Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner
This weeks winner is Aileen Clarke Crafts. Congratulations! You have won a pair of earrings from Rebecca Anderson. Send Rebecca an email with your address and she will get them right out to you.
Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio today.
Before I moved from Texas to Michigan there were certain things I missed about my Michigan summers and they would work their way into my beads. Now that I am here I find that I need to slow down and enjoy them. Like fireflies - you never saw them in Texas and now the fields around my house light up with these magical creatures. I need to spend a few nights outside stargazing and enjoying those fireflies as things twinkle above our heads and around our feet instead of working away on beads and blogs into the wee hours of the night.
The second thing I love about summer are tiger lilies - my favorite flowers. They grow like weeds around here. They are along the highways, at the edge of forests and in all their glory in well pruned gardens. Digging in the dirt and enjoying the farmer's markets are another thing on my summer bucket list.
And then there is the beach. We live an hour away from Lake Michigan. I love the feel of sand under my feet and the sound of the waves splashing the shore. In fact, that is where I am the most happiest in the whole world.
So what does this have to do with today's Studio Saturday? I just want to remind you guys to enjoy those small moments while you are chasing your beady dreams. Maybe for some of you beads are an escape from work and everyday stress. But if you work in the world of beads or as a business owner of any kind, it can be hard to find the balance where you are enjoying your life while forging out a career.
I'm off today to enjoy the farmer's market, walk around the small tourist shops of my hometown and I will not head home until I watch the sunset on Lake Michigan. Sometimes you just need to take a day for yourself.
How do you stop to smell the roses and find balance between work and family and doing things that feed your soul? I'm all ears! Leave a comment and we'll pick one commenter to win an urchin bead shown above.
You can find all sorts of summer-inspired beads in my Etsy shop today.