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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Organizing My Faux Flowers


If you visit my blog very often you  probably couldn't help but notice that floral designs are a big part of my decorating style...lol!  
I have a pretty large studio out in the back yard.....about 500 square feet.....but it doesn't  have a designated area for all the flowers that I have accumulated over the years or a place to put together a floral design..    H and I have been working very hard over the last few days to make me a place for my flowers and a table to work on.


Most of my flowers were in these totes or stuffed in corners around the studio.   Needless to say,  I couldn't find anything!   I had most of the flowers in the totes sorted by color,   but not by season.   So,  if I needed tulips for spring they might be in a tote labeled "pink flowers"    That tote  might contain fall flowers or even Christmas flowers!


I decided the best way to find what I was looking for was to get the flowers out of the totes where I could see them!  

 I used a $5 Christmas tree that I had bought at a yard sale this past summer as the "holder" for all my flowers     I just tucked the flowers into the branches so I can easily remove them when I am ready to create a floral design.     I have a trunk under the front of the tree to hold styrofoam,  grass,  and other items I need to make a floral design.

The lockers that you see on the right side of the photo hold all my Valentine stuff.


Let's take a look around the tree.......


Starting at the top......


I have separated the flowers by color.....
 

I also have a small Easter tree to the side of the large one......


I am so excited......I can actually see what I need without going thru all those totes looking for it!


I didn't worry about separating the flowers by season....just color.  


Can you see the pink tree in the background on the right side of the photo?


I have added another smaller tree next to the big tree to put my birds,  nests,  and houses on as I find them.    Those kind of items are stored in boxes in the built in cabinets.....can't find what I need there either!    So,  I am adding them to the pink tree as I clean the cabinets.


I left the existing chandy hanging in the studio where it was and just made it a part of my flower tree.


I know this is a long post,  but I wanted to share the area that I have to make my floral designs in. too!

 I have a desk that slides out so I can add leaves to make it bigger if I need to.


I have quite a few extra lamps stored in the studio,  so I had plenty to group together in my work area.


I like to work in a well lit area.


I have stacked a tiered table on top of another table to make a place to store my lace.    I still need to organize that,  but at least I have it all in one area.


I use ribbon in a lot of my floral designs,  so I have my ribbon close to the desk.    I am hoping to come up with a better idea on how to store the ribbon.


Sometimes I take wreaths apart after I have used them for a while and store the flowers for use again.   These are some I really liked and left together for future use.    (H collects vintage mixers and he has his stash on the top of the built in cabinets along the south side of the studio.)


Here is a close up of the wreath on the end.    You may remember it from my 2016 spring mantle

What is behind the wall next to the flower area......the Christmas decor storage area.

Be back soon with more changes to the studio!

17 comments:

  1. What a great idea, Penny! I think my mom will love your images, she's a crafter and could use some of these tips.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and ideas!

    I'm visiting today from #GraceAtHome

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  2. Wow, gorgeous!. Great place to work. Once we used a Christmas tree as a base for all the over stock silk poinsettias we received in the store. We layered them, darkest to lightest and it was gorgeous. Sold a lot more poinsettia bushes that year. Great idea.

    For ribbon storage in my work areas, I always had portable dowel racks that were stacked seasonally. The rest of the ribbons were stored in bins, but I would fill two or three racks of what I would most likely use for a period of time and hang those at my work station. But I had my work station backed with lattice which made it easy to work on hanging pieces as well as hang product out of the way, but still handy.

    Lovely work space. Thanks for sharing, Sandi

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  3. Wowwww... Your work space is such beautiful. I love your ribbons and the tree is just gorgeous
    Hugs Alessandra

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  4. Goodness! What a great space to work in. Every crafty woman's dream.

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  5. Penny,
    The Christmas tree is a brilliant idea. you sure shook out those bins and made an inspiring space for your creativity. Thank you for visiting TADA! See you again on Thursday.
    Karen Marie

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  6. Wow! What a tree and collection of flowers! Thanks for linking up with Funtastic Friday!

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  7. Love the whole space! Thanks for sharing this with us at the Home Matters Link Party, hope to see you again next week:) #HomeMattersParty

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  8. Looks like you have a nice big shop to store stuff and do all your fabulous projects. Very nice.

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  9. Solo menudo árbol más espectacular. Precioso.

    Besos 😘😘😘

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  10. Flowers like that make me so giddy! What an ingenious idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Chippy White Cottage Blessings,
    Rebecca

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  11. Penny,
    I am at work and playing catch up again..... Love the idea of a flower tree. I wish I had more room to do something like this. Truth be told, I am on a downsizing kick and going through all my supplies and either trying to use them up or giving them away to my great nieces who like to do crafts...... My house can only hold so much and it is bursting at the seams...
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  12. This is so interesting to see your work area. I love being able to peek over someone's shoulder to learn how they do things - I'm totally green with envy with all the space! Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon. We look forward to seeing you again next week.

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  13. This is such a gorgeous craft room. All the flowers everywhere and everything so pretty and feminine. You have to feel inspired in that room. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I knew you had a large volume of supplies and would be able to give me some ideas on how to control the chaos. Thanks for the share

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  14. Wow Penny. This was brilliant thinking on your part. Instead of having all the flowers hidden away in the totes you took them out and put them on the tree. Now you'll be able to find everything. In fact I would bet you'll find things you didn't even remember you had. Beautiful space indeed.

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  15. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

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