Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Clean-up, Fix-up Your Workspace" Challenge & Blog Hop Reveal!

The count-down is over and it's time to reveal our new shiny clean, reorganized workspaces!   (....Or well, our tidied up, not-quite-as-messy-as-they-were workspaces!)   Whatever approach each person has taken is fine.  This has been an opportunity for those of us who felt it a good time for a quality-cleanup in our studios to get busy!   Whether you tackled a messy table, organized beads or tools, or took on an entire room, I'm anxious to see the results!   

Since I began this event as a way of hopefully encouraging a few folks to join me in my own cleaning activities, (and was thrilled when so many decided to do so), I'll show you some before/after photos of my own work area.

Then, I'll list all the participants and links to where they have posted.   I hope everyone enjoys hopping from blog-to-blog to see the fabulous results!   Comments on blogs or Facebook are welcomed and encouraged!   Thanks for participating, whether by cleaning or following our exploits!   ~Sharyl

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Sharyl's Mess & Clean-up:

I showed you a table of mine before the event.  
 I was too embarrassed to show you the whole room!  The truth is, I have a computer desk, 2 antique table/desks (this being one), and a work bench,.. in addition to bookshelves, 2 chests, and other storage.   The problem is, it's all jammed into a tiny little room that used to be "the baby's room" 20+ years ago!  

As you can imagine, one of the biggest problems is finding a path to walk in there!  

If there's a flat space, I'm naturally prone to cover it... with anything and everything.  But tonight at least, I'm seeing bits of bare wood again, and a few open spaces.   I'm telling you, it wasn't easy! 




Bead Table:  Before and After

(The black wood piece, far left, has 4 drawers.
It was my first storage for art beads.
I grew out of that and added the yellow tool-chest type storage.
And now have several more storage units for art beads.
The gray unit with bins stores metal findings such as earwires,
metal spacer beads, bead caps, chain and jumprings.)









Left:  Before =  "Catch-all table"
Right:   New "Mailing Station" (left)
and "Items to be Listed" Section (far right)




White Wicker Shelves:  Before/After
Stores metal embosser, large cutting board, etc.
Top Row:   Photo Light Tent:   Before/After
Bottom Row:   Photography and Metals Work bench:   Before/After


Gray wooden chest (family heirloom) full of beads and items for sale, 
tucked inside closet.
Black chest holds paper and stamping products
(Top left, before.  All others are after.)





I have a few more, but think I'll stop for now and save them for another day!  I want you to have time to explore the other blogs!  



Thanks for stopping by!  (Participant list follows!)   ~Sharyl



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Participant List:



Host: Sharyl McMillian-Nelson … http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com

Donna Millard http://fyrebeadz.blogspot.com/


Beda Hendrix ... https://www.facebook.com/SasijuhlsThings 

Ann Schroeder… http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com


Pamela Rachelle… http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com

Kristin L Oppold… http://www.yayjewelry.blogspot.com

Heidi Kingman ... http://heidikingman.blogspot.com

Andi ... http://strungoutjewelry.blogspot.com/

Patricia Buchanan Click “Blog” on the menu bar at http://www.braceletstoo.artfire.com

Helen Simon… http://helensharvest.com/

somethingunique ... http://somethinguniquebylana.blogspot.ca/

Renetha ... http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com 

Kathy Lindemer ... http://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Swapna Dinesh … http://www.swardaa.com     


Linda Landig ... http://lindalandig.wordpress.com/

Ann Schroeder ... http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com/


Beti Horvath ... http://stringingfool.blogspot.com/

Sam S ... http://samsbeadshopandjewelry.blogspot.com/ 

Christina Miles ... http://wingsnscales.blogspot.com/

Islandgirl ... http://islandgirlsinsights.blogspot.ca/

macmillanmarie ... http://www.macmillanmarie.blogspot.com

Emma Todd … http://www.apolymerpenchant.com

Neena Shilvock … 

http://www.capriliciousjewellery.com/3/post/2014/02/neither-ship-shape-nor-bristol-fashion.html

Dee Clark… http://biz-e-bead.blogspot.com/ 

motidana ... http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.com/  


Here Bead Dragons ... http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Carol D. ... http://dillmansdallies.blogspot.com/

Pam Sears ... http://crazycreativecorner.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith ... http://wirednan.blogspot.ca

AliMc ... http://northwoodscreativestudio.blogspot.com 

Kari Asbury ... http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Shirley Moore ... http://www.beadsandbread.blogspot.com


PyxeeStyx ... http://travelingsideshow.blogspot.com/

Jayne Capps … https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com

Louann Elwell 

... https://plus.google.com/117746558861718110652/posts

Rain ... http://honeyandollie.com/

Lori Bergmann ... http://www.LoriBergmann.blogspot.com

Arlene Dean ... http://aglassbash.blogspot.com   


Sandra... http://city-of-brass-stories.blogspot.de/ 

Alicia ... http://www.allprettythings.ca


Natalie Pappas ...  http://blog.nkpdesigns.com/

Mike Flint ...  https://www.facebook.com/bagomag



Please return again next time when I'll announce 2 winners randomly-drawn from among the participants--beady goodness collected from my tables!    Thanks again to all!   ~Sharyl


22 comments:

Ann Schroeder said...

Wow, you got a lot done! It looks great. This was such a wonderful idea for a hop. I really want to thank you for the motivation. I have been thrilled with my new, cleaner space. I'm continuing to organize and keep it up!

