Step Into My Office

Well, I’m completely settled into my new office space. Yay! Furniture has been built, fabric has been moved, sewing machines have been set up and plugged in. Thread racks have been hung up and loaded. I’m feeling at home and comfortable in my office. It’s like a home away from home!

Want to see what it looks like at Sewaholic Patterns central? I thought you might be curious!

It’s small, but it’s just the right size for me and my things.

Here’s my desk – I cleaned it up, just for you! It also doubles as a cutting table, too.

Imagine you’re spinning around in a circle here, standing in the middle of the room. I can swivel my chair and be at the sewing station. So convenient!

This is where I sew, with trusty Diana by my side.

Love the Ikea bookcase! This thing was a pain to build, and normally I love building furniture. It was hot the day we built it and silly me read the directions wrong (or rather, made up my own!) Building is fun, un-building is not. But look how nice it looks, all set up!

What do you think?

My office is tidier and more organized than my at-home space was, due to sharing it with Mr Sewaholic. Now I can spread fabric out to my heart’s content, sew 24 hours a day if I feel like it, and make phone calls without interrupting anyone.

All of those photos above were taken on a really rainy day, but  here’s what the view looks like on a good day!


Well, that’s where I work! Having a new office feels like a fresh start. I love that I get to bike to and from work, and it feels right to be treating this new chapter in my life with proper seriousness and professional choices. (Feeling more and more like an adult, every day!)

Have a great day everyone!


32 Responses to Step Into My Office

  1. Debi May 17, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Fabulous office! I love the sneak peek!! Thank you :)

  2. Ashley May 17, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    It looks great! Being tidy and organised definitely helps my productivity, so you must be getting lots done. I’m so excited for the next pattern :) Gorgeous view!
    Ashley x

  3. Claire (aka Seemane) May 17, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    Looks very organized :)! It must be very soothing and satisfying knowing you have your own space for your business (or for sewing-play too ;)).

    Oh, and I have the nearly-same bookshelf (Expedit-IKEA) but the 2×4 compartment size in my spare bedroom (soon to be my sewing room – just a few more weekends of de-cluttering to go LOL!)

  4. Amanda May 17, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Thanks for the photos! So neat to have your office all set up and ready to go. And do you have every single color of thread that’s offered? I love it! Seems like you never have to worry about not having the right match :) Is your fabric in those boxes, along with patterns?

    Have fun in your new space, good times!

  5. Stephanie May 17, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Love! So organized! :)

  6. Vicki Kate May 17, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    Ooh, I love your office! We’re sorting a spare room like Claire so that boy can go into his big boys room and then I’ll have his teeny tiny nursery but it’ll be mine to sew in! Big enough for my desk with my machine, my exercise bike and some shelves on the wall.

    Sharing an office with the Mr is NOT fun – he keeps using my desk as a place to put stuff grrrr! We’ll be sharing the computer still downstairs though. I love him to bits but I can’t wait for my own space :o)

  7. Toria May 17, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    It’s looking great! I can’t count the number of times I’ve made up my own instructions for Ikea furniture. My own bookshelves have nail marks in the front where I accidentally put the top on the wrong way round! Yours look much prettier. Good luck with your venture, I look forward to reading about you moving ever onwards and upwards!

  8. Corinne May 17, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Having a dedicated space for your business is a good way to structure your time. We all know how quickly that slips away. Your space looks so nice and functional. I have the same bookcase, husband put it together, many bad words were uttered, but it is perfect for books and sewing storage. I know this is just the beginning for you, a nice light filled working space even on a rainy day.

  9. Cory Ellen May 17, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    What a great, tidy office! I love the Ikea bookcase and I may have to keep my eye out for one like it – I’m about to move across the country into my first post-college apartment, so I’ve been brainstorming how to organize my studio space once I get there.
    I also love the wall of thread – so colorful.

  10. Lauren May 17, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    aw i love it! it’s so cute!! you need some art on the walls, though :)

    i have that same ikea bookcase & i can agree that it was a pain to build. when i put mine together, i lived alone… i got the whole thing ready, and then realized i couldn’t stand it up by myself (since you assemble it laying down on the floor). i had to bribe my neighbors with beer to get them to help me lift it! hahaha!! also, it really really really really REALLY sucks to move. don’t move it. stay in your office foreverrrr haha

    also, i loove the fabric on diana. what are you going to make with it!

  11. HipDroppedStitches May 17, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Wow, what a great office! It is so fun to see your business grow!

  12. Gernella May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Oh I am so envious, what a fabulous space, although I do appreciate that it is your business space. Great place to work and get ideas.

  13. Tasia May 17, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Thanks everyone! Would you believe that’s all thread I’ve bought for projects, not just bought to have on hand? And thread that people give away, too. (You know.. “You sew? Here, have my old thread collection?”)

