Significant Progress - for a Slob

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So - in spite of being sick - again.  Sheesh.  (And - no it's not allergies - I just seem to be susceptible to every stinking virus that comes down the pipe.)   I cleaned in the South Studio today.

I actually started in the pantry.  It proved to be too cold for canned goods back there this winter - though a side of beef would have done just fine between November and early March - so I moved most of the remaining food stuffs down cellar, threw away what was unusable and claimed several shelves for studio storage.

Then I moved on to the mess on and around the table and counter in the South Studio.  Now both the table and counter are clean, many studio related stuffs are stored away in the pantry instead of crammed in precariously stacked little bins under the counter and the floor is clean so I can move around it without tripping over or stepping on things.

BUT in the process of cleaning, I unearthed many, many boxes and piles and tins and bins of stuff that needs sorting and better storage.  That all got heaped in the North Studio where I will tackle it tonight - or maybe Monday.  I really need to develop a good system for storing works in progress.  I'm getting better at storing the finished work carefully in boxes and/or bins and I think I'm getting there with textiles but beadwork - Whew!   More than half of what I need to sort through is unfinished beadwork and random beads and findings that didn't get put away when their projects were completed.  Oh!  The tangles and the dust.

I also need to call AGAIN and find out where my dragonflies are.  I've been waiting over two months.  If there were another wholesale source I would switch but - alas - I'm getting them from the people who actually make them.

April to August??

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It has been hot and stormy here for the past few days.  It feels like we have gone straight from early April to mid August.  The leaves are about 3 weeks ahead of schedule and if it ever dries out, Bry will have to mow the lawn.  I'll post outdoor photos here or at the Beorningstead when I get a chance to take some.  Right now I have a little niece and nephew keeping me busy today. 

In the meantime - here's a photo of my daughter's new color.    The purple goes well with that orange Zombie Prom shirt, no?

And here are some photos of my needle case in progress.  My photography table is still buried in junk (see messy studio photos below) so I took these under halogen lights.  NOT a good idea for getting accurate colors.  I adjusted the color temperature as best I could but it's still not quite true. 

I've got a lot of trapunto and embedded objects going on in the midst of all those french knots and seed stitch.  I'm really enjoying the process and am eager to experiment with it some more.

Tomorrow my goal is to get my studio cleaned up a bit so I can get photos of some beadwork I've been working on - some really gorgeous and sparkley Right Angle Weave bracelets, a sample bracelet for my upcoming Herrignbone weave bracelet class and a few bead strung necklaces.  I also want to do some silk screening and I need to work on some cotton voile scarves for summer - a new line I'm trying.

So wish me luck- this is what I'm contending with right now.  But we've built some new storage and re-thought our se of the pantry space behind my studio so mavbe I'll be able to organize better so I can work smarter in the future.  Or maybe I'm just always going to be a slob!


Filling Up my Supply Shop

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I've decided that I really, really miss shipping out hundreds of beads each week. 

Actually what I really, really miss is being able to buy thousands of beads every month.  It makes me giddy every time a new package arrives.

I'm loving ArtFire and I've decided to just go ahead and fill my new shop to the brim.  To celebrate, I'm having a coupon sale - free shipping on orders over $20.00 from now until May 20th.  Get the coupon code from the widget in the sidebar here or in my ArtFire shop.  Since I'm adding new items every day, you can use the coupon as many times as you want to.  If you're looking for something you bought in the past in my Etsy shop that I don't have loaded up in ArtFire yet, let me know and I'll get it in there for you.

Happy Spring.  Happy Baublebilities!

Upcoming Class!

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Vacation is over.  Time to get back to work.

I taught a fun class to a great group of women this weekend.  Everyone responded so well to my hand drawn illustrations that I decided to put the PDF file of my tutorial up for sale in my ArtFire shop.  You can now get your own copy of Fringe Benefits here!

I'll be teaching a couple of classes the first weekend of May, too.  Earrings and Bracelets.  Sign up for one or both through the Arts Council.  Suzy made a beautiful poster for my class that's got all the info you need on it.

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