves light scoop

My husband has no comprehension of “good light” and “prime picture time”, so he decided to hang these at night. Great. Nothing my Light Scoop couldn’t take care of! I then remained silent (it’s a marriage saver) while he focused (intently) on the non-word directions.

light scoop hanging shelves

And because I do have a comprehension of good light, I waited until the next day to take pictures. Thankfully, I didn’t have to purchase anything to decorate it. I started by typing up one of my favorite quotes and framing it. Aptly enough, it has a perfect home right in front of my sewing chair. A little encouragement always helps.

framed quote

My grandparents’ cameras deserved a little more protection since they are no longer in a cabinet, and I had the perfect cloche to fit over them. Now they can be on stage without getting dusty.

vintage cameras

I came dangerously close to going out to buy some storage boxes, but then I remembered that I had these babies. Pretty, no? No. GoodWill for $1.99 last year. Not bad.

christmas tins

Spray paint. How would we live without it? And HomeGoods. Thank you for the pink bowl, HG. It had me at hello.

pink bowl

And here it is all together. If this space doesn’t make me get better at sewing, nothing will. Seriously. Nothing.

Lack shelves

It may have taken a while to get the shelves up and running, but it was definitely worth the wait. Ikea shelves



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Amee Eastman August 8, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hi! I’ve been a follower for quite a while, but I don’t think I’ve
left a message before. I just had to tonight. I LOVE these shelves and
how you decorate them! Just Beautiful!!! You are very creative. :)

Chris August 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Yay! Thanks so much, Amee! I keep dissecting it and thinking I need to change things. (It’s a curse.) Some validation from you definitely helps!

Stephanie Linsley August 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Your R & J title and the shelves are so great! And yes, this pretty area is for sure going to help you with sewing! Maybe that is what I need? I especially love your idea to spray those tins. Great job, as always!

Chris August 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm

You just left a comment on my blog! You’re crazy! I had to double check! Thank you, by the way!

Michelle August 8, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Love it! Looks very inviting. I wouldn’t mind sewing there! oh to have a designated sewing spot that isn’t my kitchen bar. Sigh.

I really love how you framed and printed out that quote. What a great idea! Have you ever tried printing on fabric?! I just did this recently. Got the idea off my pinterest board. It really worked great.

Seriously looks perfect though! Don’t change a thing :)

colette August 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I think it looks perfect, and I love that saying. may have to make my own! thanks for the inspiration!

Pine Tree Home August 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

Great storage. The little note card holder reminds me of one I had in my kitchen growing up. It was ugly brown and Mom kept all the essentials in it. Good memories.

Chris August 9, 2011 at 2:16 am

It was brown when I bought it! I did a post on it, and so many people said they had one growing up. Too funny!

Leanne August 9, 2011 at 12:21 am

Cameras under a cloche? um… yes please.

Andrea Worley August 9, 2011 at 12:33 am

Love, love these Ikea shelves. And your sewing fun! It’s looking good!

Jess August 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

I think this post has inspired me to pull out my sewing machine! That is, after I get the basement reorganized and actually clean off our extra table. Little steps :) Thanks for the post!

The Mom @ Babes in Hairland August 9, 2011 at 1:16 am

I just love your new area. At first when you said it was for above your sewing table I was expecting it your saying to say, “She believed she could, SEW she could!” LOL Thanks for the thought though, because I need to print that up & put it above my computer! I’ve got a huge project ahead of me & I need all the positive thoughts I can get! Love the pink bowl btw. Adds the perfect pop of color!

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries August 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

The Kleenex box is back!! It’s like Where’s Waldo? but better! Love your happy little sewing place, but you are going to knock that green glass vase off in 2 seconds flat the day you get mad and go to rip out a crooked seam. (Or at least *I* would!) What’s up for sewing project #1 now that you are ready to go?

Chris August 9, 2011 at 2:14 am

So many things to say. 1. I TOTALLY think of you every. single. time. I look at that Kleenex box. I actually giggled when I was taking pics of it today. 2. That green vase won’t stay. It was just for now. I need LOTS of space when sewing and messing up. 3. Curtains! I got that tablecloth I’ve been looking for, so I’m trimming it up now. Darn it…we need to be neighbors. Feel like I could keep “talking”.

Zsa Zsa August 9, 2011 at 2:59 am

Love the shelves! And that pink bowl really pops, it’s lovely!

Kasey August 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

It looks great and I really like those little vintage cameras and I have to thank you for naming the ‘Cloche’. I seriously did not know what those things were called and I happened to pick one up this weekend from Goodwill but always called them an upside down glass bowl thingy. Cloche is definitely easier to say.

marie August 9, 2011 at 7:05 am

your rooms are always so PRETTY!

melissa*320 sycamore August 9, 2011 at 7:41 am

I love the title! The shelves look so good~that pink bowl is to die for…

Jill Flory August 9, 2011 at 7:45 am

Lovely! And yes, it does make sewing much better to have fun shelving:)
My shelves right now are holding all kinds of stuff for an upcoming event I’m setting up at but when that is over I plan to give them a beauty makeover. So fun to have shelves to decorate!

Jennifer August 9, 2011 at 8:29 am

Adding some pretties to your sewing area makes it that much more fun. I LOVE the cameras under the cloche. Beautiful and functional!

Holly August 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

That vase is back! I had vase envy when you showed it on the table. then you had to show it again on the shelves. You must love it as much as I do!

Chris August 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I DO, Holly! I’m in love. To be honest, I’ll put it back upstairs. I really need more space on the table when I sew, but I loved how it looked. It could go in every room of my house!

Toya August 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

All I can say is it looks sew cute, get sew as in in fornt of the sewing machince. I know I kill myself sometimes. But for real it look s great!!!

Stephanie August 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Gorgeous pink bowl. I absolutely love it. And what a fantastic idea to spraypaint the tins white! They look great!

Nancy P August 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Oh my goodness! I never even though of spray painting those tins. Darn it I just took some to the goodwill last week. ha ha maybe I can buy them back! Your space looks great!

Kayla August 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I LOVE that quote, it’s very inspiring! I also love how you decorated your shelves! Looks fabulous!

Sarah August 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

First time to your blog…love it! :) Your sewing area is gorgeous.

Chris August 9, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Welcome, Sarah! I hope you enjoyed your stay! Thanks!

Shirley L August 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Looks great! Love how you accessorized :)

Rachel Marie August 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I just found your blog and it is amazing! Love your ideas. Beautiful sewing spot!

Chris August 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Thank you, Rachel Marie! I’m so glad you found me. Glad you’re here!

{darlene} August 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

oh, how i love floating shelves!

Chris August 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I’m with you, Darlene. So clean. So simple. :)

Tanya Anurag August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Wow… that shade of pink and white go so well together. The camera has found the perfect spot under that cloche.

Chris August 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thank you, Tanya! Love those cameras!

Cheaplikeabirdie August 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oh how I love your pink bowl! I only wish I could find one!!!!!!

Notyet100 August 13, 2011 at 5:22 am

Wow looks so cool

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Jennifer B. August 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

I LOVE this! I have been trying to come up with an idea for a sewing spot. What kind of table are you using for your machine? I couldn’t really see it in the photo. The idea of displaying the camera under the cloche…so cute and spray painting those tins, I have a bunch of those. Thanks for the inspiration!

Chris August 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Kamilli Vanilli August 17, 2011 at 1:55 am

So beautiful! And the Kleenex box is in the perfect place! Heaven knows there are many tears shed when it’s sewing time. Many.

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