Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Creative heART Challenge: Day 2...

One of the fun and slightly scary parts of this creative challenge is raiding my bead trays.  I have a few special trays filled with beads that I love, but rarely use.  They're the beads that I've collected over the years and are either hard to find or have a sentimental value.  Some come from seedy motel rooms along the highway in Tucson or were carefully carried in a backpack from the other side of world by friends who saw them and knew that I'd love them.  I ration them miserly and incorporate them in my designs sparingly... if at all.  Most of them have lived in these special trays for years!

I've really wanted to embrace this challenge as fully and completely as possible and one way that I've attempted to do this is by lessening the restrictions that I place on myself.  I have all these imaginary rules of what I can and cannot do.  Rumi has a great quote that says, "Respond to every call that excites your spirit..."
For my offerings for Day Two of the Creative heART Challenge, these beads called to me and I used them in some fun, flirty earrings.  They're super dangly and have a lot of movement.

To see them in the new online shop, CLICK HERE.

What I made today might look a little skimpy, but I promise that I've been working like crazy!  I have done month-long challenges before and know that it can get a little chaotic.  I've never done a challenge quite on this level or scope, but I know that the keys for a successful (and less stressful) experience can be found in doing plenty of prep work, cleaning and organizing along the way, and planning things out.  I have a tendency to spread out and working on five or six projects at once can seem a little overwhelming.  A lot of today's work included getting several projects set up and materials rounded up.

We've just started and I hope you'll keep up with my creative journey!  I have a lot of big plans and hope you'll have fun as I attempt to tackle them!


Alison Adorns said...

Lovely! Not skimpy at all!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of good and hard work!
~Linda Calderon

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