Sunday, January 31, 2010

Storage Solutions

I recently took a trip to visit friends and family and I took my jewelry making supplies with me. These supplies are stored in a plastic tote box and a cardboard box. The tote holds things like my wire, jewelry bags and tools while the cardboard box housed 9 containers of bead boxes like this one on the left. Needless to say, this took up a great deal of space. While shopping on this recent trip, I found a Container Store which had these smaller boxes (right). I thought they would solve some of my bulk issues with my bead storage and they did!
The new boxes are so much smaller and much more portable. This was a great solution for me since I tend to work on jewelry while I am travelling or watching my DD ball games. I can work on projects in the car and during half time while the new containers take up half the space of the old ones. One of the other things I do when storing my beads is keep the manufacturer and price of the beads in with each type of bead. This makes it easy to place a new order and price finished product without looking for an invoice.
I won't let the larger boxes go to waste since I need better and more organized storage of hardware around my home. I am constantly wasting time looking for washers, nails, screws and cup hooks. These little babies should fill the bill quite nicely for all of those odds and ends. I will also be able to see through the boxes for a quick search instead of looking high and low for one little piece of hardware. Now the big question about this is..... Will my family put things away where they found them so that the hardware stays organized? Ah well, even the best laid plans hit a snag or two!
If you have a handy way to store your beads or hardware, share them here. I have an inquiring mind and want to know what solutions you use.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Spellbinders Christmas ornaments

Earlier this month I showed you the Christmas tree in our entry hall and told you that I made some paper ornaments to go on that tree.  I also made some ornaments to give as gifts to visitors who were here over the Christmas season.  This ornament was made using the Nestabilities Labels 4 die cut set. I cut seven labels out with my Cuttlebug using SU! Handsome Hunter card stock. Then I used silver Encore ink to stamp the scroll pattern from the SU! Baroque Motifs stamp set. I finished it off using a silver paint pen to border each shape. Next, I scored each die cut down the center and then folded them in half. I glued each one of them back to back. Before I glued the last one, I added the silver cord with the glass bead at the top and a pearl headed straight pin on the bottom that had a few glass beads added to it for interest.
This ornament was made the same way but I folded the die cuts down the center the opposite way as the first ornament and used gold ink on SU! Bravo Burgundy card stock. The hanger was a piece of brass wire.
I thought I was finished using the mystery paper from my October/November 2009 blog posts for a long while. I couldn't resist reaching for this inexpensive and wonderful paper when my daughter needed a few ornaments for her tree which is done in a blue, silver and white color theme. I cut out the pieces and then ran them through my Cuttlebug using the Devine Swirls embossing folder. They were so easy to make!
This last ornament was made using SU! Bravo Burgundy card stock with gold ink and the Chintz Background stamp from Me and Carrie Lou. Why don't you give it a try? I can't wait to see what you come up with!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heidi's Holiday Tag-Aholic Swap 2009

This post is late in coming because there have been several family emergencies this past month.  I am sorry for being out of the blog loop the past few weeks.  It hasn't rained but actually poured with one problem after another. I have many new cropping toys to play with from Christmas but I have not gotten a chance to play with them yet.  I think things should get back to normal soon and I will be able to spend some creative time in my craft space.
Today I thought I would showcase a few more Christmas tags from our swap over at Splitcoast Stampers (SCS). The gingerbread tag was created by SCS Lazorkay. Aren't those gingerbread buttons adorable? Next we have the reindeer tag that SCS stampnkat made. These are so cute! The reindeer is a die cut sizzlit from the Sissix company. Stampnkat tells me the set is called Winter Set #3. Didn't she do a great job on this tag? The ornament tag was created by SCS doxiegal. She used the SU! round tab punch at the top of the ornament and attached her circles to this tab. She said the circle was cut with a punch as well as the snowflake that she picked up at a craft store. I am always so delighted with the interesting designs that these gals come up with for the swap. If you see something that you like, you may want to stop by SCS and search for these ladies galleries. 
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