Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A stunning sewing room and a very talented lady

This post is about a home business I have spoke about in previous posts. I am very lucky to have met this very talented and amazing woman when I first moved to Kamloops. Bobby Jo and her Mom run a business called Sew Tied Up, they make hats, scarfs, shoulder bags, head bands, hair clips and so much more using men's ties...........yes I said men's ties. At the end of this post I will display some of the items they have made and give you the link to their site on facebook.

Bobby Jo 

This post is about Bobby Jo's sewing room makeover, this woman amazes me with her talents. I have to start this post with a pic of her adorable family. I don't know how a mother of 3 finds the time to do all that she does, this is one very busy lady. Isn't this the cutest family, makes me smile everytime I look at this pic of them

Bobby Jo displayed her sewing room photos on facebook and I was so impressed I asked her if I could do a post about it. She describes each photo and explains the steps, and I thought who better to tell you about her sewing room than Bobby Jo herself, so I am copying her explanations of her pics

The fireplace mantle area is still incomplete and thinking over what to do? I have ideas I am working on and meanwhile I placed this "mirror" that was broke, I cut a board for the back, the plaster frame was in 6 different pieces and were glued back together and than put on the board that was painted with chalkboard paint
Well I stored these cabinets in my husbands shed for awhile and I am glad I never donated them back to the store. I bought them awhile ago at Value Village. They had a nasty top attached to them and were raw wood. They were a steal at $20.00 and the craftsmanship put into them alone never mind the labour was a "Ikea" moment. QUICK.....start the car!!!!
Real nice deep drawers on rollers and the hardware already so they were just waiting to be separated, painted and a new plank top attached.
So the paint was a mistint bought at the Re-Store Benjamin Moore "Jalapeno Pepper" Cost $2.00
Cabinets Value Village Cost: $20.00
Planks for the top I used 2 boards 2 by 12 Cost: Approx. $7.50 each
The stain I had on hand so the cost for everything here so far is a total of $37.00 for my sewing table. Not bad right?
So I painted the cabinet in the "Jalapeno Pepper" The drawer fronts I stained in the walnut color and the planks are now dry fitted on top. I stuck the stool I had on hand from before and was purchased from a Second Hand Store. The stool was well worth it and I believe I payed $40.00 for it and it will get a new upholstered top when I find the right fabric.
I have a lot more to build around and above it, thread storage, etc. Thinking maybe a floating shelf above? Still working on my thoughts 
 Well if you guessed this to be one of those over sized t.v entertainment units your right! And because we no longer have the T.V. in this room anymore it was lose it or use it? And because I don't have a large cutting table area I thought why not build one to suit? So I am going to make this area my "cutting area".
Oh my goodness!!! Remember when my son said my sewing room was a mess!? I said to him, "creative minds are rarely tidy"! Yeah this room right now is far from tidy!
One feature wall painted and 3 more to go!!! Still in the decision making process.
 Nothing fancy but some common pine boards you can purchase at your local lumber store. I needed to raise the height of the unit at the end to 3 ft so I built a shadow box to sit on the one end and the boards will sit on the one end. On the opposite side they will rest on a board (2 by 4) screwed into the wall between the t.v. unit and into studs for strength and safety. I have had a previous cutting table with closed underneath storage. It wasn't working for me. I needed an open concept underneath for the air compressor and other items. My table height is at 3 ft and is a comfortable working height for me. This is also the height of a working kitchen counter top height approx. 
 Just need a coat of varathane and I can't wait to cut, measure, and create in this space! I bet it even ends up being a homework area for the kids:)
Added a wooden measuring tape to the side of the table handy, I need to add a couple more to the top and one for free hand!
O.K. this needs help but this is the mirror I was thinking of "marrying" to my nanny's dresser? Not sure? But it is grand for viewing hats and bags if someone wants to try them on?
