Last night I finally finished my January "page" of my Bead Journal Project. During a break in the clouds today I hauled the little vessel outside, plunked it down on a wrought iron plant stand, and snapped a few pix. Of course, I'll have much better photos taken at some point, but I wanted to get this little guy out here for all the world to see. There are so many things wrong with this one, from a beading point of view, and that's OK. I learned a whole lot by beading this vessel!
Without further blah blah blah, here's January.
This is how I was feeling in January - my once-organized life has been spiraling out of control, and I had this very strong desire to get it all back to "normal". This includes my technical work life, my work as an artist, the business side of my art world, the organization of my physical surroundings, and the task of getting mom's "stuff" in order. Thus the 5 red lines coming up one end of the vessel - sort of rising up from the journey from chaos. I did the collar in peyote stitch, in a rather unconventional way - I won't do THAT again - and on the chaos side I added branched fringe to the collar. I've very fond of that side of the vessel. Unfortunately, I still seem to be "living" on that side of the vessel. It seems that I take one step forward and two or three back. One of these days...
But right now, I'm going to take mom out to Starbucks. Time for a hit of caffeine after a rather unusual day. We had an earthquake early this afternoon, then a few hours later a thunderstorm (unusual for this area), and then my toilets backed up. I could have done without the latter... still waiting for a call from the plumbing folks. I definitely need that caffeine. Now, YOU go have yourselves a happy and creative day!
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