Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Organizing My Creative Space

I made my first necklace in 2007 and I worked out of my bedroom for the first couple of years. I finally ordered the taller white craft cart (to the right of the pic) after I went to a few bead shows and a couple of local bead shops and the beads and tools were taking over a corner of our bedroom. I guess it was a year later when I made my first trip to IKEA and spotted their white craft carts so I bought one. When I got home and filled it and still had left over beads and tools....well, I knew what to ask my husband for on my next birthday. I am at my limit now and refuse to buy another one, even though the basket on top of the IKEA one pictured is full of beads BUT they are organized and that is what this blog post is organized bead studio!
In this cart I keep beading wire, Swarovski crystals, wood beads, flowers (fabric and bead) and some beading tools (pliers and things).
I am always curious as to how other people organize their bead stash. I was doing it by type (wood, gemstone, Czech, lampwork, etc.) but after a couple of years that really wasn't working for me so I decided to organize mainly by color. 
 I have a problem with buying WAY TOO MANY blue and green beads and that has resulted in having two drawers of green and blue beads. One drawer of red, orange and yellow. One drawer of purples and pinks. One drawer of black and white and one drawer of brown and beige. I have all of these in one of the IKEA carts.

In this IKEA cart I have my metals. I have them organized by Sterling Silver, Silver, Copper, Vintaj, Antique Gold, Gold, Gunmetal and etc. In my chest of drawers in the pic I have receipts, books, magazines (the magazines on top of the IKEA cart are ones that my work has been published in) and in one drawer I have ribbon and leather because I have a VERY curious cat who loves to chew on leather and deerskin lace.
He's cute though, huh? 

I love this old chest of drawers (it was my great great grandmothers) I keep mailing supplies, boxes, etc. in here. It's so old that the drawers won't hold anything with a lot of weight to it so mailers, etc. are perfect to keep in here. 

 This is one of my favorite drawers! My art bead drawer which is in my work desk. The other drawer is for projects that I am working on (in other words, it's a MESS!).

I keep tools, metal working supplies, alcohol inks, and some other craft supplies in these baskets. 

I also have a closet in where I keep everything else! Photo props, busts, displays, etc.

I am feeling so good about finally having my space organized. No more tossing beads into a drawer all willy nilly and I am trying my best to keep my desk clean (although that is usually my downfall). 

Do you have any organization tips you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them.


Friday, March 21, 2014

We're all Ears..March Reveal!

This Beatrix Potter print was our inspiration for the "We're all Ears" March inspiration post on the Earrings Everyday blog. This is a fun new monthly challenge created by Erin Prais-Hintz. Please consider taking part in next month's challenge. The inspiration pic will be posted on the first Friday of the month and on the 3rd Friday of the month, you can link your blog to our Earrings Everyday blog and blog hop to see what everyone made. It's a lot of fun.

These are the earrings that I made. I was inspired by the flowers and the pink colors in this sweet pic.
They feature ceramic pink charms by Winchell Clayworks and Czech glass flowers. Dot Winchell is having a sale in her Etsy shop as well! Just use the coupon code "earringseveryday15" for 15% off any purchase of $15 or more. Check out her shop, LOTS of great pieces there! These "Beatrix" earrings are available on my website here.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Friday, February 21, 2014

February's "We're All Ears" Inspiration

As you may know, I am a contributor on the Earrings Everyday blog. Erin Prais-Hintz came up with the fabulous idea of having a monthly inspiration challenge. You are invited to play along! Just follow the Earrings Everyday blog where on the 1st Friday of every month she will share an inspiration. That inspiration could be a photo, a poem, a movie, a person, etc. On the 3rd Friday of the month, there will be a blog hop where you can link your blog url to the post. It should be a lot of fun so I hope you play along.

This is the inspiration for February...
Damselflies in Love

When I looked at this pic, it was the color that stood our for me the most and this is what I came up with...

Please join us for next month's inspiration challenge!