Fabulous DIY Colored Pencil Storage!

Hello friends! I recently mentioned that I had put all of my pastel pencils, watercolor crayons and colored pencils back in the tins they came in. They were previously in a pen rack I picked up at a scrapbook store for $5 when it was closing and I liked having them all out within reach but I got a really nice bar stool from my sister for Christmas so now I like to sit at my high table and work and I can place the tins on my shelf behind me, I have a heater under the table as I explained in my craftroom winter mode video.  Also I wanted them to be portable in case I want work elsewhere, like say upstairs by the fire.  All of my pencils had tins except for my Prismacolors, I got my first set of 60 when I was 5 (my art teacher insisted) and replaced used up ones through the years then got a 144 set 15 years ago and as they would get used up I’d replace them as well. I’d say I have about 175 pencils. So I made a plan and asked my hubby to make it:

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Want to see it in action, have a look:

Now, I’m not a woodworker but I did measure my box and noted the sizes and materials for you here, I hope it is helpful, if the measurements are odd it could be due to sanding or using up what was on hand.  The removable dividers are 1/4″ plywood while the top and bottom are 1/4″ Masonite, I’m pretty sure you could use all plywood or all Masonite.  I love the Masonite for the lid because it make a really great surface to color on, talk about portable!

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Use this a guide to design your own. I have some room to grow but if I was going to travel with this I’d put some bubble wrap in ant empty spaces so the pencils would not bounce around in there. Tomorrow I will share a tour of my craft room so you can see how I store other stuff! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Fabric Stash Storage!

Hello friends! It rained yesterday, really rained and the kids and I were stuck inside but since I like to be home it was nice, I didn’t have great weather to feel guilty wasting;) So I hung out in my sweats and set off to tackle the ever growing baskets of fabric scraps that have accumulated in my craft room. Here is the after picture:

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Now, if you are brave…or kind…or a highly functioning hoarder like myself watch the video and see how I got my mess under control. Don’t mind the glittery sweats, we are all friends here right?

I have to say I am rather pleased with myself. I did not spend a penny and my fabric is neat and tidy and ready to use and best of all I can get the piece of cloth I want without messing up the rest of the stash.  The best part was that I was able to toss stuff I was given that I did not even like but felt like I should keep anyway. I am stopping that madness! The small scraps of fabric and felt I still like have gone into a bag and I will use it with my kids craft class next month. Tackle the stash, make it usable, toss the stuff you don’t want, make a plan for the rest! BTW if you have cloth you don’t want contact your local Project Linus and they will use the fabric to make security blankets for children in need or maybe turn the stash into a lovely quilt or blanket to donate, that way you can enjoy the cloth, create, destash and feel good;)

Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: A Boxing Day Recap!

Okay, I’m a day late for What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday hosted by the fabulous Julia at the stamping ground. That’s because yesterday I was too busy sorting beads…

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I got 2 more Ultimate Stackers from my sister for Christmas so I tackled the big box o’ beads I ordered a month ago from Fire Mountain Gems. I placed a large order because I depleted most of my bead stash making jewelry to sell at the craft fair and the beads at Joanns and ACmoore were so expensive that I could not make jewelry with them and earn a profit. The beads from FMG were better quality and a fifth of the price! I paid $1 for most strands of glass beads and they were 12″-36″ long strands! I cannot recommend them highly enough and they did not give me any free beads to say that LOL!

BTW you can see my bead organization video and tips here.

Oh, excitement! My wonderful husband bought me the Fireworks bead making kit for Christmas for making lampwork beads! I now have a bead torch! I just need to pick up a MAPP gas can from the hardware store and I will be in business. You all know how I love to melt gas and work with questionably dangerous tools and supplies! Don’t worry, I will keep the fire extinguisher handy:)

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I have been working on some other crafty storage projects yesterday too and I hope to have a new studio tour video up soon since it has been 3 years since the last one and a lot has changed in my little (ahem…ever sprawling…) corner of the basement and I’d love to share that with you. In the meantime the rest of the house looks like a tornado of kid has hit it and I really should do something about that!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Rock Me Like a Hurricane!

