Monday, November 7, 2016

Work in Progress: Daggers and Spirals

Greetings, beaders! I hope that you've had a fantastic transition into fall. I am still struggling with finding the right work-life balance, and fitting creative time in where I can. Things seemed to be going smoothly for awhile: I had some projects lined up that I was really excited about and the first one turned out great. I was working on a new spiral rope lariat with lots of different daisy patterns, and I decided to go ahead and make a second one, thinking that since I was on a roll, I might as well keep going. This was a huge mistake. I got bored with the new rope pretty quickly, and then a string of graveyard shifts threw off my whole routine and I never got around to finishing it.

Daisy Fringe Lariat

I picked up a new project a few weeks ago, and found myself something new to binge-watch while I worked on it. It took some time to decide what kind of project I could really fall into, when I remembered that I had some new peacock daggers to use. Not only is black with silver polka-dots an easy finish to work with, but the size and shape of the daggers are perfect for a wide-net collar. Rather than come up with a whole new project, I recreated my last successful dagger collar and had a pretty good time with the simple pattern. The colors are pretty similar to the previous design as well, although I had a little fun adding a hint of purplish cobalt iris.

Spiral Lariat in Progress

I still haven't made or added a button to the new collar. A few late nights working on Hallowe'en costume elements derailed my beading plans yet again, but I'm determined to get back on the horse and hopefully have some nice winter projects to keep me occupied. I know that if I can get back into the zone with making again, more writing will follow as well. A little extra inspiration is all I need to come up with some new tutorial ideas for you!

Dagger Collar in Progress

What kinds of projects have you been working on?


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  1. Loving the spiraling daisies! I've been on a ring kick lately as well as working with Swarovski rivolis (and sometimes rivoli rings :). Hoping for sales to kick into overdrive in November and December. And getting excited about next year, letting go of what doesn't work (exciting but financially risky and draining situation) and forging a new path (a FAR less financially risky path lol).

    Always love revisiting your page for inspiration!!

  2. Christmas presents! I have a list of projects is like to make, but progress has been so slow I'm worried about getting any of them done.
    The green necklace is lovely. Funny how inspired I am by green right now, even though it's fall!


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