When do you keep your own work? Do you create something just for yourself or realize it's "just for you" after it's completed? Please share your stories, Here's mine: My mother passed away two years ago. She collected African trade beads in the 1970s. She'd already gifted a lot of her beads to me and my sister, but we found more after her passing. In my creative flurry last month I came back to the bauxite stone beads I'd begun to design with last year. I combined them with Guatemalan jade and hematine, worked up a design, decided to change the length, added a fancy sterling and spiny oyster clasp... and realized it was just for me. Thanks, Mom!

Posted by Karen Reck at 2023-02-06 20:13:59 UTC