I thought that I was well on my way to having a list of resolutions for this year. After struggling to come up with resolutions last January, this year I started writing them down as I thought of them throughout the year. I was sure that I had several jotted down, but it turns out there were only three. Still, better than the blank slate that I started with last year!
1. Sort out my bead box. Again.
What goes around comes back around. A year and a half ago I finally got my beads properly onto rods. But, things change. I have more beads. I have more bracelets. I have no more room in the bead inn.
I briefly considered talking to the dealer near me who was closing down to see if they were selling their large Trollbeads case. How awesome would it be to have a giant case for my beads?!? But, the reality of storing such a mammoth beast sobered me up and I realized that I need to come up with a proper plan to bring order back to my bead box.
The biggest checkmarks to satisfy are more rods for beads and more space to store my bangles, leathers, and chains. I also still want it to be somewhat portable, and I’d love to be able to see all of my beads and not have them split into separate trays, but I know that I might have to sacrifice one or the other.
2. Experiment with adding other materials to a bead.
I thought of this in September, but knew that I wouldn’t have a chance to try it for a few months. Presto! Instant 2016 resolution.
Since I’m still having fun making beads, I thought I’d challenge myself a bit more. So far I’ve only made silver beads (although I received some copper clay for Christmas!) so I’d love to try something with a stone. I have read that not all stones can be fired, so it’s still TBD if the stone will be added before firing or will be glued on after. I’m really hoping that I can do something that can be fired, but really don’t want an exploding stone! So I think even the challenge of making sure the piece is done in a way that a stone can be added afterwards would be fun and add a new dimension to my beads.
3. Participate in the A to Z Challenge.
I’m a little afraid to commit to this since it has to be done in April and not just “sometime in the first half of the year,” but I meant to participate last year and didn’t. So, this is the kick in the pants that I need to do it. I’m sure that they’ll be a few days that I curse my decision, but a little stress is good for you, right?
Do you have any official or unofficial bead goals for 2016?