Friday, April 27, 2012

Messy Workshop Blog Hop

The wonderful Brenda Sue Landsdowne of   Bsueboutiques decided to host a Messy Workshop blog hop.  I have Brenda and my lovely friend of Sweet Freedom Designs to thank for pushing me to start blogging.  Although I am very new to blogging and still have so much to learn (like actually blogging more, lol)  it really has opened so many new doors.  If you remember when I finally dove in and started the blog it was to participate in another of Brenda's hops,  The Sari Ribbon Challenge  It was so much fun that I had to do this one too!  With this hop all we had to do was share our workspace...easy!  So here goes.

My workshop actually does quite a bit of traveling....I know weird, huh!?!  When I am at home I have a wonderful desk that has been moved about 3 times now.  I believe it has finally found a home in the old nursery.   I am in the process of converting and making the ENTIRE room mine!!! YEA for me!!

Right now I am really just using a corner of the room, but that will all change.  I have really big plans!  I try to be really organized and have similar items in each plastic bin.  The plastic bins also make it really easy to transport things back and forth.

Boxes in the back of the van!

The pink bag in use with my box of enamels.

  We spend many many (ok almost all of them) weekends in the country and if I want to get any beading done I have to take stuff with me.....well as my DH often says "Do you really need ALL that stuff"?  but I do....I often don't know what mood I will be in, do I want to etch, play with clay, resin, do some bead weaving, or what!?!?  I usually take way way more than I will ever have time to use in one weekend!  This particular weekend I had all kinds of things totally spread out over two dining room tables.  I had my choice of things to do, etch, emboss and anneal metal, use some alcohol inks or gilder's paste, bead weave, wire work, etc.  I took the end corner and did some wire work.  I never even used half of the stuff I hauled out to the country with me that weekend.  The big pink bag is the most used, usually I will just take what can fit in the bag, but this weekend I just really felt like I needed as much as I could carry!

The small corner on the end of the table is where I was actually working!

You can see I had lots of ideas and things I wanted to do.....LOL!


A few things I finished!  Three pairs of earrings, a necklace with enameled hearts and a bracelet.

 We often have a Sunday studio day at my local bead store, YaYa beads and I travel with my stuff there too!

My torch fired enamel station set up on studio day!

 Enjoy a few pictures of some of my creations made at home, in the country, and at the bead store :) Please forgive the horrible pictures, I am going to invest in a photo tent very soon.
Lampwork beads, fresh water pearls, and Swarovoski  crystals.
Beautiful fall lampwork flower (wish I knew who made it), fresh water pearls, and Swarovoski crystals.

ICE Resin and some gemstone chips.  I really like the texture on this one.

Alcohol inks and embossing powders, this was really fun to make- I did this one during one of our studio days.

My wedding necklace, fresh water pearls, Swarovoski crystals and sterling silver. 

Spiral bead woven necklace with an amazing lampwork octopus!
 I really hope that you enjoyed the journey through my various messy workshops, please visit all the other participants and see how their workshops shape up.....messy or not!?!

Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Robin Delargy:
Kim at Cianci Blue
Jennifer Jazwick-Smith
Mary Shannon Hicks
Tracy Swartz
Jacqueline Marchant
Lynnea Perry Bennett
Terry Matusyk
Laurel Steven
Dr. Brassy Steamington
Pamela Takeshige
Kris Lanae Binsfeld
Outre Art
Linzi Alford
Deb Davis
Tamara Jones
Harry Wood
Gerry Nickerson
Elizabeth Owens-Dwy
Georgene Lockwood
Charisa Sloper
Jennifer Justman
Mary Deis
Cheri Reed
Sondra Kolner
Sonya Ingersoll-Stille
Lori Anderson
Sandra McGriff
Shelly Joyce
Joan Williams
Kashmira Patel
Deb Beechy
Ginger Bishop
Kelli Jacobson
Natalie McKenna
Andrew Thornton
Mary Govaars
Kate Mulligan
Lisa Lodge
Tami Luchini
Monique Lula
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Susan Lloyd
Cynthia Wainscott
Stephanie Amanti
Alicia Marinache
Sam Hamp
Lennis Carrier


  1. So MANY wonderful spaces to be creative! Interesting how most of us have our stuff all over, with a small spot to create. Am SO enjoying this hop!

  2. Ha! I would know that pink bag anywhere!

    I love how you've carved yourself 6 inches of space on that giant dining room table! Almost exactly the same way I end up working. Crazy! But you have to be able to see all your options!

    And the next time Keith asks if you really need all that stuff, say "yeah, and a whole bunch more!"

