When my daughter walked into my craft studio after the re-org, her first comment as she took it all in was...you got a lot of stuff! She is so right, I am not going to try and deny it or even begin to justify it (I am sure there is some deep psychological need behind it all)...I have a lot of stuff!
Believe it or not I have pared it down recently and given some away. I feel like what I have right now are all things that I use on a pretty regular basis...or plan to use soon...
I have developed a system of stations for different crafts, trying to group items together for easy access. Fortunately for me when we moved in here six years ago I inherited this built in bookcase which is the workhorse of my craft studio. It holds the majority of my supplies with the exception of paper, fabric and buttons which I'll show you tomorrow.
So heres the breakdown...
The brown crates hold all my glues, glue guns and my heating tool. The stacked boxes contain crinkle ribbon, small cuts of lace and misc. fabric charm packs. The red and blue buckets hold tags and vintage embroidered hankies and next to my craft book and magazines are a few of my vintage sheets.
These storage boxes are labeled and hold all the little things I use for paper crafts. The stack of books on the top shelf are old music paper, one of my (vintage) grammar school math books and and old dictionary that I use for mixed media.
Top shelf - smaller cuts of batting, misc. unfinished projects in all the baskets, the large suitcase on the top shelf holds stamps.
Paint brushes, sculpting tools, copic markers, washi tapes, and colored pencils...
Top shelf - The muffin tins hold my beads and jewelry supplies, the blue case is full of craft paints. Middle shelf holds threads and pins and the pink box contains my stamp inks and alpha stamps. The jars contain zippers and vintage thread spools.
My tool caddie, household notebook (I'll show you what I keep in there another time) and day planner, the small boxes hold sewing needles and Velcro.
The vintage make up case contains tulle, vintage wallpaper and a bit of velvet. The old fishing box is used for my teaching supplies.
So there you have it...my wall of stuff. This is the most practical storage area in my space and I have plans to change out some of the more utilitarian storage containers for pretty ones in due time.
If you stuck with me this far, thanks. I will be back to share more of my studio tomorrow.