Funny, I’ve been picking up a bunch of different orange beads over the last couple of weeks. I don’t know why. I think one of the reasons why I have been doing this is because I am so drawn to cooler colors (think purple, blue, green). Orange seemed like a dramatic, yet safe shift for me with my bead smithing.
While I was on my most recent routine run at a local craft shop, I decided to picked up the latest copy of Bead Design Studio magazine. And there it is, smack right on the cover: “Orange: The color of the season!” I’m glad to see that I’m not losing my clairvoyant touch.
While this bums me out just a little, I can understand that such a strong, warm color would be “in” for fall. Here is the skinny on what colors are in for fall (from Bead Design Studio):
- Warm Tones: Golden, canary, watermelon, cherry, red-orange, tangerine, crimson, and garnet
- Cool Tones: Lemon-lime, lime, aqua-fresh, emerald, olive, navy, electric blue, and cerulean (also seen in the font of the cover of BDS)
- Neutral Tones: Khaki, honey, cocoa, rust, dove gray, gray
Some of these colors sound a foreign to me, so I did some researching online so you can see them for yourselves. These are some very beautiful colors!
Here are some of my recent creations in orange:
Bottom Left: Orange Crackled Glass with Orange Pearls
Top Left: Fire Orange Agate with Orange Glass
Top Right: Fire Brown Agate with Peach Glass
Bottom Right: Orange Sodalite with Lapis Lazuli (not yet listed)
These are all really great designs and colors. However, loud and crisp-looking jewelry is like a fresh bottle of nail polish. It looks absolutely gorgeous in the bottle, but when you go to put it on, it’s a totally different story. As much as I find all these colors lovely, I don’t think I could pull every single one of them off. You’ll probably see me mostly in the neutral isle for the most part this fall.
Do you change your fashion colors season by season? Do you try to follow the latest trends? Or do you still do your own thing?
If you are getting into jewelry making, or crafting of any kind, you will probably be needing some kind of “space” to set up shop. And, if you are like most people, finding a space just for your crafting will be challenging.
I actually got lucky. My boyfriend has a charming 3 bedroom home. We have our bedroom and then the guest room. In the “other” room, we share all share it. The cat’s toilet and food is in there. The washer and dryer is in there. My boyfriend’s desk for all his interesting office things is in there. And my crafting corner is in there. At first the cat was not happy with sharing HIS room with me. But, he got over it.
It was his idea to set me up a workstation in that room. He took an old door that he doesn’t use anymore and propped it up on some old tube-style TV’s and some other old wood to get it pretty high. The use of the door as a table is PERFECT because of the grooves that will catch my beads. I can also start a project and just lay it in the grooves if I’m not up for finishing it. It’s nice and long, so it gives me plenty of space to move around. I highly recommend the door.
When I browse on Pinterest, some people have done very clever things for a crafting station. Most of the time, I don’t see a dedicated room just for crafting or smithing. Usually it’s a shared space. I like some of the examples I saw of turning a closet into a workspace, or even sharing another room (like I’m doing).
Next what you will have to think of is storage of your supplies. This is the very easy part. It just takes a little creativity to come up with solutions that will fix your space and the supplies that you keep in stock. I work a lot with jewelry, so this is what I will focus on. Here are a few cheap ideas, without actually stepping foot into a craft store:
- Ice cube trays for sorting and storing beads
- Baby food jars (or other small food jars)
- Egg cartons – throw them in some plastic bins from the dollar store for more secure storage
- Old spice rack with original jars
- Cheap jars from the dollar store
- Miniature glass cups or bowls
- Pencil cases for bulkier supplies, such as pliers, thread, tape measure
- An old tackle or toolbox
Some of this stuff may not be the most attractive way to store your craft supplies. And, everyone knows that you need to be surrounded by inspiration in order to work your crafts. However, there is nothing like a little paint to brighten things up just a touch. Even something as simple as stickers will make an old tackle box seem like a soft place to store craft stock.
I know some folks have more excuses than a missed deadline not to get working on their creative ideas. Hopefully this post will cross one of those excuses off and you can get to crafting!