The low-budget part has been pretty easy. First, I scored two floating shelves for free, thanks to Craigslist. I scooped them off the curb right after they were posted a little after 10:30. At night. Sometimes it pays to be a night owl with a little guts. I started collecting glass jars to hold buttons, pins, brushes, zippers, snaps, etc. A lot of them are olive jars (mmmm...olives).
As much as I love losing track of time in here, a clock was necessary. I found this one at a thrift store.
I'm old school when it comes to label-making. I love the vintage-style Dymo embossed labels.
Drawer space is a premium in here, so I supplement with this plastic one I keep on my shelving unit.
Every container is labeled, even the clear ones.
In hindsight, I wish I had picked one brand and style of plastic containers to that everything would stack more neatly. But plastic containers just don't have the same charm as this funky wooden box that's holding the quilt squares I'm collecting for my Christmas quilt project.
I love old flower pots and trays to corral supplies, especially since I work at a table rather than a desk (again, no drawers). I made this one out of a scrap board and some 1x2s.
I hold smaller items with old flower pots and even glass containers from spent votive candles.
Next time, I'll share more organization tools I've made by re-purposing found objects.