~*~ August 2012 – JAC Theme "Show your Stash" ~*~

Each month some of the members of the Jewelry Artisans Community make a blogpost on the same subject. This time they ask to show your stash.
Mine grew over the years so I made photo’s of a part of them.  🙂

This is the story:

A few years ago I bought myself a large cupboard. 
These are originally used in printing offices and so.
They contained lead letters used to print newspapers and magazines.
I have turned it into a bead cupboard but I have to give you a small warning to go with cupboards like these.
You can take out all the drawers and because of that it is best to bolt it to a wall.
I didn’t and one day the whole cupboard, with drawers with beads and stones in it landed on top of me as I was sitting in front of it putting away some new beads in it.
It took me half an hour to free myself from under the drawers. Of course I had to be alone at home that day. 🙁
Because all my beads where scattered over the attic I had to fill all the drawers again.
This time I placed the heavy materials on the bottom and the lighter ones on top.

This how far I got so far, …………………….. be sure to keep a towel and or a bucket nearby.  😀

The gemstones and fresh water pearls I collected over the years. As you can see there is still room for some more.  🙂

Silver plated, tibet silver and base metal charms, bead-caps, spacer beads.

Glass pearls.

Glass and crystal beads.

This is not all, I haven’t placed everything into the cupboard yet and I didn’t make photo’s of the rest of my findings, chainmaille rings and seed beads.

Go try and see the post of the other members. I will post the links as soon as I get them.  

Bead Sophisticate

Islandgirls Insights

Cat’s wire

N Valentine Studio

Jewelry Art By Dawn

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Carina Veling

Designer / creator at VMCdesigns.nl
Hello, my name is Carina, as you can see on my website I love to make jewelry, little boxes, greeting cards and little gifts from card stock.

All my creations can be found in my galeries.

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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15 Responses to ~*~ August 2012 – JAC Theme "Show your Stash" ~*~

  1. ✭DalaHorse✭ augustus 20, 2012 at 16:59 #

    Carina…..you are so organized….all my stuff is so messy….and scattered…i’ve cleaned up but it goes back to choas pretty quick. I hope to be as organized as you some day!

    • violetmoon. nl augustus 20, 2012 at 21:11 #

      Don’t worry, that cupboard is the only organised thing in my house, the rest is total chaos!!! 😀

  2. JewelryArtByDawn augustus 19, 2012 at 21:44 #

    Holy cow! That is an incredible way to organize your stash. What a great use for that cabinet.

    Hope you weren’t hurt when it fell on you – that must have been frightening at the time.

    • violetmoon. nl augustus 19, 2012 at 21:51 #

      I didn’t get hurt, thanks for asking, I must admit I had a short panic attack then, but then I realised I had my cell phone in my pocket.
      So I started to call my in-laws, not home of course,
      So I started to move all the drawers to the sides, by the time I had freed myself from 15 drawers filled with glass beads, metals and stones my boyfriend got home.
      He was completely shocked by the rampage I created. 😀

  3. A Half-Baked Notion augustus 19, 2012 at 18:58 #

    Ooops, sorry, Carina… GFC is “Google Friend Connect” for followers. I always call it that, but maybe nobody realizes what I’m talking about LOL.

  4. N Valentine Studio augustus 19, 2012 at 17:44 #

    That is the coolest stash ever!! Love it!!

  5. A Half-Baked Notion augustus 19, 2012 at 00:01 #

    Carina, I love those wooden cabinets, but the incident you described is precisely why I have resisted buying one. I use instead some plastic cabinets which sit on top of my desk. They are filled with small drawers intended for sorting hardware (like nails, screws, etc.) I can stack them if necessary, and they can be attached to a wall also. But I would love a custom cabinet some day. Oh well, there is no one perfect solution… I find organizing and sorting our treasures regularly is a good way to keep them fresh in our minds and inspiring us! Enjoying your blog and following on GFC.

    • violetmoon. nl augustus 19, 2012 at 09:56 #

      When my attic is cleared of all the other cluther I will be moving the cabinet to the wall and then it will be bolted to it, for extra security.

      the advantage of these cupboards is that a lot goes in them and you can take the drawers out.
      The ones you have I had too, a few from plastic and two from iron with plastic boxes in them.

      ** 1 question I’m breaking my head over this one, I don’t know the term GFC, help me out please ? 😀

  6. Cat augustus 18, 2012 at 19:27 #

    Holy mackerel!!!! I’m speechless. And jealous.

  7. Islandgirl augustus 18, 2012 at 15:49 #

    I don’t feel so bad anymore… I do envy you your typsetting cupboard… I have something with cheap plastic drawers that bend when they get too heavy! (I fixed your link on the JAC site not sure why it didn’t work)

    I could have just taken a pciture of the floor I work in too!

    • violetmoon. nl augustus 18, 2012 at 17:00 #

      I used the plastic drawers and boxes too, in fact I still have the plastic boxes.

      Do take a photo of your floor. 🙂

      Didn’t the link work how strange …..

  8. violetmoon. nl augustus 18, 2012 at 11:55 #

    hahahahahaha, You haven’t seen the rest of my attic/atelier.

    It looks as if a bomb exploded, the inside of the cupboard is the only neat uncluttered spot, the rest is total chaos. 😛

  9. Sylvia White augustus 18, 2012 at 11:17 #

    Wow, that looks great. I envy you, you are so tidy and everything looks so neat. I bet you find everything in an instant and don’t have to look for it for 10 minutes like me 😉

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