I have at least four projects going on at once here, in various stages of development.

The Beader’s Pig Pile

Esther Beadwork Blog

I have at least four projects going on at once here, in various stages of development.

I have at least four projects going on at once here, in various stages of development.

One of the banes of the bead life is keeping things organized. Beads seem to have a life of their own. I think they intentionally jump out of their containers just for the fun of mingling with their little beady friends. I imagine they stay up late and talk all night, like best friends do.

Taking the time to sort and put beads away is one of my least favorite chores. It’s not nearly as fun as dumping out my favorite colors and sizes, hoping to find just the right match for the design I have in mind.

My work area gives away my work style: quick and sporadic. I’ll be inspired and reach for new beads without stopping to put old ones away. When I’m designing, I’m in a hurry — excited to see what will happen when I try new combinations together. The result is a mess of beads I call the Pig Pile.

Is there a desk under there? The creative mind at work.

Is there a desk under there? The creative mind at work.

I try to be disciplined about cleaning up the Pig Pile on a regular basis, but you know how that goes. I’ll have multiple projects going and those are always way more interesting than stopping to sort.

When I do make the effort to tidy up I am oh so proud of myself. My desk looks terrific and it’s easier to see what I’m working on, rather than digging through the remnants of last week’s work.

Sadly, within minutes I can undo all that hard work with a brand new Pig Pile.

Is the Pig Pile the sign of a creative mind at work? Or am I just a slob? You decide.

In the meantime, send me a photo of your best Pig Pile. See if you can outdo me.