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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I might be able to find my stuff now!

Does straightening up your art supplies
get you excited about creating??
I've been trying to put away some of the visual clutter in my studio
and it's really made the space look so much better!!
I have so many tiny things that I thought if I could group
and conceal some of them it would help the room not look so junky.

Remember the piece I found at Michael's Saturday?
I was able to use a half off coupon and of course you know I loved that!!
I've filled it up now....

Ribbons on the side ~

Odds and ends in the top ~

Glitters in the first drawer ~

Assemblage and collage embellishments and doo-dads ~

More ribbon ~

Today I decided that I'd like another piece
of this organizing furniture from Michael's.
Not the same piece but a different one.
I took in another 50% off coupon to use and then
when I checked out it was 50% off already!!
It has four boxes that I just placed the lids on the bottom
so I could use them like drawers.
(I already had the carousel that's on top)

This is now my snippet box, bigger and much better!
Great for saving those tiny scraps that can still be used.

I love my nature stash ~ perfect for assemblages....

I think this is an acorn cap from a burr oak....
doesn't it look like a hat??

Twine, hemp and string ~ a few artificial flowers

Eggs and small pine cones ~

I love getting my supplies organized and so I can find them...
I'm getting there!!

I hope your Tuesday is wonderful sweet friends ~
hugs and love,


Dorthe said...

Hi sweet Dawn,
How funny, I`m on that road too, -trying to make a little room for creating, in my studio, --only have to say that in my place ,there is much more mess, and I really don`t like to throw away!!!!!!! Your new furnitures makes it much more easy.

Have a wonderfull day dear friend.
Love and hugs, Dorthe

Val said...

hahaha... i'm here trying to get my bits and pieces organised too! it amazes me how much i have stored away in various nooks and corners. have fun!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

It is hard to believe you need to be organized to be better inspired... the drawer with the teal and brown ribbons sets my heart aflutter...
The drawers are perfect, each item available at a quick glance and inspiration at the ready.

Lululiz said...

Oh my goodness, Dawn, they are right little treasure chests, I just know I could spend hours looking through them and oohing and aahing over the contents.

sissie said...

Now listen Dawn, because of you I have to get off my lazy butt and go get organized! You have inspired me to make my mess look like small works of art. I enjoyed peeking into all your goodies. You are ONE ORGANIZED CHICK!
I was at Michaels yesterday and did not see that fantastic big piece but I'll check back again.
Love it.

madrekarin said...

That's the best investment you could have made. Both of those little organizers are super. Just think, now you can get more stuff into yoru studio! ;)

Anonymous said...

Perfect, Dawn! Don't you love these pieces of organizational furniture they manufacture for us creative souls!

Yesterday I spent sorting tiny, teeny beads! I sorted according to color, size, style....because I like to buy assortments instead of containers of all one type unless they're seed beads - which I use the most of.

It was fun! Rather relaxing. I used my tweezers, of course!

You're right, there's something enjoyable about organizing. And....I think we find things we've forgotten all about! Which leads to more inspiration!

Hubby and I especially like your little "library card" box that you found at the Hobby Lobby. We're going scouting for one of those!
He said "Let's go today!" Can you believe this man! 9 degrees outside and windy! I passed! ;-)

Hugs!! Diane

Anonymous said...

PS: I just showed Hubby your collections of goodies! He chuckled! "Just like you", he said!
Especially the goodies picked up on nature walks! They're the BEST!
Diane (again)

Miss Sandy said...


I love your new storage! Even more I love getting a peek at your supplies. I have just one more tiny area to go over and my 11 month journey of reorganizing my studio will be complete! Yep, 11 long months of culling, sorting, and grouping and I am finding I am more apt o be creative since I put hands on things quickly. Finally I get to doing some of the pretty stuff! I adore your studio and hope mine can grow up to be like yours one day!

Beth West said...

I've been wanting a tabouret (sp?) for a long time. Good for you for finding one at half price. Where do you get the 50% off coupons for Michael's?

Your collections and supplies are so inspiring. You've set yourself up to love, love, love your time in your studio. Enjoy many delightful and productive hours creating.

bayrayschild said...

Good morning Dawn,
I so love to visit your blog!
Always helpful, giving and visual!

Great organization! It always makes me feel much better about my space and working in it.

Thank You!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Dawn:
Looks like you'll have lots of fun with your new organization cabinets. Everything looks perfect to me!
Happy New Year!

BellaRosa said...

Dawn amor, I love all your new storage! Hmmm can you come down to Calif and help me finish up my stuffs :) I am so happy that bebe Clara is doing so much better! I can't wait to see what new beauties you have created :) Besos, Rose

p.s. I love seeing all your art supplies :) hmmm I think I need to make a shopping list now :)

Joy Lett said...

Yeah- cleaning up the work space is on my list for this week. Being organized is the key and yours looks great. I'm glad I also have a closet - the catch all- for all the things that don't have a drawer. :-) I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who collects nature- that's my favorite. Joy

WondrousStrange said...

So inspiring...still have tons to do around the house before I can tackle the studio...but it will be my treat for New Years Day. Hope you don't mind if I use some of your organizational tricks...:)

My problem is...I know were everything is, until I organize! Then it is a whole new learning curve!

Your work is a treasure to behold! Thanks for sharing!

