Showing posts with label Artbeads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Artbeads. Show all posts

I'm a Mini-Hoard-A-Holic??

I believe that a bit of a confession is in order.
I'm sort of a 'mini-hoard-a-holic' when it comes to art-beads and artisan crafted components.  
I guess that's not a full-hearted confession, but that's because the reality of the matter is just starting to sink in and I don't consider the number I have to be astronomical or anything like that.

 In other words, I don't profess to have tons of art-beads and artisan components begging to be put away or sorted through. 

Heck, I wouldn't even consider my entire bead stash to be that large since it fits quite nicely into the top half of an armoire that sits in my bedroom (aka - studio). 

See, I told you it wasn't that bad. It's pretty 'average' if you ask me.
Or even on the 'small' side considering I've been collecting beads and creating for over two decades now!
My hubs refers to me as the 'pack master', so everything is very well 'placed' inside those containers.
Granted, this is only the beads and cords portion of my supplies.
 My tools, fabrics, leather, etc., are strategically placed in drawers, sewing boxes and other places.

 I mean, despite my complete pearl obsession, I don't even have a super-huge stash of pearls.
Only 11 of those bead bins are full of pearls.
 (surprise, surprise!). 

So no, I don't have the 'I have too many beads and not enough storage room' problem (although that might be a rather fun problem to have!). 
But I used to hoard pearls like crazy! 
I used to open my little bins of pearls and just look at them, (and touch them!!) not wanting to use them in designs because then I wouldn't have them anymore.

It's a sickness I tell you,...a true sickness!
Slowly, over the years, I've been 'letting them go' and putting more pearls into my designs. 

Almost all of my designs have pearls in them these days actually.
Anyway, I do however, tend to hoard the art-beads and artisan crafted components that I purchase.
Not on purpose mind you.  I buy them because they catch my eye and they're just too cool to pass up. 
But then I get them and I either don't know how to do them 'justice' in an equally cool design or I don't want to let their gorgeousness out of my sight!
(I told you - it's a sickness!)
This week I purchased one of Ema Kilroy's super new copper clasps.
This one, to be exact.

Isn't it lovely?  As fair warning though, I did send Ema a message on her facebook page that I'd try not to 'hoard' it like I did all my other art-components, but that I couldn't make any promises.
Here's a few of the artisan pieces I have hoarded collected over the past few years.

See, that's not a huge stash of stuff, right?

 But, I bet you that some of the artists whose beads and components appear in this photo would look at these and say, "Yep Shel,  I haven't made those beads/components for couple of years or more. You really have hoarded those, haven't you!?!"
So, what's a little hoarder to do?  Any suggestions? Do you hoard anything? 
And I don't mean is your house so jam-packed with 'stuff' that you have to clear a 'fire-path',...I'm just asking, do you sometimes 'keep' certain things because you like them and don't want know how to part with them?  
I mean, I guess I could use these super cool components in jewelry for myself and justify keeping them that way, but shoot, I don't even make it that far. 

Sometimes the beads/components/pendants are just so lovely all by themselves that they don't seem to go with anything I try to create.
Do you ever have that problem?  Is it even a problem or just a sweet little luxury?
I guess that's a topic for another post, eh?! 

I'd love to hear what sweet little obsessions you like to 'hoard'.
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and
Little Bits of Hoarded Goodness!

SGS Design Team - Component Preview!

Look what I received in the mail not long ago!
(Happy Squeals!!) 
Brown Stoneware Pendant by Diana of Suburban Girl Studio
It's the component for the
I know,....It's so beautiful and perfect, isn't it?! 
Diana creates such lovely pieces!
You really should hop on over to her Etsy Bead Shop and check out her work - you won't be sorry!
Oh, and a little side-note,...everyone on the design team got one of my 'blackened' copper swirl clasps
to add to their fall design.  
I thought that was nice of Diana to let me include one for everybody.
Hop back on over here on Thursday, November 1st and see what everyone on the team has designed for fall.
Fall's one of my favorite themes to design around, so I'm excited about this. 
Guess it's time to get my bum in gear and get busy, huh?!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love and "Hearting" Falling Leaves!!