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My Bead Soup partner, Kate from Tropical Blond sent me some great pieces to work with.  I am in love with copper and was so excited to get two copper focals to work with.

While I’m going to try to make pieces with both focals, I don’t know if I’m going to have the time.  I think I’m already a little surprised by which one is grabbing my attention more.  I’m going to leave that in suspense, but if you knew me and my color loves, you might be a bit surprised with which piece is probably going to get designed first.

Then she sent me this lovely assortment of beads.

This is a fun mix of Rutilated Quartz ovals, 4mm imitation turquoise diagonal cubes, genuine turquoise rondelles, and wooden rondelles.  I think my favorite though are the pale yellow beads that I forgot to get a name for.  I just love them mixed in with the blue and brown.  They make a great third-color contrast.

Then, earlier this week she sends me a surprise email that she’s sending me another package with some of her polymer clay designs.  I’ve never worked with any polymer clay pieces before, so I was really excited.  And who isn’t excited about fun, new beads to play with.

I received that package yesterday, and she didn’t disappoint!  I had a small creation figured out almost right away.

Now I might have my work cut out for me. I really want to make something fun out of everything, but I think I just might run out of time.

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I had been blogging along pretty okay for a working mom of two little boys, and then all of a sudden, I vanished for 3 weeks or so.  Well, I wish I could say that it’s because I’ve been creating up a storm.  Sadly, it’s just not true.

I’ve spent several weeks doing this…

clothes

And, no, it wasn’t making a big mess.  I was listing and selling most of this stuff on eBay.  A royal pain, but the cash is almost worth it.

In the midst of it, the boys and I got sick, so we stayed home one weekend and did this…

closet

We’d had this closet organizer that we bought not long after we moved (which was well over a year ago), and I finally broke down and installed it.  It took longer than I hoped, but turned out really well.

Then I had to take this one to the Emergency Room a week and a half ago…

ER Visit

He managed to smash his finger in the door at grandma’s house.  Poor guy needed stitches, a follow-up with a specialist, and a plastic bag over his hand while he ate.

We went to a concert in there somewhere.  Last weekend was Easter activities and family stuff.  And I think that’s about all.

But I have managed to take advantage of some of the spring sales.  I hope to be sharing my purchases soon, but here’s a little peek at what I bought to play with from The Beadin’ Path.

lucite flowers

I hope to update again soon, and I’m trying to get my posts together for a Sunday Brunch again this week.  I was going to go back and do the weeks I missed, but I’ve decided to let those go.

I’m not making any major promises at this point because I am having this huge draw to create something, and I think blogging is not going to be the creative outlet I seek this time.  I’m staring at about four different projects in various stages of completion right in front of me.

I also have a master plan for organizing my workspace once and for all that will probably take half a day to put together and the rest of my life to organize.

I’ll leave you with this thought tweeted by TheCraftsReport today…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

So I am off to do.  Well, actually, to sleep, but then later to do.

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A couple of months ago, I was making lunch at work and grabbed one of our knives circa 1970 to 1980.  It’s one of those utensils that has the engraved flowers on the handle.

The thought that popped into my head was, “I wonder what would happen if I hammered some metal on this handle”.

I knew I could buy some cheap flatware from the thrift store.  It’s taken me until Wednesday this week to finally make the trek.  And $2 later, I had an assortment of pieces to try out.

These were two of my favorites, and look at the results!  I’m loving it! The impressions are fantastic, and the possibilities are so exciting.  I snagged some other patterns from work that I want to try out too.

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For weeks, I’ve had all these ideas swirling around in my head for different designs I want to work on and things I want to create.  Yesterday, I sat down for a few hours and did some work in the afternoon and then again after the boys went to sleep.

The results?

I was stumped.

Just about everything I touched did not work out according to plan.

I’ve had this idea for a new metal flower to compliment the daisy I created for Use the Muse III (featured in my header).  What I came up with was not at all like I envisioned and very disappointing.

I tried to work through some ideas for those fantastic custom tile beads.  Those didn’t even make it off the drawing board (so to speak) before I had vetoed them.

I played around with the disk beads too with mixed results. I have an idea, but I don’t know if it going to work into a bracelet or a necklace or get tossed aside like my other ideas.

All-in-all it was a disappointing time.  And I think a lot of it was due to my putting too much pressure on *succeeding*. I have to tell myself (and I’ve been repeating it all day) that it’s a process.  Doing something new, trying to think “outside the box”, or at least outside my box, is not going to be met with instant success.

Not having things work out the way I envisioned them is not what I’d hoped for, but it is a step in the process of getting to something that will work and that I’ll be happy with.

I haven’t given up.  In fact, I have another plan of attack (could I be using any more clichés??) for my metal flower that’s probably going to involve the dissection of some poor, defenseless tulips. I’m looking through one of my new favorite books from the library – Wire Style by Denise Peck – and getting some ideas for my other projects.

I will work through this.

What I did fall back on was a kit that I bought from Scott David Plumlee back when I took his class a few months ago. At the very least, it let me feel like I was accomplishing something creative.

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While we were visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden a couple weeks ago, I was really inspired by some of the details within the garden.  The little brochure they give you at the door says…

The Garden is designed to engage all your senses.
Feel the rock mosaic underfoot.
Hear the distant rushing water.
Smell the seasonal blossoms.
There’s no better place than the Garden to find inspiration – or yourself.

I didn’t realize it until we’d walked around a bit that the floors in each section of the garden were covered in a different rock mosaic pattern.

I just loved the variety of the patterns. For me right now, everything is translating into metal work.  I can see how I could incorporate these images into new metal designs.

I have another aspect of the garden to talk about, but I’ll get to it in another post.

What inspires you?

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