Finally! I have been working on this post for about three days!!! Our computer was being completely uncooperative and unreliable and wasn't letting me load pictures and log on, the little bugger! Today it seems to have settled down and is letting visit with you! :-)
How do you store your arts and crafts supplies in your studio? Where do you store them? Do you have enough space for it? Maybe some of them are even unusual??! And how abot that space under the bed...?!
Oh be still my heart! This is the Studio Friday that's has my name written all over it! I am a storage and container lovin' girl! There was even a point about two years ago when I contemplated taking a part-time job (in addition to working full-time and going to school!) at Storables just so I could get the 40% employee discount. I am always dreaming up ways to store or display things and am always bringing new containers home, despite the fact that I have no more desk, shelf, or wall space. For instance, this followed me home from Art House a few weeks ago during their Sidewalk Sale.
It's a cutie! Not sure what I'll put in it since all my bits, beads, bobbles, and what nots already have homes. I'm sure I'll think of something though.
I have realized that as far as storage goes, function is not a priority. Things just have to be visually pleasing and that's it. Function only comes into play when I've run out of room!
There's quite the wide variety of the containers I use to store things. Baskets, cigar boxes, trays, tins, jars - old and new, plastic boxes, pegs, hooks, shelves, and bags. Whatever looks the prettiest!
I'll share some examples of how things are stored around my crafty room...
This is a shelf unit that Glen built for me when I first moved into my craft room. My vision was that all my rubber stamps and spools of ribbon would live on these shelves...HA! That was before I went on a Making Memories acrylic paints binge! Those paints are just so yummy and HAD to be displayed. Then I discovered the fab Martha Stewart jars at K-Mart, and then came the tins and well, as you can see, rubber stamps now only occupy about 1 and 3/4 of shelves.
Some more fun storage...
Those awesome drawers I found at Monticello Antique Marketplace. Last week or so when I was there, they had more but I resisted buying them out again!
I think I've finally broken myself out of the habit of buying metal drawers when I'm out and about. While I love 'em and they're pretty AND functional, it's always hard finding the right spot for them.
You can see that my storage solutions don't necessarily mean that I keep out things I'm likely going to use any time soon. It's just what's pretty.
And then lastly, these are the shelves right in above my desk. This shelf gets rearranged proably once a month. That little blue tray currently holds my growing collections of cool business cards and MOO cards! It's all about what makes me happy at the moment. :-)
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of how my supplies, collections, and obsessions are stored in my little crafty space!
I have some real fun stuff to share with you over the next couple of days. I received some FABULOUS mail art from Stephanie and I also received my Silver Bella Inspiration Swap from Kari! So don't run off too far...come back and see me real soon!