Working without a Plan

When I was 15, my family moved from the Midwest to California. My parents bought their house from an elderly woman, who had the wildest garden I had ever seen in my life! Her backyard was full of flowers; every possible square inch was used to grow something colorful and beautiful. Her method? She would buy a new plant or some seeds, walk into the backyard and ask herself "where will this plant be happy?", and then plant it there! Wherever that was.

Her garden was a beautiful mess!

If at first you don't succeed ...

You know the saying: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

At the moment, I have a lot of preparation to do for our move in less than two weeks. Beading isn't part of that preparation! But I have had an idea swimming around in my head that I simply couldn't put away, so every "free" moment I've had has been spent trying out this design idea.

Passion not Patience

Anybody who makes beadwork - or pretty much any other craft - has certainly been praised for their patience. "Oh, that must take so much patience!" "I would never have the patience for that!" "You must be so patient!" Or some other variation on the theme. Crafters are apparently among the most patient human beings on the planet!

But are we patient? Am I patient?! Anybody who knows me well wouldn't say so! Patience was never my strong point. What I AM is diligent. Curious. Relentless. Passionate!