Wednesday, May 13, 2009


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After a long period of beader's block, I am finally beading again! I was having such a hard time beading, and I am not sure why. I think that the sheer amount of beads I have was overwhelming. So I spent a few days going through my beads. Doing a spring cleaning really. Sorting out the beads that I wanted to destash as well as doing an overall better job of sorting my beads into categories. I went to Wal Mart to buy these really great little Sterilite containers. They are see through and they have an attached lid, and Wal Mart has like 3 different sizes for $1.50 and under. So I bought quite a few of those and sorted my beads into them. I used to just have a huge container where I kept all of my beads that were not seed beads. To put it lightly, I have a ton of beads that fit into this category. So it was just completely overwhelming to look at that container, and I think that was blocking my inspiration. The past few days have been uber productive for me. I have a box full of new pieces ready to photograph. Now I need to figure out a new way to photograph my items. The west Texas wind has been blowing for the last 6 months it seems lol So I have not been able to photograph earrings very well. My fiance built me a lightbox, and I think I am going to take that outside and see if that helps to shield the wind.

We finally have our Vermont vacation planned! I am so excited. We are going on August 4th and coming back on the 18th. I miss my family a lot. So I have started the process of getting my shops ready. There is no way that I will close my shops for those two weeks. So I take all of my inventory. And believe it or not, I actually plan on dramatically increasing my inventory for the trip. Mainly because that will be two weeks of me not listing, and that is just no good for me lol So this "beading burst" I am experiencing is a huge help! I am also in the middle of an enormous batch of cards. To be honest, my beading area and card area both look like absolute disasters! I want to get them organized, but I think the best way to get that done at this point is to continue creating and sorting. Luckily my fiance completely understands! So there is no pressure from the rest of the household to get things put away. I thought I would share a few pics, just to give you all an idea of my chaos lol

So here is my beading space. I apologize for the poor quality of the picture. To put it lightly, it is a disaster lol Keep in mind that the couch is also covered in containers filled with beads.

And here is the card....uhm dining room table lol Under the table there are quite a few containers filled with paper, ribbon and already folded cards.

So as you can see, my two crafting areas are a mess!! We live in a small apartment and my fiance's mother lives with us right now. And to top if off, I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This mess makes me insane. But it is keeping me motivated to keep working! My plan is to get us much made as I can, and then get things sorted and put away. So wish me luck :)

Well as you can all see, I have a lot of work to do lol So I will sign off for now. Make sure to watch my shops for new listings, cause there is a whole lot on the way!! Also don't forget to enter my great May giveaway!



jen said...

I just spent a few hours a couple days last week to clean up my little studio room in our basement, so I feel ya!
Just the act of cleaning up gives you a little creative push I think. At least, it did for me!
good luck!

purplecat said...

I have a good clear up, stand back and think wow thats clean and tidy...and then I start on another art project and a creative mess is always the result....funny as I am really tidy in every other part of the house, but not in my creative space!

CreativeSpirit said...

I have the same diseases you have, beadamus maximus and beadapus everywherus! You did the right thing. When you get beaders block, it's best to touch every bead you have... looka t them again, fall in love with them again. It worked for you, didn't it? Can't wait to se yor new work. Have you used any of my beads in your new masterpieces? :-)

Raevyn said...

I have used some of your beads Creative! Hopefully I can get them photographed tomorrow to show them off :D

EverImprovingMe said...

you should see some of my chaos.. but its too much to

Almost Precious said...

The creative process can not be confined, containted or hampered by tidy restraints...or at least that's what I keep telling myself. My work space looks pretty badly cluttered too right now. :\

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Melina and Denise said...

I've never heard it called beader's block before but it is very accurate. Makes you appreciate the busy times!