Later, Mr Sewaholic: Moving Out

Yes, it’s time for me to move. Mr Sewaholic and I can’t take it any longer. We tried, and we gave it a good run, but it’s just not working. It’s time for me to go, and move out of the apartment… into my own office!

Most of you know I’ve been working at home, while I’ve been attending school and starting Sewaholic Patterns. What you might not know, is that Mr Sewaholic also works at home. In the same room. So between the two of us, we’ve been fighting for alone-time in the spare room. He likes to call it the office, I like to call it the sewing room. I can’t sew while he’s on the phone, he can’t answer the phone when I’m sewing. You’d think we’d be fighting all the time, but it’s quite the opposite! We have so much fun together, it’s hard to get down to business with each other around.

So while I’ve been in school, he’s been happy and productive! I’m gone all day, so he can work properly, like he used to before I was laid off. As for me, I’ve been working every evening and every weekend, squeezing in sewing time while he’s relaxing. Which makes me frustrated, as I’m frantically writing blog posts and packing orders while he’s taking it easy on the couch after dinner. So for the sake of our sanity and productivity, I’m getting my own office!

I’m so excited! It will be in a shared office building. That means there are lots of different people with their own businesses, but we share the lunch room, the boardroom, and the reception area. I’ll meet new people! I have a little office that’s all mine, and it has a window with a view! Natural light! And being able to see the outside! This might not matter to everyone, but I swear I’m more productive when I can see the daylight. At my previous job I moved workstations thirteen times (over the eight years I was there), and my most productive and fun work stations were the ones by the window. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I swear it makes a difference!

And, it’s only a twenty minute drive! I could walk, but it’s over an hour walk. But what’s even better than that, is that there is a bike path from my house to the office. So I’m going to bicycle to work! If I could describe my ideal situation, I’d have a space of my own, where I could walk or bike, with natural light. I’ll get my daily workout built into my workday! Which is great, as it’s so hard to fit gym time into a busy schedule, even though I know it’s important. It’s easy to let exercise slide, when there’s a deadline looming. Not anymore! I’ll save money on parking, and get a little bit of fresh air and exercise.

(Click photo for image source. See those top-floor windows? One of those is mine!)

I’m pretty pumped about moving in, setting up an office space and really getting to work, uninterrupted. And then going home to Mr Sewaholic and being excited to see him, instead of dodging him all day while trying to work. It’s a big decision, but I know it will just encourage me to push forward with the business, work harder, and really ‘earn’ my office space.

Scary? Exciting? I’m feeling a bit of both right now, but I know this is the right call. More to come as I get closer to move-in day!

UPDATE: Yes, I can sew in my new office too! Before signing the agreement, I brought both my machines and tested to be sure the noise wasn’t going to be a problem… and it’s not!


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56 Responses to Later, Mr Sewaholic: Moving Out

  1. CGCouture March 29, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    Whew! I thought at first you were leaving him! Congrats on your new office, it sounds like it will be perfect for you. :-)

  2. Karen in VA March 29, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    How cool!!!! I’m seriously considering opening my own accounting practice and have thought about using one of those types of setups….Be interested in hearing more about it as time goes on…. Will you be moving your sewing space to your office also?

  3. Jenny March 29, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Congratulations! Makes it feel more official?! I panicked when I saw your post pop up in my reader as I thought you were breaking up, I was like seriously no??!! Hehe. Good luck, I hope it works out for you x x

  4. D'Rae March 29, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    Oh Congratulations! That is so exciting!!!!

  5. Tasia March 29, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    Thanks everyone! I’m totally pumped!
    @Karen in VA: Yes, I’ll be able to sew too! I brought my machines and made sure they were OK with the sounds before agreeing to take the office. I’ll definitely let you know how the shared space works out. It would be perfect for accounting – in fact I think there are a few accountants in the office building already.

  6. Kelly March 29, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    Congratulations! What an exciting step!

  7. Ashley March 29, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    yay, lucky you! :)
    Ashley x

  8. Suzie March 29, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    So exciting! It sounds great and, like Jenny said, I bet that finally having your own office space will make it more ‘offical’ and business like. I’ve also heard that it’s a good thing to have a separate place for your office so that you can make a distict break between work and home life – and maybe you can relax a little while at home without staring at the sewing room and thinking…I should just go and do that one thing…!
    I bet you will be the only person in your new office with a sewing machine on their desk!

  9. Sewing Princess March 29, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    Congratulations! that’s a great step and having contacts with other people might be useful for your new business. I am also more productive when sitting by the window…luckily I have a huge one right now and never had to experience those dark cubicles in my life.

