One of the questions Brenda says she gets is what can someone who has no dedicated space do when they want to make jewelry and be creative. I started to make stuff when I was a kid. I always had beads and yarn and fabric swirling around me! I don't really remember how I stored stuff back then, but probably in Tupperware containers and plastic bags in my bedroom. As I got older I used old cookie sheets and paper plates for my seed bead work. I could slide a plate full of beads and work in progress into a big zip lock bag and put it on a shelf in a closet. And I had some tubes of beads and maybe a small plastic container with some stuff...pretty much it fit into a small tote that I got out when I wanted to work on it.
Since I sew as well, in my apartment I would set up on the dining room table and have to put it away after every use. When my husband (at the time) and I bought a house I was thrilled when we turned the formal living room into my craft area. I bought a fancy sewing cabinet for my then two machines and a desk to work on. When I moved to Cincinnati I got a room on the first floor of our house for my MESS as he called it. That way I could close the door and he didn't have to look at it or complain about it. I had put beads to the side for all the sewing I was doing, so it was full of sewing machines, fabric, thread, ironing boards and my desk and first computer. Little did I know then how important a computer would become in my creative life!
Yes, that relationship ended and I bought a condo of my own...with a room for me to use. I met my current husband and he didn't mind my creative mess. We married and eventually sold our homes to build the one we live in now. There are days it is less messy and there are days when it is more messy. Originally the office space off the great room was supposed to be mine but I found I didn't like working there..felt like I was separated and not spending time with my family which now includes a son. So now it is his office space and the desktop is in there while I sit on the couch with the lap top.
My work space(s) have expanded and contracted depending on what is going on in our lives. Right now they are pretty expanded! It kind of started about 4 years ago as my work began to evolve from sparkly, seed beads and crystals to where it is now. I had a car accident 2 years ago and when I started to create about 6 months later my esthetic had taken a left turn and I also found some of my mentors/supporters. I began to actively pursue my jewelry designs as a business vs as a hobby to get where I am today - already talking about 2013 shows!
So I've kept you waiting long enough....
Here is my wonderful cabinet from The Original Scrapbox Company. This is how it looks when it is cleaned up for a picture...
Here is what it looks like this morning...
|I got more stuff since the neat picture|
|I am in the process of reorganizing my storage so the little metal ones are empty as I combined them nto the box|
|No rhyme or reason for this ...just need to put it away|
|yup, the floor and more boxes in a cool rack I got on clearance. I should have bought the other one!|
Now for my lower level studio...yes I have one. We have a large basement with a bedroom/bathroom family room but I took over a corner when I started lampworking and enameling. We recently consolidated my sewing stuff there as well.
|glass rods and enamels are supposed to live here|
|As you can see..the enamels took over the last month|
|Before I fire up my torch again I have to clean the whole table up|
|Obviously, I haven't been sewing since this is neat (and that is a bead loom on the right)|
|a lot of this is my fabric stash, embroidery thread and my art show props|
So I am one of the lucky few to have a lot of space. And yes I do clean it up, and was going to before this blog hop was on my radar and then I just had to take the pics first. It is a never ending job as I create furiously and mess up and then reorganize so I can mess it all up again.
Go check out all the messiness! Here is the list
MESSY WORKSHOP BLOG PARTICIPANTS
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Kim at Cianci Blue
Mary Shannon Hicks
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Dr. Brassy Steamington
Kris Lanae Binsfeld