The finished (finally!) necklace
What did I do that was so outrageous?
I went on Beading Daily and promised that I would have something finished to show in one month's time.
Now, I know some of you are probably thinking that doesn't sound so bad. It certainly wasn't as dramatic as setting the whole project on fire (a distinct possibility at one point). But imagine announcing to the world that you're going to do something, anything—marry a certain person, show the world you can dance, break the hot dog eating record—and then have to slink back and admit it didn't quite work out. (With all those hot dogs, it'd probably be especially difficult to slink anywhere.)
Luckily, the plan worked. I let go of my notions of what this project "should" be like—and just started playing around. I cut apart chain, I did some bead embroidery, I wove seed beads through part of the chain. The finished necklace was nothing like I imagined, but I was pleased with it anyway.
Some readers told me later that deadlines work best for them if someone else sets them. If that sounds like you, then enter one of the many beading challenges and contests out there.
Some annual contests include:
Two regular challenges, include the monthly Art Bead Scene Challenge and the Stringing Challenge.
Remember, even if you don't win, you'll have moved past your creative block and created something wonderful!