I needed a break from sorting beads so…


I’m tackling the task of cleaning and reorganizing my metals studio. I have the TV rolled up to the door so I can listen and occasionally look up to see what Bill Fretz is teaching on an instructional DVD. A fire screen is pushed up against the door to prevent the cats from wandering in, yet allowing them to see what I’m doing.  Many hours of sorting through everything on my workbench, shelves, and soldering bench will be spent to neaten up this space.  I’m using one of my new storage cabinets to store coils of wire and metal sheet along with various found objects, cabochons, and beads that I often use in my mixed media work. Instead of cluttering my workspace with dozen of tiny containers, I’ll just pull out a tray and easily slide it back in when I’m finished!  The process of creating art is messy and when one project is finished, I’m ready to jump right in and start the next project!  As a consequence, my studios eventually always end up in utter chaos. When tools get buried under other items and I literally can’t find anything I’m looking for (often when it’s right under my nose!), I know it’s time to put projects on hold, roll up my sleeves, and devote my energy to tidying my studios. Needless to say, I will be thrilled when everything is once again in order and I can get back to creating!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on April 6, 2015.

4 Responses to “I needed a break from sorting beads so…”

  1. I agree with you completely. When things become so disorganized and I can’t find my needed item, I have gone out to buy anther one. A waste of time and money! It ‘s hard to be creative when everything is so chaotic. I ordered 2 of those rolling shelves to see what i can do with those. Thank you for the info.


    • Sue, you will love them! I’d like to order several more to accomodate my metal clay and resin paraharnelia. I love that the cabinets are on wheels and can be easily moved from room to room!


  2. Barbara, I’m enjoying so much watching you get your studio organized, as I’m sure many others are as well. You’re a great inspiration and motivator. Thank you!


    • I’d definitely rather be creating, but there comes a time when you just have to “bite the bullet”, roll up your sleeves, and get it done! I’m pleased to say that I’m making headway…there is light at the end of the tunnel!


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