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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)

New Territory, Part II

Well, I did it. I used my gift card to purchase a large portion of the supplies I need to start experimenting with metal smithing. AND I got payment for the custom orders I did before Christmas (which I forgot to take pictures of… Lame). Which means I can purchase the rest of my supplies from another site.

Holy.
Crap.

One purchase down, one to go, and then I get to start playing with fire. *evil laugh*

I’m still totally intimidated. I usually learn quickly once I get started, so hopefully it won’t take me long to get the hang of things. If I can just get myself to take that first step…

I feel like so much is riding on all of this. Say a prayer, send good vibes, wish me luck. Or all of the above. 😉

Thanks for joining me on my journey. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

Pinterest Scares Me

I don’t think there is a person that has tried Pinterest that has not been sucked into its vortex of awesomeness. I love Pinterest so much that I gave it up for Lent nearly two years ago, due to excessive amounts of time inexplicably gone from my day. There are so many amazing, inspiring, fabulous things right there on your screen in massive amounts. What’s NOT to love?

Well, there IS something I don’t like about Pinterest: pinning my own designs.

I know that it is a wonderful way to reach more people. But putting myself out there in such a broad-spectrum format is intimidating beyond belief. I have a hard time even saying out loud that I make jewelry (and other things). I have to be pretty comfortable with a person before I even consider mentioning it.

Even though it scares me, I have started forcing myself to pin my jewelry more often.

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This is my most popular pin. For an obvious reason: They rock.

It makes me feel pretty darn good when something of mine gets re-pinned.  What’s even cooler is doing a search for some inspirational creations (or maybe due to my need to see how I rate) and seeing something of mine show up.  Maybe someday I’ll start pinning right after posting on Facebook.  Maybe.

Back to the Beginning

So.  I have been crocheting more lately.  Why is this going back to the beginning?  Well, crochet is how I got started on the journey of accessorizing the world (well, maybe just my friends).  I started spending more time in craft stores, which, as you all know, leads to a lot of aimless wandering.  And one day I decided to buy one of the cheap-o beading kits and a whole new world opened up.  And since I really like instant(ish) gratification, jewelry kind of took over.  The bags I made took hours and HOURS to make.  I loved them, and thought they were amazing, but I also was giving my time away with them.  I have kind of kept my hand in with crochet over the years though.  Scarves have always been present since they are fairly quick.

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This is my favorite kind. Scrap scarves, otherwise known as Uglies.

I decide a couple of months ago (after more aimless wandering and finding some irresistible yarn) to try to merge the two crafts and came up with these:

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These bracelets are SOOOOO comfortable. You barely even feel them. *blissful sigh*

And then one day I was in my favorite local craft store, The Rabbit Hutch, and saw some AMAZING yarn.  It was pricier than any yarn I have every purchased, but I had to have it.  So I made an infinity scarf out of it.  It turned out well, so I made a couple others out of other yarns I have been finding here and there.  I might have to consider, at some point, using up more of the yarn I already own, but that really isn’t as fun.  I have a problem… yikes.

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This one is made of two shades of the same type of yarn. It’s kind of t-shirt-y. Really comfortable to wear.
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I love the soft earthy colors of this yarn!

On Black Friday, I hit The Rabbit Hutch again.  And of course the yarn was on sale.  So I MIGHT have bought another skein.  I seriously have a problem.  It’s just so fabulous.  The colors are so amazing.  And it’s super soft, too.

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HOW do you resist this?!?!? Is it any wonder I made two?

I have to admit that a lot of my motivation is laziness.  I can sit and watch TV and still get something accomplished.  That counts as multi-tasking though, right?  Yeah.  I thought so.