Time to organize my craft supplies. I start by looking at everyone’s craft rooms, the ones who post pictures. The others are rather cagey about the state of their stash, so no one ever gets to see how they go about things. My so called system involves 2 large plastic totes with lids, 1 small plastic tote with lid, and the rest of my yarn runs free and wild throughout the house. At least it seems that way, if I look at my craft supplies as a whole and not just the yarn, I don’t have that much yarn. I don’t even have that much in the way of paint and painting supplies. What I do have is a huge mess of miniature and dollhouse supplies. I don’t know of anyone who has come up with an effective way to keep miniatures organized. This is because miniature making uses all the things: glue, paper, clay, beads, paint, pastels, pencils, markers, scissors, razors, brushes, clay tools, fiber, shaping mats, wood, wood tools, fabric, ribbons, embroidery floss, yarn, thread, needles, saws, carving tools, electrical wire, and you get the idea. I feel kind of sick thinking of it all.
Let’s start off easy.
I started off with my oil paints, seemed like the easiest place to begin. I had a wooden crate, it used to contain clementines, so not very big, with low sides. I made dividers with cardboard so that my crate now had 3 sections. Warm colours in one, Cool in another, and the last section holds white, black, and mediums. Apparently many artists hang their tube paints on a peg board, suspended by file clips. This is a neat idea, but only if you have a wall to hang the pegboard on. Most of the walls here have either a door or a window smack in the center. However, if I had a suitable wall, I’d love to use the pegboard system. The crate works. Its not pretty, but it works.
The next thing I investigated, was ideas for yarn. May I say, there are some rather impractical solutions for yarn organization floating around the net. I guess most of these people live in areas with no dust, pets, or insects. I also do not want my craft room to look like a yarn store, with their walls of yarn. Not that I have walls to do such, but still. Storing yarn above windows and doors… no, no, no. I’m short and I don’t want to drag out a ladder every time I want some yarn. I saw one gal organize her craft room using a rainbow system. Love it, wouldn’t work for me. I would have gaps in my rainbow, which would bother me, and spur me to buy more of everything in order to fill out the rainbow. This is not my goal here. After some thought, my plastic totes do the job, but I need a system for the partial skeins leftover from completed projects. I could sort them using a rainbow system, but I would need some clear containers and somewhere to set the containers. After a rummage through the laundry room, I came up with 3 large glass vases, in addition to my glass fishbowl I was already using. The largest one I filled to the brim with shades of blue. The fishbowl houses the purples, and… they look pretty good in there. Surprise, surprise, maybe I will overcome my aversion to purple, but not today. The reds found a home in a vaguely milk jug shaped vase, and the browns are in a skinny, ribbed vase that just barely fits. Lacking a place, the greens are in a plaster bowl.
While I was doing the yarn shuffle, I also watered all the big plants in the house. One of them decided to overflow unbeknownst to me. Fortunately, Super Liz the Wonder Cat alerted me to the impending flood. Now I get to finish organizing to the sound of water dripping into a metal bowl, “drip dink splot drip plunk!”
This, I decided, was a good time to take a break. Presumably there will be a part 2 to follow up at some point.