Little Beads

One of my favorite parts of what I do is making my own beads. So... this week when I wasn't busy packing and building towers of boxes taller then myself... I did just that. There is just something so wonderfully therapeutic about it. It creates a wonderful break from preparing for the move. Most of the jewelry in the shop consists of components that I hand craft myself in my studio out of clay. This means I have to spend a lot of time each week molding each little bead by hand and then baking them to their finished state so that they are ready for use. I can't just go out to a store to get more if I run out. This is why I am constantly working on building up my collection, molding and mixing the clay to make vibrant and exciting colors. It's all part of the creative process for me. By making my own beads I get to explore whatever I dream up... whatever I design. I compare it to being able to design your own fabric print. The chance to make your wildest imagination come to life is a very freeing feeling. I thank my lucky stars every day that it's what I do for a living.

I thought I would also share the little Holly Hobby illustration that is on the place mat I use to protect my table while working with clay. It was my Mama's a long time ago and I found it... and started using it. I love the little image that creates a delightful surface to work on. Up in the corner  it says, "Don't go thru life so fast you forget to smell the flowers." I love this because, it's just how I feel when I'm making beads. I take the time to think things through, de-stress, and create jewelry.