Whenever I have a project to do but no specific design in mind, thoughts come into my head at the strangest times. I usually keep some sort of writing material with me so I can jot down notes or sketches. Awhile ago I decided that my format for the Bead Journal Project would be a small felted vessel but I wasn't sure if I'd have a specific theme or if I would just play it by ear each month. The ear thing won out, so I'm just letting ideas float into my head about my life, feelings, concerns, goals, etc. while I try to visualize translating those ideas into bead work. I don't know when I'll be able to make my first vessel - it had better be soon though, since I will still have to bead it after it's dry.
I didn't want to lose track of the thoughts I had about my January piece so I made a few sketches. This probably isn't the final sketch - version 2 replaced version 1 rather quickly. But I thought I would document my process here. There may not even be a final sketch on paper, as I may change my mind while I'm in the beading process itself.
I had every intention of making the vessel today. But I was having a strong feeling about organizing my office, so rather than spend the day in the wet lab, I started attacking the piles of stuff that have prevented me from working efficiently for ages. Here's the first part that I tackled. How on earth does a person let things get as out of control as this?! Well, at least now I can walk into my office without tripping on something - yay!
I still have a very long way to go, since I kept finding distractions such as laundry, the need to eat, mom wanting to go out for a cappuccino, and marveling at discovering things that I thought had been "lost" forever. Like a bag full of Czech pressed glass leaf beads...
Since I started this post I got interrupted with making and eating dinner, sorting through more stuff that was in the piles that I removed, watching a bit of TV, discarding more stuff, and now it's time to hit the sack. Maybe I'll dream about another design for January's journal vessel.
Until next time, have a happy and creative week!