Hello all and welcome to my latest followers,
Today, I want to start by saying a big, big THANK YOU to Anne for her generosity.
A few weeks ago I mentioned in one of my posts that I needed either a 10/11mm circular punch or the same size in white circular labels. I desperately needed to mark the ends of my Promarkers with the colour inside to make searching easy when I was colouring and several of you kindly gave me some wonderful ideas and advice, thank you to you all for that.
Well to my delight Anne had found and used some of the labels I needed and most generously sent me two
packs of them. The smaller sized dots I put on the ends of the Promarkers and the larger ones I put into my notebook so I can always see what colours I have when ordering or buying more (Anne gave me that tip too). Bless you Anne, you really did make me a very happy chickie! You said they were inexpensive, but to me their value was much greater. I now had something I had been trying to find for months and you saved me from having to trawl the internet again and again.
Now all my Promarkers are easily identified and tidied away within easy reach, right next to my craft desk. I made a foamboard storage rack to fit within an old Ikea CD shelf unit next to my desk. A fab job done and all thanks to the lovely people I keep meeting via crafting. I love the world of crafting, don't you!!!
Here's the finished Promarkers (I don't have them all yet, but I am trying to buy a couple every month in my craft budget).
Here is how the unit sits next to my main craft desk. Now all I need to do is sort through my Whisper & Sakura pens and my colouring pencils (below) and that will be another unit tidied.
On the left of that unit you can see my latest acquistion, my mini drawer unit. It is a fabulous unit with very long drawers that are broken down into three sections with removeable dividers. I store everything from my long fancy pins, grommets and pearly buttons to metal hinges, tiny brads and eyelets. They all stay in position and because the drawers are wide enough to allow for your fingers to reach in, removal of items is easy peasy! That's 32 drawers times 3 sections giving a whopping 96 compartments, plus the big bottom drawer; all that for just £8, not bad aye!! (Aldi product). I just have to label it now.
Well that's another storage solution completed (well two if you count my mini drawers). I know from your emails that some of you have your own awesome ways of storing your markers etc, maybe you could share them with us today, if you have time.
Before I go, I meant to say in yesterdays post, that I ran out of mount board and as I didn't want to spend money to buy more I decided to recycle again (which I love to do as often as possible). Using some card from old cereal boxes etc, I glued four layers together, picture sides inside, and let them dry beneath a couple of heavy plastic storage boxes. I then used one of my mountboard ribbon cards as a template, cutting them out with my craft knife and a metal edged ruler. By using several layers with glue between, it gives the card extra strength.
I am going to try and get the competition up tomorrow as long as I get all the work done that is planned for today. So keep those fingers crossed for me because if I am honest, I am really getting fed up of clearing, cleaning, organising and reorganising. Don't worry I have been having time to rest; but thats half the problem, my silly back is the reason it is taking so long! Maybe I should just leave it completely for a few days and just craft to cheer myself up a bit. Then I can get back to it with some renewed gusto.... ummm worth considering me thinks :D
I hope you all have a productive and enjoyable day today. Be happy dear blog friends and thank you all again for your warm and wonderful comments, they really do mean the world to me.
Best wishes and Big Hugs Linda xx