Thursday, September 24, 2009

Step 1: Clean up

Good morning...alrighty today is the day I start getting ready for this art fair. Yesterday I spent the day wrapping up orders and things that really needed to get done. I sent out jewelry catalogs to shops that had requested them, got some holiday orders ready to ship, photographed some new Etsy items, and so on and so on. I wasn't going to be able to think straight unless I cleared everything off my plate.

This morning is going to be spent cleaning up my studio. Seriously, I have beads everywhere. I am hoping to find enough to start working on jewelry. I don't have tons of time to make beads so I will start with cleaning. Above is my work table...what a wreck. Below is a tray of beads from a project I was working on. I have lots of trays like that. I am going to clear off my work table and start grouping beads together that will work for bracelets, necklaces, etc.

After I get organized, I am going to order supplies. It's going to be tight to get them here in time to make jewelry. I might just have to pay extra for faster shipping.

Here is a tray of unfinished bags. I can get those sewn up pretty quick. The show director specifically asked for bags and wall hangings in my booth as well as my jewelry. I would have probably left them out otherwise. She saw the new Jangles Emporium and that's what sold her on asking me into the fair. I am happy to bring them, but it does throw a hitch into the designing of my booth. I was going to go with one long table but that's a lot of different work to combine in one spot. While I am cleaning today, I will be thinking of display ideas.

See you back tomorrow,


  1. Oh my but do I feel better. I have a work table, make that work tables that look just like yours. I thought I was the only one. Good luck getting ready!

  2. The pictures you see of my studio in the magazines or on the blogs...they were taken before I started working in there. I like to think of it as an organized mess. For the most part, I know where things are. It is a mess though....

  3. Jennifer-
    The quote of the day from Real Simple is so perfect for you!
    “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
    ―A. A. Milne
    I am so glad to find that I am not the only one with these issues. Those bags are the bomb so I can see why they want them! You go girl! Enjoy the day! Erin

  4. Love the's perfect! Thanks!

  5. Ye gads, I'm not the only one! There is a method to the mess madness, however:)

    Good luck on your show, your pieces are awesome!

  6. I have been so envious of your studio, now I see it looks as messy as mine, (well almost as messy anyway) It really made my day!

  7. Looking good! Keep up the good work!

  8. yes, organizing is a big problem.
    My desk is also not organized!

    I like very much your bags!!! The colours are lovely!!!

  9. Yikes. It is a constant circle of make a mess, clean up, make a mess, clean up...I don't know about you, but I like the "make a mess" portion best!

    Glad to see you sporting Soft Flex on your work bench. :)



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