Monday, November 1, 2010

I had one of those weekends where I felt DETERMINED to finish any straggling projects. I manged to complete three of the projects that were sitting around so now I feel better about starting the Artbeads "What Inspires You" contest piece. One of the straggling projects was this one as a second entry to the Haute Couture contest. I like it, but I'm not thrilled with it for a competition piece:

But...for the fun of it....who can tell me which dress inspired this necklace??

Marcie of La Bella Joya cracked me up this morning in her blog regarding the Delicas for this week's challenge. In the last two Margie & Me challenges, I happened to possess all the Delicas named in the book for the palette....but alas - I HAVE been stumped this time. I knew when I was looking at FMG's color description of color #DB182: copper lined olive that it just wasn't in the cards...but I checked my stash anyway. You see, my Delica stash is so large, because many, many years ago I worked for a lovely lady who was creating and selling tapestry patterns through her on-line bead shop. She hired me to work up the patterns so she could be sure the colors and finishes all worked when the pattern was complete. She would send me the pattern, and all the Delicas I would need to complete the pattern. I was allowed to keep whatever was leftover. And there was PLENTY leftover! I worked up lots of patterns for her and ended up with a ton of Delica beads. I found myself a little obsessed with doing tapestries for a few months and joined a Delica bead of the month club, in which they sent 6 tubes of Delicas each month. I did that for about 7 or 8 months. And so...I ended up with quite an extensive stash. Here is where I keep them all:

And it is my only style of beads I attempt to keep in some order by color....here are a few drawers:

And here is a pile of them I haven't put away yet:

But this time for the Margie & Me challenge - I am short THREE OF THE FIVE colors (in Delicas anyway)! But that's okay - I've already subbed and added to the palette and looking forward to this challenge...maybe a little embroidered piece this time. Just ordered some Lacy's Stiff Stuff so we'll see how the wind blows when it arrives!

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