Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BTW -- The Exploded Table

While the cat's away, the mice will play.  Or rather....




As you can see above, I keep all my beads in plastic baggies to keep them compartmentalized.  I have an enormous armoire for the trays, but even they are contained.  I just can't stand the chaos of a huge opened tray of beads out, which is why this particular BTW is making me feel like biting something.  And I recycle those plastic baggies until they are falling apart, so I'm doing my part as best I can where plastic is concerned.  One good thing about the baggies - I never, ever have to polish sterling silver.



Way too often, I have strands of beads that I have plans for, only to get more strands that I have plans for, and then more, and then more, and then more, and then before long, my husband is considering signing me up for a Hoarders: Buried Alive intervention.  


(A comment about hoarding -- I've always thought that hoarding is a function of the size of your house.  Because I think there are a LOT more of us that hoard; we just haven't run out of space yet.  Or we only hoard one or two things.  And as much as I love American Pickers, it's hard for me to know whether to feel bad for the guys who've hoarded all that stuff, or delighted to SEE all that stuff.  A conundrum wrapped in a riddle.)


Today I got practically nothing done because my bead table overwhelmed me.  Tomorrow I'll put away almost all of it and start all over.  But I did make one little trinket which is the TOTAL opposite of all the clutter -- a new line of Tiny Treasures.

"Hand to Heart"

So now I'm going to take my cranky-pants to bed for an early read.  I just finished reading "Falling Angels" (loved it, made me tear up, gave 5 stars to), and am now slogging through a short one, Alexandre Dumas' "The Crimes of the Borgias" via Kindle.  I wish like crazy I could be watching it on TV but I don't get that channel and can only hope NetFlix will carry it.  After that, I'll be reading "The Hours" and then an ENORMOUS book I got for $1 at the library today (SCORE!), "The Memoirs of Cleopatra".  This is not to be confused with the latest book that's out, but still -- looks like good stuff.



And if you are interested in the Borgias, I'd recommend "Lucrezia Borgia: Life, Love, and Death in Renaissance Italy" by Sarah Bradford.  I read it ages ago but I remember it as being just what you'd expect of anything with the Borgia name in it.  And as always, I'm open to book suggestions!  I'm also on GoodReads.com, and you can find my book list here.


PS, Free shipping at lorianderson.net ends tomorrow the 28th at midnight!







Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party. 

24 comments:

  1. Beads just wanna have fu-un, ya beads just wanna have fuuuuun!! Party animals! Hope you received your new components!

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  2. 1. I love The Hours. love love love it - one of my top 5 books. the movie was great too.

    2. I too use the baggies - i put the baggies in those compartment bins. I like how they look baggie-less, but in baggies i can fit more beads, and after the great bead spill (4 trays of no-baggie beads all.over.the.garage), i bag 'em. I'd rather hear the "plop" of baggies hitting the ground that then scatter-scatter-scatter of lotsa beads running amok.

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  3. Looks like you have quite a bead collection!!

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  4. Organizing beads is like herding kittens…I commend you on your efforts to get them to behave. And your new design is precious.

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  5. Oh, my, 'the hours' is one of my all time favourite books. I loved it and I actually loved the movie as well. I'm quite tickled by the idea of all of your beads having a party while you've been out of the room. Maybe that's what happened in my studio, a drunken, wanton, all night, all week bead fiesta.

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  6. As a quilter reading a beading blog, we have lots in common. My hubby and I just had a conversatin 5 minutes ago about whether or not I have enough material, as it falls out of my sewing room!

    It beats many other vices...I think?

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  7. I spied some great beads there!! I bag everything as well, then it gets sorted into bins (necklaces, earrings, rings, hair pins, bracelets, etc). With 4 kids, if I don't it will get lost, broken, or vanish into the black hole that seems to exist in our house! :)

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  8. Baggies for me every time. I liked Cleopatra but for my money it was her Henry VIII. She does a good job of making historic figures into people.

