How I store Jewelry Making Supplies

Hi friends! Over on my YouTube channel I have been posting a series of new ways I am storing my supplies. I have affordable solutions that have worked out well for me and they just might help you too. I will eventually post all of these to my blog but if you want to see the videos done so far check out my YouTube channel and if you want to see my most current craft room tour (filmed a year ago) you can find that by clicking this link.

Many of the storage I use was purchased years ago and is discontinued but you can find modern substitutes by searching what you need on Amazon, they are always coming up with something new to help us store our crap…er..I mean CRAFTS! LOL:) Til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW Another Week, Another Mess!

Hello folks! For those of you following along in my resin adventure I am happy to report that after 3 days my resin is hard and glassy, it was bit dicey for a while and it didn’t help that I kept visiting my creations and poking them to see if they were cured yet. Note to self: KEEP YOUR GRIMY PAWS OFF THE RESIN! So for those of you at home who want specifics it took 3 days to cure my polyester resin (mixed per package directions) with a room temperature around 70 and humidity at 66%. Higher temperature and lower humidity would have taken less time I suspect. Hey, here is a fun fact, thicker pieces take less time to cure, it seems that resin makes it’s own heat that speeds it’s curing process, Good to know. Also, don’t stick your fingernails in the resin to see if it cured…just sayin. BTW it is What’s on your workdesk Wednesday! On my desk are some bottle-cap resin rings and barrettes I just glued, paint from a project I just finished and other assorted supplies…

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But wait, there’s more! I can’t even sit down in here, it is madness I tell you!

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Crafty fun madness that is:) Want to join the crafty fun? Head on over to Julia’s blog the Stamping Ground and see for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW & a Winner!

Howdy and Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! Before I share my photo I want to announce the winner of last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveawayjennyfer26 I have emailed you, be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see the email I sent you, congrats!

OK, so on to my workdesk…well, my workdesk is quite dull today but I snapped a photo of my desk in the hostel in Boston while I was working on some watercolor cards and postcards using my “de-stressing” kit I showed you last week:

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That photo was taken the day after my husbands surgery, all went well and I think my cheerful watercolor reflects my relief. Do you have a desk to share? What have you been working on? Do you want to see more creative workdesks? Well head on over to Julia’s blog for all of the WOYWW fun! I actually will get to snoop this week, yay! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Juggling Kits!

Happy rainy Wednesday folks! I have been crafting like a crazy lady {what’s new, right?} to get ready for my craft fair on Saturday. I spent the last two days sewing. I whipped up 14 batches of juggling balls and 38 sets of felt hand-warmers. Here is a pic of my desk as it sits this morning:

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I packaged up the juggling sets in tin-tie coffee bags from Papermart. It was a bit of serendipity that I had that funny juggling stamp. So I simply stamped the bag and placed in 3 of the juggling bags I made, instructions and a business card because I’m sure once people get the juggle-bug they will want to buy them for all of their friends. I am an avid juggler, bordering obsessive at times, and the great thing about juggling is that it is impossible to worry about anything when you juggle. I think instead of taking drugs like Prozac and Zoloft doctors should teach their patients how to juggle. The world would be a happier place!

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Thanks for stopping by! I have to take a break from crafting today and get groceries or I will have to dip into our SHTF Zombie Apocalypse food stash and nobody wants that. If you want to join the WOYWW fun pop over to Julia’s blog the  Stamping Ground and see what other crafty peeps are up to this week! It’s so much fun! Til next time happy crafting (and juggling!)

WOYWW: Rock Me Like a Hurricane!

***Edited to add an apology to anyone one I offended who may have read the first two sentences of my blog post and nothing more. I did not mean to downplay the seriousness of Hurricane Sandy, not at all. Weather forecasters were predicting that we (in Maine) could have several inches of rain and a couple of feet of snow and we lucked out. I feel sorry for anyone who has been hurt, lost property or who have friends suffering with the storm. I wish people would read an entire post before becoming outraged and jumping down my throat. End edit*****

