“Honey, where are all of our little Pyrex dishes?”

“In your studio? Along with the other small bowls?”  This is a question Bruce asked me last week. I had to ‘fess up. Yes, all kitchen bowls of a certain small size were in my studio. All full of beads or doodads or whatnots. All in use. All holding something important, I thought, but what they were really doing was holding me back.

I am not good at focusing on one thing. A deadline helps, but even when I am faced with one, I will dance around the edges of whatever needs to be done, not quite able to sit still and accomplish the task at hand. Eventually I complete it, and sometimes I manage to finish a few other things I had no idea I was going to do.

This weekend the Alone Moose Gallery opens their doors for their 36th season in Bar Harbor. I have chosen the jewelry I’ll be taking over there tomorrow, but at 9:30 p.m. I still do not have it priced and inventoried. What the heck is the matter with me? I really hate doing this kind of work at night and this time I was determined to have all my pricing done before dinner. Didn’t happen. And now, here I am posting a blog before I finally get my work done for tomorrow.

But I did get all my little display cards made ahead of time, and that really is one thing finished on time.

The other thing I did was to empty out and return all the little bowls to the kitchen where they belong. (I have plenty of “studio little bowls” but they were also full.)

The last bits of the collection. Emptied and ready for the dishwasher.

It was no mean feat to get the dishes returned to the kitchen because it meant cleaning my studio. (Again.) When working with beads, one of the fastest ways to clean up is to dump the beads into a little bowl, to sort out later. This works for a while, until I run out of bowls and/or they take up too much space on my workbench. Without going into long detail, because I still have that jewelry to price, I sorted out beads from all these bowls, along with throwing out some magazines and rearranging some storage in the studio.  After 2 days, I have 3 very tidy work surfaces and the ability find things without making a bigger mess. Tomorrow I’ll be off the island, delivering my start of the summer inventory, getting groceries, and visiting my mother. My friend Susie will be arriving on the 4:30 boat, the same boat I’ll be taking. On Friday, there will be more people arriving for the holiday weekend. I’ll want to catch up with all of them, but if I get a few moments to work in the studio, I might actually be able to focus on what I’m doing. It is so much less distracting to have access to an uncluttered space.

After, after and after:


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5 responses to ““Honey, where are all of our little Pyrex dishes?”

  1. Barb Fernald

    Holy cow. I had that timing off for sure. 1:15 a.m. Just finished the pricing. Maybe I shouldn’t have procrastinated for those two hours of bird watching in the afternoon sun…


  2. LeAnn

    The running joke in our house has always been that if you can’t find something, butter knife, fork, all of the little kitchen bowls, look in the studio. A tidy space is so much easier to work in but I also find it nearly impossible to maintain for any length of time. It’s like those clear work spaces are just begging to be filled up with stuff.


    • Barb Fernald

      The clear spaces won’t remain clear for long, you’re right. But it is nice to just walk in and out of the room a few times, and enjoy the feeling of being able to breathe!
      Tomorrow I’ll get back to work and we’ll see how long it takes fill up those spaces with stuff….


  3. Jackie Haines

    Impressive clean up job! Oh, how I long for clean bench space. My cleanliness never seems to last.


    • Barb Fernald

      It’s nice to be able to find stuff…for a little while! My cleanliness never seems to last either. (Like housework, it always needs to be done again sooner than it should.)


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