Tips and Tea on Tuesdays

On Tips and Tea on Tuesdays, I will cover a topic and hopefully provide you with some tips that will be helpful! And just as an afterthought, tea may occasionally be a cup of Joe!

Tea today, is actually coffee. I needed a bit of a jolt this morning, and well, it did the trick. I am sitting here at my work-table trying to re-organize and clean up my room after finishing a piece for an upcoming project. It is always fun to gather your treasures together, but I must admit, that it is challenge to put everything back. I guess my young self would have told my old self, well at least you have all of those treasures. Ok, I am listening, and I promise to quietly work away, and try to enjoy the moment.

Speaking of work-spaces, I recently participated in a survey that Lynn from Create Whimsy posted: Best Fabric Storage. She asked us a series of questions on how we organized our workspace, tools, and supplies. As I read through the other artist’s comments and saw their workspace, I was so impressed by how organized and clean each workspace was. In comparison, I noticed one thing about myself, my workspace looks like my artwork. A combination of using old and new, left-over bits, and well let’s be honest, piling as much stuff as I can into one space. And to be fair, my workspace which is 10′ x 12′, can be pretty cramped, and often times I find my work spills onto the kitchen table.

Tip: Organizing Your Workspace

Keep the tools handy that you use regularly, and designate a place to put them on your work table. Keep it fun, and give new purpose to unused containers or other household items that have found their way to your table. Include things on your table that make you happy, like small artworks, old postcards, or gathered ephemera.

  • Designate a place on your work table for your tools so that they are within arms reach.
  • An unused coffee mug is a great place to store your scissors, rulers, tweezers, stuffing tool, marking pen, and pencil.
  • Keep one pincushion for embroidery needles, and one for beading needles.
  • Use old Jello-O molds to store spools of thread, or for your thread cuttings.
  • Use a tea tray as the destination spot for small tools like a strawberry needle sharpener, a pair of scissors, or a bead scoop.
  • Keep a picture of your kid on the desk, ’cause I bet she makes you smile, mine does!

Happy tea drinking and stitching to you! ~Christen

PS: If you have any questions or thoughts, just leave a comment! See Tips, Tricks, the Basics, for more helpful ideas.

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