Huh, I just noticed that I have used song titles in all of my posts this week…whatdya know? Hurricane Sandy came and went and despite the prediction that it would be (another) storm of the century it was nothing but some wind and rain for us in central/eastern Maine. My heart goes out to all the folks on the Eastern Seaboard south of Portland that got hit hard and lost homes, businesses ad loved ones. I spent yesterday listing to the thunder and rain, making earrings and watching Doctor Who (Yes! another awesome British TV show on Netflix!!!) Speaking of awesome British things it is time for What’s on your workdesk Wednesday hosted by Julia at the Stamping ground. Check out my hot mess this week:

 

I went through a couple miscellaneous bins of bead soup and organized my glass beads by color, put away stray findings, cords and other odds and ends that I have picked up but not stored properly and as I sorted I pulled beads to make jewelery with. I was asked to help a couple of Junior Girl Scouts earn their jewelry badge so I figured it was a good time to reorganize and consolidate so I could fit everything back in one tote again…I’ll post picks of my newly organized storage another day. For now, here are my glass beads, looking at their organized goodness makes me happy!!!

 

I wanted to share a cheap and easy earring packaging idea with you: Cut ATC sided cards, stamp ona frame, poke two holes for the earrings and slip them in clear trading card baggies.

 

It keeps them clean and from getting lost at a craft fair or in a shop. I write the price on the back in pencil so the buyer and erase it if it is for a gift. I sell my earrings for $5 and they move briskly!

 

Well, that’s it for me today! I have to get ready to take the kids Trick-or-Treating tonight. A few of us are starting the night’s adventure from my house so I am making a pot of veggie chili and I am going to put out the decorations I made yesterday (I’ll snap a pic of my table tonight!) I hope we keep the tropical temperatures that Sandy brought with her so the kids don’t have to wear their winter coats over their costumes…I’m just glad we are not going out in 2 feet of snow! Oh and an update on the coffeepot, still nor working, I’m gonna toss it, but luckily my espresso machine is running just fine, here is what is in my cup this morning, a large soy-latte:

 

Not bad, eh? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Organizing ideas for crafters {and a tour of my craftroom!}

Howdy! I have been picking away at my craftroom for the past few weeks…a shelf here, a drawer there, purge, shuffle, move this, donate that and best of all fall in love with all my old supplies I have forgotten about! Sometimes I think we get overwhelmed by all of our fabulous stuff  to create with that it keeps us from being creative. Here is a video tour of my crafting space, I apologize for the unedited version, my video software was not working today so I uploaded it to youtube as is. That said, enjoy the video 🙂

Here are some photos of my craft room if you want another look:

Lindsay’s Organization Tips:

  1. Don’t get overwhelmed. Tackle one bit at a time. Got 15 minutes? Clean out a drawer. Got an hour, clean that desk. You’ll be surprised how the time adds up!
  2. Don’t buy anything or bring anything new to your studio while you are cleaning/organizing unless it is for cleaning and organizing. Bags of new supplies will only add to the chaos. Vow not to spend a dime on crafting stuff until your craft area is clean and organized.
  3. It’s OK to give away! I know it is hard to get rid of stuff you paid good money for but really are you going to use all of the 5-year-old paper and stickers in your stash? If you are by all means keep it, but, if you are not I bet there are teachers, scout leaders and senior citizens who would love your cast offs. If you don’t love it anymore don’t keep it, it will only make you feel bad that you bought it to begin with.
  4. Don’t shop for storage until you have cleaned, purged and sorted your stuff, otherwise you will end up with bins and shelves that do not fit your stash. You can stroll down the storage isle at the store for sure to get ideas just don’t purchase until you know what you have.
  5. Shop your stash. While you are organizing look at all the treasures you have collected over the years, I bet there are some “gotta have it” stamps that never saw ink and paper that “is too special to use on just anything” in your stash that you have forgotten about. Now is your chance to use it! When you are confronted by the latest trend or “gotta have it!” product ask yourself these 2 questions: “Can I get the look with something I already have?” and “Do I like this better than the stuff I already have”   If the answer to these is “no” then wait a week, if it is still  on your mind, only then, consider purchasing it.
  6. Maintain, take 15 minutes after each project to tidy up!

So, no matter if you have a card table in the corner of your bedroom, a fancy scrapbook studio or a corner of the basement to call your own you can make it an organized paradise!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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