Thursday, August 27, 2009

What is it about Art Supplies?

As the nesting continues at Just a Girl’s house, I have turned to art supplies.  I used to store everything in a drawer inside pencil boxes, but that just never worked well enough.  So I decided to try something else.

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I bought this box years ago (to put diapers in, if that tells you how long ago!) at Target.  I thought it was the perfect solution for my art supplies.

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Of course, we’ve got to have some cute containers for all those supplies, and I liked the idea of soup cans.  Yup…just plain ol’ cans from the pantry.  Rip the paper off, wash them out, and you’re done.

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My original plan was to spray paint them some fun colors, but I ended up loving the sleek contrast of them compared to all the color from the supplies.  Silver they stay.

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You could always head to the dollar section at Target and buy these.  I love them.

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Now when my kids want to draw or color, they know that they go into the hutch and get this bad boy out.  They know they aren’t done picking up until everything is put back into its place and the box is stored away.

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It may seem like an excess of supplies, but when you can buy crayons for .10 cents a box right now, this is the time to buy!

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52 comments:

Kacey R. said...

Ooooh! Aaaah! All of those supplies are oh.so.pretty! And I love the soup can solution!

Jodee Leader said...

I want to live at your organized house! This is perfect!

Kendra said...

Looks fantastic!! That is how I like to organize. Visually, so I can see what I have, AND it looks pretty (that's sometimes easier said than done). My big problem is how to keep the almost 2 year old out of it. She likes stuff she can see, too!

Donna said...

I love your organization ideas! I am going to use the can idea. I had not thought it that.. It also looks so cute!

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

very nice!!

Senora Muertos said...

Very cute and easy idea. We have all of ours in one of the drawers in the china cabinet. I like this idea better.

Sara said...

BEA-UTIFUL! I love organization...though I am never organized....

Susan S. said...

I LOVE art supplies, crayons, pencils, paper, etc. Just the smell of the stuff get's me pumped up! Love you simple idea of the cans to hold the loot.....the simple silver looks good amongst all the color! Good job...I'd want to sit down and color if I can to visit you. :)

Brittany and Johnse said...

GREAT IDEA! Thanks for sharing!

NicNacManiac said...

Fabulous ideas...if they have a place to put stuff, they will!! Love the cans....awesome!!

*Kat* said...

Loving the soup cans left natural - now I want to do this too.

bungalowbliss said...

I love this idea--so organized, beautiful, and frugal! Can't get any better than that...

Grace said...

How lovely! You have such an eye for colors. It's simple, but it's so lovely!

Misty said...

This is another gorgeous idea!!! I am constantly amazed at you!

The Momma said...

Cute! Mine are all in fish bowls at the moment.

However, I have great plans for them. Once the boss lets me spend some money! ;)

Room to Inspire said...

I think it looks great...and I LOVE art supplies. I am sure this will foster their artist whims!

Chelsea

Nikki Cogg said...

I love it! It reminds me of something from Real Simple. And when did they start making crayons like that?? I have been out of the coloring world for too long.

Pink Stitches said...

Loving the idea of using simple tin cans! I so wish we had Target in the UK, I think I could spend a good deal of time and money in there! If only my supplies at school stayed looking like that :0)

christy said...

Love it! At home I use a utensil holder basket (it has three compartments for utensils & a spot for napkins too) with a handle. It has been very useful for my little guy to tote from room to room eith all the supplies.

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

I feel inspired just looking at the photos you posted. Simple yet soooooo fun!

EVN said...

Stationed in Japan now with no Target : ( Loving the soup can Idea...I'll have to use that!

mimi168888 said...

I love this idea....Love it....

sarah said...

What a great idea!

Richella said...

I like this a lot. And you're right: the soup cans look so sleek and cool! What a good idea. This is A+ recycling.

I always buy crayons at this time of year, even if we don't need new ones. If nothing else, I have crayons to put in our Christmas shoebox for Operation Christmas Child--I figure any kid would love to get a new box of Crayolas.

