As you've heard me mention time and time again I am a part of the Etsy Bead Weavers. I love this team for so many reasons! I love how supportive everyone is, and I love the inspiration I receive from looking at their work and listening to their stories.
This last week I've felt a little frustrated though. I've watched my team mates put up piece after lovely piece, and I've said to myself, "why aren't I getting that done?" Now the reason are pretty simple. Life has been a little complicated lately for me to get much beading done. It seems like whenever I'm feeling good I'm trying to catch up on responsibilities, and the rest of the time I'm on my back with migraines. Not a great combination.
I've tried not to get frustrated with myself, especially because I know I have a lot of stressful things going on right now, and that my body does not react well to stress.
Today was almost the limit though. I had a place I really wanted to go tonight, and I have about 6 different ideas for beading that I REALLY want to work on. Of course, that means that I'm having a massive migraine. Well, I'm supposed to be careful about how often I use caffeine to treat my migraines (there's a long list of reasons), but I decided to actually drink some regular coffee today.
It didn't help at all.
So I called my brother to tell him I wasn't going to make it tonight, and headed for the couch to curl up with a book, complaining to my hubby on the way that I really wanted to bead today! His response was, "Too bad we can't make you some sort of vertical beading thing." I agreed and curled up to read.
Then my mind started working. Recently one of my team mates, Lorraine of Trinity Designer Jewellery, was sharing with us her struggles. I've known for awhile that she deals with health problems more extreme than my own, and I marvel at the fact that she seems to get more done! In what she shared she mentioned that she beads lying down. My mind had kinda skipped over that at first thinking that there was no way I'd pull that off, but after my husbands comment...
Well, we figured out how to make it work! I've spent the afternoon alternating between working on a necklace and reading. I can only bead for about 1/2 hr before I need a break, but I can still bead :) That makes me really happy! I'm stretched out on the couch with a pillow propping my head up slightly and a lap tray over my legs. It took me awhile to get the coordination down for beading on my back, but I'm getting a lot faster now.
Thank you Lorraine :)
Since I'm talking about her being an inspiration I want to show of this piece named "Rachele" that she recently put up on etsy. I'm in love with the colors and the way this is put together!
Now I'll go retreat to my couch again because I've been sitting up for far too long typing this...