Thursday, January 18, 2007

See? I've, been, busy...

Yeah, that's the ticket! LoL!

I am happy to report that Jodie finally received her package. I was getting passed the point of concern, and onto Piffed! (as my friend says, LoL!) But the pretties have finally reached their destination. Yay!

Meanwhile, I've been cleaning. Cleaning, cleaning, and, oh, yeah, cleaning... Funny thing when you start cleaning, you find stuff... Stuff you even forgot you HAD! (How SAD!). Well, I had plum forgotten about this next project here. Last March, I believe, the ladies of our bead society had a trading card swap. Didn't matter how you embellished it, what you did with it, all that mattered was that you had fun. Well, my heart was full of good intentions, and I really wanted to participate, but, I didn't... I got caught up in in, didn't want to put so much effort into it, and then just pass it on... I couldn't let go of it, and it wasn't even started! LoL! It seemed in the past that I had a really hard time letting go of my pieces. Unless they were custom ordered, or made for my family (my friends are included in my family!), it really was difficult to let go... Sheesh, my poor, poor little Mimi! How am I EVER going to be able to let go of HER, if I can't let go of a piece of beadwork! LoL!

Well, as I 'mature', it's becoming easier, and easier. I LOVE to give my pieces now. Actually, what I love most, is the receiver's reaction. I would even venture to say that I've got a few collectors now, not counting myself, OR my mom!!! ('cause she's got loads of goods!). My friend Camille started her "Le Beadoir" collection about two years ago, her first pieces, if I remember correctly, were two pairs of chandelier earrings, I think she's got about 8 pairs of earrings now, 2 bracelets, one lariat, and two necklaces. Her sister Manon has a nice little collection as well, 3-4 sets of earrings, 2 necklaces, 3 bracelets (One red that I MUST fix! NOW!). The latest addition to my collectors has definitely got to be Maria, who, in a very short year, amassed herself a good 15 pieces so far, LoL!


So, here it is. It's an embroidery piece, nothing too fancy, I'm merely following the pattern on the upholstery (I had to look that up!) fabric. I'm thinking of making him white. What do you think? A white elephant?
Closeup of his little headdress. The black beads are size 15's, the smaller greens & the smaller gold ones are 11's, the big gold one is a size 8, and the largest green bead is a size 6. It's the 15's that are killing me! LoL!


This is my beading tray, what a mess! Hey, at least I'm not stuck having it on the dining room table. All I did was line the bottom of an old, and I mean OLD, cookie tray with vellux. Ta da! Clear the table in one swift move! Well, not too swift, wouldn't want to send my beads flying across the room!

I wanted to show you this. Any crafter, artist, anyone who has to keep track of teeny, tiny pieces, should get one of these. This is a replica of a Gerstner cabinet, and I want one!

This one belongs to my friend Kirsten, and it is the most awesomest tool cabinet I've ever seen! I want TWO! I think Kirsten needs FIVE! Perfect for the little OCD in moi!

In the meantime, I'll settle for my present system, in my second hand dressers and my Craftsmen organizers. They're no Gerstners, but they sure do the trick.



Good thing that part of the floor is level, the organizers sit perfectly flat atop each other. You could even anchor them to the wall if need be. Now, I only store larger beads, and my threads and some tools in these. I've heard WAY too many horror stories about how some people had just dropped loose seed beads in the drawers, and how they've spilled, or worse, gotten all mixed up. I suppose I wouldn't mind if all the beads were in vials, or little zippies...
And even the frosted drawers are see-through enough for me to find just what I need, without having to go on a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" type mission... LoL!

Well, that's it for now. Today, I'm going to attempt to add a bit more embroidery to the Elephant. Funny, I must be getting better at this embroidery thing, 'cause it didn't seem to take me quite as long as before...

13 comments:

Carla said...

Found your blog through Jodie's--and that organizer cabinet is VERY inspiring. Even more inspiring is your beadwork--and composition of your photograhps is delighful!

The Phosgene Kid said...

I need you to come to Tiny House and help me organize all my crap. You look as though you have it all together. Do you have many "free range" beads around the house?

cinderelly said...

what awesome organisation! my mom has a cabinet that i covet...it is an antique thread cabinet from a store. it has drawers that are only about two inches deep. how great would that be for bead storage!? i like the tray idea too. i have had many bead mishaps,(especially a kitty jumping up!) it would keep things together nicely!

Jewels said...

Hi Carla, and welcome! Wow, thank you for the compliment on my beadwork, and photography, lol!

Funny, I hadn't felt that my beadwork was as inspiring lately... Maybe I'm getting out of my slump... ;)

Hey P.K. I'd love to! There's something very meditative to me in organizing. I think it's the end result for me, how much easier it will make my every day life. Ahhh, Martha had it right all along... ;)

Oh, and OF COURSE I've got free range beads! That's why they weren't in the picture... LoL!

Jewels said...

Well, well, well, Little miss Cinderelly snuck in there! ;)

How are you today? Oh, that cabinet sounds dreamy! You know what else I'd love to own: one of those antique apothecary cabinets! OMG! Can you imagine, a wall of drawers??? Now THAT would be beader heaven! ;)

The tray has worked out well so far. Especially when I'm doing the frog stitch on old unsatisfying projects, and I can just sit on the couch, watch T.V., and let the beads fall where they may. No muss, no fuss!

Dino aka Katy said...

LOL at free range beads. but after you went to the tiny house could you come by mine? I totally need some organizaiton in my house

Not Ashley said...

Yes and I love them all!

Jewels said...

LoL, Katy! Looks like my services would be quite a precious commodity with ALL my friends! LoL!

I think people get scared by the thought of tackling a WHOLE LOTTA clutter at once, but the trick is, just take a few small bites at a time. I'm almost done with our living area, which is the toughest, since everyone LIVES in it! LoL! But slowly, it's coming along.

Jewels said...

Maria, I KNOW you do! ;) And you'll love your future ones as equally, won't you? :)

{{{Hugs}}}

The Phosgene Kid said...

The elephant is nice. They have some beaded tapestries at the Bead Museum, I am in awe on anyone that has that much patience.

TeAntae said...

#1 What have you done? Embroidery an elephant? He's going to be soooo cute! And what ideas you have in my little head now that I have an embroidery machine. >=)

#2 I'd love one of those cabinets too but I'm going to hold out for anything that elaborate until we get into a house. That and I can try to convince my husband that it's something he really wants to build for me. LOL!

Once the latest attempt to straighten up my little studio is complete I'll take a picture before chaos returns. =)

*smooch*

Jewels said...

Oh Phos, I'd so love to come visit that bead museum you taunt me with so much... *sniff*.

Hey! Maybe when I come over to Little House for that organization mission, my payment could be a visit to the museum! huh? Huh? Huh?

LoL!

Jewels said...

Hee! Hee! Hee!

That's what I'm here for Tea, to plant those little ideas in your pretty head!

And an embroidery machine? Wow! I'm so jealous. I've only got my Nana's old Singer, it needs a bit of an overhaul, but I do believe it still works.

Yes, chaos seems to set in a lot faster than order, doesn't it.... ;)