Behind the Magic Door…

Behind this sign is the door to my studio. This space is my get-away, my relaxation, and where I work. The whole basement is mine, well except for that 1 room that the holds the extra storage and dog kennels. I may or may not be guilty of finding a way to fill every available space in that basement. I was the one who flew up to do the house hunting, and while I wasn’t totally thrilled about this house when I first saw it, I did see the potential in the basement for an incredible studio. Last year, after finally getting more settled, the above sign went up on the door leading down to the basement. Redd Homestead was real.

Now, we are a little different than what most people may think of in terms of a “Homestead”. We aren’t like what you see on the TV shows of no running water, electricity, in the middle of woods. We are 10 minutes from fast food and shopping. We are very happy with our electricity (trust me our bills prove that), and have a great well with running water whenever we need it. With all those great modern features we do enjoy a few novelties of the true outdoors. On our acreage we have a pond the kids can fish on, are surrounded by trees in a conservation easement that help to keep the privacy. The neighbors cows and horses come over to visit our horses, goats, and us on a regular basis. We still get to feel somewhat tucked away in the woods, but still can go grab a quick bite to eat in town without having to go far. That’s my version of a homestead. We are home, and soon our home will be continuing to bloom with more buds on trees, the garden will be going in, and the pastures will be growing away as the livestock works to keep them mowed down.

Back to that door with the sign. That is my paradise area. Honestly, it probably looks like it could be a sewing machine store with my collection. My favorites are my Pfaff Creative Icon and Performance Icon. Pfaff really want above and beyond when they brought these out. They are not only beautiful to look at, but they do such amazing things. My love of Pfaff engineering shows as soon as you’re walking downstairs and greeted with the Creative 3.0 and Creative Sensation Pro 2. Turn the corner and there are the Icons (sitting right beside each other of course), as well as my Coverlock 4.0 serger and Expression 3.2. I do have other brands as well. My multi-needle is a Husqvarna Viking, and my industrial is a Juki. You may ask why I would need so many machines? The dear husband asked one time how I could run more than 1 machine at a time. My response is equivalent to “hold my beer”, though mine was more like “hold my sweet tea”. It very possible there will be at least 4 machines stitching away as I work. I’m even willing to show some pics of them as a total mess, muddy puppy prints and all, just to show how much I love this place.

So, now you’ve seen my studio (or most of it) in all it’s messy glory. Tomorrow the clean up job continues, and maybe I’ll post some pics of the clean up so yall can see what it looks like all clean and pretty. Also, if anyone has any questions in regards to why I love my Pfaff machines so much, please ask away. I’ve been a devoted fan for 10 years now and can’t imagine myself ever moving away from this gorgeous brand. Enjoy the messy space and muddy footprints. Just know, that if you’re ever at my house, and the door that has the Redd Homestead reverse canvas is up, there is probably something pretty being stitched away under my needle.

Redd Homestead was established in 2018 after a move from Texas to Maryland. Our focus is on the lifestyle of living in a semi-homesteading world, while also enjoying the comforts of modern life.

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