I’m an unapologetic crafter. We all have our favorite crafting “genre”, my particular affinity goes to sewing. More specifically garment creation and repair. This means I have to have a variety of notions on hand for any given project that may come my way. This month I’m dedicating this space to how I keep my notion organized.

One thing is for sure: a lot of time is spent in my crafting studio. Dedicating at least 4 hours a day on crafting or custom sewing projects requires my notions to be easily accessible and looking good. Sure I can go to any big box craft store and find clean-lined, white craft storage systems or the color coded notion containers. All handy but in my eyes have no personality.

When I set out to create my craft haven I decided on a color scheme knowing I would add items as need warranted. I stick to a 3 color rule (which I will go into further in a future post) choosing items that are silver, white, or metallic teal. The color rule paired with my love for vintage crystal is on my mind as I shop.

1: Cosmetic/ Jewelry Jars

Here I’ve chosen to use cosmetic jars I found in the bathroom section of Target. They were a little pricey but I know I will use them for years to come. Price; $5.38 a jar.

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2: Vintage Crystal/Glass Candy Dishes

A classic candy dish always looks good. For my vintage metal clothespins to a wet sponge for better grip on fine fabrics. Also shown here a vintage inspired ice cream dish from none other than Walmart. Used for measuring, and lip-balm storage. Candy dish price: .50c at any thrift shop. Ice-cream dish: $3.50 individually $15.68 in a set of 4.

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3: Crystal Restaurant Ware

Chalk is an essential sewing tool. I found that not only is regular school chalk the least expensive but the most versatile. Here a simple sugar packet dish works well. Price: $1.00 at my local dollar market.


Really anything that is shiny or adds a little bling to your craft room can work. One great thing about these items is the easy clean up. When doing a deep cleaning you can throw glass or crystal in the dish washer (depending on the settings of your dishwasher hand washing may be called for) and get a sparkling piece you would want to look at everyday. Also the transparency of the containers allows me to easily find what I need.

There is always a need for good organizing solutions. There’s more to come.

What do you use to dress up your creative space?

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