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Amuse your Muse with Rebecca of Songbead – Bead Storage

Hello ABS-ers! I hope you are all having a great June. I’m staring my first craft fair in the face – next weekend in Holmfirth I am one of the exhibitors are The Art Market. It’s a truly great show, and – true to form – I am pretty sure I don’t currently have enough stock! I foresee a busy few days ahead of me….
This month’s theme is bead storage – a topic which seems to have really captured your imagination! It’s definitely captured mine, so much so in fact that I treated myself to this book to try and help inspire/organise me….
I haven’t had much time to peruse it yet, but I have done a couple of questionnaires at the front of the book and discovered that I am a cross between ‘The Idealist’ and ‘The Adventurer’ when it comes to decorating my home, and that I have an ‘Earth-Element/Blue’ Personality! Whatever that means. I can’t really see me suddenly becoming Ms Organised but you’ve got to start somewhere, haven’t you?  As I work pretty much all day every day in my studio (which is currently a big lovely room, and about to change to a much smaller room with our move in 6 weeks), organisation is something that I really need to prioritise. Do you have your own studio? Please add a link in the comments to photos – I would love to see and share here next week!
One very talented artist agreed to share a shot of her studio with us this week – polymer clay artist Pippa Chandler of Pips Jewellery. This is an ‘after’ shot and Pip says:
“I do wish that I could arrange things so that they were beautiful to look at, like the studios you see sometimes in adverts or on Pintrest. They always look so pretty. 

The trouble is, this is a working studio and so functionality has to come before aesthetics!! At least it is clean now!!”
Personally, I think this studio looks very pretty as well as practical – a lovely place to be and to work. 
Maneki shared SO many wonderful links with us! Here are some of her storage solutions and links to her original blog posts:

Seed bead organisation: Not pretty, but more useful than my earlier system”

And here’s a novel idea – repurposing a pet feeder to hold tubes of beads! Bowls can be of great use to keep a desktop tidy when there are things that need to be used frequently throughout the week i.e. need to be kept out. I would love to have a collection of pottery dishes to keep such oft-used items!
Salla has so many seed beads that the pretty glass vials from last week definitely wouldn’t work for her! She keeps them in large tubes and has a large fishing tackle box to store them all together. Extremely practical and good for moving around when needed. 
Tinfoil Halo shared some pictures of her bead storage
“A couple of years ago I got a few cheapy screw storage bins and some Christmas lights for back lighting.”

I flipping well *love* the back-lighting! What a totally brilliant idea! 
And lastly for now, Ann shared something that she would like in her fantasy studio – former-ABS editor Erin Siegel’s fantastic pegboard system. 

What a beautiful studio Erin has! The pegboard system is absolutely inspired. It may well be on my fantasy studio wish list now too – thank you for sharing Ann!
What’s on your fantasy studio wish list? Do you have any tricks and tips for storing your beads? I would love to see and share here. I’m even considering making this a monthly series – Inside YOUR Studio! – as part of my Amuse the Muse series. I love seeing where people work and getting inspired. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an outside studio in an artists’ co-op or a humble dining room table – it is always wonderful to see where artisans turn art beads and more into jewellery. Would you like to see this series? Share your thoughts and links in the comments below!
And now for the BeadBlogger Links:
Rebecca is a Scottish jewellery designer, currently living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can read more about her and her work at her blog, and see more of her jewellery at She also has a supplies shop at