Strega Jewellry's Blog

jewelry, beads, stone lore, music, kids and nature

My First Blog Hop

Welcome to my mess!

I am the Queen of Mess!

I live in a house that is so small, if there are more than 4 people present, someone has to stand out on the front porch.   When my  4 kids were growing up, I was a single mom and the only house I could afford was this rinky dink tumbledown little place.   Now they are gone and I do have a “spare room” that I swear will someday be my workshop, BUT someone always has to “store” something there or someone needs to camp out there for a a while.   I’ve helped out ex son in laws, kids and friends who had rough times and no place to go.   Currently, my “work room” has a playpen, a two seat baby carriage, someone’s guitar and amp and a set of drums. People are “storing them there”.  SIgh.

Anyhow, my jewelry workspace consists of one table that sits opposite my computer desk.   Here’s the computer desk…….messy, messy, messy.  It’s where I watch Brenda’s videos, browse the web and read the blogs.   This week, I’ve been printing out graphics for resin bottle top magnets to make with the little boys (the grandkids love to come over and make things).   So, there are lots of papers on the computer and around the printer.   SIGH, I’ll clean it all up this weekend (if nobody comes over).  Oh, that little skeleton on the desk will dance and sing La Vida Loca when I press a button.   Sometimes I just need to lighten up.

messy desk

And here is my messy table.   Now, I know it’s cluttered, but at least I know where everything is.   Well, most of the time.    This is the mess from resin experiments, and a fine mess it is!   I had a blast.   I made some mistakes.   I learned some things.   .

messy worktable

Anyhow, from all this chaos, sometimes I get a thing of beauty that I really like.   Here are my favs from THIS mess!

Propeller Earrings with a biplane decoupaged on the back.

I love these little propellers I got from B’Sue Boutique.  I put a blueprint for a biplane down in the bezel, then resin, then the props and decoupaged a picture of an old biplane on the back.

Red queen cuff bracelet

This cuff bracelet (influenced by one of Brenda’s videos) with one of her deep bezels that I just love and have on my wish list.

And last, but my most fav, a work in progress.  I got one of those Victorian sash brooch thingies from Brenda and didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with it.  I just WANTED it.   I resined in this fantasy forest picture, glued on a fairy, a rose and a bird I got in my first order and voila!   A centerpiece I just love.  Now to find the right beads and chains (more mess).

Victorian sash brooch thingie

Oh, wait, I forgot one………..this little froggie is climbing out of his resin pond on top of the cuff bracelet.

Frog Pond cuff

O-KAY.   Now, in order to do my projects for this week, which involve paint and patina, I have to deal with this mess.   I do have a system, of sorts

MESS BEGONE! I say as I snap my fingers and wish it would disappear.   Oh well, one can only try.   I put all the resin pieces and resin and pictures into this plastic shoe box and they will get stored elsewhere (see, I do have a system), until I”m ready to put them on cords or chains or whatever.   Right now, I need space to paint.  I do have storage in a big old dresser I got from a thrift shop.   Most of the time, I can find what I want, when I want it.  .

Resin stuff packed up

All my folk paints are in a box and my Gilder’s Paste in another box.   So, clean table.  That’s going to last about 5 minutes.   Newspaper on the table first, then a layer of clean white paper.  I have a whole roll of this paper that my son in law got when he worked at the print shop.

Ready for another mess

Ahhhhhh,  back to the mess.

the painters mess

My favorite thing from this new mess is my “ookie” cuff.   I did a patina with gilder’s paste first but didn’t like it.  So, I used deep purple folk art paint and wiped it off to give him a deep purple tint.   Then, I glued on some crystals and cz’s and a moon charm for the treasures he is guarding.   Nooooo, I didn’t clean up the table and clear it so I could glue.   I glued right in the middle of the mess.  I just knew you would ask that and find out that my “system” is sometimes not a system but one more messy thing

Ookie Cuff

Can’t wait to see the rest of the messy places.   I’m so jealous of all Brenda’s room in her basement……I keep wondering if I could find out where she lives so I could set up a “squat” there.

I wonder if there is a “booby” prize for the smallest workspace?   I think I got it nailed!  I’m going to hop around to the other blogs and see if anyone has less space than I do.   I hope you will take time to check out the other messy workspaces blogs, do a little “re-con” for me and see if I am the tiniest space.

This blog-hop has been “sponsored by”  Brenda Sue Lansdowne, proud proprietor of B’Sue Boutique where I got a lot of my cool stuff  and author of that famous blog, Jewelry Making Outside the Box.   If you had a good time here, stop by and let her know.

My final words…………..even with the little space I have……….there is ALWAYS room for more beads and findings and finishes………….I’ll move out some furniture!

.Let’s get HOPPIN’!!!


