Year's Day I spent hours purging--closets, cabinets, shelves. I still need to do
more, and my studio, especially, is in desperate need of sorting and
2012 issue of our sister publication, Studios magazine, caught my eye with the eclectic
cabinets shown on the cover (below) which hold a colorful array of craft supplies. Perhaps some
of the ideas presented here will inspire you to dig in and do some organizing
of your own!
stores her ribbon and sewing notions in two pieces of stacked furniture that
she found at a thrift store, then painted white and added mismatched knobs (featured
in the Winter 2012 issue of Studios magazine):
space? Hang a metal board on the wall, then attach magnetic spice jars to
hold your beads, findings, and the like. Find this and other creative organizational ideas on the Creating
I love this
idea for turning a cereal box into a stylish magazine holder. I'm anxious to make
a few of these to hold a portion of my beading and knitting magazines! Find
step-by-step photos on the Sew Many Ways blog:
It's easy to
find an array of bead caddies, containers, and organizers at your favorite bead
or craft store or from online retailers (the one shown here is from Fire
Mountain Gems and Beads).
A few of my
favorites: Rings & Things, FusionBeads.com, Shipwreck Beads,
Beadaholique.com, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Bead Storage Solutions,
After you clean up and clear out your craft space, consider
donating your extra beads to one of these remarkable causes:
first introduced to this family's story through Brenda at the Venetian Bead
wife and I are adoptive parents of 11 special-needs children. Most of our kids
came from broken homes, abusive situations, and filth, and some of them will be
scarred by that for their entire lives, but we are doing everything we can to
make them as productive as possible. We have set up a small home business that
these kids can work in for the rest of their lives because many won't be able
to function in a real job situation. All
of them can do this job; they work a few hours a week, they are responsible for
keeping their areas clean and organized, for keeping track of what materials
they use and how many pieces they produce, and it helps them with money
management. We are always looking for beading supplies and seek donations of
outdated or seconded items. We have a small Etsy shop where we sell jewelry
made by the kids (www.daddyandmemagnetics.etsy.com).
The profits of our business go entirely to the children's needs (clothes,
shoes, special needs) and each child gets a special bonus when one of their
pieces sells. I promise you it is a
worthy cause to help out these awesome kids--each and every one is a true blessing
Risë, and 11 little Wamplers
You can contact
Rich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beads of Courage
Beads of Courage is a
nation-wide program which helps children and families coping with serious
illnesses. Children participating in the program are given a set of beads that
spell out their first name, then colorful beads, each representing a different
treatment milestone, are given to the child throughout their treatment. These
colorful beads are symbols of their courage that commemorate each milestone
they have achieved during their treatment.
As stated on the Beads of
Courage web site: "Ongoing evaluation of the Beads of Courage program indicates
that the program helps to decrease illness-related distress, increase the use
of positive coping strategies, helps children find meaning in illness, and
restore sense of self in children coping with serious illness. The program also
provides something tangible the child can use to tell about their experience
during treatment and after."
out more about the programs at www.beadsofcourage.org,
or click HERE
for details on what types of beads they are looking for, as well as a
downloadable form to send in with your donation.
|YWCA of Tacoma, Washington
Kimura, President of Artbeads.com, has a special place in her heart for the YWCA
of Tacoma. A few years ago, she volunteered to teach some of the clients at
this non-profit domestic violence shelter how to make their own jewelry out of
beads. "For those women who lost everything, making something beautiful was
really rewarding. They were so happy and excited to be able to create something
beautiful. That was an amazing experience!" Since then, Cynthia has taught some
of the staff members at the shelter so they are able to offer these "bead
parties" to the women.
particular YWCA touches the lives of over 12,000 women and children annually,
offering them a safe place to call home in addition to a variety of tools to
help them create lives free of violence and full of hope. Cynthia and the staff
at Artbeads.com continue to do their part by donating beads, supplies, and finished
pieces of jewelry to auction off at fundraisers throughout the year.
If you are
interested in donating beads to the shelter, contact CEO Miriam Barnett at
MBarnett@ywcapiercecounty.org, or (253) 272-4181, ext. 223.
Please leave comments below if you have any tips for organizing your crafty space!
Debbie Blair, Managing Editor
Jam-packed with the insider information and stylish instruction Studios is known for, Studios Winter 2012 is sure to spark that inspiration you've been seeking- inside and outside your own studio!