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The Beauty of Downsizing

When I lived in Dayton, I had a workshop. The for-real kind. Pegboard galore, a huge workbench, a concrete floor I couldn’t ruin, and plenty of space. It. Was. Awesome. I had things sorted and organized. (At least until I used it and forgot to put it away.)

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Here it is. My beloved.

And there might have been a wall of shelves behind me there… Maybe. I’m probably not remembering right. 😉

And… here is my new *cough* workshop.

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Yup. That would be a closet. Needless to say, I have seen a significant reduction in production space. *sigh*

But you know what, I think this can be IS a good thing for me. If you read my previous post, you know I am trying to focus more. I can hear you yelling at your screen “HOW does a smaller space help you focus your creativity into a more concise line of jewelry?!?”

First of all, please calm down. I’ll let you do the count down from 10 thing…

Good to go? Great. What this much smaller space forced me to do was get rid of a lot of my supplies. I went through every container and strand of beads and asked myself if it would help me get to where I want to go with my jewelry. Some of them were really easy to let go, but others were really tough. (have great taste, and beads are so much FUN) But boy did it feel so great to purge so much. And really, I didn’t have room for it all anyway.

Here’s the main box of stuff that I’m getting rid of. That tin is filled with cross-stitch supplies that I have had for eons. So I’m not just getting rid of jewelry supplies, but other craft items as well. The bulk is definitely jewelry though. A lot of beads, plus some chain, wire, stringing materials, storage containers, and even tools and displays. So basically, a bit of everything.

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It’s hard to tell, but that’s a good sized moving box (I have a LOT of moving boxes..) and it is filled close to half way with just packages of beads. The other containers are on top of the beads. I had a lot to purge. =D
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Pearls that will be sold separately

I’m not at the point where I am excited to head down to the messy workshop, but I’ll get there. Eventually it will be comfortable and functional, and knowing I made that space work makes me feel pretty good. Is it ideal? Of course not. But will I make it work? You betcha.

PS: I found my stash of scarves. It’s not all of them, but the majority. If your neck is cold these days… I’ll hook you up. (Get it? Crochet hook? bwahahahaha)

Support Systems

We all need various support systems, right? Church, family, friends, work friends, fellow parents, etc. are all support systems that we need. 

Today, I’d like to tell you a bit about my jewelry support system. More specifically, a lady named Brenda Sue. 

Let me tell ya… this lady is amazing. Not only does she create AMAZING Art Jewelry, but she provides amazing resources, advice, and information to everyone interested in making jewelry. She has a website filled with some of the coolest findings and components you will find in the US. And they are MADE in the US. Top it off with extremely reasonable prices for those US made jewelry supplies, and you’ve got yourself a winner. You can find her on Etsy, too. 

She created a group on Facebook as a place for all jewelry makers, whether they use her components or not, where they can show off their pieces, ask questions, and just get all of the moral support they need. It is a pretty amazing community. And boy howdy are there some amazing artisans on there. You’ll see stringing, bead weaving, wire work, metal smithing, collage, and everything in between. She welcomes everyone. She’ll even let you pester her with questions. Not that I know from experience or anything… 😉

And above and beyond all of this, she offers FREE tutorials and videos on youtube. Yes. That’s right. This super-experienced and successful jewelry artist will teach you. FOR FREE. She is constantly trying new products and techniques, and she passes on what she learns. And she’s really funny. Which is a huge bonus.

So, basically, she’s a kind, generous, experienced, thoughtful, sweet, hilarious, skilled, and fabulous lady with a killer website filled with cool stuff and a youtube channel that teaches you just about everything you could possibly want to learn about jewelry making. 

Check her out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Oh, and she sends candy. 

Here’s one of my fav videos.Thanks to B’Sue, I LOVE ice resin. It’s so fun!