The little beads that need drilling, sanding, glazing or sorting into bags get put into these cute buckets on my studio shelves to await their turn on the table. Today I drilled the pile needing holes and realized they were a whole bucket of spring. Little robins, bluey birds, crocuses and tulips. With scads of butterflies which we won’t get until well into the summer but I’m an optimist.
So I did what all happy bead and button jar owners do and poured them out to play with.
The buckets I use for organizing are from Ikea. They’re adorable and come in lots of sizes.
I made a pile of new feathers a few weeks ago… and a whole stack of new birds, including a bluebird and a dove. There are also fresh batches of robins, sparrows and cardinals to enjoy. And if you use my HAPPYHOLIDAYS coupon in the shop, you can get a 25% discount until the end of the month.
When I scroll through my Etsy stats I can check how many times an item has sold. My set of bird beads – these ones in particular – are favourites. This means I end up selling a few sets a week which means there are often pans of birds in the oven at my shop. Which occasionally makes for fun conversation starters.
I am not the neatest, most organized person. I’ve improved over the years but my beads will never be my favourite organized thing since I actually sort of LIKE them in big bowls of mixed colours. My assistant – aka Chloe – likes her crayons and her beads all in colour and size order though and has tackled the task.