Astonishing said...

Hi Dawn,
Love your blog and your room.
I have been doing the same thing for the last couple of days, i have 5 sections in my craft room for diffrent crafts. I have been trying to reduce visual clutter. I have so many supplies that as i am going thru them straightening and calling myself throwing away, i just cant depart because they are new or i have a grand project for it. Either i need a bigger room or just close my eyes with a trash bag in my hand, lol

Jeannette P

red.neck chic said...

So..... I have a sewing room awaiting your magic touch....
And a few Michaels coupons. LOL

Love the "hat" and oh my goodness... I could play for hours in all of your fun stuff!!!

Happy Organizing!!!
;-) Robelyn

Anonymous said...

Your amazing Dawn!!!! Even your storage looks like art!! Thanks for sharing. I was hoping to set up a corner in the house for me to work over the holidays but I haven't had the time - my kids are keeping me busy. But I don't mind. My almost 18 year old wants to hang out with me and that means more to me than anything! Lisa
Oh ya, belated Happy Birthday!

Andy's Attic said...

Love seeing all your creating "things". I love to organize and then it all gets messed up again! Thanks for letting us take a peek.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Dawn,

These look like great craft organizers! You have some fun stuff in there. It's nice when everything is neat and organized. Happy crafting!


Mademoiselle Julie said...

Lovely & great job on organizing your stuff so well! I know I am ready for 2010 b/c I've cleaned my room last weekend too! :-) Happy crafting & here's to a happy, healthy New Year! Cheers, Julie

Karen Valentine said...

Oooooh Dawn, I want to come over and play in YOUR studio!!! I love all your fun goodies. That new piece from Michael's is great!! It seems every time I clean up my work space it inspires me to mess it all up again too! Have a happy and safe New Year sweetie!

My Desert Cottage

Sandy said...


My SIL Jo from My Gramms Soul told me about your blog! I have a whole room I am trying to get ready to be a craft room. It is a bit daunting and I am stopped dead in my tracks right now, but I love these kinds of posts! Those are great organizers you got a Michaels! I am going to get my room done, and then have the fun of getting organized! I have to get busy! LOL Thanks for this post! Sandy

Leann said...

A belated Happy Birthday my friend! I love you new organization. It does feel wonderful to organize and get creative. I had to clean and organize out of necessity (my son came home and stayed in his old room - my now craft studio:)

Happy New Year!!

Leann said...

It looks great, I just want to dig into the drawer full of feathers & other beauties of nature. Don't you just love to organize? I go through my things & find stuff I've forgotten about. It's like Christmas all over again.

Barbara Jean said...

Oh my gosh Dawn!

If you ever saw my messes you would probably croak!
Wonder how i ever get anything done the way i 'store' things, and especially when i am working.
If I were not so embarrassed, I would take photos of all the mess.

You all would feel so wonderful about how tidy your things all are. =0))

blessings and hugs, and thanks always for coming by. =0)

barbara jean

Anonymous said...

I love seeing how you organized all your small things drawer by drawer- love the string and nature drawers! Sometimes I like the organizing better than the actual doing.

--Vicki K.

My Grama's Soul said...

Hey dear friend - It is a new year and a time to get organized. YOU GO GIRL!! I love seeing what you come up with..

Blessings to you,


June said...

Dawn this is too cool and something I need to do so badly. I get frustrated when I start a project and can't find something I need to finish. This has inspired me clean up my own space...I think.

Elyse said...

hi dawn,

awesome use of the 50% off coupon! i walked around michaels 3 different times trying to pick just the right thing. guess what? i just ended up buying some flocking powder!?


Linda K. said...

I sure do like all the furniture pieces they have today for organizing all our stuff. I'm glad you have something for your ribbon, and all your little things you use on a daily basis is right on hand. I still have to run to Ikea and go back to Michaels to check out more stuff. That's what we need is more 'stuff'! But it's for art and creating I say!
Thanks Dawn, for all your ideas and tips.

Robin's Egg Blues

Lisa said...

I think we all are trying to organize and get ready for the new year. You should really be a professional organizer (in your spare time) have quite a knack for creating and organizing systems! Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

You have inspired me. My workspace is a wreck. Oddly enough, I just posted about it this morning, not long before finding yours.

Shabby Cottage Studio said...

I love organizing, it makes me feel creative! That burr cap so looks like a littelbaby cap, all it needs is a ribbon tie. :-)
Belated Happy Birthday Dawn and Happy New Year!

Halo Hill said...

Oh my dear! If you saw the state of affairs in my workshop, you'd never craft again. (And it would force you to run screaming into the streets). If I haven't scared you yet, please come to Oregon right away!



Anonymous said...

Like minds think alike! I was on vacation all of last week and spent 4-5 full days going through every single craft supply box and drawer I have. I packed a pickup truck full of stuff to give my sister and cousin and still have enough for 50 people. It is ridiculous, but I am just addicted to craft supplies. I did find some things I forgot about, do you do that too?? Glad your Christmas was great with that adorable grandchild. Best wishes for a wonderful new year as well. QueenMarcy

Mitzi Curi said...

I love getting organized, but I have discovered that it only takes me a couple minutes to mess up a perfectly clean space! I like to see all of my materials laid on on horizontal spaces. My dream is to have a 20 foot long work table! Maybe two!


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