My favorite beading supply store, Artbeads, holds contests over on their blog. Recently, I entered to win a selection of beads from the Tuscon Gem and Mineral show. As usual, I promptly forgot about it until the e-mail came saying that I'm a winner! Even better, this happens to be a two-fer. I have a month to create a design using the beads and then I'm pitted against the other 9 winners for a $50 gift card.
The beads arrived today and they're really pretty in person. I've already been sketching some concepts. I'm thinking bohemian...earthy...rock carving inspired. It's somewhat outside of my comfort zone as I tend to think in terms of symmetry but, for this, I need to think more in terms of balance. I'm excited for the challenge and will let you know when part 2 of the contest is up so you can vote for me (I hope!)