Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Been Busy ...

Saturday I got bit by a bug. Not a real bug ... at least, not one with 6 or 8 legs and/or wings or anything like that. Saturday was one of the coolest days we've had in 7 months. And by coolest, I mean temperature-wise. Saturdays are normally quite busy for me, but this one took the prize.

My schedule got slightly altered and I've been bugged, for quite some time, by a human bug, aka Dear Hubby. DH got a new toy ... a new computer ... and he's been wanting to put it in our bedroom. I have no problem with that, except there wasn't any place to but it because of my rather messy jewelry-making work space.

I haven't made a single piece of jewelry in 2+ years. It's not the easiest business to be in. Everybody makes jewelry. And the Chinese are rather prolific and they sell it at the price of dirt so peeps like me have a hard time of parting Ms. Fashionista from her hard-earned money, especially in this economy. So I gave up and started to work at a place selling expensive sewing machines. There's something philosophically ironic there, but my brain just can't quite pull the thought together.

Anyhow, deep down I knew I wanted to return to making jewelry, one day, some day. In the meantime, my work space, which happens to be IN our bedroom (much to the quite, silent dismay of DH), got piled with all sorts of junk.

So, Saturday being the coolest of days we've had in 7 months, I decided to get busy clearing, cleaning and organizing so that room could be provided for DH's new toy. Most peeps do spring cleaning ... I like to go outside and play when it's spring, so my cleaning bug bites in the fall.

I blew it by not taking pictures 1/2 an hour before this one. I had already taken a ton of stuff off this table and spread it around.

Organizing a ton of stuff is not easy, especially when a ton of stuff is in a small space. I figured spreading it around into smaller piles of stuff would help. Make a bunch a smaller battles to wage. Small battles are easier to win.





So I used some of the floor ....






... and the ironing board ....







... and the bed ....





... and the area under the stairs, just outside of our bedroom.







Almost the entire day later, I had this ... a place for the computer AND a space for me. *grins*









I have a lot of beads. Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, semi-precious gemstones ... I have a ton. Well, almost a ton. Well, maybe not quite a ton, but I'm sure it's close to 100 pounds.


Another view.

The dust cleaned was rather incredible. My nose can tell you all about it. I'm grateful I've changed my lifestyle in time to deal with the worst of it. I've been feeling draggy and almost like my body wants to come down with some sort of flu and I believe it's from all the cleaning. Because frankly, once I got started, I got on a roll! I couldn't just stop with this little section of the bedroom! I spread my fall cleaning bug juice around to the living room and the dining room and the kitchen and the family room. I'm avoiding the upstairs because, really, that's the kids' place and they can deal with it on their own. Other than the sewing room, of course. But that will be a whole other blog post ... or two ... or three!

There's nothing better than a clean, tidy environment to get the creative juices raging. I can't wait to show you some of my Yarn Crawl purchases!

But I got some beads talking to me ...

4 comments:

Brenda Youngerman said...

WOW! first congrats on a job well done! I hope you get back to your jewelry making some day... I know I have lost a lot of love for the crafty things I used to do because they are so much less expensive in other areas...

Lynne said...

You do have a "ton" of supplies! I'd love to see what you make. My daughter dabbled in jewelry making for a while - I got some nice earrings out of it. Wish she would make more.
I need to clean too. I'm trying to ignore it :)

Rockin J's Footsteps said...

oh Hilary this was quite the job I too did jewelry and have lots of those divider bins etc. mine are now stored away in the closet so I can not see them if I get the bug well then I know where to find them but in the mean time out of site for me! I changed my blog name this is Janice from Janice's Footsteps :))

Camille said...

Wow, it looks so nice now! :)

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