(Okay, so please excuse me. I'm a little punchy after dealing with some family issues, and this might be a bit of a corny post...please, don't leave...I promise good eye candy is coming up!)
Anyway, by now I'm sure most of you are aware that I've been working on something for the Art Bead Scene Muffin Tin Challenge. Key components here are fill a muffin tin with beady goodness geared towards specific projects. Work on those projects for a week, then show them off.
My problem was that I came into the challenge on Friday, following a non-connected vacation. It's due today, Monday. That's 12 projects in 3 days. Yeah. Right. So I compromised. Grabbed my 8-cup muffin tin instead. Figured that'd work, given my lack of time and inspiration. I'll admit that I was oh, so happy when it was announced that we had to do six projects out of the 12.
So, on Saturday morning I grabbed a muffin tin, much to my Exasperated Husband's dismay ("you're going to do what? I cook with that thing..." Remember, he's a chef - I don't cook.) And start piling in beads and other goodies. Here's what I came away with....
And obsession added to inspiration added to motivation added to a huge heaping dose of "Avoiding Real Life Problems" kicks me in gear. I'm wire wrapping like a crazy woman, banging on metal with a maniacal gleam, torching like crazy, stringing and crimping like the house is on fire. In the next two days (yes, Saturday and Sunday) I get *ten* (count 'em, ten!!) projects out of my 8 cup muffin tin. Pretty good, dude, wouldn't you say? I'll def say that the kids appreciated the copious amounts of Bob, Thomas, Rainbow Dash, and Twilight Sparkle they indulged in. But please don't tell my husband about that part.... (heh)
Amazingly, that ARLP thing kicked in when I was woken up abruptly by a kitten jumping on my head this morning. At 4:forgheen30 this morning. I totally destructo'ed one bracelet, remade it in full, and added a quick pair of earrings to the total, making it now 11 items. Dude...not bad, eh?
Only thing now was to take pictures and blog about it. Right? Yeah. Today was the first day back to the day job. So I run home at 4:30, snap pictures like a maniac, kiss the kids and Exasperated Husband goodbye and head out the door for dinner with my parents and siblings. It's now 11:30 and I've finally edited all the pictures and am blogging about the Challenge.....last minute, just how I like it. (yeah, right.)
Oh. Wait. You probably want to see what I've created for this challenge. Okay, yeah, that'd help. So here's the eye candy part of the post. 5 pair of earrings. 3 bracelets. 3 necklaces. Man, that was a pretty cool muffin mix, wasn't it? LOL
The bracelets feature more of the awesomeness that is from MissFickleMedia, Czech glass, brass, copper, unakite, bronzite, orange coral and handmade clasps and bead caps by me.
So, I guess that's it. I really enjoyed working on this Challenge, and will likely use the muffin tin idea again in the future! How about you? Did you participate? And did you have fun? Do you like challenges, or do they kick ya hard and leave you sputtering?
(and really, I do apologize for this post....call it stress - that "Avoiding Real Life Problem" thing is kicking my tush. LOL)
(phew - 11:39 EST - made it!)