Thursday, 28 March 2013

Being Busy

A big sunshiny hello! :)  (finally some sun amongst all that snow)

I've been a bit quiet lately so just in case any of you started wondering what happened to me I am here to assure you I'm doing perfectly well (knocking on wood). I've been busy with all sorts of things; first I kicked my self somewhere and decided to tidy up my desk a bit (the one I usually take photos of my WIP projects on).

Tidying it just wouldn't be enough so I opted for the "wall solution" - meaning getting a rail and containers to move my pencils and stuff there. After one quick Ikea visit (is that even possible? :)) there were 3 white Bygel containers and the rail waiting to be installed.

Bygel Containers I

I knew I'll pretty them up a bit because they were just too plain for me (and beautiful Fintorp containers are a bit too much for my budget right now).

If you'd like to do something similar here are my progress shots and some guidance.

Bygel Containers II

Take double sided tape and put a few strips on the container. Then start wrapping it up with a cord or yarn or whatever you'd like your container to wear in the end. Try to keep your thread as close to each-other as possible - I didn't and you can see how it looks (you can see glue strips between the cords).

Bygel Containers III

Here is how they looked like all wrapped around. Notice how translucency of the containers messes everything up? Well, if you do this on a non translucent material the container looks gorgeous at this step. But if this happens, you need to use some color. I colored everything with white acrylic - inside and outside - to remove the see-through mess.

nini's place

And voila, much much better after all is clear and white :)


I wanted to add some colors to the containers maybe even do some napkin decoupage on them but I just didn't have enough time so they shall stay like this for a while. I also plan on doing a little shelf to put above them but that will go on my to-do list as well.

I know there are still things on the desk but at least I can work on bigger scale papers now. 


The second thing that is keeping me busy is helping my friends to put up web page for their climbing holds. Photographing all of the holds took a whole day and now I need to process and pretty all of those photos up. I tried to work on my web page as well but it's so much easier to help others that it's going back on my to-do list for the time being :)


I'd also like to invite you to join us in a group I created on FB for drawing along the book called "Drawing Lab for Mixed Media Artists". I've had this book for so long and completed none of the assignments from it that I needed to take some serious action. We shall take 2 weeks for each assignment starting on April the 1st.

I have one more thing to tell you but I'll write a new post just for that :D  As soon as possible of course.

I wish you a bright and happy day!


10 comments:

Esther Lankhaar said...

Your workspace looks great now!! This seems like avery nice place to work, light too,with the attic window above it. Good idea with the containers by the way. Your workplace-picture could be on Pinterest on a board called "lovely workspaces'. :-)

Cindy D. said...

Wonderful project! And isn't it satisfying to organize? Well, I think it probably is satisfying but admittedly I haven't done any lately lol. The space really does look great! And I would love to visit your FB group but I don't do FB these days. Oh well! :)

nini said...

Thank you Cindy! Yes, it's so nice and satisfying to organize and tidy up. I wish it weren't so stresfull though ;)

And I'm still giggling about you "not doing FB these days" :D When you'll start let me know, I'll invite you for some tea and cookies there ;)

nini said...

Whoa, now that's a huge compliment, thank you Esther! I should go and find that board now to pin to it ;)

at-the-attic said...

wonderful*
have a Wonderful Weekend*
Happy Easter*

nini said...

Katrin said...

I love your idea and how you altered the containers! Awesome ♥
I guess I should clean up me desk, too. :(

Just sent a request to enter the Drawing Lab Group! Yay :D

nini said...

Well thank you! I'm glad you like them. And good luck with cleaning your desk ;)

Yay for joining us! I'm really looking forward to your submissions. This is so cool :)

Helen A Naylor said...

This is a lovely looking space. I am happy to see how you had an idea with the cups and made them work for you.

nini said...

Thank you Helen, it's lovely when it's clean and tidy but still cosy when it's full piles :D