Oops. Yeah, right. It helps to actually post when I've finished a project.
Initially, I thought September's challenge would be a cinch since I like to go through my beads now and then and make use of some of those fuglies that have been hiding out in dark corners. It serves as a dual purpose to both avoid waste and to give me an excuse to buy more beads. I did struggle more than I thought, mostly because I realized that, well, sure, I can use any ole beads you want, but would I actually make use of what I created or just toss it in some closet, box, or bin to be ignored there, instead?
My first try was a perfect example. Part of my idea for this challenge was using materials I wouldn't normally use and specifically bringing out the beauty of the materials. (Read: making something I would use/wear.) This first one is getting much use, but I sort of cheated by making it for my daughter. Let's face it... what looks absolutely adorable on a five-year-old may look absolutely hideous on a thirty-two-year-old. Still, here's my "take one" - a simple "floating" necklace made with plastic beads:
(For a larger version, go here.)
Later in the month, I stumbled across some sort of funky (*cough* junky?) glass beads I've been sitting on for awhile. I'd always thought them just a little too funky for my own tastes, especially in that they came in a rainbow of fruity colors. Leaves should not be fruity. Ever. I considered giving them to my daughter, then realized, well, duh, I don't have to use all of the colors. I can just pick out the few I like and play with those. Coupled with some fire polished beads and some seed beads, I have a new favorite necklace that I really do enjoy and especially fits the season:
(Larger pics here and here.)