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The Circle of Beads

One of my favorite things to do is crafts.   As a "studied" artist I used to think my crafty side was my silly hobby side– something not worth sharing.  But I've come to realize crafts give you a lot more room to explore the fun and silly side of yourself.  And it's also much more immediately gratifying for me. It comes in handy if you want to give a gift from the heart.  Something you made, rather than bought.  Imagine all the time that goes into making the gift. It's love. {lol}  

I love to do art, but I pressure myself too much when I paint.   When I sew or make jewery, it's different.  I'm having fun, and there are no rules in my head.   These days, I'm doing a lot of crafts.  I have a plan in the back of my head. There is a big picture I'm working on.  But as I go along, I'm learning, and exploring everything.

One of the projects I'm working on right now I call the "circle of beads".   You see them everywhere, from expensive to cheap.  All the stores have the same idea. The trick is in the details.  I find my beads and "charms" all over the place. Picked some up in Brooklyn, Vienna, Barcelona, Hamburg and from the generosity of friends.   Now they are coming together to create, unique one of kind pieces.  I'm gifting, but if I make enough after the holidays are done, I'm might sell a few here.

I'll be showing the final pieces when complete.