Today is June 19th, and that means it's time for the 2nd Where Bloggers Create party!
If you are looking for the main party page, just click the image above and it will take you back to My Desert Cottage.
Now I have seen the beautiful inspiring artful spaces in the Where women Create magazine and around some of the other blogs of party participants. When I own my own home one day I look forward to and aspire to do something similar myself. But for now, we live in an apartment and I can't do complete overhauls. It's simple organization solutions for me--ways to maximize space, and do so in a way that will ALSO maximize my productivity based on my habits when I am in the mood to create. I know myself, and I know my space. And it works for me. One day I will have a creative haven, but for now, I am still so very GRATEFUL for what I do have! When I began cardmaking I was a newlywed and truly was the Kitchen Table Crafter. I still spread out projects on the kitchen table from time to time, but I have been blessed with a new space to work in. I learned a lot about organization and myself during my kitchen table crafting time, and now I take that spirit and apply it in other ways. I hope now that it will help some of you--perhaps Kitchen Table Crafters yourselves--or even those of you with magazine-worthy studios... because, when it comes right down to it, we are all making a space that works for us, and our resources, in order to better do what we love.
Now for a peek into my closet....
Now I have told you all before that I am completely addicted to ribbon. Well, here you can see the proof. This corner of the closet was bothersome to me from an organizational standpoint. It was angled in such a way that there was no way to have shelving units on it or anything of the sort--it was wasted space! Aaaah! I thought about putting up pegboard--but then I thought of this solution; cafe curtain rods! For my loverly loverly ribbon! I bought 3 rods from WalMart, along with the extra long screw-in hooks to hold them, so that the rods would stick out enough from the wall to allow the ribbon to spin as I measured out lengths. I think the fact that the rods are mounted across an open space here helps as well. I also store my extra rolls of double-stick Scotch tape here as well.
Do you ever have trouble with a storage solution for your stickers, alphas, chipboard packs, and such? Mine were always just a little too tall to fit into drawer units; they stuck out or got crinkled, which annoyed me in the extreme. So I got a few packs of bookrings, large and small, from the office supply store and hung up the packs by type or category. I also have quite a few of my clear stamp sets hung up this way. Now I can easily glance through everything I have and it gets used... and I don't wind up buying duplicates or near duplicates. And as an added bonus, it's kindof like "shopping" through them all over again whenever I glance through. :) Up top on the high shelves I have my jewelry making supplies, art portfolio, small easel and cross-stitch things. I am involved in way too many crafts... how did this happen....?! :) Still, I wouldn't have it any other way......
I hang my fabrics up on hangers on the bottom shelf so that I can see them and therefore be motivated to USE them! i promised myself over a year ago that I would not buy anymore fabric until I had used up all I had. As you can see.... I've kept my promise and haven't bought any more fabric for QUITE some time. It'll take me forever to use all this up... because the problem is... I love looking at it the way it is! Does that ever happen to you?