This time I purchased a high-rise! I know it seems a bit out of character for me and you may be shocked by this purchase, but I've really been thinking about it for some time--I just wasn't finding quite what I wanted at quite the right price.
Now, admittedly, this does appear to have been built in the architectural style of the 1960s--flat roof, everything grey, all divisions pretty much looking alike. (In honesty, I've checked out those windows, and I don't even think they are real glass! Feels more like plastic, but probably just as well. Less breakage.)
But hey, my last name isn't Trump or Hilton or even Holiday Inn, you know what I mean?
So, I made my purchase (actually had to place an order and wait for things to happen--think escrow--but things went very smoothly.) Once the property was in my hands, I immediately went to work on organizing things, updating, fixing the place up so it's livable.
Now some people call writing on the wall "graffiti," but librarians call it classification, good sense, and providing direction. So as you see below, here, the first thing I did was to set out "classifying" the real estate. Every space was then labelled. Signage was applied.
(It really is "scary high," isn't it?!) I'll give you a more close-up view now, and I think you'll begin to appreciate my purchase.
|Horizontal Labels across top:|
6 frequently used colors of wire & findings
|10 Vertical Labels down left side:|
Types of items such as lampwork,
& metal beadcaps, earwires, metal beads, chain, jumprings, etc.
Already I'm having great fun! Need brass bead caps? That would be 3 down-4 across. How about metal focals in antique silver? Piece of cake! 5 down-5 across. At least I haven't applied an alpa-numeric classification system for the items yet! There's still time though!
Now, lest you think I managed to get all my beads in these 60 apartments, (I mean compartments), I'm using this mostly for metals, and a few of my more precious beads, lampwork, and focals I've recently purchased. There is still a stacking cart behind my chair full of divided containers holding glass, gemstone, wood, and other beads of many sizes and colors, and still more supplies on the book shelves next to me. Another container keeps my rolls of wire in control (and organized by color), while yet another container holds my many, many rolls of ribbon I use on pendants. (And if any of you still remember this blog entry about "'Making Do'" while you build your jewelry tool collection," I'm still using the utensil carrier for my pliers, wire cutters, and other small hand tools I reach for regularly.)
But my "high rise" has helped me sort, store, and be able to retrieve many items that were getting scattered because they didn't have a home. Now they do. What a happy ending!
So,... how do you store all your many jewelry-related items? (I'm sure there are "classier" ways than my hardware store-find, but I would like to thank the good people at my local Ace Hardware in Shawnee, especially the employee who took time to help me place a special order so I could get one with "lots and lots of tiny drawers" in place of the ones they had on display. This is just what I needed to get the job done right now!)
It's good to be back after a brief blogging break last week! Hope to hear from you soon! Continued Holiday and New Year wishes! --Sharyl
P.S. We've had more people join our blog in the last week! Our warmest welcome to all!
Hardware divider: photos by Sharyl