Category Archives: Motivation

More unfucking of the art room

I have all the storage stuff ready to go in the art room and tons of stuff basically sorted in the front room.
The problem is that it seems so overwhelming at times knowing I have large card table totally covered with plastic shoe boxes full of loosely sorted random items, not to mention the entire area under the table is packed with only slightly better sorted paper and that I still have so many boxes to go through stored in the garage.  There are times I look at it and want to cry or give up and just haul it all back in boxes in the freezing cold garage.
If I am to meet my February 9th self imposed deadline I need to stop getting stalled by both health issues and self doubt.  So I am taking a page out of UfYH at  http://unfuckyourhabitat.tumblr.com/ and every time I pass through the front room to get to the back of the house (our room, art room and bathroom) I grab one or 2 things off of the sort table, take them in to the art room and put stuff where it goes.
This will work for about half of the stuff on the table and make space for further sorting and space to bag and box stuff up which will then go into the art room the exact same way. Then I can bring in more stuff and begin sorting that.
Progress is a great motivator!

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Art room in progress, huge strides

I have a project I am working on that will involve 30-35 small (4″x4″ to 5″x7″ and random sizes in between) art pieces, mostly mixed media “paintings” that I need done by April 1st

I am determined that I will not start any of these pieces until the art room is finished and so I am setting my goal for the art room to be finished by Feb 9th (one month from now) which will give me about 7 weeks to finish them.

Today mom came over and we brought in and emptied all these old rolling (and some that dont roll) plastic dressers some of which were mine and some were given to me by a friend who had left a few random art supplies in them.

We stripped them down and mom washed the drawers and the frames of them and we tossed the frame to one 3 drawer wide dresser that was broken though we are keeping the drawers to use in the garage and for the sorting of art supplies.

Now I have empty drawers to put things in (the wooden dresser is empty) and I will be putting medium sized clear plastic bins on the shelf in the closet and getting some small 3 drawer sets for pens and pencils to go on top of the plastic dressers in the closet

I also went through 2 huge bins of plastic food storage containers and lids and disposed of some and found lids for the rest, the reason I mention it is I had been using 2 boxes made out of those wire storage cubes and I now have 2/3rds of one full of tiny little storage containers ranging from 2 oz to 6 oz as well as a couple entree/sandwich size ones that are not air tight. I plan to use them in some of my drawer units for things like beads and random findings. Also I now have those wire racks for sorting stuff into.

Right now about 90% of my art supplies are in the garage waiting to come in box by box to be sorted one at a time so they dont over whelm me which was the problem before.

I still need to put up a few plastic shoe bags to put things in but now there are actual places for things to go.

Before Art room closet

Before Art room closet

Art room closet in progress

Art room closet in progress

 

Bookcase wall with drafting table over whelmed by STUFF

Bookcase wall with drafting table over whelmed by STUFF

Bookcase wall with rolling carts ready for supplies

Bookcase wall with rolling carts ready for supplies

 

Library desk area with tons of stuff (now waiting in the garage)

Library desk area with tons of stuff (now waiting in the garage)

Library table area waiting for supplies

Library table area waiting for supplies

 

 

 

 

 

Really, damn my knees

Frustrated!
I had been in a lot of pain this last week and have been having a medium bad flare up of arthritis brought on by over doing it for the last month and by wrenching my left knee from stepping wrong and finally it was beginning to lessen so just this morning after cleaning up after the party I started organizing the art room and moving my rolling (and non rolling) plastic dressers around to get the best usage of space.
I figured out where my drafting table can go best and where to move the bookcases, then moved them around til they fit.
I bought 4 cardboard bankers boxes and 8 clear shoe boxes and 2 clear plastic bins that are about twice that size of the shoe boxes and was all ready to bring in the remaining dressers, empty them of random junk, clean them and figure out where to put them…
And so of course I fell on the ice and have wrenched my other knee to the point where every movement makes me want to cry
I have all of this motivation to get stuff done and just walking from room to room or laying down or shifting in a chair is agony.
I have end stage (bone on bone) arthritis and I am half way between cortisone shots and cant have another for 2 months so there is no point going to the dr, I just have to wait it out and hope the pain goes away soon and my motivation hangs on.

8 steps to free yourself up as an artist:

Step #1 go to Pinterest (or a google image search)

Step #2 find a board with about 2000 pieces of random art (art journal ideas in this case http://pinterest.com/mardi_sheridan/journal-ideas/)

Step #3 pin (save) EVERY piece you see that even part of it inspires you, dont worry if it isnt something you think you can or would do or if only a tiny bit of it inspires you….PIN IT (or save it)

Step #4 go through your list of inspiring pins (pics) and think of the art you can create with these inspirations and ideas (not duplicate but make your own in maybe a new style)

Step #5 envision it on your wall

Step #6 imagine your friends seeing it on your wall

Step #7 every time you imagine and worry about your friends not liking your art because it is different from stuff you usually do, or not cool enough, or has pink in it…SMACK YOURSELF UPSIDE THE HEAD until you realize that it is YOUR art and what you think of it is what matters

Step #8 CREATE SOMETHING DIFFERENT, make something you might not otherwise try, open yourself up to ideas, go for it!

Art and Craft books I want

So many! Here are just a few…

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My passion right now is mixed media and upcycling stuff for art

So much still to do in Organizing my Studio

My number one goal for this year is to get organized, the house and most of all the studio and I AM trying, really I am but this is the worse possible time of year for me with seasonal affective disorder and what I think is now a case of anemia (if not than certainly iron deficiency…got blood work Tuesday the 3rd) and I just have NO ENERGY.