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  9. Lol
    You are just too hilarious!
    I feel the same way about hoarding strands and strands of beads

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  10. We store things in the same way--plastic bags and containers. I think it's a good way to do it. Your beads look gorgeous! I'm drooling.

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  11. Well, I don't show my table out of full embarrassment. After a month a half working on my bed in a sort of odd position, My husband had to bring me one Tv table where I have all my tools and beads, and bags (I also have to bag everything!)by my bed and I work on one of those computer trays from Ikea.
    I tried some hammering today, but it wasn't that great idea. So I just keep on what I've been doing lately. Not much, and messing all my stuff.
    I wish I could read, but there is a medication that makes my eyes go funny.
    The good thing.. I am two and half months closed to recovery.
    Have a good day and don't worry too much, there is some sort of fun on tidying beads.

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  12. Oh what fun...I love beads..my grandma's house was always filled with jars of beads ....as a child I would have soooo much fun. Happy Thursday to you. xo

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  13. This is a time old predicament with any hobby of mine: I have to go to the store for some banal thing like string or clasps or tiger tail because I'm about to run out. When at the store who could resist those lovely precious beads and findings just calling out to me? So of course I end up buying a bunch of beads and whatnot...and forget to buy the essentials I came in for.
    I tell these beads are like Oedipus' Sirens!

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  14. Ahh .- if you are into crime novels I would highly recommend Sharon Boltons "Blood Harvest". Great read:-)

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  15. wow! I'm overwhelmed just by looking at the blog post! I would have a field day just running my hands OVER all those beads...you lucky, LUCKY lady!

    have a great weekend chick!

    hugs

    hello gorgeous xxx

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  16. Love the sweet new Hand to Heart necklace. I don't know how to stop the beads from multiplying and spreading themselves all over the desk. It's a conundrum!

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  17. Hi Lori,your bead collection is amazing that one tray with the daisy spacers in the pic look so pretty i wish i could get into reading there are so many great book out there i just seem to get a headache every time i try thanks for sharing your bead table & books ttfn L:)

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  18. My bead area has exploded to take over my chair and parts of the floor around it. I have a small area in the living room. (soon to be getting a portable unit outside.) I would take pictures but it would be pure embarrassment. I have all my finished items in baggies. Trying to get a place for everything. I have a pile of things to be photographed. I also bought this Beading Manager Software that hopefully will help me de clutter and keep it all manageable. Love the beads you have!!

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  19. I can totally relate. I'm a bead hoarder too! After every project it looks like a tornado came by. and yes, I have bead strings that I just had to buy, that I still haven't used. BHA (bead hoarders anonymous) lol.
    Loved your finished pieces.

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  20. I have a feeling your much more organized than I am :P I have all my beads in bins - but I can't find those bins anymore so I may have to switch to baggies...

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  21. I loved your book suggestions! I will bookmark them (no pun intended) and eventually add them to my ever- growing stack. And yeah... I think I could be a hoarder, too. A bead here, a sheet of felt there, and BLAM, every empty drawer is, all of a sudden, packed with stuff that has only ever seen the light of day once- when I took it out of the shopping bag to put it in there. SIGH.

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  22. From one borderline-hoarder to another... yep. I'm doing my spring cleaning/"I am NOT a hoarder" thing and it is a bit scary sometimes to see what I hang onto and stash away. I like your idea of baggies for organizing beads... I have LOTS of baggies stashed in a drawer somewhere...

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  23. Hi Lori - you might like a book I'm reading right now, "Her Fearful Symmetry," by Audrey Niffenegger, who wrote "The Time Traveler's Wife." I see that it gets mixed reviews on Amazon but I'm really enjoyin it. Another book I loved. loved, LOVED is "Cutting for Stone," probably on my top ten list! (I'm really glad you're feeling better!)

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  24. Bead Hoarders Unite! I will go with you on Hoarders - maybe we can get some kind of two for one deal? What I need them to do is clear everything that is NOT a bead out of my house so I can have room to spread out my beads and then maybe I'd actually know what I have and be able to FIND it.

    Oh, and that strand of lampwork beads in that one picture - YUMM!!

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