Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Tuesday Tidbits - My Workspace - Almost Done

Well, I took Friday and Monday off so I'd have a 4-day weekend to get organized, take pictures of my work that's ready for Art Fire, and maybe even make a thing or two if I had time left over. On Friday my DH surprised me by also taking the day off and treating me to a movie I told him I'd like to see (The Informant with Matt Damon and Scott Bakula).

Thus, a big chunk of Friday was unavailable. It turned out to be more than just the movie time, unfortunately, as the hot dogs or popcorn I had at the theatre didn't agree with me very well and I didn't feel up to much work the rest of the day.

Saturday was very productive, though, and I did the bulk of the clean up then. Here's a shot of my worktable (it's 6' long by 3' wide). Down to the far right is a little wheeled shelf unit that has my polymer clay toaster oven (still unused, alas) sitting on it, under a Bead Buddy lap desk and another Bead Buddy 'briefcase' that's great for traveling with beading stuff. I've got lots of various kinds of bead storage containers, desktop drawers, etc., crammed full of beady bits. I just ordered a Beadalon beading station and a table top work bench from Great Craft Works (who also had the Beadalon square knot links I've been wanting!) so I can get my beading wire and tools better organized.

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The boxes at the bottom left side of the table, just past the Ott lamp, are my 'sorting' boxes - bits and beads and stuff that needs to be sorted back into their proper places. That's what most of Saturday was about. As a result of my re-sorting and consolidating I freed up five or six of the divided plastic storage boxes and got a lot of stuff out of bags and box lids into proper bins. The boxes on the table hold the metal beads, bead caps, findings and components I've managed to collect. Several of them also have Swarovski, since there's no more shelf space and I don't want to mix them in the other bins by color and mix them up with the other glass.

Here's the stuff further along the wall to the right of the table. The bins in the bookshelf are beads sorted by color. That pink bit at the bottom right of the picture is a nifty cushion thing from Bead and Button Show 2009 on-line souvenir sale, called a Krafters Komfycush that I've got on my worktable chair. It has handy pocketed flaps that hang over the side of the chair and a seat cushion. The whole thing folds up into a tote with a shoulder strap. I thought it'd be handy for conventions and other shows whether I'm selling or just sitting in a seminar/panel discussion.

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And here's a bit further to the right - this is the hutch that still hasn't been worked on yet. When I first started beading it was my work surface. Eventually I had to get some carts with drawers to hold my beads, then after a while I needed two more. And all the shelves in the hutch were full of bead bins. Finally I bought the long table and moved stuff over to it. No way I'm going to pan further around the room - it's still a work in progress and there's still a lot of clutter over thataway. The wall is rather short as that side of the room has the sliding glass doors to the back patio in it.

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The other 180° of the room has my printer, computer desk and bookshelf. It's a major mess that's next on the list of things to do. Someday. When I'm not busy beading or blogging about beading.

That's the Tueday Tidbit. See you tomorrow when I go back to sharing about some new pieces I've done post-cleaning frenzy.

P.S. - can you see the one Star Trek item I've got in my beading area? Tell me in the comments if you can and know what it is.

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Blogger Sarah said...

Looks great!! I struggle with organization, but wish my office would be more organized!!

September 22, 2009 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

I'm the same way, Sarah. I know people who are just naturally organized, I'm not one of them. I pretty much let things get cluttered and then have to stop everything and do a major clean-up every few weeks.

September 22, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Crystal Allure Beaded Jewelry said...

Hi Dawn! I kind of "lost" your blog and just found my way back to it -great work area! Thanks for sharing your space.

September 22, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Glad you found it again, Stephanie, and you're welcome!

September 22, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger JustATish said...

the pen holder in the last photo?

you have SO MUCH STUFF!!!

September 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Nope, that's a mug my son painted for me 8 or 9 years ago, copied from Van Gogh's Starry Night.

I'll leave a clue - it's almost dead center in the second picture. Easier to see in the enlarged version, so you'll need to click the picture.

September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Davinia said...

I covet you workspace. I'm so envious. I have a minuscule corner of the family room and now I'm beading things are starting to get out of control. I'm like you, when things start getting so messy I just can't stand it anymore and then I have to have a big clean up.

September 22, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Well, Davinia, the workspace did come at a price. The room was my son's before he moved out on his own, eventually to join the Army and he was in Iraq for 14 months. While I love having the space, I'd rather have had him safe nearby!

September 22, 2009 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

LOL..OMG I feel like I'm looking at a I Spy photo for whatever it is, I can't find it. I love your organized work space. I did something similar this spring, i couldn't stand it! Nice job.

September 22, 2009 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you Dee - and as for the "whatever it is" I'll give one more clue - Featured in a rather humorous episode of the original 1960's Star Trek, it saved the day, but only after seeming to have ruined it.

September 22, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

OK..first I'll admit i cheated a little, LOL. Second, I'm not really a Trekkie, so I had to do some homework. I had my eye on this last night, but dug a little deeper this morning. There is something furry on top of your container, so i googled furry + humorous + star trek + 1960s and what i think you have is a Tribble!! I just hope it doesn't multiply!! LOL

September 23, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Yay! You're right. And I've put all my beaded hair clips on it :-) If you'd like one (hair clip, not Tribble - I only have the one!) sent to you as a prize for being the first to find it, please email me your addy. dawnosbeadedlanyards(at)gmail(dot)com.

September 23, 2009 at 1:43 PM  

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