Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Remember - get involved!

I'm involved with two workshops at the moment.  My Creative Vision Workshop, hosted by Erika at Artful Rising, is starting its last week. 

What I like best about my Creative Vision Workshop is finding different ways of looking at things.  One of my favorite activities has been taking photographs, or "Photo Days."  I've been forcing myself to look at the little things - seeing an individual tree and not the whole forest.  This is an eye opener.  And Erika seems to know exactly what I'm thinking!  I bought some lace last week (this was on my last shopping spree, see below) and I wanted to make a flower with it, but didn't know how.  Day 16 (that's today!) there's a lesson on how to make a fabric flower.

 At the same time of ending one workshop, I'm gearing up for a new one called "30 Day Craft Cleanse" with Crafty Moira.  If you're an art journaler, you'll enjoy visiting Moira's blog.  And come over and check out the workshop (at Art Journaling Ning)


The first Mission for my Craft Cleanse workshop is to inventory my crafts.  I'm thinking I will do this on the weekend, and spread it out over the entire 30 days.  I'll start with some small items, like my pens, and move on from there.  I also need to put my jewelry supplies in a box, out of the way, and start to de-stash my supplies on Etsy.  If anybody is interested in bulk beads, I have a lot and I use them for page markers only. 

I take care of the archives in a museum for a living, so I'm familiar with inventories.  We use a museum software database, but started off with tables on Microsoft Works.  It's always a good idea to leave a "comments" column, for something you've forgotten.  And a quantity column is handy too.  Feel free to copy this table if you wish.


If you feel overwhelmed with your supplies, maybe you should try this too.  Baby steps, like Moira says, is very important.  I'll keep everyone updated with what's going on.  

8 comments:

jerseytjej said...

Thank you for the use of the inventory! I started one, once, but it quickly went by the wayside.

Erika said...

Thanks, deb, for mentioning the workshop. I am glad you got things out of it!

I spent this weekend organizing my craft supplies. I still need to organize the patterns I use for my clothes and an inventory checklist is a great one!

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I seriously need to do this. As a jewelry maker, it's really easy to forget how many of each component I have left.

Saffron Road said...

Will be using the inventory that I have for the rest of my life. Have thought about destashing too. My jewelry making supplies are organized in scrapbooking organizers, alphabetical by color. My seed beads have their drawers by size, and the other odds & ends are stored by type in clear plastic bags in a 4 drawer dresser. Everything in one room w/my craft table, lights, etc in one of the spare bedrooms here. Sucks when I loose my mojo for a length of time...

BeadedTail said...

I'm enjoying Erika's workshop too! As for organizing, oh I'm bad at that! I know kind of where things are but that's as far as it goes. Wish you could come help me!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I'm having so much fun with Erika's workshop! The macro photos are my fave :) I need to blog about what I've been doing!!!

Inventory...LOL! 30 days wouldn't even come close for me. More like 30 years to inventory this crafty mess!

Athena said...

Good idea for the inventory (good luck- I'd need to take baby steps with that one, too!), and the photo days- I'm doing a 365 blog at Tumblr. You really do examine the little things then.

Like the look of your blog (it's my first time visiting in a while!). :)

Splendid Little Stars said...

Your art journal photos on ArtJournaling.ning are wonderful, Deb!
I do like taking macro photos and just looking at the tiny details of life.

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