Organizing My New Year!

Junk_Drawer_M_FabianThe start of the New Year is the perfect time to reorganize. Start fresh, from the small projects, like the junk drawer in my kitchen to the not-so-small closets to organizing my art business.

I started 2016 by revisiting my business plan, researching the market, deciding on the areas I want my business to move and grow in, creating a marketing and advertising plan, and deciding what worked in the past and what areas need improvement or a change.

What are you going to organize to start 2016?

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Holiday Gift Guide: Organizers For Artists

Santa_Blue_Pkg._2s_Fabian_QSince it’s the time of year when holiday shopping is in full gear, it seems like a good time to come up with some great gift ideas for artists. This is the first in a series of posts to help any of you with artist-types on your holiday shopping lists!


The final artist gift guide installment suggests a few gifts to help the artists in your life get organized. Are the art supplies taking over their studio? Perhaps they could use more storage ideas. Here are some creative, practical ideas that make great organizational gifts for artists. Continue reading

Fabian Design

M_Fabian_Studio_2I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it here on my blog yet, but my son is a talented artist. (He even went to the same college art program and earned the same degree I did!) In my reorganized studio, I mentioned I was especially excited about my shelf, which my son, Ben (Fabian Design), made.

This wood shelf/organizer is working out great for me! It holds all my art supplies — my Winsor and Newton watercolor paints, Micron markers, paintbrushes, pens, pencils, scissors, magnifying glass, among other items.  Finally, I have all of the things I need at arms reach and everything is in one place and in one location. No more scattered art supplies living on my desk top, underneath a mound of papers, scissors or tubes of paints. I can’t tell you how much time I’ve wasted over the years trying to find a marker or my pencil or eraser lost underneath my painting or sketches on my own desk top. That can be very frustrating!

M_Studio_Ben_Fabian_DesignThe shelf holds glass jars I found at the local art store and keeps them contained all in one location. I also used some of the clay containers I made back in my college days, which just happened to also fit perfectly in the shelf. They are just the right size to hold my pens and markers. I like keeping the pens, pencils and different types of markers in separate containers so I can find exactly what I am looking for much faster.  The clear jars are especially nice for the paints, and the little paint cups because you can immediately see what’s inside the jars. This is really going to help me keep my desk area clean and organized! It is perfect.

If you’re interested in one of these beautiful shelves for yourself, or for other great creations, check out Ben’s Etsy page or feel free to reach out for his contact info!