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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Turning Chaos Into Organization



Ok, so I missed posting during the "Where Creative People Create" blog party but as you look at these pictures you'll see just why. I had signed up to participate and it would have been so easy to just shove everything out of the way and take pictures of a cleaner paint area. But nope, I couldn't do that.


So I decided the only way outta this mess was to paint my way out of it. So I began by making a pile of UFO's. Anyone that creates, has piles of these. They are UnFinishedObjects! Sometimes the UFO's were abandoned out of necessity as other sold orders would take priority. So the item would be put on the pile and life would continue.

I know you are asking yourself how can she paint with no room...I've asked myself that many, many times, but somehow manage to do it. So the pile grew bigger and bigger as time passed by. I was almost not going to post these pictures as they are not the most flattering. But the saying that Creativity is Messy, certainly applies to me and my painting area.




I started by making a pile of all the UFO's. In fact I made several piles. I sorted out by things that needed to be rebasecoated and things that could just have the design painted on them.


With a more cleaned off painting table, I started working on getting things painted. I painted one of my favorite themes on most of the pieces, gingerbread. I painted teapots, mason jars, watering cans, sifters, cake covers, breadboxes and silver soup spoons. It's amazing what I will paint on, but that will have to wait...I'll show you a later post of everything that I have finished.


I put away patterns, and organized stencils. I went to Target looking for some sturdy baskets to make some sense of all the pieces that were stuffed here and there in my wire cubes. I found these neat black wire mesh baskets that seem to be doing the trick.



I even found 5 packs of makeup sponges that I use when stenciling and a bunch of transfer paper. I still have one wire cube to organize, and quite a few UFO's to paint but I'm getting there. My little painting area may not be big or beautiful but it's all mine...the males in my house wouldn't be caught dead there!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, you have a lot of stuff.

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  2. love your organized space...can't wait to see the projects you finished in the process.;)

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  3. Dee,

    LOL! That's a good way of putting it! And that's not even half of it. I have a whole other area or two where I have "stuff" stored too!

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  4. Gina,

    I still need to tweak it some more. And I haven't even touched my main storage areas...there is so much stuff. I'll be posting pictures real soon of some of the pieces I finished.

    D

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  5. You sure have alot in a small space. Looking good! For us creative types it doesn't matter how big the space...we can always fill them.

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  6. I just told my hubby the other night that once our youngest goes to college on Sunday, everything is coming out of my crafting room...time to repaint, reorganize and have my husband make me some more shelving!

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  7. I love it! Looks like a little piece of my 'Heaven'! My table is full of UFO's that are almost all complete! Sheesh! I keep telling myself I'm going to quit doing that!!

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  8. Pat,

    Yep, us creative types can pack alot in a small space. I still have "other" areas where I have more stuff waiting to be painted. I could paint for a year and not run out.

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  9. Wendy,

    All of my boys are still at home. The youngest is only a sophmore in high school and the middle one is a junior in college. My oldest has a disability so he'll be with us for awhile longer. I wish I had a seperate building from my house to create in as the mess wouldn't spill over to other areas in the house. Maybe someday I'll get that workshop and new house built on my country property.


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  10. Vicky,

    As for UFO's they just seem to multiply. I need to discipline myself to finish what's started before going on to something else, but there are always other "pretties" out there that I wanna paint, make or create. Sigh, what's a gal to do? LOL!

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  11. Dee.. glad to see that ur ok. U havent been on Facebook in so long and we were worried!

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