Handy…and Pink!

Hello again!

Things have been extremely slow the past 2 days (due to a long weekend/holiday caused by the annual Teacher’s Retreat at the university), and the things I should be doing are (sadly) lost in the numerous priorities on the list I made. Seriously! With my “chores”, you’d think I’d be burning my eyebrows studying and doing homework. But no, my determination has a mind of its own, and it isn’t even showing itself. *Sigh.

Well, I did finally do something my mom told me to do, which was to take better care of my art stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I have two, extremely full cases on the shelf, but the ones I use often are either making a mess at my study table or swimming with one another in the outer pocket of my bag.

So, I bought this:

IT IS PINK. Yes, it sure as hell is. It’s one of the reasons I bought it. Oh, and did you notice the cute (though simple) graphic at the front? Adoorable! Here’s a better view:

Sooooo lovely! (Imagine stars in my eyes.) Hahaha. If you didn’t take the hint at the previous paragraph, I’m talking about my pens, pencils, and markers. Doing what I do best (i.e. look for cute but very handy things), I managed to find this at the department store at SM this evening.

Here’s how it looks inside:

I love the chocolate brown touch it has inside! Greatly compliments the tone of pink used as well. :)

Those pens are what I always use when I’m drawing lineart or sketches. I have a whole box of those type of pencils, a pack of sign pens my dad brought home from abroad, a fountain pen (far left), and two metallic markers my aunt brought from Germany. I’ve been digging traditional art lately, and I’m sure this new holder would make me want to do more art.

I feel so excited to draw again! ^_^

How about you? Where do you store/keep your most used creation materials?


Spring Cleaning in May

With all the time I have on my hands, one would only think how many sketches and other things I could do with it, right? Or how many songs and stories I could write before school resumes on the 4th of June.

Well, I’m pleased to tell you that I’ve (finally!) found the time (and discipline) to “pimp my station” (a.k.a. The Creation Station)! After a few hours of looking through Google and realizing how many DIY’s I could do with the materials I have stored, I started fixing my area, starting with “uncluttering” my shelves and drawers and choosing which nick-knacks to keep or throw away.

I wasn’t able to take a “before” photo before I began (drats!) but I DID take a few shots afterwards. :)

Welcome to… The Creation Station!
(click for larger images)

It’s not much, but with us just renting an apartment at the moment, I couldn’t really drill into the walls and plaster other things on it. (I forgot to make the piano and the guitar more visible on the photo. Haha.)

Here’s a little tour:

1. The Jewels

These pretty babies are mostly presents from relatives and my parents, and only a few were bought by me. :) I think the one with the Eiffel pendant is from Oman, when we lived there for a few years. It’s been one of my favorite accessories since the year we bought it, 2009. The image on the left ( the fish-like necklace) was my mom’s, but then she decided to give it to me after realizing it’s not really “her type”. I’m guessing that if I placed my whole collection up here, the hooks would fall off. Tsk.

2. The Little Terrace

Aaaaanndd… the thread I used to hook this up is obvious, and fortunately, I could explain that it was “designed” to act like a separator. Hahaha! There’s nothing better than getting away with an almost-fail DIY craft. I had to sew through that box (which I also made myself) a couple of times before I got pricked. I guess I have no more blood left in me since no blood came out. Har-har. I even got my little brother to hold the box while I stitched it up, but after a few minutes, he gave up ’cause his “hands were dying”. Seemed perfectly fine to me! ;)

Take a look inside:

There’s a story behind that ring. A pretty long one, too. Those USB’s also have 16GB of space (‘cept for the one on the left), but they can’t hold even a quarter of all my files. O___O Any one else with a similar problem?

3. Other areas

I’ve also changed my table and made it more personal, adding a few of my drawings, and photos of my parents and little brother. I then covered it with a huge plastic book cover to avoid messing them up and/or spilling liquid on them. BTW, that drawing underneath the markers is made of charcoal on normal printing paper, so that added to the fragility of the whole design. I might post a solo photo of that artwork some time.

The photo on the right is just of the small bulletin board I created using used boxes just lying around and a few scrapbook elements. Can anyone guess what’s behind the green flap at the far end? :)

Of course, I have my second favorite (easy) DIY for the day.

4. The Organizer

Heck yeah! Forgive my over-the-top reaction just there. Haha. I rarely do DIY’s to organize my cords (or bits of stomach as I like to call them), but I’ve reached my limit and am tired of seeing those things laying about! Using a ribbon I bought from Oman and paperclips from the local store, that problem was instantly solved.

What sort of DIY’s do you like to do?
Any suggestions to make my work area better?