I am writing a series of three posts this week for Scrapbook Update (first can be found here: http://www.scrapbookupdate.com/2010/05/31/organization-talk-the-big-picture/ ) about organization.
Who am I to talk about it? What are my qualifications?
Well, except that I’m a lifelong crafter and have tried a load of things and spent more hours cleaning than I care to think about.
So I’m going to talk about storage/organization this week over there, and I’ll do some posts here (in addition to some project posts) over here on my blog.
The #1 “why May, why?” question I get pertains to my non-craft materials in here. WHY do I take up valuable space with random bits that aren’t craft materials?
Answer: They make me happy.
That’s the bottom line. This studio is my “batcave”, my place where I can retreat and where anything I say goes. I choose to fill it with items I’ve still got from childhood, I hang my necklaces around in here, I leave books, flowers, containers, silly things… anything that makes me smile and that I want in here, stays.
Above a number of items in a cool framed shelf thing from Target – including the bell I bought as a kid in memory of my (passed away) pony.
I think what I love most is the mix of supplies, visually inspiring bits, and pieces of my history. In a way, this room is a scrapbook of my life. Trophies from my days of competing on horse show circuits, pictures, ephemera, and anything else I want…
Jason on my horse Amigo – in a frame I’d decorated at the time (age 18 or 19).
Even a name badge from my days working at the bank…
Things get moved around, things get thrown out sometimes too. It’s a work in progress, but I always enjoy spending time in here.
above: Princess Giselle and prince charming, separately saved from a 2 year old Elizabeth (broken) and welcomed into a peaceful life in the studio.
below: the Dukes of Hazzard cars I got as a teenager (maybe in my Christmas stocking?) that I never wanted to take out of the package.
I will be sharing more thoughts (and craft-relevant) details of my space (dojo, batcave, studio, whatever you want to call it!) all week. If you have any questions, or if you can think of anything you’d like me to cover I’d be happy to hear from you.