    The fabric on Diana is rayon, isn’t it awesome? It’s going to become a dress one day. I put it out there for extra colour in the photographs :)

    I hope I never have to move that Ikea bookcase.. yikes! Yes my fabric is in the boxes – keeps it safe from the sun, no fading or fold-lines. Fabric, patterns, trims, the usual!

  14. Melizza May 17, 2011 at 9:48 am #

    I love your office. It’s a dream come true for many sewists. And I totally agree about that Ikea bookcase. Definitely a pain to put together. My husband strayed form the instructions when we had to rebuild it. So much easier the second time around.

  15. Val May 17, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I look forward to being organized someday! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Amy May 17, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    What a great space! And snap – I have a Diana too. In fact, she inspired the name of my blog :)

  17. Ellie May 17, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Very nice Tasia, you must be very proud! When I lived in Van I was just up the hill from you at 49th & Boundary. Nice area & close to everything.
    Congratulations on your success!!

  18. Lizzy May 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Your office is nice and the best thing is that you have your own space, I like how well organized it is, that thing for the threads is great! I want one!

  19. The Cupcake Goddess May 17, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    It looks so wonderful! Truly Congrats! What a big step! I’m so excited for you!

  20. Sarah May 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Fun to see a picture of Vancouver and know right where you are! I would be pretty excited to have my own studio/office, good for you!

  21. Tilly May 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    Looks great, Tasia. How exciting!!

  22. Reana May 17, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Wow, what a lovely and neat office! I love how you’ve made it your own, and that colour-coded thread wall. Aaaaah lovely… x

  23. Sherry May 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    It looks great and organised plus – I bet you love getting to work each day! No doubt you will have grown out of it in no time the way you are going!

  24. Vicki Kate May 18, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Nosey question…

    Which overlocker do you use? I’m starting to seriously consider getting one so thought I’d ask!

    What do you love about it, what do you wish was different? Anything drive you insane about it?

    Thanks for any advice you can give x

  25. Casey May 18, 2011 at 4:57 am #

    We got that same Ikea bookcase a few years ago for our bedroom and it was a total pain to build–even though we followed the directions. lol. Once it was done though, it looked great–and is still one of my favorite pieces in the house (also because it’s good for displaying shoes too! hehe!). Love your new office space and wanted to say a big congratulations that it’s finally set up and you’re settled! :)

    ‚ô• Casey

  26. Erika May 18, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    Thank you so much for showing us the office! Can I just say that your dedication and general enthusiasm is so inspiring? You always puts a smile on my lips and sewing thoughts in my head (which was probably already pretty crowded by such) =)

    I’m so envious of the thread storage! Although I’m nowhere near your amounts, I still need to find a new storing system for my thread.
    Your comments on the bookcase made me smile. Being Swedish, IKEA-furniture have always been a given fact of life and I love assembling them. I do read the instructions very carefully, and it usually works out great. The only thing that really took forever to assemble was… my huge room-dividing bookcase (not the same model, but the same general idea). Maybe they’re cursed? =) But once it’s all set up, I love it!

  27. Loretta May 18, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Hi Tasia; I found your lovely website while browsing a link for “Button, Button” shop in Vancouver. Your office is lovely. You are a 10 minute walk from where I live! I can see Central Park from my “office” window! How cool! I wish you all the best in your sewing business. I love to sew.

  28. Alessa May 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Awesome! It looks like a great cross between creative and business space!

  29. Tasia May 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks everyone! It’s not always that neat, especially when I get really into a project!

    @Vicki Kate: I have a Babylock Eclipse – you will die when you see how much it costs! I love it, I’ll put up a little post about it shortly as I do get a lot of questions on it. When I bought it – 5-8 years ago – it was the best you could get. They let me take it home and play with it on a rental basis, knowing that as soon as I got used to it I’d end up buying it!
    Why is it so awesome? It threads itself. Yes, it does! I was young and a little foolish with money at the time, and not having to fuss with threading the machine was worth it to me. There’s nothing I would change about it, nothing drives me nuts. I’m so happy I spent the money on it back then as it would be a lot harder to justify now!

  30. Tasia May 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Oh yes, and thanks for all the reassurance that the expedit bookcase was a pain to build for you too. Nice to know I’m not alone!

    And how cool that the locals know where I am! Hello, neighbours! :)

  31. Sewing Princess May 20, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    @Lauren: I also have the same bookshelf in the smaller version… and it was a pain to build…at one point I was on top of the bookshelf to get those pieces to snap in place. It’s a great product but definitely takes all the fun of building furniture away…

  32. Vicki Kate May 20, 2011 at 3:27 am #

    As it’s a babylock, yes I will die!!! All I hear is fantastic things about them but it is so so so much money! Just as well no one near me does a rent it service on them as I would buy it. Sigh.