  10. christine March 29, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Congratulations!!! So exciting! And I look forward to seeing photos of the newly decorated inside!

  11. Claire (aka Seemane) March 29, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    How exciting! But… what will you do if/when you want to sew at home or on the weekends?

  12. Claire (aka Seemane) March 29, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    ^… i.e. when you want to sew for leisure (not for your business)?

  13. Jasonda March 29, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Great news! Congrats!! I can’t wait to see what your new office looks like once you have it all decked out. :)

  14. Tasia March 29, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    @Claire (aka Seemane): Good question! I’ll have 24 hour access seven days a week, so I can go to the office and sew. It’ll work for now! (And then one day, I’ll have a sewing room at home AND the office. One day! :) )

    @Suzie: That’s exactly it – there’s no separation. I work ALL the time, and you’re right there is always something work-related staring me in the face at home! Since I’ve started school I track all of my work hours, which has been eye-opening to realize how much time I spend working! (Answer – way more than my previous job, and I thought I worked a lot there!)

    It is more official, it makes what I’d doing feel real. Like a real business. Which it is even while it’s home-based, but somehow having a door and an office helps make it official!

  15. jadestar March 29, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    My heart sank for a minute there!! I’m soooooo pleased for you. That is the best news. I hope everything goes brilliantly. Good for you!!

  16. Tasia March 29, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    You want to see pictures when it’s all done? :) I’ve been doodling floor plans with office layouts ever since the papers were signed. I’ll definitely show you how it looks, once I’m all settled in!

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  18. Amanda March 29, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Yay, congrats! That would be so neat to see photos of your new space! I would be so so excited to have my own little office like that, working on the floor plan, decorating, etc. :) It’d be so cool if I worked on the same floor as a sewing pattern company, although I wouldn’t get anything done because I’d be more interested in what you’re doing!

  19. Clare March 29, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    brilliant news! my boyfriend keeps trying to rename the sewing room at home things like ‘the computer room’. but i’m not having any of it :D

  20. Millie March 29, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Congratulations! It’s great you found a place that’s so perfect for you. On a side note, I got my Crescent skirt pattern in the mail today, and I can’t wait to sew it up!

  21. Alex March 29, 2011 at 8:00 am #

    Hooray for bike commuting (and everything else)! There’s a whole world of blogs to help you out with that, too…

  22. Ella March 29, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    So exciting Tasia, congratulations!

  23. Amanda S. March 29, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    How very exciting! But what a stinker you are, panicking all of us with that first paragraph.

  24. Tasha March 29, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    That sounds completely exciting!!

  25. Samina March 29, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Congratulations & best of luck!

  26. Anna March 29, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Congratulations! And good luck with future projects in the office!

  27. petite josette March 29, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    that’s awesome news! Working outside of your home is very important for…mental health I think ! that way you can really make the difference between work time and leasure time. Plus being surrounded by other people is where you can get some energy from, on days you don’t feel 100% and you need that extra little push. Congrats! and…we want to see photos of your work space !

  28. Michaella March 29, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Congratulations !!! And good luck…show us photos soon :)

  29. Clare March 29, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Enjoy your new space – I’m with you on the importance of windows and natural light. My plan to become a criminal lawyer fell by the wayside when it dawned on me that courtrooms don’t have windows! You can’t help but be a hundred times more productive and biking / walking to work will really energise you.

  30. Susan - Knitters Delight March 29, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    My heart jumped into my stomach! I’m glad it’s a new office. Congrats.

  31. Samantha March 29, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Congrats! Sounds like you’ve set up the perfect work/life balance : ) And I’ve seen studies that PROVE that natural light and outside views improve mood and productivity in the workplace … and pictures of nature are not an acceptable substitute. Enjoy!

  32. Jane March 29, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    That’s wonderful news, good luck and I can’t wait to see photos of your new office

  33. Val March 29, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Good for you!!!! That is so exciting!

  34. Nan York March 29, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Like the others I thought the marriage was over but alas that was not the case and I’m so happy for you to get your own space. This space too will be in such a pretty area and nice building, hope it all works well for you. Nan

  35. Angela March 29, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    How very exciting! Cognratulations!

  36. Sewingdina March 29, 2011 at 11:27 am #

    Congratulations Tasia – that’s fantastic news. How exciting! I can’t wait to see the pictures of your office. My Crescent pattern arrived in the post today. Looking forward to the sew-a-long.

