I have been thinking about a word for 2012 and have come up with BEAD!!! as a daily challenge to myself.
I like that it is very open ended and have been trying it out since late Dec. Seems to work for me most days. I may have missed 1 or 2. So far I have glazed and fired the Porcelain beads above and made most of the beads in the following pictures.
Doublewrap peyote stitch bracelets
Made up the pattern and stitched quite a few of these Herringbone beads. They are quite versatile. I have put them in necklaces, earrings and bracelets.
The best part about a daily challenge is that it keeps the ideas flowing. I don't have a minimum requirement for what BEAD!!! means so if I am short on time just a few minutes will qualify. When I am not beading, I notice that I am thinking up projects or ideas for beads. So far it is stimulating and fun. Hope it lasts.