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Organising My Arts & Crafts Stash

August 1, 2013

I don’t know about you, but i have tons of arts & crafts stuff i collected over the years. Sometimes, when wrapping presents or making hand-made cards i cannot always lay my hands on everything i’ve got. I scramble around in my humble home office and however much clever storage i have, like my boby trolley or my lego storage head, i still misplace things or can’t remember what i’ve got or haven’t got.

In order to resolve this dilemma i started cataloguing some of my materials. This serves to:

a. remember what i’ve got (i then know where to find it) and
b. to be able to replenish or replace various items i need.



Let me start off with showing you a good example. Let’s take my MT tapes. I’ve had so many over the years and am always hunting for more. It has actually happened that i’ve bought the same one twice. By cataloguing, i can now see that i’m in real need of some more designs and colours and i can also now take my booklet shopping with me and prevent getting the same ones i already own.

I like to shop for MT tapes from many shops, but like this online store for interesting and different motifs. But check out their other stuff too, like for example their fabric tape. For those of you who love MT tapes, where do you buy yours from?



I LOVE stickers on back of envelopes.. do you?

Here we have some from the ever so wonderful knot & bow. I don’t think they do the flourescent pink circles or sparkly ones any longer so might have to hold on to those! They also sell these funky coloured gift tags. I’m going to get these new 100 parcel gift tags – neon assorted.



I often go and visit paul gardner for all sorts of items you never knew you needed! It’s also one of the oldest surviving shops in spitalfields. Here’s a lovely write-up on it.


For the colourliving stickers i go to


I like dark coloured envelopes. That means i need sticky labels. I favour lollipop and lotta jansdotter.



Who remembers the shop ‘shelf’ in cheshire street? Unfortunately they closed, but thankfully are still selling online. These embossed foil paper lobsters, as well as the pigs and bicycle are treasured items bought from shelf.


Nice, practical and well designed bookmarks are hard to find. I found these:


I have a favourite arts & crafts shop. La droguerie is a chain in france, so whenever i’m in nice or paris i make a beeline for it. I always stock up on these felt self-adhesive numerals.


I also heart many of their ribbons. These ones being some of my favourites:


A girl can’t have too many feathers. There is so much you can do with them. I like making these pens with my feathers. I buy my feathers from la droguerie or from slanchogled in chalk farm.


I also very much like shopping at ray stitch for all sorts of ribbons and haberdashery.


As you can imagine, this is just some of my stash. The booklet is a working progress but i can already see its benefits. Ok, what do you think? Shall i continue? Will you share some of your favourite arts & crafts items?

It’s sunny here in london and me thinks we’ll have a great weekend. Hope you’ll all have a great one wherever you are. See you monday!

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  • Reply Igor August 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Wow this is like a little personal decor & arts treasury!! So cool how you catalogue all of that! Inspiring!

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Ha. Thanks Igor. It’s only the beginning, but it’s what Habedashery shops do and I think it’s a good idea.

  • Reply Holly August 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Oh Tina! You are just too cute for words! Great idea to catalogue like this, very organized of you, plus it makes a wonderful eye candy book.

    “A girl can’t have too many feathers.” – heeheehee, you’re such a geek, I LOVE it!


    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      I know I know, bit anal, right?? Haha. Eye candy is good though?
      Oh dear, just exposed my geeky side. I suppose not many people know that about me xx

  • Reply Parisbreakfast August 2, 2013 at 7:27 am

    These are wonderful!
    Just don’t plan on moving to Paris anytime soon.
    I can’t believe what I had to get rid of..a few big regrets too…

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      Ha! You know I could never get rid of my stuff so cannot move to Paris (unless I can afford a big flat:-)

      Oh, Carol, sorry to hear you have some regrets.. but moving is such a big thing and we all have too much stuff.
      Glad you like this:-)

  • Reply Michaela August 2, 2013 at 8:32 am

    A fab post from the storage Queen! I always enjoy it when you do these kinds of posts – it’s like a design related haberdashery – serious envy here! 😉 xx

    ps love the collection of tapes. I want to get a few myself to make a mood board on my studio walls, so will be checking out the site you recommended – cheers for the recommendation Tina.

    Michaela x

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Hahahaha, thanks lovely. You like my geeky side coz you’re a geek yourself LOL
      “Design Related Haberdashery” Liking it… must remember this. Thanks!

      Yeah, you will love the MT tapes and making mood boards are such a good way to focus! Let me know how you get on xx

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 2, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Really inspired by this! Such a creative way to keep everything organised, especially if you are prone to forgetting which bits you have, like me! I love that French-inspired red, white and blue string in the final shot.

    Have a lovely weekend! x

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Hahaha. I did it because I’m also prone to forget what I’ve got:-)) BUT am secretly enjoying it xx Pssst, don’t tell anyone!

  • Reply noreen August 3, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    my goodness, you do have a lot of lovely art things! right now i’m sorting classroom supplies, and that includes lots of art stuff. keep up the good work! (have a happy weekend, too.)

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      Good Luck with your sorting classroom supplies (sounds like fun?)
      I’m still working on my book:-) Hope you’re enjoying the summer break!

  • Reply Louise - 30s Magazine August 4, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Wish I was as creative as you. I have so many empty notebooks laying around and here’s yet another example what to do with them. Buying the same MT tape twice sounds familiar 🙂 Great idea to catalogue them. And the feathers are so funny 🙂 Thanks for another inspiring post.

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      You are creative, very creative… when are you going to realise that???
      You know I used to buy tons of notebooks which stayed empty. I can promise you that phase will stop. (it was such a relief)
      Pleasure L x

  • Reply geraldine August 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Beautiful book Tina. Such a brilliant idea,reminds me of my now vintage sticker collection book – so colourful and ordered. You have done in perfectly – when I have time, I may need to do this organising too. Thanks for the idea. Have a wonderful week lovely x

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      I like the now vintage stickers. Why haven’t we seen them???
      Yeah, give it a go, very therapeutic and very satisfying xx

  • Reply Alison Sye August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Very, very impressed with your organising skills Tina. Also, you have introduced me to some lovely new shops.

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Ha. Happy shopping, you’ll enjoy! Thanks Alison x

  • Reply Catherine August 6, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I’ve been reorganising in the last couple of days and have started with the pantry. Like you I found two of quite a few things and now feel so good that I’m organised in that department. Your book is perfect and love all the arts and crafts bits and pieces you have, the lobster, pig and bicycle are divine!

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Yes, it feels great organising the Pantry. I did mine recently and loved it… I think it’s time for another clear out.

      Oh, Catherine, I cherish my lobster, pig and bicycle sooo much x

  • Reply Elena + deco August 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Please continue!

    • Reply tina August 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Haha. Thank you Elena. Hope you’re well!

      • Reply Elena + deco August 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Very well, working until the 9th and then off for three weeks. I am going to a lovely mountain place in the north of Italy (Monte Rosa), a village of 500 people with a dozen of amazing french early twentieth century houses (we are actually staying in one of them). Some jewellery designers picked this little village as a holiday retreat in 1910. How weird and fascinating is that?? I will take some photos but I am not sure I will be able to publish them in my blog because the owners are very worried about being robbed. Will you be working and posting in August? I hope so!

        • Reply tina August 8, 2013 at 12:17 am

          Monte Rosa sounds amazing. I love the Jewellery Designers’ story. It will be magical. Maybe you could publish some photos without naming the place. Just refer to it as Paradise:-)

          Have a wonderful time.
          I’m not going on holidays so will be posting!

      • Reply Elena + deco August 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

        Thank you Tina.
        I will read you!
        Have a lovely August.

  • Reply Doris August 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    This is why I love reading your blog. I get to learn of so many places and shops that are inspiring and useful. I’ve favourited all of your stores so that I can go back and review them when I’m in need. I love how you catalogue all them all. Something that I’m really bad at and have to change. xD

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