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Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life. You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships. The purpose of your life: showing love to other people Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

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This blog started out as a way for me to display and sell my handmade jewelry creations. I have set up shop on, where my shop name is "Dreamin of Beadin". The link to my Etsy store is located on the right hand side of this page. Please check me out!! If jewelry's not your thing, then check out the site anyway ~ there are plenty of talented artists selling lots of cool things there. For your reading pleasure, this blog will serve as a sneak peek into what's going on "behind the scenes" in my world. I love to cook, so there will be plenty of recipes, as well as product reviews and the occasional product giveaway (woo hoo!) I also love to take pictures of anything and everything, and I just bought a new camera, so there will be plenty of photos. And I like wine too, so things could get pretty interesting . . . Thank you for your support of me, Etsy and "all things handmade" :)


Organizing a Small Space

I’ve been thinking about how I want to organize the newly acquired crafting space that I mentioned in a previous post. Since the spare bedroom is not very big, I have to maximize what little space I have. The actual footage will depend on how much I am able to discard from what currently resides in the room. There is a futon, which takes up one wall and will be the first thing to go, no problema. There are also shoes, clothing, books, scrapbooking supplies and a lot of other odds and ends that I store in there. My first task will be to go through all of this stuff and figure out what I can donate, discard, or otherwise find a new home for. That is going to be my big project to tackle after the holidays are over. For now, I’ve been doing a bit of dreaming about the furnishings I would like to make my new space as functional as possible. The goal is to create storage space for beading supplies and to have a little place for me to create. I checked out Ikea’s website, which surely has many storage solutions. Here is what I found:

I think the Jonas desk is the perfect size. I'm used to beading on the kitchen table, so this will be a step up! I am undecided about the pullout panel, (it is available without it), but it might serve as a good place for my laptop so I can keep on eye on my Etsy shop as I bead ;)

Love this Alex Drawer unit ~ it would hold a bunch of beads and supplies ~ which I hope to organize by type and even color (I know, that is sooo anal!)
When floor space is scarce, there's always wall space! I love that the Aspvik Wall cabinet has sliding doors that can be closed.
More shelves ~ these EKBY JÄRPEN shelves will hold books, magazines and all those cool storage containers.
Proper lighting is a must. I have an Ottlite table lamp, but I think it would be nice to upgrade to a floor lamp, like this one. It has a magnifier and a clip to hold patterns ~ pretty handy! I found the lamp and plenty of fun storage containers on Jo-ann's website.
Let me know what you think! Do you have a studio in your home? I'd love to hear your tips and ideas.


jacjewelry said...

Great ideas! Our apartment is filled with IKEA furniture. Oh, and I organize my beads by color too. :) My pearls container is color-coordinated.

I am sure you thought of it already, but if you are able to, put the desk as close to the window as possible, so that you can take advantage of natural light on the weekends. Can't wait to see what your new place will look like!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to check out Craigs List or Free Cycle. Both excellent resources for desks people no longer need. Lots of IKEA stuff on the sites. And, you can barter on the price on Craigs List. Oh yeah, SALLY's (salvation army) is another good source.

Alison Kelley said...

I love all your pictured picks, I think these will be great to be organized. I think it may be a good idea to get the additional piece for the desk, I love having my computer close by when I'm beading. I think you're in the perfect organized mind set Stacy and I'm sure your new space will look and feel fantastic! I love Ikea, they have a piece that I want really badly, I just don't have a place to put it right now.