Making Time to Bead

This week, I have to work overtime at my day job while my boss tries to get another person. The same was true last week. I’m not very happy about this because I have beading to do! Beads for my contest pieces arrived yesterday, as well as the beads I need to finish my homework for NanC’s class. Plus, I would like to do another video, and write my first newsletter. What’s a beader to do?

I think the first step is to make beading a priority. If it’s that important to you (beading is life in my studio) you will have no problem carving out some extra beading hours by giving a few of these ideas a try.

5 ideas for making time to bead

  1. Bead Holiday– I had the best bead holiday a few weeks back. A few bead friends got together at friends’ house and spent the entire weekend in their studio. We ordered take out, stayed up late, woke up early, and beaded until our fingers ached. That’s how I finally finished Rajah’s face! The collaboration and color influence that went on was amazing, too. I can’t wait to do it again.

  2. Schedule it in– Thursday night is reserved for beading because my husband has bowling league. I can order myself some Jason’s Deli, and bead my heart out. If you have kids, see if you can schedule lessons/practice/tutoring etc to have that time for beading. Or, you can hire a babysitter once a week for the block of bead time you want. Also, I find that getting your family’s input will help your block of time get the respect it deserves.

  3. Wake up earlier– I have a friend that wakes up around 4:30a so she can get some quality beading time in before work. If you can schedule your day to wake up an hour or so earlier and still get your 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep, then I highly recommend giving it a try. Even if its only an hour early twice a week, that’s 8 extra hours of beading time per month!

  4. Have traveling projects– It seems we are always waiting: doctor’s office, lines, laundry mats, more lines. Instead of becoming impatient (like I always did) pull a beading project out of your bag. Some are more portable than others, so I usually have a studio project and a traveling project. Go back and visit the post about Storage for bead projects on the go for ideas on storage solutions.

  5. Pre-plan and Organize– I like to pre-plan my blocks of bead time in advance while I’m in the shower or driving so I can maximize my bead time when I actually get in the studio. I usually either have a sketch, or a project in mind to finish by the time I sit down to bead. Sometimes I just need to play with the beads and see what works when I’m designing, so I schedule “playtime”. I also try to keep all my beads and tools organized, so I don’t spend half my time looking for something.

What do you think? Which of these ideas do you think you might want to implement? Now that you have all this bead time scheduled, what will you make? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Paula April 12, 2010, 9:35 am

    Thanks for sharing these helpful little tips!

  • avatar Deb April 12, 2010, 5:01 pm

    I love all of those tips except perhaps getting up earlier! I am definitely working toward more of these. I have a project tapped for lunch tomorrow, and just had a great day last weekend crafting with my friends. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth April 12, 2010, 5:30 pm

    Deb, I totally forgot about lunch time! That’s a great time for projects : ) I work part-time so I usually don’t take a lunch.

    Thanks for commenting ladies!

  • avatar kendra April 12, 2010, 8:19 pm

    great ideas mandi! i need to re-stock my traveling project baskets – those are the best!

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