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.
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