  3. My work travels, too, but just all over the house! I like that you have an enameling station all set up.

  4. My work travels, too, but just all over the house! I like that you have an enameling station all set up.

  5. Oh, what a glorious amount of space! Love the cuff and love the dragonfly/butterfly with alcohol inks. I've not tried them but want to.

  6. Thanks for showing us your spaces! Love the back of the van. Mine's full of tools and metal. Beautiful wedding necklace, what a keepsake.

  7. Beautiful work! Thank you so very much for being part of the hop...I appreciate your participation so very much!

  8. This is the first traveling workshop I have seen and I love your lampwork beads! ~ Brassy

  9. I love that you take things with you on the weekends. The two dining tables together to make one long table is fantastic.

  10. I am in love with your butterfly and dragonfly necklace! Very pretty.

  11. I'm afraid that if I let any of my stuff out of the craft room they would all run away for more organized places. Have to keep my stuff "trapped" in the craft room so that it all doesn't know how good other craft rooms are. :) Beautiful work!

  12. I would know that pink bag anywhere!

    I love how you've carved out 6 inches of space for yourself on that huge dining room table! I think we all do that. After all, you have to be able to see all your stuff, so you know what you have to work with!

    And the next time Keith asks if you need all that stuff, tell him, this, and a whole bunch more! And give him your wish list so he can start Christmas shopping for you!

  13. The lampwork octopus is so cute. I love all your creations and like your studio too. I would also like to work with different mediums one day.

  14. Thank you so much for the tour of your "spaces", don't you love a good mess of creativity? Cute designs too!

  15. I enjoyed your traveling workshop tour - where would we be without plastic bins?

  16. Faboo work, all of it! If I traveled between two places regularly I would haul everything along too. Simply 'not making' doesn't bear thinking about. :-)

  17. wow.. what a traveling studio! I limit myself, but still take a bit of everything possible to transport. If it can't fit in one bag.. it doesn't go.

  18. Very nice! Really enjoyed your tour here. What pretty jewelry!

  19. I like the fact you take your crafting with you on weekends. Your work is quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing...Gerry

  20. I like the fact you take your crafting with you on weekends. Your work is quite beautiful. Thanks for sharing...Gerry

  21. You have some cool tools! I want tools too! I have to carry my beads when we go to our mountain cabin. I have learned to take less, take less, but I always take too much!

    Your jewelry is very cool!!

  22. Love that huge table!!! Love your pieces and see a few components I'd like to grab . Thanks so much for letting us stop by!

  23. OMGosh.... Love love your jewelry! I so need that bracelet... it'll go perfectly with my peace sign earrings! :) I enjoyed the view of your workspace. Warmly, Tracy

  24. So reassuring to know that I'm not the only one with a messy work space :-). Your creations are lovely - and I really like how the designs, techniques and colours re so varied.

  25. I'll take one of everything on that beautiful wood table, please.

  26. Wow, you have a lot of stuff!!! I can't imagine having to pack all of my stuff up to travel...I think I'd need a whole trailer just for that. Thanks for sharing, and for sharing your work...the butterfly necklace is so pretty!

  27. I want to sit right down at your table and make stuff! Seriously, that looks like one great workspace.

  28. Hello, I enjoyed your workspace, envious of those two long the butterflys/dragonfly necklace it is really cool. Going to go check out more of your work, thanks for sharing!

  29. Loved seeing your workspace and the back of the van made me giggle. My van would look like that if I didn't have two massive strollers back there. I love the alcohol ink and embossing powder piece. I'd love to learn how to do that one of these days! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  30. Sonya, love your workspace! I would love to have a room all to myself, but for now, my little corner of the computer room will do! LOL

    I tend to travel with my stuff as well! And I end up taking my whole trunk with me because I never know what I will need either! I'm glad to know someone else does this too! LOL

    Oh, and I sometimes don't even get to beading and jewelry making when I take my stuff! LOL But, good to have it just in case! LOL

    LOVE all the stuff you have spread out over the two dining room tables at your Country workshop!!! It must be an amazing space to create in!!! =)

    I love the creations you made while in the Country that weekend!!! My favorite is those chandelier earrings! And is that a ceramic tile that you were creating on? It looks similar to the one I have for my Polymer Clay bead making! =)

    Wow! You are an amazing designer! I LOVE that ICE Resin and gemstone chips pendant! That is awesome!!! I have a bunch of chips like that, gives me an idea of how to put them to actual use instead of still sitting in their bag! LOL

    Loved visiting your Messy Workshop!!! =)


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