Stop by Imparting Grace if you get a chance. I made myself some cute baskets for organizing my closet. And I'm doing an impromptu giveaway. I learned an expensive lesson about being disorganized, and I'm sharing the results.

When does school start??

Rainy Day Farm said...

Love that idea. Art supplies are a nightmare and that is such a great idea. I am going to have to try it!

~Mommy+Me~ said...

I so love this! Still as an adult I love art supplies, pens, pencils, all that! Guess that's why I wanted to be a teacher! :)
My daughter's inherited this same disease too. We just cleaned out her desk the other day and we could open a Office Depot with all the notebooks, pads, markers, crayons, etc.

{ L } said...

OK, I SOO love this idea of your too. I am copying this exactly. Thank you. Also, I truly appreciate the email you sent. I'm responding to it tonight when I am home. Thank you!

Barbara said...

This is too cute. I love the organization of the art supplies and reusing soap cans - brilliant!! Thanks for sharing

Sara F. said...

I'm an idiot. I just sold a box just like that at a garage sale!

Country Dreaming said...

Great idea and it's pretty to
boot.

Melinda

LoriLyn said...

I love that there are other people who love organization and art supplies as much as I do! :)

Favors With Love said...

What a great idea thank you for sharing! Can you come to my house and organize? LOL!

Lil' Woman said...

I soo want you to come to my house and decorate/organize/work your magic! :)

Kari said...

Love the idea. I myself stocked up on boxes of 24 crayons - $.24 a box. How could I beat that. Think I'm going to try this for my daughter's stuff.

Katrina Chambers said...

I have just done something like this very similar at home. My boys love to draw without any notice...they just like to be able to sit down and do it, rather than go searching for everything. Love it!

Girl with the Curlz said...

What a great idea!

Sandy Toes said...

Makes me want to color!
sandy toe

Holly said...

Love all your organizing ideas. Sometimes I think that I became a teacher so I could have all the school supplies I ever wanted. Still love the freshly sharpened, new Ticonderoga pencils!

Maureen said...

Oh, I love this.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

You rock my world lady. You do.

Kimmy said...

Love it! I am an organizational lover as well and I love that you kept the cans plain. Everything looks GREAT!

J - Pacha Mama said...

Art supplies are too beautiful to be hidden away in a drawer...this is a lovely display. I used a cobalt blue IKEA plant pot to hold my colored SHARPIE collection :)

Kristen said...

What-EVER. I want to see you do this with a 6,4 and 1 year old Miss Fancy Cans.

(I'm just jealous that your kids know what putting away means.)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I love supplies and colored pens and bright colors....and ORGANIZATION...which I need to do more of right now.....Hope you will stop by and visit my new Christmas blog that I launched today. The button on my regular blog will take you right to it....

Nancy said...

I love visible art supplies. They are so bright and cheery and what they can create just make you smile. Keep em out and available and watch the art fly! :)

Leslie said...

What a great idea! Sure to inspire any budding artist.

emily said...

I suddenly want to color...Love the art supplies :)

Let it Shine said...

I am with you! As a kid, and still as an adult, makes my heart smile to have new art supplies.

Anonymous said...

Looks simply yummy! I too feel like I can't organize enough. Probably why I adore your blog so darn much! ;) I have to say I'm not even nearly as close to "perfection" (don't tell the nester!) as you are in organizing.
I couldn't get over your kitchen cabinets the other day. I must have wayyyy to much stuff, as I would run out of cabinets if I organized that way. eeekkk!

So, I have to ask... where is the label on the art supply box? ;)

~Jennifer S.
in Texas

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Lovin This! Nothing like art supplies to say "autumn" to me!!! How fun and inviting they look in your box!!

Robin ~ PENSIEVE said...

S i g h...I **heart** art supplies :).

Here for the first time, enjoying myself immensely...you're a sweetheart! :)

@PensieveRobin
www.pensieve.me

John said...

I just love how you organize things. It all looks fantastic. I have a lot of wonderful artist supplies and amazing paper crafting materials from www.christinascrafts.com.au. This would be perfect.

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