Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wednesday-5am: Before pictures

I couldn't resist. Sorry--but it was another pretty sunrise yesterday.
The sun is not up yet today. ;)
I am posting some "before" pics. I am soooo excited! Dagan and Leah picked up the lumber for the additional shelves for the bookcases on Saturday. Lowe's cut them to size and Leah will sand them down. Five more shelves!!! Tada!--that means we can finally reorganize and rearrange the craft stuff!!
I got a new bookcase last September that went in the bedroom because it didn't match the rest (don't make/carry those anymore, I guess). We moved this matching bookcase from the bedroom into the living room. Our card stock is in cardboard magazine holders laying (sagging) on their sides. This bookcase has become a kind of catch-all spot. Definitely needs three more wooden shelves.
As long as I was taking pictures I figured I'd show you all the art & craft supplies...well, except for what's above the washer and dryer...and in the storage area...and under my bed.....
The bookcase on the far left will probably stay pretty much as is, I think. You never know once I get started--LOL!
This bookcase will definitely get some organizing. Oh, and you can see there are a couple of the additional wooden shelves in each of these bookcases that Leah made previously. We do have 12 X 12 inch scrapbooking paper, various paper pads, and other papers in some of the satchels. We want to move all the assorted papers over to the bookcase by the porch door and have it all in one basic spot for once. Which will free up a few of our satchels, too.
The cardboard ink pad shelves over the air conditioner will get cleaned and arranged.
The top part of the new bedroom bookcase (the three shelves of art & craft books below are okay) will get additional shelves and sorting.
And we're also going to put one of those wire four cube shelves stacked up in the corner. That will hold some of the odd shaped items that take up room that we don't use as often.
And Leah's sister and hubby picked us up some of the plain towel racks from IKEA in Minneapolis. They'll be put up where that painting is now by the porch door. Those IKEA racks will hold most of our punches--and maybe free up another satchel or two! (Nothing more exciting to a crafter than empty satchels--LOL!)
I took these pics off the internet of the paper storage shelves I am going to order in September. These are the clear plastic ones for the 12 X 12 inch papers. They come in a set of 10--so I can set five of them side by side on a shelf. And I searched online till I found a place that had them $10 cheaper with $9 less in shipping!!! Whoohoo!
And these are the steel shelf units--seven high--from Office Max. I have one that has four shelves that I have had for at least ten years (can't remember--could be 15 or 20--seems like I've had it forever--LOL!). Each shelf will hold about a ream of paper and they have never bent or bowed one little bit. So, I am planning on getting two of these to set side by side for all the 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper.
I know. They don't look like something to get soooo dang excited about, but I am almost dancing with anticipation up here! And after it is all done--then we get to relabel everything!! ;)
Now you know what my next big project is going to be come September. I will take pictures, of course. Let you know how turtle-me is progressing. ;) For right now, I am just sleeping my way around the clock and hoping to be back on days by next week. Karma is snoozing in her cat bed under my desk--just because I put it in a new spot, of course. It's dark and quiet here in Fargo. Hope everyone is having a good week. :):)
"Holiness comes wrapped in the ordinary. There are burning bushes all around you. Every tree is full of angels. Hidden beauty is waiting in every crumb."
Macrina Wiederkehr


AliceKay said...

Another spectacular sunrise shot. I love the colors you see up there. I told Terri the other night I needed to be higher (almost got out our stepladder) so I could see over the trees better. LOL

Your shelves and bookcases are stuffed with lots of crafting goodies. Can't wait to see pics of your new projects. :)

You sure do find some wonderful quotes to post in your blog. I loved this one.

I'm off to get ready for work. I hope you have a good day, or night, whichever it may be for you. *hugs*

DJan said...

It looks like a lot of work ahead, but the kind that is very satisfying because you see results. I am happy for you and look forward to seeing how it all turns out.

Parsley said...

I know it must feel so good to organize your work space. Good job!

Queenie Jeannie said...

I wish I could come and help you!!! Organizing crafty stuff is my favorite and a specialty, lol! Sounds like you're already off to a fabulous start!!!!

I hope you get your days/nights back on track really soon!! Sooo been there. Hugs!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Beautiful shot of the sunrise! I am envious (in a good way!) of your organizing project. Oh my, do I ever need to organize absolutely everything - in the house, garage, car, sheds, barns... makes me tired to think of it actually. Think I'll take a nap instead.. lol! Keep us posted!! -Tammy

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Please read my post today to see your award! I hope you enjoy following the "rules." That is, if you and Karma have the time. Peace.

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Intense Guy said...

I hope you use your pens and calligraphy when you do the labels... and the the little cats with the red circle and slash ("No Karma") warning signs.

Kathleen said...

WhoooHooooo!! I'm PROUD of you for your organizing (didn't need it,though, was my first thought!) When you're done, would you and Leah like a real challenge? Come visit, and I'll let you organize MY craft room!
You'll be sorrrr-rrrry!! :-)

(Have you seen the Circle Letter yet?_

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your sunrise photos.

Looks like you have lots of great plans for your crafting supplies! Can't wait to see the progress & end results.

Artoholic said...

What a project(s)!! And what fabulous inspiration from that gorgeous sunrise.

Wishing you strength of purpose and perserverance in your reorganisation!



Rita said...

AliceKay--Oh no! You better have Terri hold the ladder for you!! LOL! ;)

Djan--Yes, another huge project that will feel wonderful when it is done. I'll take pics. :)

Parsley--Will feel really good when it is finally done--hehe! :)

Jeannie--So we both are goodie organizing freaks--LOLOL!! ;)

Tammy--It's always hard for me to get started, but once I get into it I kind of get lost in time. (Need to set my timer these days or I'll put myself out of commission for a couple days...not that I don't still do that on occasion even with using a timer--LOL!) ;)

Dee--I'll have to go and check your blog! I am behind this morning because I blogged again--LOL! ;)

Iggy--I offered to do that last time we labeled but Leah has a new label maker thingie that she just loves to use, so I bet she'll be chomping at the bit to use that again. ;) LOL@"No Karma"warning sign!!! :):)

Kathleen--LOL! Back in the day when I felt decent I loved to help people organize!! ;)
No, haven't seen the Circle Letter yet.

Angela--When we have a good sunrise and I happen to be awake, I love to watch them shift...and snap a pic if I think of it, which I have lately. ;)

Cindy--Thanks so much! I'm slow these days, so it will take a while--but so worth it in the end. :)

Deanna said...

Beautiful sunrise~!

I'd be dancing with joy over your organization items too. I can't wait to find time to work downstairs in my crafting room and organizing things again... Seeing your storage areas inspire me.


Rita said...

Deanna--Aha! Someone else who dances with joy over shelving! LOL! :):)

Toriz said...

Hey, if it's exciting to you, it's exciting to me! :)

Bet you can't wait to have it all sorted and organized. ;)

Love the quote!

Rita said...

Tori--I do get very excited over organizing--LOL! Luckily Leah does, too. :)

Serena Lewis said...

I wish I had your organisation skills, Rita. Big job but you will be thrilled when it's all done, I'm sure.

Rita said...

Serena--Hey! I've seen before and after pics of yours, too!! ;) Yes, it will be super when it is finally finished. Then I'll probably think of another project...LOL!