bead sketches : month three


March was a bit wild, not the least of which was the unrelenting rainfall
which definitely set my teeth on edge by month's end (all time records were broken for Seattle!)
but did make for cozy hours at the beading table and a guilt-free frame of mind
as I watched the grass grow another foot taller and didn't have to mow it.

So now there's 12 ...

March's collection - month three of my '52 weeks : bead sketches' project - was more challenging
than earlier months due to paper wrangling one week and found object attachment issues
the next ... but part of the joy of this project is continuing on no matter what.
Nothing has to be perfect.
I can change my mind right in the middle of a bead pattern
because these are "idea" squares ... itty bitty templates for trying on a new dress, 
so to speak.  And it's all about the process, not about the finished product.

I've said it before - this adventure is so  freeing.

There was quite a lot of positive feedback last time about posting my inspiration each week,
so once again I'll note the source, or the word prompts, or where my ideas came from.
They are written below each photograph with links, if appropriate.

~ followed two simple questions: how might I create  texture  on those triangles
& what kind of edge treatment(s) might compliment the graphic elements? ~

~ thinking about an homage to "broken wings" inspired by THIS IMAGE ~

~ one glorious evening I bought a marvelous tome, wrapped in a paper bag,
from this [in]famous BOOKSTORE 

~ contemplation of leaves in the last line of THIS

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To view all of the  52 weeks : bead sketches  posts, starting with the most recent,


  1. I've liked stopping here...more than just a moment...it takes time to take in juicy bright and pale shine of beads and threads. Lovely!

    1. Many thanks, Mary Ann.
      And gosh, I've been so remiss on my own blog visiting ... gonna pop over to your place now & see what you've been up to.

  2. a year's worth gonna be a magic carpet

    1. Shall be at the ready with flight suit / frock !

  3. i can support Indias carpet , also thinking what you will do with theese beauties ? a exhibition maybee?

    1. Will let this story unfold as it will ... as I said early on, I have no idea where I am going but go I must ;>)
      Thank you for vote of confidence, Bodil.

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    1. Heh Sue, so happy to see you here
      and thanks!

  5. Yes, sharing your inspiration adds to the bliss of seeing your work. I must say I enjoy finding places you find your inspiration. I especially love the leaves AND the entire thought about paths. The blue leaves is my favorite of the 4.

    Once again you have taken me to a place to be lost in thought. Thanks you.
    Much love and appreciation.

    1. Leafy one is personal favorite of mine as well.
      Thanks for the kind words, Carol - so appreciated.

  6. Such a perfect, meditative project. Your pictures take me away to far away magical places where shells fly and beads are leaves. Lovely!!

    1. I can but HOPE it will remain meditative when the lawn starts screaming at me & everything in the garden is begging for attention!! Do remind me, won't you, Penny?

  7. Very cool Miss Christi. There really is *something* about just showing up that fuels the (creative) furnace. Big questions come up and are pondered while the Inner Critic takes a backseat.

    1. Yeah, those "showing up" words were just empty words until I made a full commitment to do so. Whoa .... whole new ballgame now, Jen, and you are so right - I can't say enough good things about what a relief it is to have (often) mean ole nosey Inner Critic take a hike. Am loving those *big questions*.

  8. VERY very very lovely artworks !!!

  9. these are wonderful!
    such a fun thing to do.
    so creative and can be playful or serious.
    such a joy to see.

  10. So glorious. So good to find a freeing project and pursue it through complexity.