Sometimes a little time out isn't a bad thing. Though I hadn't intended to close the door on my studio for so many weeks, I know that focusing on my family right now is exactly what I want to be doing. My beads will wait for me, and I'll be able to return to them with a renewed perspective when the time is right.
I hope to be back in my studio on a regular basis by midsummer. I've got plans for a new CRAW-based, geometric cuff design, as well as a tutorial for the as-yet unfinished necklace I've pictured here.
It's also high on my list of priorities to bead the necklace I'd designed as my entry into the Battle of the Beadsmith. It's a piece I've wanted for quite some years to make, intensely personal and deeply meaningful to me, so I hope I'll have that ready to display also a little later this summer.
In the meantime, I think this would be a great moment to offer a springtime tutorial giveaway! This will be a simple drawing for the winner's choice of any three tutorials from The Peregrine Beader on Etsy!
To enter, just leave me a comment here letting me know you'd like your name to go into the hat. BE SURE to include a contact email address in your comment, so I'll know how to notify you if you win. I'll have my grandsons pull a name out at random and announce the winner on May 12, Mother's Day. Good luck!
If you've ever found yourself temporarily unable to focus on your beadwork - or whatever creative endeavors matter to you - how do you use the time out? I'm trying to let this hiatus be useful to me by creating some calm in the present and a renewed vigor to my work when I can once again take it up.
Happy Mother's Day and Happy Beading to you, always!