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I haven’t had as much time to create as I’d like (who does?) and I’ve really missed it. What usually happens is that I get so many ideas that they get “backed up” and it’s difficult to slow them down in order to make any happen once I do have time. I’ve been trying to just take it easy and make whatever my hands and mind agree on in the moment.

I have wanted to get back to the Bead In the New Year challenge prompts from Allegory Gallery. I started on the “make something using only black and white” prompt. I had been trying a design with these black and white elements for a while, and it hadn’t come together. I finally came up with a design I really liked and…promptly broke one of the elements. So, I decided that challenge is for another time.

I moved on to “make something new with vintage components”. I was really excited to get a variety of vintage Chinese ceramic beads from Andrew Thornton’s destash recently. There’s something about them that remind me of my childhood, but I don’t know what. I must have been fascinated by some piece of jewelry that included similar beads. So my mind has been swimming with design ideas, all simple and classic, but exciting to me nonetheless. I combined some of those beads with vintage Japanese lemon yellow glass beads for a long necklace knotted on waxed linen.

Here is a closer look at the beads.

I also made one other thing. I had some very pretty faceted amethyst beads in various sizes sitting on my table. I could see they’d make a nice graduated focal, so I strung them, added lovely silver chain, and done. Both the stones and the chain are from Sondra’s Estate Beads Destash Depot.

It felt good to get a couple of things made. It’s so relaxing to create!