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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Disorganized Chaos

While I was looking for some beads to make a few pieces, I realized that my bead stash is nothing short of a mess or to put it more eloguently -- disorganized chaos. I'm a fool for beads, I definitely have an over abundance of them. Yet, I continue to buy more - why? Well, I'm a sucker for pretty gemstone and beads...I simply can't get enough of them (so I might have a little obsession). I see them, I want them and then I buy them! On that note, I'm super excited for the Innovative Bead Show next weekend.  I've been saving up for awhile and just can't wait to spend that money on some pretty beads and supplies.

Now...back to the disorganized chaos of my bead stash.  I couldn't find what I was looking for because my bead drawers (which by the way are disorganized by color) look like this:

I rummage through the drawers trying to find what I want and get so frustrated after relentlessly looking and not finding.  So, that prompted a visit to my local Michael's store, to purchase some containers...that would let me see the beads at a glance (thereby ending the relentless rummaging!)  

I purchased three organizers, each containing twenty-four round containers. Doing the math in my head..."yeah, 72 containers should be good."  Home I went, delightfully excited about my "new" bead organizers.  Well, let me tell you - 72 containers didn't even make a dent.  The yellow/green bead drawer used all 72 little containers. So, maybe I underestimated my obsession...I mean bead stash, just a little.  At a glance, it would appear that I need about 200+ more containers.  Luckily, I found a place online that I could order them in bulk -  now I can't wait for them to get here.  I love opening the drawer and being able to see what I have - here have a look:

If you thought my bead drawer was disorganized...check out my work bench.  Who created that mess? Better yet who is going to straighten it up?  It's a wonder how I ever get anything made...

The work bench is a collective of random items laid out in perfect disorganization.  However, if I put the stuff away...I probably wouldn't be able to find it. At least the rest of my house is neat and tidy. I'll save the reorganization of the work bench for another post.  After all, I gotta get my beads organized! Out of all that disorganized chaos of beads and findings came these: 

Olive and lime green Czech glass beads dangling from my own handmade copper kidney ear wires, embellish with a bead and wire wrapping. I've oxidized them to dark finish and tumbled them to shine.

I hope you all are having a great weekend.  The weather is getting cooler here and I'm loving having the windows open and the fresh air blowing in.  Live. Laugh. Love. 


  1. Oh, congrats on keeping up with your blog!!! I'm happy hearing what you're doing:) Love seeing how other artisans store things and manage their workstation. Those beadcups adorn my shelves, but I must admit to still having problems locating things. Fire Mountain gems is my source but in a pinch I stop at Michaels and what I find is that although they look identical, the screw threads are not...but I still force them together and sometimes pay a hefty price. Am loving your wrapped kidney wires...must branch out myself and try new shapes. Cool weather here it!

  2. Hi Barb - thanks so much for reading my blog! I'm really going to try to make weekly posts, I'm 2 for 2 now!! As you can see, I have some difficulty managing my work station. Yes, the containers from Michael's were a bit pricey and I did notice that they didn't screw together very smoothly. I'm hoping the ones I ordered will be better. If they are good, I will message you with a link - they were very inexpensive. Let's just hope the drawers I keep them in will accommodate a single layer, so all I have to do is glance down on them. I hope this will make it easier to create pieces. Have a great day!


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