Yesterday I posted about meeting Kristi Bowman at Shipwreck Beads. During our visit I bought 2 sets of charms from her and a really awesome pendant. These are the lovely goodies that are on my bead table today.
These two sets of charms will become earrings. I especially love the pair on the right. I don’t know if I will be able to part with them.
This pendant has the most amazing patina. It practically glows. I’ll have to really think about how I can do it justice. You can see more of Kristi’s copper components in her Etsy shop, Dream Some.
I also brought home these beads from our shopping spree at Shipwreck Beads.
Last Wednesday, I wrote about my studio/guest room reorganization. I didn’t get as much done on that front as I had hoped. It was a busy week. I had a birthday, we went to the beach, my daughter and her boyfriend visited, I met with Kristi etc. Good, happy things; but very busy. So, as you can see in the picture below, the overall appearance is still a disaster (embarrassed to show this).
But, when you zoom in on things, you’ll see that the chaos is being beaten back!
This corner was a tumble of clutter. (You can see how it used to look here) It looks so nice now! I took out the white shelving and moved it to the den. The wooden IKEA drawers are mostly sorted (& labeled–love my labeler!) by bead color, however there are also drawers for all my pearls, and drawers for sterling silver, copper and brass. The picture below shows another similar set of shelves, with more IKEA drawers, near the door. You can also get a peek inside my cleaned up closet space.
This side of the closet used to be just piles of junk. Look! There is even some empty space! The back of my car is now filled with stuff to take to the Goodwill.
And here’s an organizing hint: The white shelves above the closet rod are designed to hold shoes, but I use them everywhere I need additional shelving. Just look at how they increase the usable space above the rod!
I don’t anticipate being so busy this next week. So hopefully this project will be completed by our next Bead Table Wednesday. I’ll keep you posted.
Do you have any clever organizing tricks you use in your bead or craft space? Please share your ideas in the comment section. Everyone loves new organizing tips!
I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.
On Monday I got to meet up with my online friend, Kristi Bowman-Gruel. Kristi designs jewelry and makes wonderful copper clay components which she sells in her Etsy shop: Dream Some. Quite a few of my earrings include Kristi’s awesome copper charms.
Kristi also shared a lovely selection of her handmade copper components. I didn’t take any pictures of all the beautiful things she brought. I was so excited by her beautiful copper that I forgot all about my camera! I did buy 2 copper charm sets and a pendant from Kristi. I’ll photograph them later this afternoon and share them for my Bead Table Wednesday post.
All in all we spent a delightful afternoon together. I’m so glad we could meet!
I was taking macro photos in my friend’s garden when she noticed that a grasshopper had found a comfy spot in one of her dahlias. I zoomed in and here are the results. I wish I could have such a lovely space in which to sit!
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Today’s Bead Table Wednesday post will not be about what is on my table, but where my table is now. Warning: Unedited pictures to follow. These are true pictures of a project in process, not the finished product!
I like to say that I have a bead studio. But really, I use the term “studio” very loosely. It sounds good, yah, but in reality it is a guest room, with space for me to bead. At the moment, there is just a twin bed in there, and we really need to have a double bed, s-o-o-o, I’m hauling furniture around, tossing stuff and moving book shelves into the den, to make more room.
Believe it or not, there is a twin bed in this picture. Can you see the beige and white floral comforter peeking out from under the avalanche of junk valuable treasures? I had to clear everything off of two low book shelves, in order to move them into the den. Some of what you see here, will be replaced on those book shelves. For example, the wooden drawers you see on top of the dresser, will go back on the shelves. Those wooden drawers are from IKEA. They were a pain to assemble, because there were so many parts, but I totally love them for organizing my beads. The black plastic wheeled unit will be moved over by my bead table. The tall tripod is broken and needs to be tossed. The black file box goes to the Goodwill, etc., etc.
There is a window, just to the right of the nightstand. My work table used to be under the window. But I plan to place the queen bed perpendicular to where it is now, so I had to get my table out of the way.
The picture below is looking in the opposite direction; away from the window. The tall stacked disaster in the corner needs to be bombed cleared out. I’m not sure where to put it all. It includes my button collection (I love button clasps on bracelets). I also have some of my packaging and shipping supplies here, as well as extra zip-lock bags for my beads and my earring cards. The wooden shelf in front of the closet may go into the den with the IKEA boxes on it or it may stay in this room. I’m not sure yet.
By the way, I used to hand-dye silk. That’s one of my paintings, hanging over the book shelf. It had been hanging on the wall, but I took it down, temporarily, when I started moving stuff around.
This last picture is of my new work space. The bed and dresser are to my back. The window is on the left and the closet and door are on the right. My table used to be at right angles to the printer cabinet and the printers cabinet was about where the table is now. By lining everything up on one wall, it takes up less space. The white shelves on my table were actually meant as closet shelving for shoes. It works great on my bead table to give me extra storage space. The black unit to the right, on the floor, holds scrapbook papers. I’m not a scrapbooker, but I do enjoy making handmade cards for family and friends. The woven basket under the table holds bead boards and vellux bead mats.
Thanks for joining me in my studio/guest room today! Next Wednesday I’ll share more photos of the progress I’ve made on this project.
I encourage you to visit the BTW Flickr group and see what is happening on other bead tables.
Welcome to the Bead Soup Blog Party! Lori Anderson, of Pretty Things is the amazing organizer of an event that now spans five continents and 21 countries! This is the fourth Bead Soup Blog Party that Lori has organized and the second one in which I have participated.
Here’s how it works: Lori paired up all the participants. We all sent our partners a special focal bead or pendant, a pretty clasp and some accompanying beads. We could add anything to this “bead soup” that we wanted. We all made one or more pieces of jewelry and today we are sharing what we have created!
My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner
My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner was Lori Dorrington. Lori is a lampwork artist (handmade glass) and a jewelry designer. She has a blog called, “Lori’s Adventures in Etsyland” and she has an online shop called, Lori’s Glassworks. Here is a picture of the wonderful beady goodies that Lori sent me.
Clockwise from the left, we have Lori’s pretty lampwork glass beads, tiger-eye beads and a clasp, some small green pearls and garnets.
My Bead Soup Necklace
I knew right away that I would make one of the lampwork beads into a pendant and that I’d like to have two strands in the front, with the other two lampwork beads serving as a transition from two strands to one strand.
I purchased some little bead caps to add importance to the lampwork and I bought this cool leaf chain that I dangled from the end of the lampwork focal. The lower necklace strand is mostly garnet, with some pearl highlights and the upper strand is mostly pearls, with one cream-colored lampwork bead in the middle.
I’ve been designing this necklace in my head for several weeks now, but last week I suddenly remembered that I had some hand dyed silk in a deep red. I found it in my stash and it was a perfect match!
I’d never finished a necklace with textiles before, so I had to push myself into new territory–which is the exact purpose of this exercise. I added some fine copper chain to give added strength to the ribbon in the back. I don’t particularly like necklaces where the ribbon just ties in the back, so I finished it with copper cones and the clasp that Lori sent me.
The transition (see above) was a little tricky for me. At first I had larger beads where the two strands come together, beneath the lampwork, but it was too bulky and the strands jutted out awkwardly. So I re-strung that portion of the necklace using smaller beads.
I also made some earrings with the tiger-eye beads that Lori sent me. I placed a copper wafer and a green Czech glass bead above the tiger-eye and then I topped the earrings off with a small mookite bead.
These earrings will be given away as a “thank you” for visiting my blog during this blog hop. All you have to do to be entered to win the earrings is to leave a comment on today’s blog post. You must include your email address, or your link must lead to a blog or other website where is it easy for me to locate your email address. If I cannot find your email address, I will choose someone else. This giveaway will be open until the end of the month. The winner will be chosen using an online random number generator.
The Blog Hop
Here is a list of all the Bead Soup Blog Party participants. Have fun visiting as many people as you can. I know this list is overwhelming, so I want to thank you for visiting my own little corner of the bead blog world. I sincerely appreciate it.
What??? You don’t find it amazing and beautiful??? Uh, well, I guess you’ll have to come back on Saturday, when the big “reveal” takes place. Over 300 people from 5 continents were paired up, swapped beads and have been busy as beavers creating original jewelry designs with the goodies they received. On Saturday we’ll show it all off to the world! Please come back!
And to entice you to do just that, I’m offering a little giveaway. I’m giving away a pair of earrings that I made using some of the beads that my Bead Soup Blog Party partner, Lori Dorrington, sent me. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is to leave a comment on Saturday’s blog post. The drawing will be open until the end of the month. I will use a random number generator to determine the winner. You must either leave your email address with your comment, or your comment must have a link to a blog or other website where I can easily find your email. If you don’t leave an email address or I can’t locate it, then I’ll choose someone else.
So I’ll see y’all right back here on Saturday, OK?