So this is where I spend my days now, the orange recliner.
I bead there and as when I was ill I couldn't sit up at my desk for long I've gotten used to working with my laptop on top of my lap :)
From there I can look at the trees and the sunset, watch Bella play on the deck, watch TV and bead to my hearts content.
I'd like to say that since I took this picture I've put pictures up on the walls but nope, not there yet. The cube storage now has 'Bento' boxes in three of the holes....they serve as storage, perfect for a quick tidy up because someone's at the door...lol! They have tray lids which have now become my bead trays...all lined with bead mats...and I have more lids than boxes because they stack really neatly and I always have a bunch of projects in progress. The top center cube space has become inhabited by acrylic boxes full of my Delicas and actually looks a little like art.
While the bulk of my beads are at home in my office storage I manage to have all my 'go to' beads right where I need them....within arm's length.
In decorating my new home I had the idea of going 'Steampunk' and had all sorts of ideas that would have been really cool.....and then I fell in love with that orange recliner. It is THE most comfortable chair I have ever sat in.
I think it was meant to be because it made me bring bright color into my life which is what I really needed to lift my spirits.
I also knew that it would influence my work and help bring some fun and whimsy back into it. I followed destiny's direction started looking at things that inspired me and made me feel joy....one of those things was the work of Suzanne Golden, how can you not be happy just looking at a pic of this vibrant, creative woman? And it was Suzanne who inspired my Carousel Bangles (the Carousel One tutorial is now in my store and by far my best seller to date).
The Carousel Too tutorial is in progress but I took a break to write a couple of tutorials that had been waiting in the wings.
The quick and easy "Zippy with Sunburst Snaps" named for the way the super duo beads mimic zipper teeth.
And "Ric Rac Honeycomb" which has two styles of 'ric rac' edging a band
of my honeycomb stitch which I just listed in my store today.
I actually missed the bright colors while I was working on these so expect to see more of the super brights in my designs.
After the last seven years of struggling about doing something that wasn't me, living in a place I didn't like and the health issues to boot I now find myself thinking each day...."I'm back"
I'm back to living in a less judgmental community, more culturally diverse place with everything I need close by. I feel so much lighter and brighter about my life....it's like my independence and sense of fun is seeping back into me.
You have to be yourself, surround yourself with what you love, live for yourself otherwise it just isn't worth it.