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My Jewellery Shed - Then And Now

My blog was recently featured on two shed retail website blogs.

The first was Waltons who held a Blog Awards 2017. My blog was entered in the Best Creative/ Shed Worker Blog category and I came second! I got to vote in that category too and did think about voting for myself {!} then decided not to and voted for another great blog about making beautiful stained glass creations. I got a badge to display in my sidebar and three pairs of gardening gloves as a prize which was very nice.

I was also contacted by What Shed? who included my blog in their Creative sheds that are very un-shed like blog feature. The feature covers sheds that are used for a variety of things including various creative pursuits, a recording studio and a home for a huge wargaming collection. An interesting read as it's amazing what goes on inside those wooden things at the bottom of people's gardens.

All this shed stuff made me want to see how much my shed has changed since I first moved into it three years ago. I wrote a post on 24 April 2014 called The Jewellery Shed - My New Workplace! and this is the photo I took then.

This is how it looks now.

Much more stuff! More {and ever more!} tools and equipment have appeared as I've progressed in my jewellery making abilities, The rickety fold up desk on the right in the first photo was soon replaced with a sturdier one, I got rid of the awful pull-out plastic draws on the right of the bench, bought bigger shelves for above the bench, added a flexshaft which I wouldn't be without even though it does get in the way sometimes, shoe-horned in as much storage as was physically possible and basically added hooks wherever I could to hang things from. There's also more storage under the bench where the rolling mill is and another set of red Ikea drawers to the right of the shed door. My thicker gauge copper and bronze wires hang from hooks in the wall to the left of the shed door and my hammers and mallets are hanging on a hammer rack I've attached to the end of the desk opposite the red drawers next to my bench.

I soon realized that I would have to sacrifice space for pretty things if I wanted to find a home for my ever-increasing tool and equipment stash. I still have my plants though {in the orange Poole pot and there's also a couple of cactus at the end of the shelves on the left}. The original plant I had in the first photo from 2014 didn't make it through the first winter but the current one which is a succulent did ok this winter. The cupola set on the floor still hasn't been found a home and will probably stay on the floor as it's very heavy. The kiln is kept under the bench when it's not in use and doesn't get in my way so it's staying there.

My friend thinks my shed is like the Tardis and is amazed at how much stuff I've squeezed in there :D I do manage ok in there but would love it to be about twice the size with more benches to put stuff on. I'd also love a magic chair that disappeared the minute I stood up and reappeared when I went to sit down again as I'm always shoving it out of the way when I stand up to do something. If anyone comes up with one of those please let me know :D


  1. Congratulations on the features! Your shed is very cool. I love seeing how it has evolved with all the tools and equipment you have acquired over the years. A magic disappearing chair would be amazing! :) Great idea adding a succulent plant. They are so much more hardy.

  2. The one thing about cupboards or workspaces is the that the more space you have the more things you acquire and it becomes messy twice as fast as a much smaller space. I think that they are michiveous elves waiting to fill up the space as soon as we acquire more

  3. Love seeing inside your creative space Tracy. My little room is also getting rather full. I don't have a magic chair :oD but switched my traditional one out for a "Cosmetic Work Stool" I think they call it. It's on casters and low enough to shove under the table when I need room to work the rolling mill or twist wire.

  4. Nice space! And I thought mine was a tight squeeze. I keep tripping over things but one thing I know for sure. The more space you have the more stuff you will have. I need to clean my space up in a really bad way but that's how I procrastinate! LOL!!! Congratulations on the write up girl! xo

    1. Thanks Kalaya. Yes more space means more stuff. But I like more stuff :D

  5. I love seeing into other people's workspaces! This one is like a spot the difference :) Well done on the features!

  6. How inspiring your achievement in just 3 years is. As my jewellery making journey starts people like you are wonderful role models. Thank you.

  7. I need to create a space like this!! I simply love it! It's just so perfect. You are such a role model to us!

  8. It's so neat to get a look inside the home of Cinnamon Jewellery! I think you've made a great use of the space you have, and it looks lovely and well organised. I'd never imagine that you worked inside a shed - guess that's my pre-conceived notion that jewellery-making is done in a house!

    Refugia Stein @ Container Domes

  9. What a great work space! I enjoyed seeing how it's evolved. I too have been aquiring more and more tools. I spent the first twenty years of my career in human services and always secretly wanted to learn to metalsmith (I was a beader and did a few shows). I had never used tools beyond a hammer and a screwdriver. Now I'm addicted to buying them!

    1. Yes it's really easy to keep finding the perfect tool you just have to have! Although for all the new and different hammers I have I'm still using the first chasing hammer I ever bought.


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