UFOs . . . and other unfinished objects.

No, not flying saucers. Also known as Unfinished Objects. You know the ones; those projects that sit lurking in the shadows of your creative space, mocking you every time you reach for new materials to begin new projects, “Please finish me,” or “Just hack me up and use my parts for something else!”

They collect dust and sit in canasters and baskets with other UFOs. Maybe you’re like me when you catch a glimpse of a UFO. You shiver and make a mental note to rid of it soon. But then you’re humming away happily as you weave or string or wire your next project. Oh, how quickly we put those nasty creatures out of our minds.

Well, I couldn’t take it anymore. It was time to face these creatures head on! One by one I scissored and clipped and reorganized the materials. I even accomplished completing a UFO. I now feel a sense of serenity and peace.

One of my UFOs, a thin bangle I worked up in brick stitch using czech fire polished beads:

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Lady Bug Bracelet for a Special Girl

I took a road trip out to Boulder to visit the Celestial Seasonings plant a few weeks ago. Boy was I in heaven. Not only did they offer a free educational tour about the process of gathering leaves and herbs for their tea, they gave samples of delicious iced tea. Unfortunately, their café was closed, but they had a sitting area in the front where they showcased the work of all the artists who’ve contributed to their delightful packaging over the years. I loved it! I got to see for myself the original of the Siamese cat wearing a kimono sipping tea. The process of how they started as a small entity and grew into the business they are today was and inspiration to my little, itty bitty entrepreneurial self.

I never thought I would be one of those crafters that toted a project around with them while traveling. Considering how uninspired I’ve been lately to sit and work at my current workspace, I thought it might be good for me to take a project and work in a different environment.

It was, and I had a pressing and important project I wanted to complete. This was a bracelet for a second cousin of mine who is three years old. She’s a cutie and apparently is fond of lady bugs. In my mind I imagined her in a strawberry patch with an adorable red dress on with a lady bug print, holding a basket, and wearing a matching bonnet. I know. It’s an exaggerated stretch of the imagination, but I tried to imagine a bracelet that would compliment that sort of outfit.

I was honored to present this little bracelet for my little cousin. Below are the pictures (click on them to get a larger view). My cousin is looking forward to a new son soon!