Posted July 19, 2008
(WTNH) - With high gas prices and a shaky economy, a lot ofpeople are opting for stay-cations, instead of vacations. That timeat home might be perfect to finish up a quilt, family scrapbook orpaint an old chair. Here with some tips on how to do that isOrganizing expert Lisa Lelas.
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With more people opting to stay at home this summer, why notcarve out some time to finish up that quilt, family scrapbook, orfinally paint that old chair you bought at a flee market last year!Whatever your hobby, passion or craft ability...you'll enjoy yourcrafting and be even more productive with a few tips to help getyour craft nook in order!
First, make sure you have adequate lighting, good ventilationand ample workspace. If needed, place a plywood board on top of anold desk or table to create a large worktable. Position theworktable in the center of the room rather than against a wall, soyou can get to a large project from all sides. Near a window, fornatural light, is ideal.
Keep all like items together, just as I say for all the otherrooms in your house. All your stamping supplies should be in onelabeled bin/basket, glue gun supplies in another, etc.
Keep all your craft supplies handy in open bins or baskets forquick grabbing. And label all the containers!
Tape an open paper shopping bag to one end of your worktable tosimply brush in scrap paper or other throw-aways.
For painting big projects, try this: place a large rubber band(such as file bands) around an opened paint can through the centerof the opening, giving you a tool to rub your brush against forsqueezing out excess, drippy paint.
Even just one small piece of peg board on the wall near yourworktable with hooks and clips or a fabric covered piece of foamboard on the wall will allow you a place to quickly hang fabricswatches or pattern pieces rather than laying them out on yourworktable.
Hang a corkboard or a few corkboard squares for pinningreminders, craft instructions or finished photos of yourproject.
Baby food jars are perfect for keeping samples of various roomcolor paints throughout your home. This makes touch ups very easy.They can be hung on the wall in a spice rack
Hanging a narrow 2" shelf somewhere on the wall near yourworktable is good for holding smaller items that might tend to getlost in your project, such as glue sticks or a jar of pins or paperclips, etc.
Be resourceful. Even an old empty pizza box can serve as a quickportfolio, keeping all larger crafting projects in a safe place tostore or even dry.
Use a simple accordion file to separate and store scrap-bookingsupplies like background paper or even letters and stickers (sizethem accordingly).
A fishing tackle box works great for small craftingprojects...to hold painting supplies, knitting supplies andmore.
So get busy...start organizing your craft supplies today for avery creative & productive tomorrow! *Tips compiled byprofessional organizer, Lisa Lelas
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