And, not only reading it, but thinking about whether or not your space enhances creativity, or diminishes it.
Could this quote from the above article describe YOUR space: “These spaces feed into a mythology of the workspace: the artist is not just a creator, but is surrounded by beauty so that he may create it.”
Or, is this a more apt description of your creative space? “Today’s studios are far less opulent: Jeff Koons’s studio features numerous Lysol cleaning spray bottles for polishing and fluorescent-hued cartoon paintings of a very different aesthetic era.”
Craft Storage Ideas: Color Is Your Friend! Craft Storage & Organizing By Color – Worth a Try?
Who’s looking for a little colorful inspiration?
How about colorful inspiration for organizing your crafting supplies?
I came across a three craft storage products that I thought you might want to check out, especially if organizing by color is something you want to try, or already love.
Of course these products would also be great if you just really like lots of color in your creative space or when crafting on the go!
This is the first time I’ve seen these items at retail, and I haven’t had a chance to try all of them out myself (yet!), but I thought I’d share them right away in case you’re on the hunt for a new solution for organizing by color, or simply organizing with colorful solutions.
Craft Storage Idea: Fabric Storage Baskets Craft storage ideas are all around us!
Hello craft storage lovers – we know, it’s been a while!
We’ve been working on craft storage ideas to share with you in 2016 and we thank you for hanging in there with us while we regrouped.
To kick things off, I’m sharing a quick handmade craft storage project I came across while perusing some new-to-me craft blogs – this project’s not only super simple, but one that’s perfect for using up your fabric and/or felt scraps.
Craft Storage Ideas: Repurposing Household Items – Small Item Storage Craft storage doesn’t have to be pricey – look around the house for unused items!
Who’s up for an inexpensive and easy-to-find storage solution?
How about a simple solution for keeping items in drawers sorted and accessible?
We’ve got a “Now why didn’t I think of that?!” solution for you…
Ice cube trays!
Not only do their compartments have sloped sides, making it easy to retrieve tiny items (just place your finger on what you want and slide it up the side!), they’re also short in stature, meaning they’ll easily fit into shallow drawers (drawers that often go unused because nothing fits in them!).
Everything comes unpainted, in the natural wood that you see above (lower left).
That raw wood piece is actually the Marker Nook and I purchased two of those – one will hold my clear blocks, and the other will hold my few regular-sized ink pads, along with aqua pens, journaling pens and so forth.
I actually purchased the ink Combo Holder and the Lock Down Punch Holder as a Package Deal, which saved me some money.
It pays to plan ahead and purchase your pieces at the same time to get those bundle or bulk discounts when you make your purchase.
As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.
Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!
Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.
And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:
Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’sCorner is taking over!
Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.
We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.
Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!
It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!
Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.
Steph’s Thoughts on CSI
“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.
It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.
My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).
The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!
It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”
As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.
But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!
We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.
So, what will we be doing now?
“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”
“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. 🙂 I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”
We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.