Monday, December 5, 2016

Oops, I did it again!

Started a new SAL, that is. Pam Kellogg of Kitty & Me Designs is offering a free SAL on her blog (the link to the Never Ending Sampler SAL can be found on the right side of my blog, under the Mirabilia slide show) and I couldn't resist it! She'll be releasing bands that are only about 6" across every few days until your piece gets to be about 18" long, then you start a new piece. I guess it will go until Pam gets tired of doing it!

Yesterday I finished up the model (yay!!), so I was able to get the first three bands stitched in the afternoon and evening. I'm using The Thread Gatherer's Silk'n Colors in a color called From Dawn To Dusk, on SW Tanzanite Belfast:

In the second band there are supposed to be either French Knots or beads at the bottom of the straight stitches in the diamond shapes, but I like it without, so I am caught up until Pam releases the next band in the next few days.

The next parts in the Welcome and Beautiful Seas SALs were released last Friday, so I'm going to get those stitched up before I start the next models. I also need to do some cleaning, get the Christmas tree up and do some shopping and wrapping, so stitching will slow down here for a bit.

As I mentioned, I've also been working on getting my craft room organized a bit better, and in that vein I have to share this bead storage system that I found out about in a Mira FB group. It's called the Tiny Container Bead Storage Tray, and it is awesome! I spent quite a while last week transferring my beads into it, until I ran out of room and had to order more. Each tray holds 78 containers, which snap shut firmly to prevent spillage:

The containers hold about three packages of the size 11 Mill Hill beads, and it comes with labels for the tops:

I might end up labeling the front of each box, but I'll try it for a while to see if I really need to do that.

You can also buy different sizes of containers that fit in the box, and they also have a tray that comes with some different sizes. I bought four from, and then ordered three more through Amazon when I ran out of room. Here is a picture of the box, so you can Google them if you decide you might be interested in this type of storage:

I should be getting my Amazon order today, so I can finally finish getting my beads transferred; I always hate having to stop in the middle of a project!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!


  1. That's going to be very pretty! I got started on mine but only just.

  2. More SALS and a great bead organisation must have lots of beads!

  3. Thanks a lot for the information
    It is very beautiful and fantastic
    I find a similar box to organise my beads. Thank you ciao

  4. Your Never Ending SAL piece is lovely already. I like your thread and fabric combination.

  5. Nice progress on the PK SAL.
    Love that bead storage system.
    Thanks for the info.

  6. I also saw the bead box on the Mira group and have ordered some. How are you tracking how many beads you have, or are you? How will you know, when it calls for 2 packages, that you have enough?? Thanks

    1. Susan, if a container is full with about three packs of the regular seed beads, I can estimate approximately how many packs might be left in it by how low the level is. That's about the best I can do.

  7. I do too! Lovely thread choice and start. I don't have many beads yet as I only buy per project but those look like a great way to store them!

  8. Beautiful choices and how fun to find one you'd forgotten about and is so pretty! Nice work on everything!

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  10. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!