Share Your Unique Beading Routine

Many beaders have their own routine when they sit down to bead. It’s easier to get into that creative frame of mind when you have your drink/snack of choice, spot of choice, and sounds of choice. I thought it would be fun to share our beading routines so we can borrow and share our ideas with other beaders. So, today I’m asking you, dear readers, to describe your unique beading routine and share what gets your creative juices flowing.

Music and Coffee are two of my beading routine essentials.

My Beading Routine

Drink of choice:
Starbucks! I love a Triple Grande Soy Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte when its cold, and an Ice Venti Green Tea Lemonade when its hot. Yum! If I’m beading into the night, a nice Cabernet does the trick.

Spot of Choice:
My freshly cleared and organized beading table! It’s made of an old door atop two filing cabinets, so it’s nice and big. I have a cushy office chair to sit in, too. My other spot is my papasan chair in the living room.

Sounds of Choice:
I created two Pandora stations that I love to listen to: The Doors/Pink Floyd/Led Zepplin station and the Paramore/Shinedown/Rise Against station.

I love to learn new things, so I also listen to podcasts and audiobooks. Two of my favorite podcasts are CraftyPod and Internet Business Mastery. There are shows out there about anything you can think of, and most of them can be searched for and downloaded for free through itunes. You can listen to them on your computer or mp3 player. Librivox provides free audiobooks of public domain works, of which The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is a must listen! I also get audiobooks from Audible. Two of my recent favorites are Crush it! and The Magic of Thinking Big.

I rarely watch TV while I’m beading. I’m kind of the anti-TV type because I think it rots people’s brains. However, I do make an exception for Project Runway. It’s very inspirational to see the designers work through their problems and time crunches and create something beautiful.

What do you think? What are the “must-haves” in your beading routine? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar marcia decoster June 14, 2010, 5:48 pm

    Well no tv for me either, but I either listen to audible books on tape on my ipod, or I plug in a Michael Buble type pandora, just a tad different from Led Zeppelin I’d say. I also bead at the freshly cleaned off beading table in the studio where the seed beads and crystals are within reach. A cup of tea is the usual drink, starbucks is too far to provide a beading drink!

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth June 14, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Isn’t Pandora the best? Lexi has me listening to some big band on occasion. I’m lucky to live within 2 blocks of Starbucks, and I get some perks for working there. Thanks for sharing, Marcia : )

  • avatar AlexDFox June 18, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Actually, I do like TV watching while I bead…

    This is when I’ll re-watch old favorites that I don’t have to pay too much attention to.

    I never think about drinks… I’m usually on the floor where I could spill it or at my dinning room table. Basically I follow the sunlight around my house. I wish I didn’t have to work full time, I would bead in the morning. Although my favorite place of all to bead, is at the local library. Fewer distractions.

    If I’m actually in my beading room, then I will listen to music. But surprisingly as much music as I listen to on a daily basis, when I’m beading I tend to only pick out one CD: Ancestral Voices featuring R.Carlos Nakai on flutes and William Eaton on guitar. Any lyrics or chants on this CD are by the Black Lodge Singers. I bought this CD when I was a Sophomore in college & it has been with me ever since, as my musical inspiration :)

    Thanks for the interesting post. :)

  • avatar Heather June 24, 2010, 3:35 am

    I have turned our second office into my beading room. Lots of containers with all the beautiful beading bits. A nice relaxing atmosphere. I don’t like to watch much TV but I also love to bead in the lounge room where my husband is watching TV, so we can share time together and he can contribute with his opinion to the overall project. Beading with our kids is also great fun.
    I am rather organized, everything has it’s own special place and I have carriers to bring what I need for the project that I am working on. Any music I play is soft and relaxing. Vangelis, Leonard Cohen. But I really just like the peace, quiet and relazation of beading.

  • avatar Ralonda June 24, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I would like to say that I have a beading routine but I can’t really nail down one. The tv is almost always going in the evening and I listen but don’t watch. Most of the time I *wish* I didn’t have to listen to it. I tend to be more productive when no one is up- usually late at night. This has its drawbacks during summer, because THEY DON’T GO TO SLEEP at night and they still get up at “o dark thirty in thirty in the morning.” My routine is mostly by day of the week instead of by the hour. Mondays housework, Tues beading at the LBS, Wed teaching, Thursday catch- up, Fri- well its friday who can plan that? Right now I am lucky to be able to sit still, let alone bead….. I did bead today for about 30 minutes….

  • avatar Suanough June 29, 2010, 6:18 am

    First thing out of bed is a cup of coffee made by my partner who is up earlier than me… an hour or two on the computer checking out the “LOL Cheezberger” site (kittens and puppies) to start my day laughing. If I’m not working on something I look around my fav sites for inspiration.

    Second cup of coffee.

    I like my old desk work table and have everything I need within reach.

    Music is from Pandora, everything from Pink Floyd to Carrie Underwood but mostly New Age instrumentals.

    I usually bead for a few hours or until the old back caves in… I’m retired and so very lucky to have oodles of time to bead, don’t you just love it…

  • avatar Kyla Fretwell June 16, 2011, 9:56 am

    Well since I have three kids and can zone out almost any noise so the tv doesnt matter. I love music going though if I get the choice. I always drink Dutch Brothers coffee and tea throughout the day. The times I bead the most seem to be in the spring and falls seasons. For some reason all I am thinking is about summer and spring when I do work. Inspiration for me comes for everything I touch smell hear or see. Reading puts me in calmer state of mind so I can focus. The truth though is that I love doing it so much and I am always excited for the final product that it doesnt take much to make me do or create something.

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