Just a little bitty update on what I have been doing on my mini blogging break. I have a lot of you bloggers to catch up with later. January is always a month of looking around and telling ourselves it is time to start a fresh year and I don’t know about all of you but January has always been a month of de-cluttering and donating. The first place I always start is my crafts. After the holidays with all the handmade we do and just how busy we all get with that part of our lives we don’t really keep up with keeping everything organized.
My craft closet may look organized from the surface but that is not the case. Things were getting put where ever it was convenient when we had so much to get done. Now looking everything over, I realized I needed to clean it all. I had art supplies all over the place and in places I normally wouldn’t know where to find them. It is so important to make sure every item when you are a crafter has a place to rest and be stored for the moments when not in use. Makes our lives so much more easier that way.
First I started with my yarns.
Yarns are one of my most used item in my hobbies. It makes things so easy to seperate them by colors, that way I know what colors I need when making baskets and other colorful things I am always using yarn for.
Once a year I also clean up my bulletin board.
I rearrange and take some things down and add news items to the board. It looks like a beautiful mess full of clutter on my board but to me it represents art and how it is always changing all around us. How art and our lives never stay the same. This board has things from the past and things from the present, plus images and words to help motivate me for things in the future. It is my favorite spot in my little craft closet and also the only place I allow messy to live permanently in our home.
With some items like glue, scissors, paintbrushes etc…I have several items because sometimes I will volunteer teaching others or teaching classes in my garden. I haven’t done the classes for awhile but when I do these things I supply everything for the kids.
Some children, like some of the kids up north that live out in the middle of nowhere on ranches don’t have access to arts and craft supplies or the classes that are available in the big cities. I keep these extra supplies always on hand for any events like that.
Organizing my pens and pencils always takes a lot of time because I test each marker to make sure it still works. Every time I go through this part of my art supplies I always say to my husband “I think I might have a problem with pens and crayons” I have so many.
My closet doesn’t look like the pretty images in the magazines because I tend to buy a lot of used items like baskets and tin containers to organize my items in. So it isn’t all matchy and trendy looking but it works for me.
I also use recycled food containers to store things in. One of my relatives always collects empty cookie containers and tin containers from her office. I just clean them up and remove their labels then use them for storage.
I use painters tape to label everything so I know what is in each container that isn’t clear. I also use old wooden pails and buckets to store some of my art supplies in.
The room where I have my little craft closet is also used as an office for my husband and I. In one corner where I store paper folders we have an old computer and giant black and white printer.
And just in case we have company and we may need an extra bed for someone, we put a daybed in there. There isn’t a whole lot of room in this little room.
Most of the time though the kids come in and watch their shows on the television I added one year that is up on the wall.
It is like a little she cave with colors everywhere.
So that is what I have been trying to catch up on lately. Just organizing our lives. Getting rid of things, figuring out what the goals for the future are. I am a little concerned with what is going on out in the world but as always I try to keep my hopes up.
My son wanted to go to IKEA one day when he was off for Winter break so we all drove across town (pretty far away from where we live) and my son looked for a cabinet for his books. He still hasn’t decided. He has the one he made a year ago but he wants to add another one for extra storage. I figured I could also look for some items to organize in my office. I was looking forward to this shopping trip.
When we got there, I looked around IKEA and there were some strange items that I was not used to from the year before. We don’t go but maybe once or twice a year to visit this store. I always loved exploring their little rooms.
Anyway, it made me a little uneasy. Not because I am against anyone who may like these items, it just seems to be what is mostly what is being pushed now days. No harm some may believe, but what is next, what is waiting around the corner to be suggested to our next generation of consumers to desensitize and influence our lives that may be just a little bit more extreme. Because that is what I fear the most.
Will the future show shocking images that older generations from the past will react to but not for the kids growing up in the future. The hate, the violence, the scary images that will just become normal everyday images and art we have in our future homes. That is a very frightening thought.
What about the people who are not part of these trends, will they be made to feel horrible because of their differences?. Judging others can go both ways, from one side to the next. Will the ones that don’t follow these trends be looked upon with hate because they don’t want to follow the trends?.
I know someone who sneers at anyone that doesn’t fit their image of pretty and rich , only behind their backs though. This person is very good at their deceptive and insecure ways. I of course blame it on social media, so much pressure to be perfect, so I try to understand that in this distant family member of mine and hope she comes around to eventually realize what truly is important in life and that is that people are what are important not things. Anyway, here are some trendy new items I came across while out shopping.
A globe painted all black with no countries on it.
Frames within frames surrounded by black walls and one main frame of just an eye in the middle of it all.There was a whole wall dedicated to that one little frame with an eye in it.
Lots of black rooms with red and black colors.
I have this pillow design. If you scroll up you will notice it on my office daybed. I bought my pillows years ago though. They have now added a goat and not a cute little sweet fuzzy smiling goat either.
I remember huge pieces of art with flowers and images of rivers and trees, even beautiful sunsets on beaches. This is the art displayed for purchase this year. Again, are the people who are not into this going to be accused of being something they are not just because they don’t like that style?. People will start being afraid of sharing those beautiful differences in us because they will be afraid of standing out. I guess this is my way of not remaining silent anymore, we are all being led to think the same way and anyone who doesn’t will be attacked plus hated and that is very wrong.
These new room displays reminded me of shows I loved watching as a child…the Adams family and the Munsters. Anyway, we went shopping for my son since he loves their shelving units and I also loved the store too, so fun to shop there but this time I did not like some of the new items coming out. I guess I need to get out more, been hanging out in nature too much with the tv turned off. They also had some beautiful kitchens and other rooms that were their old style that I remember from years ago. I liked seeing that still around.
When I walk into a home I do not like to see body parts as art, cold images of dread, or just no warmth…and I don’t care what movie star promotes that style. Maybe someone should make puppies for home decor as a trend. That would be interesting to make that start trending as art, all animals make people smile…don’t they?. Or what about cupcakes and cookies as art, or even millions of flowers?. Imagine all those colors on a wall. Guess I am a hippy at heart.
I will stick with my plain and simple little things that make me smile. Okay, so this is getting somewhere I guess, guess my point is, is that I as always, I’m working on organizing my life this January and IKEA with all that it is (or was) is the perfect place for organizing tips. We grabbed some items which included a drawer organizer, some shelf risers, and a rug weaving kit.
And later, just for fun, I think I may try to make something like this for my craft office window, in place of a curtain. I thought it was kind of neat and reminds me of the 70’s and 80’s when I was a kid. Yep, I’m old but not really because I will always remain young at heart.
Hope you all are getting your lives in order and organized as well. That this year of 2020 brings you many happy days and memories. Happy decluttering everyone. Now I am off to figure out how to organize my thread drawer.
I am not getting anything for promoting or not promoting IKEA (however way you take this post because I am kind of in the middle with my opinions), I just like shopping there and eating in their little cafes. It’s just a once a year kind of shopping trip my family and I do. We also sit together and have a breakfast at the store. I love their pancakes and berries jam. The best part of our yearly shopping trip is the time we spend together, even if we all have different styles (mine being thrift store chic) we understand and love those differences about ourselves and always will. So be happy being YOU and never allow anyone to EVER change that.