Hello June-Bugs! Can you believe we are almost halfway through 2014? I really and truly can't. I have about 7 weeks left until we leave Northern Ireland - I'm trying not to count down the days too much, but live in the moment and enjoy the time we have here - but planning ahead is of course necessary so I can't simply stick my head in the sand, tempting as that is.
With that in mind, I decided that this was the month to dedicate my weekly post to bead storage. Last week, I spent a small fortune on some new boxes and containers for my beads - necessary and very functional but not exactly the most aesthetically pleasing solution to my bead storage problems. I thought that with your help, we could collate a mixture of the practical and the beautiful storage solutions here on Art Bead Scene throughout June. I invite you to send pictures of your best - and even your worst! - bead storage. Let's pool our ideas and get inspired. I am sure I am not alone in saying that my design work is greatly driven by the beads themselves, so how I store them has a huge effect on that. I want to see your beads in their homes!
First up, these cute wee glass vials from In The Clear. I am not sure they would work for your art beads(!), but if you use seed beads, these would be a very lovely - and very visible - way of storing them. They have a real vintage vibe which would go nicely in my fantasy studio - I can see them on a small shelf in rainbow order. Yum!
This very vintage unit from Chicky Doddle is 'designed' for storing washi tape - something many of us have a few spools of. It works perfectly for tape - but could also be used for spills of ribbon or even small spools of beading wire.
I am sure I am not the only one who likes to bead on the go. Whether you are planning to stash a few beads for a forthcoming summer holiday, or whether like me you can barely get on a bus without knowing you have a project with you - you know, 'just in case' - it's worth having a dedicated carrier for them that is beautiful as well as functional. This lovely bag from Gerda Bags is so pretty, it could inspire jewellery designs in itself.
Lastly for today, something a little more fixed for your studio - a vintage sewing basket/table from Berlin Attic. I have a real thing about these little sewing storage units - I was fascinated by my Mum's as a child, I inherited one from my Grandma and I even picked one up on ebay a couple of years ago. OK, you can't see what's in them - but a couple of these for storing beading essentials - spools of wire, findings, tools - would look great in my fantasy studio.
I would love to know what's in your fantasy bead studio! Or even what's in your real bead studio if yours is closer to your own fantasy studio than mine is. Leave links here or email me with photos so that I can share next week.
And now for the BeadBlogger Links. Have a great week!