New Studio & A Giveaway

We’ve been in our new home for a month now. It’s smaller than our old house, but very nice.  We’ve unpacked all our boxes, and put nearly everything away. Tomorrow I plan to haul all the cardboard boxes back to the moving company so someone else can reuse them.  It still doesn’t seem like home yet.  I wonder how long that will take?  It feels kind of like we’re house sitting someone else’s place.

I promised you a studio tour and a giveaway. The studio tour comes first. Hang on till the end and you’ll find out how to enter the giveaway for a free artisan bracelet!

My studio isn’t 100% moved into yet.  There are a few small boxes on the floor, the closet is a mess and not all the pictures have been hung. But I decided not to wait any longer to share some pictures. I can always do an update later.

We’ll start at the door of the studio.  See that guy there?  He just sort of followed me to this new house, helped me install a whole wall of shelving and even gave me the “Jeweler Parking Only” sign.   I think he’s a keeper. 😉

To the right of the door are some IKEA spice racks that are the perfect size for my ceramic glazes.  The white box on the far right is a photo cube, which helps diffuse light and reduce shadows on my jewelry photographs.  Next to the photo cube is my desk.  I didn’t take any pictures of it, because it’s become the surface on which I’ve laid all the stuff I’ve unpacked, but haven’t found a space for yet.

New Studio 3

Here’s a closer view of the “spice racks”. Small bottles fit two deep and pint jars fit nicely, too.

New Studio 5

My orchids are happy in their new home on my studio window sill.

New Studio

The next picture is the best part of the new studio.  As I mentioned in my last post, we took most of the shelving that had been in our previous living room and moved it into my new studio.  It is a dream come true to have a place for all my metalsmithing equipment, polymer clay supplies, enameling, beading and ceramic supplies.  It’s not a big room, but the wall of shelves makes it all possible!

The wooden boxes are from IKEA, as are the shelving units.  I keep all my beads, except my art beads, in these boxes, sorted by color. The white, plastic 5 drawer units hold all my metal supplies, such as brass beads, copper wire, silver chain, etc. The other shelf of plastic units holds some of my clay supplies.  The wooden earring rack was made by Kristi Bowman’s husband.  It folds up flat and is super handy to bring to shows.

New Studio 1The last picture shows the wall behind the door, where I hung up  some certificates of appreciation from my 30 teaching career  The wall looked kind of bare, so I also hung up  a fused glass wall hanging and a collage with lovely calligraphy about the value of friends.  Both these are handmade.  Just around the corner, to the left, is a handmade ceramic wall vase by Marsha Neal Minutella.New Studio 4So now you’ve had the tour and it is time for the giveaway.  I’m thinking of this as a kind of reverse house-warming gift. Lots of neighborhood people brought us gifts when we moved in, so now I’m turning the tables and giving this bracelet away, as a gift, in celebration of our new home and this new chapter in our lives.

Plum Delight Bracelet 3b

 

The focal bead is handmade lampwork by Paradise Beads.  The tab shaped purple flower bead is by Sue Beads and is also lampwork glass.  The lilac colored bead is handmade ceramic by White Clover Kiln.  There are also a sprinkling of  top-drilled pearls, 2 Lepidolite beads and Czech glass bird beads.

Here’s how to be entered for my house-warming giveaway:

  • You can get one entry for commenting on this post.
  • You can get one additional entry each time you share this post on your choice of social media.  After you’ve shared, come back here and enter where you shared it and a link to it. Make a separate comment each time you share.  If you list multiple shares in one comment, it will only count as one.
  • Please include contact info, so I can easily let you know if you won.  If I can’t connect with you without having to search for contact info, I will skip on to the next entry.
  • I will announce the winner next Thursday, March 24th 2016.
  • Good luck and have fun!

Linda cursive

Linda Landig Jewelry

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Spring Cleaning My Studio

This post is part of a Clean-Up Challenge and blog hop hosted by Sharyl McMillian-Nelson of Sharyl’s Jewelry on ArtFire.

This is, for the most part, a reprint of a post I did for the Art Jewelry Elements blog.  I had hoped to continue my organizing efforts and have more to add to this today, but I ran out of time.  If you are reading this on Saturday, I am vending at a show today.  And well, you know how that goes.  Preparation for shows takes over everything else you may have hoped to accomplish.

But I’ve got a good start on the clean-up effort and I’ll work toward finishing up after the show.  I’ll post my progress as I move forward.

If you’ve been following my posts then you know that I’ve been experimenting with polymer clay and torch fired enameling recently.  I’ve also been slowly adding a few metalsmithing techniques to my skill set.  This is all wonderful except…. When I set my studio up in our spare bedroom I had mega-tons of beads, but no torches, hammers, enamels, polymer clay, pasta machine etc.  Well you get the picture.

As I added more things that didn’t have a designated space, my computer desk got overwhelmed with junk tools, metal and clay.  My computer got ousted to the living room, my studio floor became littered with papers, magazines and whatnot.  Add this to the fact that I am  not a naturally organized or orderly person and you have chaos!

It was getting so bad that I couldn’t even find space to work. I was becoming annoyed and thus began avoiding my studio. I finally had enough!  That’s when I saw that Sharyl was hosting this blog hop!  The timing was perfect.  So I began burrowing out of the mess.  Unfortunately I didn’t take “Before” pictures right away.  The pictures I do have were taken about a week after I began Operation Studio Renewal.  You know how things actually get worse before they get better?  These pictures attest to that.

