challengeMy beading friends meet together to work on projects and share techniques that we figure out. All of us have worked together in stores, shows and events, and we all have varying styles, techniques and levels of experience. We all have beads in common, though! 

At the end of last year, two of our members presented us with a challenge project. We were given two pieces of fabric and a packet of accent beads, and told to make “wearable art” from them. We took a photo of the starter parts, and agreed to take pics of the finished pieces in May.

Well, the project was not the only challenge that all of us had going this year. Lots of stuff came up, as stuff has a tendency to do. I took my project with me to Ohio in April, intending to get a lot done, and never even got things out of the box in which they traveled. I had shingles, which took up two months of time that had nothing creative at all going on, but recovery’s challenges are being met and I’m back to being able to spend time on things just because I want to do something. I’ve gone to a few bead meetings, started a storefront in Idaho Springs, and resumed teaching classes at TinkerMill in Longmont.

This project isn’t done yet; there are many finishing touches to still come. I need to finish the strap, make the clasp, and add a few more decorative details. A few sessions more should do it!

I’m grateful for the techniques and support my bead friends share so willingly, I’m grateful for the time and energy to use and share what I know. I’m grateful for life’s challenge that keep us all growing and learning, and I’m grateful for having some time to spend now and then with BEADS!