Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Inspiration Post: Art Room/Studio Storage

Ok, ok, I've said it for 2 years now.....going to purge all the built up stuff that accumulates in a home you've lived in for 26 years and GET ORGANIZED! 

One area that really gets out of control is my art room/studio. Between various projects I am working on and the constant additions of my flea market, antique and thrift finds it gets ridiculous. I really do like things in their place it's just that who has time to keep that up when you are working, maintaining a home (for me inside and out), family  and friends, a blog and on an on! Eventually though you walk in the room and it looks like a bomb has gone off and decide it is time. OR THE ULTIMATE MOTIVATOR.....COMPANY IS COMING!!!!

So off to Pinterest I went to seek inspirations. I love finding clever ways to store all the things that accumulate in this area....vintage flea market finds like lace, buttons, jewelry then there's the books, art supplies, papers and on and on. Here are a few of my personal inspirations.......

Ok, not quite sure how this is done, but I like it. What are those metal bands, where to you find them and do I have to have a PHD in Home Construction to do it!????
Ok, this I can handle....hole poking....I can do that without too much self-injury!

I don't sew, but I thought some of you that do may like this inspiration idea.
I have one of these for my acrylics and brushes.... another subject I will be posting.
You've done it... reach in that container to find the zig-zag scissors 10 times before you find the right one.  One exasperation eliminated.

Love this idea of crates on the wall!
Who hasn't already done this, but it IS a great use of space. I've been using these for years...even as far back as when my daughter (now 24) was in her Barbie Era!

Ok...I just had to include this..what an artistic way to organize your colored pencils...trouble is mine would be stubby to tall, slanty and one rush project would have the colors more like a Kandinsky painting....more like this.....
Color coding and canning jars are so inexpensive.
Will show you my version of this ribbon storage.

I'm always looking for ways to organize craft paper and make it easily accessible without shuffling through piles of papers!

This a a great organizing idea for stamps!

Have arts n crafts...will it!

Paint stirrers...great idea...better than mine:

Handles on cigar it!

Think I saw these at Ikea.

Ok here is what I have done so far....believe me these photos don't show all that really needs to be done. I need to paint, but seriously don't know how I am going to be able to move some of this furniture myself. I'm showing you the good, the tolerable and the ugly because I think we all struggle with projects like this. Sometimes you just have to do it in stages.
 I loved finding this old drawer, it's on my drawing table for organizing pencils, markers and tools.
 A peak at my old printers drawer for my vintage jewelry finds....more on that another time.

 Found this old step stool ladder for a couple dollars....great book shelf and table top!

 Old wood box for storage.

Thrift store find...still needs to be given a little somethin, somethin!
$2.00 chair still playing with what I'm going to do with it.
 Big organizing purchase but still got it 40% off at Michaels, 
gotta love those coupons!
 My husband used this for storing nuts and painted and holding all sorts of treasures like vintage chandelier crystals, buttons and skeleton keys.
 My brain-storming board.

Don't colored pencil holder...a lot less trouble, Ha!

 I save old brie holders for holding things I may use for different projects. As I go through my storage areas I grab things that might work and keep them in separate ones for each project so they are ready to go when I want to work on them.

I will keep you posted on how I progress. Hope this has given you some organizing inspirations. Please post your own ideas....I would love if you'd share!

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  1. So fun to see what you've done so far. I've also spent the last three days going through my studio cabinets...reorganizing, recycling and giving away things. It's so spacious and extra clean right now I'm waiting to start working in Have fun!

  2. You are doing great!

    Those metal things holding the jars are hose clamps. You can get them at any hardware store or home depot, lowes, etc. They are used in all kinds of applications from automobile to plumbing. These appear to be plumbing clamps. Go to the plumbing section and show them your picture. Take a jar with you so you can measure for the right size.

    These are metal. You can mount them to a board or piece of moulding (as in the picture) with a screw.

    Then, with a straight screwdriver, you turn the little screw on the clamp until it is tight around your jar. They will be happy to show you how to loosen and tighten at the store.

    No phd needed and they are cheap.

    Good luck! I want to see it when you finish.

  3. Love all these wonderful organizing ideas. Looks like you're off to a good start. I have good intentions and the same problem in my room. I put in a huge desk and now the desk is full of stuff.

  4. Such beautiful ideas! I've got my studio all in plastic works for me as I live in the dustiest spot in the entire world. lol

  5. You're so inspiring! I love all your organization solutions so much!!! Hope you're having a GREAT week!!! XO, Aimee