A few weeks ago I received my kit for the next Beading For A Cure fundraiser. For anyone that is not familiar with this group, please check out their website for more information and while you are there - peruse the galleries for some wonderful eye candy - images of beaded items that have been auctioned in the past and those for 2008 that are up now or coming up in the next several weeks.
Here's how the kit looked upon arrival...
Let's see how it looks when you take them all out to play together...
I like the colors. And I especially like the variety of sizes, I think it lends itself beautifully to bead embroidery.
I was not sure if I would be inspired to work on a flat piece such as a wall hanging or to go with a doll as I did last year. While I have created a few bracelets and one necklace by following patterns - I am a novice when it comes to jewelry. And though I enjoy stepping outside of my comfort zone with beading, I want to be able to create something that is appealing and that someone might actually want to buy. I guess it does not matter how I tried to justify it - I kept coming back to thoughts of a doll.
I plan to use one of Monica's doll forms, perfectly paired with a face from Dottie at FaceToFace - I recently purchased a few of her wonderful faces and have not yet had the opportunity to use one until now.
As the challenge allows - I can add one extra bead, but am not sure what it will be at this point - I have narrowed it down to 4 different options.
My plan is to start and complete my February Bead Journal page first, get the page for March started and then begin work on the doll.
I will post about it again once it is completed. And of course - I could change my mind about the whole doll thing and go in a completely different direction if some other inspiration takes hold.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman