|This is ALL the craft materials I took with us|
|These are misc. colored pencils and paints (didn't get used)|
|HERE are the beady supplies I crammed in (pliers, wire, beads. . .and the knitting needle is my jump ring tool)|
|The baggie of focals that I threw together (more on that down the way)|
|The bulk of the beads and buttons (sorted by color) that went with us. There were also a few small pill boxes of seed beads that didn't get photographed.|
I ended up only making two necklaces while we were out and about. The first while we were staying at our friends' house in Florida and the second while we were relaxing on the beach in Alabama. I think you can tell where I was with both of them. . .and thus what inspired me.
|The Florida necklace (one side)|
|Florida necklace other side|
While I'm still amazed at how much I packed into that one little box, I'm happy to have full use of my craft room and bead table once again. However, I am currently limiting myself to working from the little bag of focals for the time being. I'm hoping that this limitation will spark some creativity on my part as I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the abundance of materials I have stockpiled.
From that bag, I did pull out a lampwork bead that I've been holding onto for YEARS and began picking out some complementary beads.
So that's what's on my bead table at the moment. What's on yours? Check out some other fantastic Bead Tables this Wednesday in the BTW Flickr Group
|Beat Table Wednesday|
While I've got you here, let me share some giveaways and challenges I've come across in the last day or two. I think the first one might be perfect for me as I limit myself to those focals.
Giveaways and challenges
- Art Bead Scene is having a 'Muffin Tin Challenge." The details are pretty cool, fill each of the 12 cups in a muffin tin with the supplies you need for a project (one cup=one project) and then take a week to complete each project. Post your tin and projects for a chance at a prize. Cool huh?
- There's a Silly Lillypilly Pendant Contest over at Blog for Beaders. Simply choose your favorite Lillypilly pendant and e-mail your pick for a chance to win it. Easy!
- Craft Gossip is giving away two Penland Craft Books. Just leave a comment about what inspires you.
- Lastly, Michelle Mach has a fantastic roundup of bead and jewelry contests. Hers is a much more complete list than this one!