Monday, March 14, 2011

Craft Room Organizing ~ Part 1

Organizing my craft room is always a work in progress. Just when I think everything fits in perfectly, I see a blog that inspires me to try a new craft project, all the necessary supplies are dragged up the stairs, and the old organizational "plan" no longer works. Hey...we're busy women with lots of STUFF! Here's how I store some of my craft supplies...although things do get moved around quite often.

Lately I've been into collecting all sorts of mismatched jars at Goodwill, flea markets, Home Goods...even from my husband's garden shed when he doesn't notice...and using them to store craft supplies in. I like that I can see what's inside at a glance.





And I need lots of storage for decorating and craft magazines. These Mary Engelbreit ones were a gift from my sister, Nancy, who did her whole craft room in a M.E. theme.
The Pottery Barn magazine file is empty at the moment because all of my P.B. catalogues are down on the kitchen table where I have been pouring through them for some Spring decorating inspiration. But they'll move back to the craft room soon...

And then there are the old standby magazine files from IKEA...love that place for storage items. I only wish it wasn't on the other side of Boston for us...worth the trip a few times a year though. As if the magazines didn't multiply like rabbits in my craft room, there are also the books...

Mary's are here...

and so many more. I'll never run out of ideas!

And what hard-working craft room could be without one of these?

It seems that I've taken many more photos than I'll ever fit in one post about craft room organization so I will save the others for later posts. You'll have to check back for "more storage tips from a crazy crafter"! In the meantime, I thought I'd leave you with some of the words I live by while I'm crafting. The first is a Mary Engelbreit poster on my craft room wall...

and, finally, some words I stenciled above it...
I think that about says it all!
This post is happily linked to:
Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple
Show Off Your Cottage Monday at The House In The Roses
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays at Coastal Charm
Tutorials and Tips Tuesdays at The Stories of A to Z
2nd Time Around Tuesday at A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words
M.E. Monday at Cherry Chick

16 comments:

Vicki said...

Hi, Cheryl. I just love your blog dedicated to your sister's sweet memory. Such a beautiful name. I have jars all over my craft space too. I love them. It is such a great way to display things. I've found some of my favorites at GW too. Just recycled some there!

riz said...

oh, i can see, jars are all over your pages...that's interesting...

i am now following you...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I don't have a craft room but I am thinking of creating an area in my basement. I love all the jars with stuff in them...easy to see! I need to get to IKEA and get some magazine organizers also. Good tips, thanks!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love your sweet blog! Your craft room is so organized... I love the see thru jars for storage.

dogsmom said...

You MUST also link this up with Cherry Chick's Mary Engelbreit party. (Mondays)
I seem to have a collection of jars as well, but yours look so much more organized than my hodgepodge. You inspire me to do some cleaning and strategic planning.
I look forward to seeing more.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Love the vintage jars with things in them. Looks like u have it organized and beautiful!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

You look pretty organized to me!!! Love how you labeled each jar!!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Cheryl,
Hello! How have you been?? I see you have been busy!! i love how you have everything displayed in those sweet jars!
I too have been straightening out my Craft/ Sewing Room and hope to be posting some new pics soon!

Hugs,
Debbie

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh my gosh! I love your cute blog. I'm your newest follower!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love the jars too! Love the labels & the poster is a huge crack up!

Sherree said...

Hello Cheryl, I am skipping over from ME Monday. I just love your blog. Your jars would be just the thing I would use if I had a craft room once again. I am a new follower.

SHerree
http://www.chmitlinfamily.blogspot.com

Cherry Chick said...

Hi Cheryl,
Thanks so much for joining us this week for ME Monday. It's always so fun to see new blogs join in. I so LoVe that ME poster you have. Too cute!
You have some great ideas for your craft storage. Have you seen the blogspot Crafty Storage?? I just drool everytime I visit and see all of the cools ideas people have on there.
So nice to meet you...
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Sarah said...

Cheryl, I need you to come and organize me. ;-)
I don't have a craft room, but I do have a closet that needs organizing. I organize it, then it fills up again. Guess I need more space. LOL
Thanks for sharing all the fun ME things. ~ Sarah

Anonymous said...

I love ME also and miss home companion so much! I lost my sweet mother to ovarian cancer at age 63 17 yrs ago. It is a terrible illness and she suffered a lot. I know you miss your sister so much; sounds like you were very close. I was close to my brother and lost him at age 55[ 14 months older than me] 7 yrs ago. veronica from n.c.

Gail said...

You're right, we need to re-evaluate our craft spaces because supplies run amok, we've used all we're going to use from a certain kit, and we change what type of craft we're interested in.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
PS I snorted a loud laugh when I saw your beauty poster.

wehortonful said...

i love the idea of the mason jars. i started it in my kitchen with all my spices and food, never even thought to start that in the craft room.. thanks