The next thing that surprised me this week, and really this is going to sound stupid; It takes a really long time to bead. After twenty or so years you would think I would have an appreciation for the time it takes, but I still go merrily about the studio pulling palettes for the 5 or 6 pieces I'd like to bead today. And what did I really accomplish, about 2/3 of a spiral chain with a size 11 core, alternating between pearls and 2 mm crystals on the outside. It's really pretty, but the repetition was getting to me, so I switched to a pair of cubic raw earrings to wear with the pendant that goes with the spiral. I go about 2/3 of one earring done....Today I hope to finish the first earring, a second and the spiral chain. That's doable right?
In my defense, beading time fits into the cracks of my life for the most part. I do a lot whenever we travel, in the hour or two before an outing, on planes and trains (never in automobiles, I get carsick) In the evening while listening to a book or watching mindless tv (I'm not proud, but sometimes mindless tv is just right) Because of this bead here, bead there schedule I don't really notice the time it takes, things just get done. It's only when I set out to do a marathon beading session that I notice how little I can accomplish in what seems like a lot of time.