Orphan beads, at least that’s what I call them. Usually they’re the odds and ends left over from a piece that don’t get put away. Since I’ve been doing this for so long, I have a lot of orphan beads.
Getting my stuff organized has really helped me find homes or make homes for all those orphans. Now I actually have most of my beads and whatnots in a place where I can not only find them, but use them A benefit I hadn’t forseen.
I’m generally good at organizing. At least at work. And until now, work and home have been two disconnected places. I’ve never really tried to organize at home.
But working as I have in the past is just not working for me now. I can’t easily find what I need and I haven’t been all that sure about what materials I actually have.
I’ve always been good at organizing files. I had a lightbulb moment when I thought of that. Mostly I’ve kept my materials in plastic ziplock bags. Moving stuff from bag to bag as I use it, and the bags developing splits over time.
So I thought, if I’m good at organizing files, why not figure out a way to file my materials. CD files seemed a good solution. Probably because my husband had cleaned out his software files.
Small zip bags in a labeled cd sleeve filed in a cd/DVD drawer seemed like a good way to sort materials and keep them handy. I hadn’t counted on one thing. Both cd’s and dvd’s are going the way of the dinosaur. I don’t buy music cd’s anymore. And I stopped buying dvd’s since Netflix. If you don’t buy them, you don’t have to make room room for them in your house and dust them forever after. No one is selling media storage anymore.
I finally found some at a discount store. And they’re working beautifully. I put a small ziplock in a cd storage sleeve, label it and file it. From now on I will be able to find what I have. I’ll actually know what I have, too.
I sent off my first order yesterday. I feel extraordinatily lucky that I didn’t have to wait for weeks or months for a first sale. I made an origami box with a mulberry paper envelope to hold the item.
I practiced making the box on paper from catalogs. The Wonderful Spouse didn’t want me to throw them away. They did turn out nicely, but I can’t see saving boxes made out of junk mail just in case I want to give someone a present. I promised him if the opportunity arose I would use catalog paper to make boxes for them. Most would probably be prettier than pages from a hardware catalog.
I found the instructions for the box on You Tube here.
And the envelope here.
Both are very easy to follow and I was happy with the way they turned out. Simple, attractive packaging and I can store the supplies in an envelope.