***Edited to add an apology to anyone one I offended who may have read the first two sentences of my blog post and nothing more. I did not mean to downplay the seriousness of Hurricane Sandy, not at all. Weather forecasters were predicting that we (in Maine) could have several inches of rain and a couple of feet of snow and we lucked out. I feel sorry for anyone who has been hurt, lost property or who have friends suffering with the storm. I wish people would read an entire post before becoming outraged and jumping down my throat. End edit*****

Huh, I just noticed that I have used song titles in all of my posts this week…whatdya know? Hurricane Sandy came and went and despite the prediction that it would be (another) storm of the century it was nothing but some wind and rain for us in central/eastern Maine. My heart goes out to all the folks on the Eastern Seaboard south of Portland that got hit hard and lost homes, businesses ad loved ones. I spent yesterday listing to the thunder and rain, making earrings and watching Doctor Who (Yes! another awesome British TV show on Netflix!!!) Speaking of awesome British things it is time for What’s on your workdesk Wednesday hosted by Julia at the Stamping ground. Check out my hot mess this week:

 

I went through a couple miscellaneous bins of bead soup and organized my glass beads by color, put away stray findings, cords and other odds and ends that I have picked up but not stored properly and as I sorted I pulled beads to make jewelery with. I was asked to help a couple of Junior Girl Scouts earn their jewelry badge so I figured it was a good time to reorganize and consolidate so I could fit everything back in one tote again…I’ll post picks of my newly organized storage another day. For now, here are my glass beads, looking at their organized goodness makes me happy!!!

 

I wanted to share a cheap and easy earring packaging idea with you: Cut ATC sided cards, stamp ona frame, poke two holes for the earrings and slip them in clear trading card baggies.

 

It keeps them clean and from getting lost at a craft fair or in a shop. I write the price on the back in pencil so the buyer and erase it if it is for a gift. I sell my earrings for $5 and they move briskly!

 

Well, that’s it for me today! I have to get ready to take the kids Trick-or-Treating tonight. A few of us are starting the night’s adventure from my house so I am making a pot of veggie chili and I am going to put out the decorations I made yesterday (I’ll snap a pic of my table tonight!) I hope we keep the tropical temperatures that Sandy brought with her so the kids don’t have to wear their winter coats over their costumes…I’m just glad we are not going out in 2 feet of snow! Oh and an update on the coffeepot, still nor working, I’m gonna toss it, but luckily my espresso machine is running just fine, here is what is in my cup this morning, a large soy-latte:

 

Not bad, eh? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Organizing ideas for crafters {and a tour of my craftroom!}

Howdy! I have been picking away at my craftroom for the past few weeks…a shelf here, a drawer there, purge, shuffle, move this, donate that and best of all fall in love with all my old supplies I have forgotten about! Sometimes I think we get overwhelmed by all of our fabulous stuff  to create with that it keeps us from being creative. Here is a video tour of my crafting space, I apologize for the unedited version, my video software was not working today so I uploaded it to youtube as is. That said, enjoy the video :)

Here are some photos of my craft room if you want another look:

Lindsay’s Organization Tips:

  1. Don’t get overwhelmed. Tackle one bit at a time. Got 15 minutes? Clean out a drawer. Got an hour, clean that desk. You’ll be surprised how the time adds up!
  2. Don’t buy anything or bring anything new to your studio while you are cleaning/organizing unless it is for cleaning and organizing. Bags of new supplies will only add to the chaos. Vow not to spend a dime on crafting stuff until your craft area is clean and organized.
  3. It’s OK to give away! I know it is hard to get rid of stuff you paid good money for but really are you going to use all of the 5-year-old paper and stickers in your stash? If you are by all means keep it, but, if you are not I bet there are teachers, scout leaders and senior citizens who would love your cast offs. If you don’t love it anymore don’t keep it, it will only make you feel bad that you bought it to begin with.
  4. Don’t shop for storage until you have cleaned, purged and sorted your stuff, otherwise you will end up with bins and shelves that do not fit your stash. You can stroll down the storage isle at the store for sure to get ideas just don’t purchase until you know what you have.
  5. Shop your stash. While you are organizing look at all the treasures you have collected over the years, I bet there are some “gotta have it” stamps that never saw ink and paper that “is too special to use on just anything” in your stash that you have forgotten about. Now is your chance to use it! When you are confronted by the latest trend or “gotta have it!” product ask yourself these 2 questions: “Can I get the look with something I already have?” and “Do I like this better than the stuff I already have”   If the answer to these is “no” then wait a week, if it is still  on your mind, only then, consider purchasing it.
  6. Maintain, take 15 minutes after each project to tidy up!

So, no matter if you have a card table in the corner of your bedroom, a fancy scrapbook studio or a corner of the basement to call your own you can make it an organized paradise!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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