Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Today's Progress in the Craft Room

I didn't get done quite as much as I'd hoped, but what I DID get done makes me smile.

I got this plastic pegboard system on clearance at Home Depot several years ago. They don't carry it anymore, which is a bummer, because I'd like to find some more hooks. For a very long time it held my old edger scissors. The ones that were all the rage back in the early 90s I think. Well, I'm being very tough this time around in my purging and asking myself if I've used something within the last year. Most of the scissors had been hung there, untouched for more than a couple of years. I decided it was time for them to go. Around the blogosphere I've seen several craft rooms where the punches were hung up using curtain rods. I liked the idea, except I wasn't sure where the curtain rods would fit in my space, or if they'd truly hold once I did put the punches on. When I stood in my space looking at the pegboard I thought....dowels! That might work...I have peg hooks that would hold a dowel. So, I headed over to Michaels and picked up four 1/2 inch by 36 inch long dowels. They were 99 cents, I think...the total was $4 and some change. My first thought was to cut them to fit the width of the pegboard, but I'm glad I didn't jump on that. I was able to fit quite a few of my punches. Yay! The few scissors I'm keeping are hung up as well as baggies filled with chipboard shapes. I don't know why I have so many, but I do. The white ones are CTMH ones, the rest I got on sale at Joann's a long time ago. I just popped them into baggies and punched a hole in the corner to be hung up.

And I finally tried this idea I've also seen around. Putting shelf liners in the drawers (well, I only had enough for one drawer out in the craft room) But I think it will work great to keep them  in place. And yes, I know I have a ton of punches! What can I say? I love my punches!

These are in the top two drawers of the file cabinet I picked up at the thrift store.

I also re-hung the butterfly hooks around the room and put a matching little pail on the hooks of some of them. They aren't filled yet, so I opted not to take a photo just yet. Well, you can see one of them next to the pegboard (minus a pail...they are good for hanging extra gift bags, too!).

I cleared out another file cabinet near the door of my room and put the pool chemicals in the bottom drawer (Steve always kept them on top of this file cabinet and now they are out of the way for now) and my big Xyron machine along with the cartridges in the top drawer. I never liked it hanging out on that shelf I had them on.

That's it for today, friends. Slow and steady progress will ensure I actually get this finished someday! *Ü*


Sharli said...

So very organized! I love the dowel solution! You are the queen of creativity! You are also the queen of quite-a-lot of punches!!! LOL


Sarah said...

WOW what a great idea!! I love the dowel idea. My punches are all in drawers. I always said I would never get into punches...ummmmm LOL I have a TON...not quite as many as you though LOL.
Thanks for sharing Jeanne! I LOVE stopping by and seeing your progress.

Kathi Carlson said...

Most excellent! Love what you did with the pegboard and the dowels. Who knew punches could look so pretty all in a row? Great idea for the chipboard pieces, too. One would be so much more likely to use them with them out in the open like that.

Great ideas, Jeanne! Thanks for sharing! Have a great Wednesday, too, sweet friend!

Laurel said...

It's looking good!

Jackie said...

OH I love the peg board with the punches...very creative..I have two peg boards in my sewing holds my rulers and the other just misc stuff but they really work great!

Carolyn Christie said...

Love all your punches! Just keep're making progress! :)
Have a great day!

stampmonkey said...

Your peg board and dowels look like they're going to hold a lot of your things, as well as making them very accessible to you when you need them. I have my punches in an over-the-door plastic shoe bag holder (sometimes 2 and 3 to a slot). Not as neat and concise as yours, but since I don't have a stamp room, it'll have to do.

I love your ideas and I'm on my way to check out your next post. ;) tfs!