I would say I am now about 35% done, I have been sorting the stuff out of the studio into boxes in the front room by types as much as possible but I have so many random things I am not sure how I can possibly organize it all.  I know I have or can make space and I have come up with a few ideas for storage options from searching the internet and Pinterest.

The main thing for me is Shoe Bags I have used them for years and have them on most available surfaces, and soon I am moving the book cases around to have more use of my spare table and also so I can put show bags on the back of the bookcase at the end of that table.  I figure right now I need about 5 of the long clear ones, I just dont really have the money for them right now, I might be able to get one or two at this time.

The door to the closet in the studio was removed to use the swinging space and now it leans against the wall in the large walk in closet (this was suppose to be the master bedroom though it is nearly the same size as our room and I prefer an outside wall to a wall that has a stairwell against it)  We will take it to our garage and store it in the rafters and I will be able to use the wall space it now takes up for more bags.

I am trying very hard not to get dissuaded, I feel pretty awful right now and I still have stuff to sort out and then it has to come back in here to be put away, I am scared to death that it will just end up a huge mess again but I can’t put off the game we play here on Sundays since it has been a month with holidays and people being sick and out of town and this is Alex’s home too and he doesn’t ask a lot but he loves role playing games.

I think some of it is going into the dining room and some is going carefully on to the desks and NOTHING is going to be stacked on top of anything else (toppling boxes had a lot to do with the last big mess)  I really only have til Saturday afternoon since I work Saturday night and so by 5pm Saturday everything has to be out of the front room for Sunday.   This means that we need to move the door and the bookcases Thursday and I need to see about buying shoe bags as soon as I can.

Speaking of shoe bags I have had a set next to my desk under the window and had my makeup there for ages and when the heater goes on it tends to get hot so I am removing it, (I dont wear much anyway) I have a drawer for it but mostly I intend to weed through it, toss or give away stuff I dont use and then I will do this project higher up over my desk with just the items I do use.

http://laurathoughts81.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-up-magnet-board.html

After i move everything out of them I will use them for a combination of random things I use on my desk and pencils and the type where I dont have to worry about the heat effecting them.

So as I start to fade it looks like another nap for me and then I will get up in a few hours to give it another go…. exhausted insomnia (you can’t sleep or sleep in only small bursts but have no energy) is really driving me mad.  I am only a few bins away from being done and then I need to empty some sets of drawers so I can put stuff back the right way. The moment the game is done I am hauling the bins out into the front room again and putting stuff away one bin or box at a time.  For now I am too tired to think so wish me luck where sleeping is concerned.

I WLL be organized by Feb 29th come hell or high water

So for the last ……ummmmm…. damn at least 7 months I have been planning on organizing my craft room and in the process of pulling stuff out and trying to sort it then being forced to put it all back in to the room in a rush when guests come over it has simply gotten WORSE.

Not like oh it’s a bit untidy or oh no there is a mess in here but OH MY GOD WHAT DID YOU DO IN HERE SET OFF A BOMB????

And now I am paralyzed by the sheer mass of stuff that needs doing and I feel as if I drowning.  Every time I go to get started cleaning I panic and the room just gets worse and then I panic more.  I am this close to tossing everything (not really I love my supplies I just want to access them)

How this happened, about 6 or 7 months ago (early summer of 2011) I decided my some what messy and disorganized room needed a full make over and foolishly decided the best way to do that was to pack everything into boxes and take them in the front room and sort them.

The idea was I would be so annoyed at the stuff in the front room that I would be forced to clean up.  Problem?  My wonderful and very CDO (that is OCD in the right order I am informed) Sister in law decided to put all the boxes in lovely stacks out of the way and well for a few MONTHS I just lived that way slowly getting in the boxes and making everything a total mess.

Then came the day we had to get it out of the front room so a guest could stay over and all the now disorganized boxes got shuffled and in some cases spilt back into the art room, on top of the bins that I was suppose to be sorting but hadn’t.  If you are getting the idea I am a procrastinator you are right on the button (one of the few craft supplies I don’t have making a mess in my house actually)  I am also a hoarder and I am trying to break both habits but failing though lack of cash is helping to hoarding a lot, that is til I discovered sites on upcycling, now I have even more stuff to deal with.

And now every time I walk into the now even more disastrous craft room I want to cry and since my main computer had to have most of it’s memory stripped due to virus and my SAD lamp is in there not to mention my vitamins I have to go in and work but I am crafting away from home a lot or in the front room then bringing stuff back in and making a bigger mess.

Part of the problem is we have a weekly roleplaying game at my house and I have to have the front room cleaned up each week… well this is the one week we don’t have so I have from today, Thursday the 29th of Dec to Saturday the 7th of January to get a serious dent into the mess since right now I need to again haul stuff out into the living room and sort it out into smaller boxes, label stuff and This time PUT IT BACK WHERE IT GOES.

If I can even get it basically sorted and put together I would be happy and it would be a big start, also if I can get the basic part done now I would be able to actually use the art room as a place to do the actual organizing once the sorting into types is done.

I figure Leap Year Day is a good enough goal since it is in fact a BONUS day right?

Here are pics from mid summer:
https://artinmybag.wordpress.com/2011/07/31/going-on-the-craft-shopping-wagon-for-2-months/

And now:

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