This week I walked in to our soon-to-be-out-of-business Archivers store (it's sad to see a craft store go) and walked out with various papers, craft supplies, and a paper rack:
I have all sorts of scrapbooking papers and cardstock, and have stored it all in clear plastic drawers for years, but when I saw this rack, I knew it would be the perfect addition to the crafty nook. Being able to ~see~ my paper (or at least a significant portion of it) would come in handy. It might even help get the creative juices flowing on those days I want to make something but am lost as to where I might like to start. That's right, this rack promised efficiency and inspiration when I saw it, so it came home with me.
Here's the only place it could fit, under the bunting bars where my chalkboard has lived since we moved into the house:
What to do. What...to...do...with...you.
There's no more floor space in my crafty nook, but I'm not yet feeling crowded. My most inefficient spot however, is my desk of all places. I decided to make some changes.
Off comes the old Mac (look at that doorstop!), shelves full of mail, school papers, and magazines, glass board, and piles of paper.
On goes a tablecloth to lighten up the wood:
My chalkboard, legs removed, is leaned against the wall:
... followed by the addition of the glass board and a small dress maker's form:
My pens, pencils, paper and speakers went on next:
... and ~voila~:
Much better. Sure, the shredder, printer, and some canvases are still stored under the desk, but now there's room for my laptop, art journal, knick knacks, and I can use the chalkboard for reminders and notes.
And the paper rack? Take a look: