Here is a little tour around the sides:
I started by placing two large flat beads in the middle of the short sides. My thought was that this is where I would touch the box to pick it up, so I wanted something smooth and sturdy at those spots.
Then as you make your way around the edges, a theme of life on the planet starts to take shape. Beginning with turtles emerging from the seaand the waves crashing onto the rocks, leading to sandy grasses with palm trees,
which then turn into fields and forest where the wind scatters the leaves and seed pods through the skywhere we come across some butterflies floating over the rooftops until we are so high up the stars are visible.
I've gotten some of the edging done on the top too. Wasn't planning on edging it in lace, but as I was prowling through my studio, I came across some ecru vintage lace edging (machine made), and found myself stitching it down using a beaded rope edging. That works. Now I'm outlining that in a straight line of triangle beads, but I still don't know if I should plan the main layout, or just let the beads decide what the design is to be. I hope I decide soon, before I give up, set it aside and move onto something else.....