Brenda Sue Lansdowne

Robin Delargy:

Kim at Cianci Blue

Jennifer Jazwick-Smith

Mary Shannon Hicks

Tracy Swartz

Jacqueline Marchant

Lynnea Perry Bennett

Terry Matusyk

Laurel Steven

Dr. Brassy Steamington

Pamela Takeshige

Kris Lanae Binsfeld

Outre Art

Linzi Alford

Deb Davis

Tamara Jones

Harry Wood

Gerry Nickerson

Elizabeth Owens-Dwy

Georgene Lockwood

Charisa Sloper

Jennifer Justman


Mary Deis

Cheri Reed

Sondra Kolner

Sonya Ingersoll-Stille

Lori Anderson

Sandra McGriff

Shelly Joyce

Joan Williams

Kashmira Patel

Deb Beechy

Ginger Bishop

Kelli Jacobson

Natalie McKenna

Andrew Thornton

Mary Govaars

Kate Mulligan

Lisa Lodge

Tami Luchini

Monique Lula

Lee Koopman

Jayne Capps

Susan Lloyd

Cynthia Wainscott

Stephanie Amanti

Alicia Marinache

Sam Hamp

Lennis Carrier



April 27, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,


  1. I need a PC in my workshop too! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful creations as well as all of your work spaces!


    Comment by kate | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  2. It seems you’d be a really fun person to meet. I love your frog hopping out of the pond bracelet. So far you do seem to have the smallest space, but I’ve only been to 15 blogs so far. Really though, you have some big ideas in your space, and that is all that matters in the end.


    Comment by Ginger B | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • What it’s really all about is FUN! Life is too short not to have any.


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  3. Your work is really cool!!!!


    Comment by limamike | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you. It means a lot to me since your own work is so fabulous!


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  4. You’ve done a lot with a little space! I hope you get your spare room because it is nice letting it all lay about without having to worry about putting it away. Love your jewelry! Warmly, Tracy


    Comment by Gourdess | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  5. I apologize if this is coming up a second time. I’m having trouble leaving a comment. Amazing what you’ve done with such a small space. I hope you get your spare bedroom back! I love your jewelry! Warmly Tracy


    Comment by Gourdess | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  6. you don’t need a lot of space to have a whole lot of fun, or to be productive! Looks like it’s working GREAT for you….thanks bunches for opening the door for us to see!


    Comment by B'sue | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  7. I see that you and I are kindred spirits in more than one way. I found out how to maximize that 10 by 50 space like you can not believe. Thank you for opening up your sacred space to us all. Blessed Be…..~ Brassy


    Comment by Brassy Steamington | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  8. I too have a very small space to create in so I understand your mess. Looks like mine. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by irrysistablejewels | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  9. lovely work for such a small space.


    Comment by Harry W Wood | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  10. Great blog post. I love all the jewelry you created but the frog cuff is my favorite!


    Comment by Deb Bee | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you. that littel froggie has come to be a friend. I will hate to let him go.


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  11. Very nice and tiny! I need to scale down a bit and just use what I already have.


    Comment by Jennifer Smith | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • Scale down? Scale down? Nooooooo!!! LOL, if you want to get rid of anything, there is room over here!


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  12. Thanks for the tour of your small but very productive space!


    Comment by lilruby jewelry | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  13. I love your work! If you can make things like that nothing matters! I just love the forest and birdy piece! No need to worry about mess!


    Comment by Pamela Takeshige | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  14. Your table reminds me at my table when I just started, and you are right, even with a little space there is always room for more beads 🙂


    Comment by Cynthia Wainscott | April 27, 2012 | Reply

  15. ..I want that froggy cuff… Your stuff is gorgeous and I love that ‘ookie cuff’ and those steam punk propeller earrings too, but… my mom LOVES frogs… now I want to go pull out my frogs and play with them.. shame I suck a resin or I’d try that lol


    Comment by Sandra / Skye | April 27, 2012 | Reply

    • I can’t believe you suck at anything. I have some sucky stuff, I’m just learning it. He is adorable.


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  16. I enjoyed this so much; your blog has a great conversational style that made me feel right at home. I particularly loved the little froggie in his pond!


    Comment by Robin Delargy / LooLoo's Box Handcrafted Jewelry | April 28, 2012 | Reply

    • That little guy got more comments! He is a funny little fella, secretly, he is a frog Prince!


      Comment by stregajewellry | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  17. I am very impressed that you can work in such a small (neat) space!


    Comment by Susan Ragsdale Lloyd | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  18. This looks like a very workable space to me and I love your work. I just started playing with resin last year and I love it. Maybe someday I’ll be doing awesome things with it like you!


    Comment by Georgene Lockwood | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  19. Very nice! Love your work! Thanks for sharing! I have a small workspace too so I can surely sympathize 🙂


    Comment by Beanzie-The Vintage Heart | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  20. I love it. Blessed be.


    Comment by windbent | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  21. Your mess is beautiful, as is your work. Thanks so much for sharing your intimate space with all of us!


    Comment by gypsymoondancer | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  22. Great workspace and lots of resin fun. Thank you for sharing!


    Comment by pinkchapeau | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  23. I LOVE that froggy cuff! You sure have done a lot in a small space. I also have a tiny space – just my kitchen table and small buffet. Beautiful work – thanks for sharing!


    Comment by Pine Ridge Treasures | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  24. How sweet of you to let those that need storage or space to just camp out take over your precious space. I love working with resin, paint and gilders paste. Love the frog cuff, really cool idea. thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Sonya Stille | April 28, 2012 | Reply

  25. Love your messy workshop! It may be tiny, it may be messy, but you have some absolutely wonderful creations that come out of it!!! Thanks for showing us your space! =)


    Comment by Kelli Jacobson | April 30, 2012 | Reply

  26. […] My First Blog Hop […]


    Pingback by 2012 Recap « Strega Jewellry's Blog | December 14, 2012 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: