Monday, December 12, 2011

Inspiration IS Everywhere!


I am a LUCKY girl!  After taking part in Erin's 2nd Annual Challenge of Color Hop , I was fortunate to have my name drawn to win this AMAZING bead stash!  Perfectly in theme with the challenge, Erin sent me a little something from each of the colors we had to select from!  I'm stunned by the generosity of this prize. So many amazing artists contributed to the stash! I think a personal challenge is in order to work my way through these gorgeous beads and pendants! (sorry for the excessive use of exclamation points - but I'm so excited!!!)  A HUGE THANK YOU to Erin Prais-Hintz for this great opportunity and for arranging this great stash!

My package arrived in this sweetly ribboned box....what I noticed right away that the box was very heavy!

 Imagine my delight when I pulled ALL THESE beauties out of the box. 

Something from Jeannie Dukic:

An assortment of glass beads and crystal elements:
How delicious is this pendant?!
A truly UNIQUE pendant from Gaea - I cannot wait to play around with this one:
Some glass beads and an enamel ceramic bead from Sally Russick:
A little piece of sunshine from Sally, Birgitta Lejonklon and Julsbead!
In love with this ceramic hear by Round Rabbit:
Gorgeous gray stones:
Lava beads!?  I didn't even know - these are so cool:
Neatly neutral beige beads:

My gosh - rhodocrosite is one of my favorite stones:
This adorable key holes by Marsha Neal were the first thing I pulled out of the box and I adore them, there is some green silk cord in there - perhaps it's time for me to step outside my comfort zone and try some fiber with my beadwork....
This red combination by EB Bead & Metalwork is stunning.  I don't make a lot of jewelry in red, but I can already think of some wonderful beads in my own stash that are going to go wonderfully with this:
Orange - it is one of my favorite colors and these are like sherbert:
This fabulous and final pendant, made by Marsha Neal, was one of the last things I pulled out of my box.  The fact that I got the word "focus" is actually quite meaningful to me.  I've been having a lot of trouble with FOCUS lately.  Now - I am not complaining - but my 'real job' work load has been completely out of control busy!  Just when one project ends I get three more!  I am truly counting my lucky stars.  It was a challenge at first, becoming a private contractor as a marketing and project manager.  But now that I've spent the last two years working out of my home office, business is booming.  My problem is that there is SO much going on - and such a variety of clients and projects (A food & wine festival, two farmers markets, two restaurants, a shopping center, a pet care company, a writer's workshop, a grassroots political organization and more coming out of the woodwork each day...), that I truly have a hard time focusing and prioritizing.  I sometimes stare at my piles of paperwork...or my email inbox and freeze.  Lately I feel like I am constantly telling myself "FOCUS".  I have to-do lists with little notes to myself like "Do it" or "this won't take too long" hahah!    So when I saw this wonderful pendant, I felt like the universe was speaking to me!  (It was probably saying - put the beads away and get back to work!!!)

Once again I have to say thank you so much to Erin of Treasures Found::Inspiration is Everywhere. 

Blogging was on my list of tasks for today!  So now I can check that off!!!  (And hopefully check a lot more off so I can sneak away to the bead room tonight!)



6 comments:

  1. Wow- Now thats a Stash..Very cool! Lucky girl!

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  2. Hey girlie! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment on my pendant. (Oh, and WHAT A HAUL!) I'm so jealous of your new bead stash!

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  3. What an awesome stash... so manylovelies! Lucky you!

    Karyn

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  4. What a fantastic stash !!! I can't wait to see what you create! I would be overwhelmed and it would take me quite awhile to focus on how to use them, who i'm I kidding! I would probably hoard them :)
    Thank you for mentioning my enameled beads!!
    Sally

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  5. What a fabulous box of goodies! If I were you the only focus I'd be able to do would be on all the beads! I, too, work from home (for a publisher in DC) but I only have one client and it's just enough work. I love it!! Congratulations on your booming business! That's really awesome for you.

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