Nanny's dresser in full view! I had this mirror on hand from another area in my home and "married" it to the dresser. I was thinking I should paint it out too but left it dark this will be handy for viewing items and trying them on a must have "mirror" The drawers hold surplus of fabric right now but I will be putting my tie surplus in there and colors. Might add some "chalk tags" to the drawer fronts.
 I am not going to lie this tested my patience yesterday! Imagine if I didn't "cheat" as well and handmade the thread dowel holding part! Yikes....this even is not enough storage for all my thread but it's a great start! I will have to make another one.
This was an old picture frame, I cut out a thin board set it into place from behind I then screwed(from behind) to secure the thread holder into place. I could have just sprayed the thread holder white but I think this adds character.
 This is where I put it all together:) The deep drawers are awesome and host my material, spray paint, and extra iron, tacks, etc! The shelf above is great and holds my scraps in those hot pink bins!
The end of the cutting table which was the center of the entertainment unit. I added the shadow box to the top and boards across for the table part. The bins in pink and blue were purchased from Walmart for $8.00 each and hold pre-cut bags and material. The bottom side where DVDs use to be stored are now areas where the tray pulls out and they hold my d-links, button, etc. waste no space!
Picked up this chandelier from a thrift store great accent for over the island and kind of pretty, works for me too!
 I built these two picture frames into the thread holders, very handy and visually appealing! I did get this idea from the inspiring wonderful "Pinterest" site.
 Before I had all of this wall with my ties on the rods but I decided to change it up and hang some of the ones that had the most character to me and it make's me feel inspired as well as they are kind of like "artwork"!
Handy that my air-compressor is now hidden away and at the same time handy enough to access. Under the table there is plenty of room for bins and stools
 (Which I need to paint and scored for $10.00 for 2) 
 Don't have a pin cushion?
My daughter had a antique doll passed down to her, I purchased a long time ago this chair for the doll to sit on. The chair ended up in her toy storage bench and I thought it would make a great pin cushion. It actually is pretty big and holds alot of pins.
 Isn't Bobby Jo's sewing room amazing
I thought I would include all of the incredible items that come out of that sewing room
I keep telling Bobby Jo that she needs to get her products on Etsy
She works so hard and I know all of her products would be such a big hit on Etsy
 Setting up every weekend is alot of work, but her booths are always so well organized and so pretty
Bobby Jo also reupholsters furniture with ties and fabric scraps
Here are a few of the items that Bobby Jo has upcycled
This womans talents have no end, she sews, she paints, she reupholsters, she creates
She is what upcycling is all about
Here is a pic of some of the items Sew Tied Up sells
 Flower Clips
 Shoulder Bags
If you want to see more of the products that are created and upcycled by Sew Tied Up you can find Bobby Jo on facebook just type
Sew Tied Up
I hope I have done her justice in this post, because I think her sewing room is stunning and so creative.  I am in awe of the talents of this very amazing lady, and consider myself very lucky to have met her.
 And I think after you read this post and check out all of her amazing products. You will see why I think this lady is so very very talented and why I wanted to let all of you know about her.
please share this post and her amazing products with your followers and friends
Hope everyone is having a great week
Happy picking, painting, sewing and upcycling


  1. Copied this message from Bobby Jo off of facebook

    O.K. Ms. Tobey now that I have tears streaming down my face because of your kind words and unconditional love and support.......THANK-YOU! Thank-You Tobey from the bottom of my heart! I too am glad that our paths have crossed and you are now a part of my life, I am honoured to be able to call you a friend. XXXX

    1. I guess that means you liked the post lol
      It was my honour Bobby Jo, anything I can do to let the world know about your business and your amazing products i will do, thats what friends do
      I hope this post brings you lots of new business
      hugs Tobey

  2. Wow, two very amazing Women! So Nice Toby to hear someone making "positive" comments about someone else's work. What
    a lovely way to be introduced to a new blog, Keep up the
    positivity girl! The world needs more people like you!:)