And so I have. Here is my first (and probably ONLY) beading video. It took me about two weeks to figure out all the software, storyboard the thing, narrate it, add music, edit, figure out YouTube, etc., etc. It's not quite what I wanted it to be, but ya gotta stop somewhere. I forgot a lot of things, omitted others by choice, yanked out my hair at one point, but I kinda like it. And it was most definitely a learning experience.
If anything goes by too fast, remember you can hit the pause button.
I seem to have misplaced my list of supplies and bead colors, but as soon as it surfaces, I'll post it here retroactively. And just to recap, here is my finished page for February:
Imbolc/The Quickening Moon
Imbolc is the Gaelic celebration, now for St. Brigid, but originally dedicated to the goddess Brighid, that falls on February 2nd. I chose to focus on the healing aspect of this goddess and so each corner of the page features a healing stone. Clockwise from the upper left they are amethyst, quartz crystal, picture jasper and hematite. Each stone has its own healing properties, but they all promote the soothing of anxiety. This is something I really need.
I wanted this page to be all about healing. I placed my figure in the center of a triangle. I have an emotional reaction to triangles. Something about a good solid base tapering up in a symbolic reach to the heavens. Aspirations, I suppose.
So there's my little persona sitting in the middle of the triangle, just radiating all this health and energy (if you see it, you can be it kind of deal) surrounded by the healing energies of those stones flowing all around.
I have my March page planned out - now it's time to chose colors, which I'll be glad to get into. Nothing I like better than ignoring my current slate of projects which include:
1. A crocheted rope to showcase one of my polymer clay cabochons I've turned into a bead embroidered pendant
2. A bead-encrusted dragon I've had waiting for embellishment for almost four years now
3. A mermaid doll
4. A bracelet for a spring-themed challenge at Etsy
5. Adding beaded manes and tails to some ponies (Monet and Vinnie)
6. Covering a glass chess set in peyote stitch using size 15 seed beads
Now I'm off to the laundromat (taking the bead crochet with me).