I recently left my nice secure job as an instructional designer to work on my PhD in Chemistry. Yup, I'm pretty much insane... but I hope it turns out that I'm insane in a good way. Whenever I have time, I like to create pretty pretty things with beads, crystals, and found objects. My jewelry making lets me keep at least a little bit of sanity in the crazy academic world. I hope to open an etsy shop soon, and maybe a real store at some point. However, time is at a minimum right now as I try to pass my classes, teach labs, grade homework, and conduct research.
I subscribe to a couple of different jewelry making magazines, and I purchase additional magazines when they inspire me. I also turn to the internet whenever I need to learn a new technique. The result is a huge pile of loose papers and magazines. I hate to throw any away because I might want to refer to them at some point. However, my upcoming move has made me think about how much I need to keep and what I can get rid of. I decided to go through all the magazines and find the projects I want to keep and organize them into binders. The added benefit is that it will be easier to find projects when I need them. It isn't an easy undertaking, but I'm excited to have all my wonderful resources organized in a way that will make them even more useable (not to mention, it will be nice to go through all the projects again to see what I have)! Right now, the biggest hurdle is that I already shipped my three-hole punch, so I am left to organize all my papers with my manual one-hole punch. That makes the process a little slower... but it will still happen!