Archive for December, 2012

I love to organize my crafty stuff almost as much as I love to use it and I don’t think I’m alone in this. Not too long ago, my crafting group was having a swap so I went through most of the sections of my room and tried to purge and organize. Even though I’m not a Quilter, the book Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter was extremely helpful in this. It is definitely one of the best craft organization books I’ve found (and boy, I’ve read a lot of them). This cleared my floor and worktable…briefly. Soon I couldn’t even get in the door.

If I can’t see it, I forget it’s there. That’s my biggest problem. However, one tip really stuck out to me. If something has a home, I will use it more.  Let’s say I just brought home some really fun flower embellishments. Normally, these would get set on my table because they are new and pretty. Inevitably, they would get buried under the NEW new and pretty things.  But now (or soon), after sorting everything into baskets and giving them a home, when I need a flower, I will go to the FLOWER basket and see them. AND not only will I see the new ones, but also ALL the other flowers that I have purchased and loved. Every time I go for one, I will see them all. It will be so much easier to remember what I have when I see them more often.

Since I’m new to blogging, I’m not in the habit of taking a bunch of pictures yet, so I forgot to take one at the very beginning of this process. These pictures are one night and day later. So in the first one, pretend you can’t see ANY of the floor. (My Bagua marital arts training came in handy as I tried to navigate my way through. ) I moved EVERYTHING that was on the floor to a separate room because I knew I’d at least need to walk around if I wanted to get anything done.

A superficially clean floor.

A superficially clean floor.

Then I set up the sorting areas on the big table, and the little wooden table is there so I didn’t have to keep picking everything up off the floor! I took one bag back into the craft room at a time and sorted everything into the baskets. I still had bags to unpack from the crop I went to in October. *Sigh* If something miraculously had a home already, I put it there. I can’t believe how much I got done in the day. Here’s the crazy state of my table right now.

I swear it's under there somewhere!


Yeah…I know. And this is a HUGE improvement! I managed to clean out several drawers in the tall Ikea wardrobe in the corner of the room and those will be filled with baskets of my newly sorted goodies. Then I can take the baskets to and from my worktable when needed. I’m also hoping the “just throw it in” approach with the baskets instead of containers helps me with putting stuff away since I spend so much of my time making things away from home.  Wish me luck and I’ll let you know how it goes!

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I’ve been making things since I was in Junior High. I remember taking a class with my mom at JoAnn Fabrics learning to make friendship bracelets. They even showed us how to add beads and I thought that was the coolest thing in the world! How those silly little beads take hold. Never would I have imagined how many I now have at my disposal.

Then I moved on to making beaded necklaces. That was my first business venture as I sold them to classmates and friends. It was really exciting to be making things I loved and then seeing that others enjoyed them too.

Since the beaded necklaces, I have bounced all over. Skipping from craft to craft has been like reading a hypertext story or a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I know they all connect in some way and as each new crafty adventure brings me deeper into it, it can just as easily slingshot me back to where I began with whole new experiences to apply the second (or third) time around.

My mom is the craftiest lady I know and I wish I knew how to do half the things she does. She could definitely give Martha Stewart a run for her money! We are constantly showing each other new tips, techniques, and projects. It’s wonderful and terrible! I just get addicted to more and more.

So…that’s a bit more about me. Sorry there are no pictures, but I’ll make up for it soon. Promise 🙂

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