A few years ago I made a batch of focal beads from a great owl face cane. I made a lot of that cane. It’s made stacks of pins and other things too. And like all face canes there’s so much left it’s unbelievable. The beads have sold out so now onto a fresh batch because that’s what you do.
I like making “river rock” shaped beads. They’re soothing to hold later.
The little beads that need drilling, sanding, glazing or sorting into bags get put into these cute buckets on my studio shelves to await their turn on the table. Today I drilled the pile needing holes and realized they were a whole bucket of spring. Little robins, bluey birds, crocuses and tulips. With scads of butterflies which we won’t get until well into the summer but I’m an optimist.
So I did what all happy bead and button jar owners do and poured them out to play with.
The buckets I use for organizing are from Ikea. They’re adorable and come in lots of sizes.
This year I’m sort of upping my game. Doing more shows, raising prices (a little!), solidifying my product offerings, trying other themes out. Part of that is adding a few more whimsical clay pieces, mostly dollhouse miniature style items, as charms to items such as bookmarks, keychains, and tea infusers. I love the nature inspired beads and canes I do but it was always meant to have other elements to do with fairytale and storytelling and pop culture.