I’m not all done yet, but I thought I’d post some mid-project pictures, to show the progress so far and to help hold me accountable for finishing what I have started.

I’m actually typing this post at my desk, but here’s what it looked like near the start of the project.

And this evening it looks like this.

Here’s a daytime shot from earlier this week.  I’ve got the polymer clay pasta machine on the left side of the desk.  It can stay set up there, but out of the way.

The  polymer clay and tools were scattered all about, but they are now nicely corralled on shelves to the left of the desk. Here’s what the shelves looked like before I went to work on them.

The shelves were not a complete disaster, like my desk was.  They were somewhat organized, but I needed to make room for the polymer clay and enamels without having to invest in new shelving or expensive storage items.

Another goal I had was to reduce visual clutter, as well as physical clutter.  I think I’ve accomplished both goals here.

Let’s start with the top shelf.  My before picture shows that I had the same white plastic storage drawers up there initially, but they were all stacked at varying heights.  And then there were smaller purple storage boxes stacked up on the right side of the shelf.  Its hard to see in the before picture, but on the left side of the top shelf was also a round plastic jar of furnace glass beads.

I removed the purple boxes and the furnace glass and I spread out the white drawers so they are all the same height.  Now the eye can rest on that shelf comfortably and not be jarred by all the conflicting heights, colors and storage boxes.  The only non-white item now is a wood and papier-mâché diorama from Mexico that is on top of one of the storage drawers in the corner.

The 2nd shelf down is mostly empty right now, but that’s OK.  I’m not done cleaning the whole studio yet and I might still need the space.  One trick to give yourself extra space for smaller items is to use hanging wire baskets that hook onto the shelf above.  You can see that I’ve used one of these above the second shelf.

I’m quite pleased with the 3rd shelf.  I picked up a number of these inexpensive, white cardboard boxes at IKEA.  They are a bit tedious to assemble, but they are sturdy, come in at least 3 sizes and are white, to go with the other things on the shelf, (though they come in colors too).

I moved all my polymer clay supplies into these boxes and used my trusty label machine to label each box.  There is still extra room in the boxes for more, as I expand my stash.

Although I forgot to take a picture of it, I’ve also cleared out all the clutter that was on the floor by these shelves.  One can now reach them without danger to life and limb! 😉

 I’ve also organized a shipping station for items purchased in my online shops.  I used to keep padded envelopes, bubble wrap and tissue paper in baskets under my work table.  Thank you cards were next to my work table.  Business cards were on my antique printers cabinet, postal tape was in the kitchen.  Oy vey!  One of the cardinal rules of organizing is to put like with like.  This is so much better!

You are probably curious about where I actually make my jewelry.  I’ve just barely started organizing it, so it’s mostly still a wreck.  But you will notice that I’ve cleared a small bit of real estate in the center of the table and even this little work space has re-sparked a creative drive in me that I welcome.

So that’s it for now.  I’ll do an update when I finish the task. I look forward to visiting the other people’s blogs who joined this clean-up challenge. And I’d encourage you to do likewise, (see links below).   I know I’ll pick up some cool organizing tips from them and that I’ll gather increased motivation to get this job done!  Thanks Sharyl for hosting this challenge!

I am always delighted to read your comments!   Hope to hear from you.

Linda

Linda Landig Jewelry – ArtFire 
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Participant List:

Host: Sharyl McMillian-Nelson … http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/

Beda Hendrix … https://www.facebook.com/SasijuhlsThings

Ann Schroeder… http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Pamela Rachelle… http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com

Kristin L Oppold… http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman … http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andi … http://strungoutjewelry.blogspot.com/

Patricia Buchanan Click “Blog” on the menu bar at http://www.braceletstoo.artfire.com

Helen Simon… http://helensharvest.com/

Kashmira … http://sadafulee.blogspot.com/

somethingunique … http://somethinguniquebylana.blogspot.ca/

Renetha … http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com

Kathy Lindemer … http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Swapna Dinesh … http://www.swardaa.com

Linda Landig … https://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

Ann Schroeder … http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com/

Beti Horvath … http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/

Sam S … http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/

Christina Miles … http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Islandgirl … http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.ca/

macmillanmarie … http://www.macmillanmarie.blogspot.com

Emma Todd … http://www.apolymerpenchant.com

Neena Shilvock …
http://www.capriliciousjewellery.com/3/post/2014/02/neither-ship-shape-nor-bristol-fashion.html

Dee Clark… http://biz-e-bead.blogspot.com/

motidana … http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.com/

Here Bead Dragons … http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Carol D. … http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Pam Sears … http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith … http://wirednan.blogspot.ca

AliMc … http://northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury … http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Shirley Moore … http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com

PyxeeStyx … http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Jayne Capps … https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Louann Elwell
… https://plus.google.com/117746558861718110652/posts

Rain … http://honeyandollie.com/

Lori Bergmann … http://www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com

Helen Simon… http://helensharvest.blogspot.com/

Arlene Dean … http://aglassbash.blogspot.com

Sandra… http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de/

Alicia … http://www.allprettythings.ca

Natalie Pappas …  http://blog.nkpdesigns.com/

Mike Flint …  https://www.facebook.com/bagomag