Friday, September 19, 2014

The Storage War.....

by MaryAnn Carroll

So, one of the dilemmas that I have had since beginning of my love for beads 8 years ago is storage! I've had plastic containers that I bought from JoAnn's to plastic containers from Chinese take out. I like the Chinese takeout containers better since there's more room to shuffle through. The problem, however, still remains as to how to store them without looking like I live in a bead store.

I do have a studio that I use when fire and cutting are involved, but really find myself at the kitchen table whenever I make jewelry. I've heard that from many jewelry designers. A year ago I decided that I just needed to accept that I wasn't going to change and needed to find something other than plastic containers to store my beads in.

This Pier 1 wicker basket storage was from when I lived alone before meeting Bill. It works, but is a little flimsy. I really only have wire and chain in the top and glaze containers that don't fit in the armoire you see behind it in the other drawers. This is an ideal spot for me to add bead storage since it is right next to where I sit at my table.

This doesn't cut it.


I got this at a barn sale last summer.  It's nothing fancy, but works well in our house that sports a little rustic furniture. It is near my table, but I have to dig through my Chinese takeout containers to find what I need.


Like most of us, the collection grows, the odds and ends grow and just the entire mess grows! I wanted something that would be more practical and could sit next to my armoire.

In the meantime, this is where my beads have been living. It works, but it's not pretty when I need all of those beads to work with. And, believe me, it usually when I am in a rush for a show or gallery orders, so all neatness is thrown to the wayside.



Our latest activity is antiquing. Bill hates garage sales, but we have discovered he loves to go antiquing. That works for me because so do I! We have a few things that we are hoping to find and one of those was something for my beads that would not be too big and would work with the look we have in the house.

I've learned patience in my older age. Years ago, I would have just run out and found something. Now, I find that I will wait until that something finds me.

And it did! This might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I LOVE it!! It's from a local factory from the late 1800's, early 1900's. It is perfect!!! It's not quite as green as in the picture.



Here's the best part.......

Every single one of those drawers other than the deeper top one looks like this!



Patience paid off. I have a long ways to go with transferring everything, but this it my start.

Do you create in places other than what you intended? How do you handle your storage?

And, as always... Thank-you for supporting artists who create handmade with handmade.

MaryAnn

17 comments:

Lynn said...

well color me GREEN WITH ENVY... that is one awesome find!

Dolores Raml said...

Wow, you had an awesome find and it looks so perfect. I too like working at the dining room table. I thought I had a pretty good find with a cupboard that has several shelves and I use plastic trays to store my tools etc but don't really have a good solution for the beads yet. Maybe something will find me too one day.

Kelli said...

Love love love the new chest!!!!!! I have the same issues. Luckily, I can justshut the door!

Shirley Moore said...

Oh wow! Color me jealous! I love old furniture, and I've been looking for something like this for a while now. Unfortunately, living on the coast means you just don't find treasures like that beautiful cabinet! Let me know if you find another!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

JEALOUS!!! I have been searching for ages for the best bead storage, too....someday, I hope to find something like yours!

Cory Tompkins said...

Lurve it so much!! Patience usually does pay off, something I have been teaching my husband for years!!

Cindy Pack said...

OMG I am so jealous! I love it!! Have fun with it and sorting all those beads! <3 What an amazing find. :-D

Carol Dekle said...

What a beauty! It looks well crafted and sturdy too. Congrats on such a cool find!

Ann Schroeder said...

I have a whole room to create in, but it's messy so I often bring a project and work on the couch! Silly. I should be organizing right now instead of reading blog posts. :) I LOVE the green cabinet you found. I am waiting for something like that to find me. Enjoy!

stacilouise said...

GREAT find! love it

Nan Smith said...

Honestly I would kill for that storage cabinet! What a find! Watch out because many of us would love it.I started out working in a closet but now I have an entire room and am outgrowing it!

Karen Z said...

Omigosh! what a perfect piece. I am very short on patience, and less so when it comes to shopping for storage... I'd rather be creating. Thanks for the post; I'm encouraged to keep looking!

A Bit of Colour said...

OH MY! MY! MY! I love it!!!!!

Artisan Beads Plus said...

I love it. I hope that I can keep it organized. I still have made the big transfer but I will soon! I'll take pics when I have it sorted out.

KJ said...

What a great find. I hope it is big enough!

Plastic boxes of the same size (i.e. stackable) with labels plus dedicated storage for my seed beads works well. Now I am looking for an armoire to put them all in.

lunedreams said...

I think it's FABULOUS. I've seen cabinets like these at art markets and covet them with every inch of my soul. But I don't have anywhere to put one and it doesn't go with the rest of my stuff. (My current decor is always a step behind my newest obsession...)

Karen Tribble said...

I am so lucky, I have a room for my work. I have an old oak table that I work on and surrounding it are 2x4 tables 2 deep covered in bead boxes, sometimes 2 deep, full of beads. I also have have an 6 ft tall and 5 ft wide bookcase that I store supplies in. It took me a while to figure out what would work the best for me.

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