Kathy Lindemer said...

Wow! You made some real progress. Thanks for having this. We all need some incentive to clean.

Beti Horvath said...

Hi Sharyl! You made some definite progress! You are my hero. Now to keep my work surface clean, and move on to reorganize the rest of the space!

Shirley Moore said...

Yeah, you had a lot of spaces to work on, just like me! However, it looks like you tackled all of yours! I have to admit, it feels wonderful...and rather naked! Thanks so much for this challenge!

lindalandig said...

Sharyl, this blog hop was such a great idea! Thank you for hosting it. This could become an annual event, because I am certain that one year from now, my studio will need a complete overhaul again! ;)
Your studio looks great now. Thanks for sharing.

Carol D. said...

Thanks for hosting this event Sharyl. I got so much done but of course there is still more to do. Continuing to work and use ideas from other participants. Annual event?

Sharyl said...

Quick update: I've been through quite a few of your pages and I'm absolutely so impressed by the work each of you involved undertook and the ways you've presented it in your entries! Such creativity! I'm inspired to do mine AGAIN...once I recoup from this round!

I still have many more blogs to visit. If I haven't been by yet, I will be! Many thanks and have a great day! --Sharyl

A Polymer Penchant said...

You know I've been cleaning up my studio for the last year it seems. I think all the big pieces are finally in the right spaces. I think you have an incredible transformation here, everything looks very organized with a proper spot and container. I think we better do this annually to keep us all accountable to this kind of state of tidy....at least for while it lasts. I just got home from getting a few more supplies to finish the job at my end. Thanks so much for cracking that whip!

Lori Bergmann said...

You did such a great job! I think we all let our rooms get to the same point—well, at least I do! LOL Isn't it fun when everything is finally back in its place and you have room to walk around? ;-D Thanks so much for organizing this fun blog hop and giving me the incentive to clean up my own spaces! *Ü*

Neena Shilvock said...

well done, love your photo box, and everything looks so tidy now - space is such a luxury, I'm envious of people who have it, I certainly don't. Thanks for hosting.

Rain said...

Ok your workspace came out way better than mine! So tidy! Very nice :-D

Swapna said...

WOW..Sharyl.. I have been blog hopping..just to see the fabulous clean ups.. I am one big FAIL.. I'm sorry to say... Just did not manage to get it done in time.. I took pictures of the 'before', and managed to clean up just my bead stash ... sadly got side-tracked with some forgotten treasures... :P So sorry....Since I have started, I will do a clean up and post about it soon..Just did not make it on the said date...sigh..!!

Sharyl said...

Thank you, all! From dreaded clean-up to friendship and sharing--what a nice event this has turned out to be! I think I've finally managed to get around to everyone's page and leave a message, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself on the journey!

I made a note next to blogs that hadn't posted when I visited and will check again Sunday to see if a post is up. I didn't do this to embarrass anyone (and hope I don't), but to help speed the process for those wanting to see the posts and to help me find the new ones on Sunday! I'll remove the notations if I see you have an entry up, or please feel free to leave me a note here.

I hope you've enjoyed yourselves as much as I have. I look forward to more hopping tomorrow! --Sharyl

Islandgirl said...

I have now posted... suffice it to say I failed I have posted some pictures of my clutter in the house...the lamp working and metal working studio is horrendous.. and I've allowed myself to be put on a studio tour list for the summer so I have 3 months to shovel that out so there is floor space for someone other than me!

Islandgirl said...

I failed.. I now have failed pictures posted and some excuses see FOL color post for more excuses... I do need to also clean up my flameworking and metal studio as I somehow got signed up for a self guided studio tour of our area for next summer... I think you may have embarrassed me to the point that I might continue the shoveling! Thanks for the push!

Here Bead Dragons said...

I enjoyed this very much, thanks for hosting it.

~cryssT
@here bead dragons

motidana said...


Love your workspace Sharyl. And thanks to you I finally committed myself to getting a lot more organised and tidier and I hope I`m able to keep it that way !

motidana

Sharyl said...

Thanks to you all! We've had several new posts Sunday and Monday and I've updated the listings to reflect that. My thanks to all! Sorry for those who were unable to join as they had planned. Hopefully they will share later when the "time is right."

I am just so very pleased with what I did see on the posts and hope everyone enjoyed the event. A "wrap-up" post and more on prizes soon! All the best, Sharyl

Becky Pancake said...

Sharyl the idea of clean up fix up studio challenge was brilliant. I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's studio spaces and I even picked up a few ideas to implement in my creative space.Thank you for having this challenge. Your studio space looks wonderful.

Shel said...

I'm still trying to make it to all those who participated. I couldn't participate, but wanted to see the efforts of those who did and boy, what a great job! I love your before and after shots, Sharyl - makes me wish I could get away from work and create for a while!

Swapna Dinesh said...

Sharyl... I finally finished my clean up .. three weeks too late..anyways, I just wanted you to know that your event motivated me... so my apologies, for the delay..and Huge thanks ..Hugs... Here is the link to my post. http://www.swardaa.com/2014/03/my-creative-space.html

Dia said...

this was such a fabulous idea, love "peeking" in studios and getting ideas! I've just set up a painting 'nook' in my wee dining area, and already it's beginning to pike up, LOL.
I visited Swapna's before and after posts first, and will be visiting other studios soon! Thanks for hosting/inspiring this spring clean!