OK, enough of the drama. That's not entirely true. There are some ideas floating around up there - but nothing that is getting executed. And certainly no where near the artistic flow I was experiencing before my summer travels began.
It's frustrating. How do you break out of your slump?!
For me, I need to get back in touch with my materials. I need to see them, touch them, get enthusiastic about them! And that means... ORGANIZE!!!
I've already organized a lot of my beads - and the system is working. I love the Darice containers. They are a great size, I can see what I have in them and they are very portable.
I have also purchased some new bead organizers Portable Bead & Craft Storage Box With 52 Removable Compartments which have different sized containers - and they are working well to hold my findings, hanks of seed beads, etc.
Organizing Bead Stringing Supplies
The rack I am using is a June Tailor Mini Mega-Rack ll thread holder and is pure genius! I stand it on the table when I'm working, or hang it on the wall above the bookcase that holds all of my beads and findings. I love being able to see all of the thread colors and hold them up to the beads to decide what to use. I am pretty sure I could even put hanks of seed beads or hang strands of beads on it. But I'll need a separate one for that!!
Most of all, I'll know where everything is! I hate when I decide I want to make something and spend the first 30 minutes looking for the materials. That can kill the creative process!
I don't quite have my jewelry making mojo back, but I'm working on it. I'm hoping to post some new projects soon. If you have any hints on how you get your creative juices flowing - I'd love to know! In the meantime, I'll be shopping and organizing. Oh yeah, and reading. That always helps inspire me.