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We are in the middle of moving, but live marches on and the march is slow and steady toward the holidays. I don't mind an early start, after all I'm in a business where I create handmade goods for customers who are most certainly going to make handmade items for the holidays. Those take time and planning, so October actually seems like a pretty late start, so here I am with snowflakes, sugar plums and mittens on my mind.
Above are my holiday Bonbon Flower beads that are class samples for a workshop I will be hosting online in November. I will be finalizing my holiday bead collection next week, here is a sneak peek into my design process.
First, I start by gathering inspiration and of course that means time spent on my favorite site, Pinterest. I gather images and create collages for myself. I print these out, make notes and start sketching.
Homemade holiday - I wanted to capture the cozy feeling of log cabins, hand-knitted mittens and folk art inspirations.
The new beads have to fit into my current collection and play nicely with what I already offer - here are some of my current beads that fit in the winter theme.
So that's a quick tour of my latest bead inspirations. It's okay if you'd like to make yourself a cup of hot cocoa now and watch Elf, I won't judge.
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