Sunday, October 24, 2010

Into the Studio!

The Grape-vined Kiln shed
Oh boy! I think this is where I out myself as a really big creative hoarder!
This place is a mess.
Here are some shots of inside the shed.  Shelves and Bisque and bits of glass.

And this is my bead storage area inside the main house.  So many drawers!  So many beads!
And this pile is the Sisterhood of the Traveling beads box.  I don't know how I am going to fit that all into the box.....  But I am going to try my best!
Around my desk I have all these little "project bowls"  little ideas I want to remember, beads I want to use together.... bead I made in similar styles, necklaces to finish for the next time I restock a shop... It's a mess!  Too many ideas, Too little time!
This is the center of my desk.  It's the actual space for current projects.  This is the place where I can see things and let them simmer into finished ideas.  Today current means within the last month-- I can hardly beleive it!  Life is full and life is fun!

 Lets start at the center of this mess and go counter clockwise.  This week I got my first beads from Kelleysbeads.  They are black and turquoise spotted.  I think they might work really well with the charm sets I have decided to keep for myself.  They have only been there for a day or so.

Also in the center are some Humblebeads~~ they are the same turquoise color as my charms as well.

Next we have a nice bag of beads from Bisque Bead Supply.  They have been here almost 2 weeks.  I thought I was going to be able to fire them up this weekend.... Doesn't look like it's going to happen.  Because I want to fire some pots at the same time and they are not yet ready.  Maybe next week :-)

Next we have a beautiful pair of earrings that my 5 year old daughter Sonya made for me.  I just love when she says " Ah ha! Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, I have an IDEA!"    and if you ask her.... I never share enough of my beads.  And if you ask me, I don't know another 5 year old with a collection nearly as big as hers.

Then we have some other bead I have saved for projects and two unfinished link bead bracelets.   The link bracelets were something I was working on for a magazine deadline but nixed when my family needed my attention.
and all along the bottom I have the Fancy Donuts that I received as part of the Rings andThings Blog partner program.  Some will probably go for a giveaway and some will be made into jewelry that I will share here on the blog.  I think they have sat there for a week :-)

So that's my mess!  Are any of you like me?  I'm feeling embarrassed.  "Open studios" might not be for messy ladies like me.

The next giveaway is at 4pm.... as long as I scheduled my posts correctly :-)

Here is the link back to the BOC participants page--


  1. I am so glad that you are all sharing your studios. Yep. Looks a lot like mine! I am trying to wrangle it all under control but I think that the beads multiply in the night and others are in hiding afraid of what I will do with them. So frustrating when these beads have a mind of their own. I am sure that they would LOVE to play with some of your yummy components. They would certainly be the popular ones if they came to live with me!

    Enjoy the day ;-)

  2. it's great to see where you create.
    love the shed..

  3. Love your mess!!! haaaaaaaa It's actually a beautiful one!!

  4. My space is WAY messier than yours. My mother scolded me over it.

  5. I meant to looks like a great place to play...I mean, work. Love the grapevine ;o)

  6. Looks like a great space. My studio has spilled out to my kitchen, dining room and garage. Messy doesn't even begin to describe it!

  7. I have those same drawers from IKEA and LOVE them!!! They hold all of the kids' art supplies, but I think they are probably better suited for bead storage :)

  8. Nice drawers! And I totally get the messy area - my jewelry making area is piled under so much crap it's barely accessible. My beads are in bins, but it's like they are locked away into storage mode, not organized for any kind of creative play. This winter I am locking myself in the jewelry making area and getting it organized. Thanks for sharing!

  9. You KNOW I can relate! Since you and I work in our full houses....I think space really effects the messiness (thats my story and I'm sticking to it:) I totally have bowls and trays of ideas, colors, and half started projects. I actually made a drawer for started projects and ideas, and it is now three drawers and there are bowls and trays on the work area again. I am hopeless.


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