  37. Lizzy March 29, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Oh!! at the beginning I tought you were leaving your husband hehehe, BUT what a great and exciting thing you are going to live! I mean, having your own place for your self to sew, wow! I envy you!! you are making tha thing you love and enjoy (to sew) AND that is now your bussines!! that means that you LOVE your job OR that you work in the thing you LOVE!!!!!!!! and you are JUST 30 ! that’s P-E-R-F-E-C-T!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would like to see pictures of your office and your machines WOW!!! I remeber when you posted about you were not going to work in your former job and I told you “when a door closes a window opens”………Well…this is not just a window, it is a complete WALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Congrats for everything, I can imagine you riding your bike (that I’m sure it is vintage style with a basket in the front), you with a big smile entering to your office thinking in all the new patterns you are gonna design and wanting to sew new dresses for you.


  38. Becky March 29, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    Your title scared me for a moment! But many congratulations to you— so many exciting things going on!

    p.s. My Crescent pattern arrived in the mail yesterday! I don’t think I’ll be able to do the sew-along, too many other things going on right now, but I will certainly be following it with interest for when I do get to making my own.

  39. Shannon March 29, 2011 at 11:46 am #

    This sounds very exciting! Another step in the right direction.

  40. Wanett March 29, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    That’s so exciting!!! I’m glad things are moving along for your business!

  41. Sandy March 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Congratulations on the new office. So happy that you and Mr. Sewaholic are not going your separate ways and yes I would love to see pictures
    I am really happy for you!!!

  42. Corinne March 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    Outstanding decision in my opinion. I also need natural light, it’s stimulating and colors are so clean and clear. The separation of work is also important for everyone’s sanity. Good luck, yes we would love to see photo’s of the finished space.

  43. Debi March 29, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    Phew! You had me going there with your blog title too :-) SUCH EXCITING NEWS! So fantastic! Oh and my crescent pattern also arrived in the mail today! yipppeeee what a good day all around!

  44. Rachel March 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I too thought it was going to be a sad blog post when I saw the title!!

    Instead – congratulations – it is great news!!

  45. Rachel March 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    What exciting news! Congratulations! Photos once you’re moved in would be so interesting

  46. Annabelle March 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    A very good step in the direction of taking your business seriously. This should prove to be a good move for you :)

  47. Esz March 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    Wow awesome it will be the best having your own space! I can tell you’re really excited. As a fairly new reader to your blog its so great to see you moving forward so quickly in such a short time.
    Do post pics of the fit-out when you’ve got everything set up.

  48. kaitui-kiwi March 29, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    It’s no wonder you are more productive when you can look out the window, it’s been proven that natural light really does increase productivity and is better for your health than relying on artificial lighting. Plus having a view to look out at occasionally is better for your eyes allowing you to re-focus and not strain them. I’m excited for you too! I can’t wait to see some photos xx

  49. Stephanie March 30, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Congratulations on the move! That’s really fantastic. I know what you mean about having natural light in your workplace. I’ve worked in a few offices & just being able to see outside makes a world of difference. It can be so depressing when you arrive in the morning & it’s dark, work all day at your desk without seeing the sky & then leave when it’s dark. I know I begin to feel a bit like a zombie.

  50. Sally P March 30, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    That’s such great news! I’ve been following your blog for a year oh so now, as I also love dressmaking. I check your blog every day – your talent, positivity and charm is fantastic and very inspirational! :-D

  51. Funnygrrl March 30, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    That is so exciting!! Congratulations! Separating work and living area can really help. So you can really relax at home and get down to business at the office.
    I’d love to see photos of the completed space. Way to go!

  52. Funnygrrl March 30, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    *Also if you were really leaving Mr. Sewaholic, I’d assume he’d change his name back.*

  53. HipDroppedStitches March 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Wow, this is super exciting! Congratulations!!!

  54. Casey March 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Oh wow–what a big step and how exciting!!! :) Congratulations, Tasia! I can’t wait to see what new things are crafted in your office space–I dare say it’s going to be a great “move” for you! ;)

    ‚ô• Casey

  55. Caro March 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    I did the same thing a few months ago and rented out a bedroom from a friend who lives a 10 minute walk from me. It’s so nice to have your own room for sewing! I’m envious of your windows, I have a basement suite room so it gets a little “hobbit-like” down there. Ah well, nice to know that if worse comes to worse, I can try to get a room with the same company you are with.

  56. Tilly April 2, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    Tasia, that’s so exciting! You’ll have to show us pictures of your new office when you move in. I don’t know about you but, even though I work in an office, I do quite enjoy “playing offices” sometimes. In the office. I used to play shops when I worked in a shop too. Makes life a little bit more fun.