It seems forever since I was able to just kick back and play with beads and see what came of it.
Bead and Button preparations seemed to be endless and though I took a couple of small breaks because I had ideas that felt as though they'd burn holes in my brain if I didn't, it still felt as though I was being deprived.
Before that, though not as intense, was the preparation for my trip up to Studio Beads in Chicago.
And I guess the day job has had a non-zero effect on my stress level.
Last week I was a bit zombie-like, getting myself and my house in order in the aftermath of Bead and Button, but this week - this week I'm on fire.
Like the spiral above.
I made a one-inch sample in a single colour, just enough to verify that my idea worked, and for the past few months, every time that little nub of beadwork peeked out from under a pile of papers or a stack of baggies or a mess of bead tubes, I knew I'd have to get back to it to fulfil its potential.
I'm not unhappy.