Now I have been on a mission to try and get rid of extraneous stuff (mostly not mine though, I am quite emotionally attached that! LOL) and when Leo comes home to swap cars so he can go back and collect the BIG thing he bought, well.... I didn't exactly have a tantrum, but I sure made my displeasure felt about the whole situation in no uncertain terms!
It turned out to be one of those times where I should have bitten my tongue! He came back with a very nice wooden corner cabinet for the grand total of $3 that fits beautifully into the dining room and fits all out board games perfectly! It does need a rub back and re-varnish, but then so does nearly everything in the house...sometimes even me!!
If you have a look he even popped a lovely large glass bowl and thats when things got interesting!
Leo made the suggestion that I fill that bowl with all my rejects, orphans and experimental beads! He said it would look really "cool" in there and that guests could fossick amongst the beads for fun. My first reaction was that it is an inspired idea and how thoughtful he was about my art and how lovely that he would make a place for it....etc....etc... until he said those dreaded words..... "now you don't need to leave them on the kitchen bench".... which of course totally ruined all the warm fuzzy feelings I was having towards him for his kindness and realised that when nagging me not to leave my beads and stuff on the kitchen bench (in the most annoying place I do admit) he has had to resort to giving me an alternative. 10 Points to the man who has changed a womans habit without argument!!!
Here is my old bead storage area, between the kitchen sink, the phone and the coffee machine (oh, and the kids slushy machine which is too cold to use right now anyway)
Of course I shall still have to remove the mandrels and clean them and stuff, but at least I won't be building up a massive pile of odd's that slowly spread out over an ever increasing area!
Best of all....... I am now on a mission to fill the bowl! Everyone's happy!