Thursday, April 25, 2013

Storage Stuff

I thought I would share a few photos of ways I store art supplies.  My studio is a separate building on our property (I know - I am very lucky!).  Circumstances have kept me from getting the interior completely finished but it is still a wonderful place to work and create.  I refuse to wait for 'someday when it's done' to use it.  There are lots of windows so the light is great and it is a place completely my own. (Well, except for the home projects that invade the space from time to time.)

I dream of having custom built-ins with a place for everything and everything in it's place.  I pin photos of studios like that.  But reality is a different story, so I find creative ways to store my supplies and keep some semblance of order.

I stumbled across this shadow box in TJ Max one day and thought it just might work for storing my bottles of Glimmer Glam.  I took it home, replaced the ugly knob with something cute, added a little shelf and voila.  The bottles are so handy now, all lined up so I can easily grab the color I want.  And with the glass door they are still visible but not gathering dust.

Many of you have probably seen this before, but it was a light-bulb moment to me when I saw it for the first time - acrylic stamps stored in empty CD cases.  I had tried several other awkward methods of storing my stamps so they would be easy to grab and use, but none of them worked very well for me.  The great part about this discovery was that I had a shelf I had bought for storing my cd's.  It was unfinished and before I could paint it and put it into service, I got an iPod and no longer needed my CD's handy.  So I pulled that shelf out of storage, painted it to match the shadow box, transferred my stamps to CD cases (which I found on clearance at Staples) and I was in business.

The third item I am sharing today is actually a little divided crate I found at Hobby Lobby.  Hung on the wall, it makes a perfect shelf for my ink pads and inks.  Before I had the ink pads in a small suitcase-like box that sat on top of my desk.  The ink pads were in there on their sides and I was afraid the lids might come loose and they would dry out.  Plus, I was always stacking other stuff on top of that box and it made it pretty unhandy to use the ink.  Now the ink pads are right above my desk on the wall and very easy to grab - especially with the label I put on the side of each one that identifies the color.

I'll share some more storage ideas in a future post.  And maybe someday this place will be tidy enough that I can show you the whole thing.  Okay, probably too much to hope for...

As always, thanks for stopping.

1 comment:

  1. Oh I do love a neat storage solution - thanks for sharing. MMx


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