Monday, January 3, 2011

Here's hoping 2011 will be filled with creativity and inspiration!

I personally am hoping for that and lots more, but I most hope to keep my attitude sunny and positive.  Lately I've been letting myself get dragged down into this pit of ~b l a h~.  That thick, sticky, hard-to-shake, motivation-creativity-sucking feeling of not wanting to do anything but sit on the couch and watch reality tv shows (my personal guilty pleasure).  And even with all the support and caring and encouragement you guys send my way, I realize no one but me is going to be able to turn that attitude around.  That's the only resolution I'm making this year - positive attitude. 

I made two small beaded gifts this year:

A picture frame ornament for my niece Ashlee and her husband Adam.

I choose the red/black/white theme specifically because those were the colors of their wedding (this past August).

And an embellished drink coaster for my mom.  Every year I give my mom something 'bird related'. 

I had the perfect fabric in my stash (not that you can see very much of it in the finished project!). 

And I choose my colors based on the chickadee.

I thought encasing the coaster with these stacks rather than a peyote stitch would be quicker.  Not sure if it was.

I was so committed to using these beautiful potato pearls I had gotten at Artbeads ages ago, that even though their holes were so dinky tiny I had to use a long size 12 needle, I stuck with it.  Believe me, I wanted to swap out different beads.  Trying to bead through poster board, pellon, and the fabric with that long flimsy needle was a pain!  So tedious. 

Speaking of being, silly, not in that way!  I haven't been shoved into the rubber room (yet).  I finished my first Bead Journal Project piece for January.  I don't have any pics yet  It was too dark tonight to take any, but as long as my computer continues to behave, I will post those up real soon!  In the meantime here's the colors I used (except the loose beads - those didn't make the cut).

Big Hugs to everyone - thank you for saying all the right things when I need it most! 

Bead Happy and Often!


BackstoryBeads said...

You are SO creative! An inspiration to all of us who read your blog. I'm sure your Mom treasures her coaster!

Carol said...

Hi Lynn
Its pretty normal to be upset when your pet is ill or passes. Sometimes the holidays just get you down too. I had that this year, but I'm all bounced back now!! At least you have been beading. Hope everything else is good.

Happy New Year.

Plays with Needles said...

You have such a beautiful sense of color Lynn. So glad we're slogging through 2011 together. Happy New Year~!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I'm sure we all find ourselves in the ~blahs~ every now & then, but I agree with your first poster---you have inspired me to raise the bar in my own beading projects.

The gift you made are gorgeous and I'm sure will be cherished always!

Beadwright said...

Hi Lynn wishing you the best 2011.
Your creativity will keep you strong and going.

MAYRI said...

Hi Lynn
Your works very nice.
Love from Türkiye