Now time to choose a "theme." Not that choosing a theme is a requirement of the Project, I just thought it might help keep me on track. I happened to be digging for change one day and pulled out the Montana state quarter. Hmm, I wonder how many states I've been to. Well, looky there--I've been to 12 states. Sweet. There's my theme! Ok. Great.
Now what would I do with 12 circles at the end of the year? Hang them like a banner? Sew them together like a quilt ? No I didn't like either of those ideas. And then it hit me -- I'll make them into magnets and stick them on my fridge. Functional beadwork. You know I'm all about that. Ok. Great. Let's get started.
I put all the quarters into a little jar and chose one at random. Florida. Ah, nice to think about being in Florida when it's winter in Western New York.
Although I've been to Disney World twice and to Sarasota with my parents, that's not what I think about when I think of Florida. Instead I think about when I 'worked' in Miami for a summer as the adminstrative trainer for the company I worked for at the time. I find that to be really weird; but for whatever reason, Miami is what came to mind when I looked at that quarter. Not the family vacations, but work. Really? Gosh, that's weird.
It was in the early 1990s right at the time when South Beach was just beginning its rebirth. So many boarded up huge hotels, with a few reclaimed places scattered about. It was a neat place to be. I have great memories of the people I traveled with and those that I got to know who worked in the office. I remember the week after I finished up down there, Hurricane Andrew came to town and destroyed our office. It was hard to believe.
Oh for heaven's sake, girl, show the beads already! Sorry about all that blabbering on......
Most obvious are the 3 leaves and the 3 waves, but let's take a closer look:
|a stack of 3 flower sequins|
|3 little turqouise rounds|
|a little net of 3 triangles|
|3 Swarovski Bicones along the base of the coin|
|5 sequin bugle stacks surrounded by 5 pink and orange bugle paths |
and if you look really close, 5 baby stacks in front of the bugle stacks
And here's the back.
I'm really looking foward to this year long journey of reflecting on where my life has taken me and I want to thank you for coming along for the ride!
Bead Happy and Often.