Every year, Fire Mountain Gems hosts a beading contest. And most every year, I enter. It's a wonderful excuse to buy lots of supplies to make the most elaborate, ambitious, out-there designs I and my design partner can think up! Each piece takes at least a month to make, with several hours each day spent beading. The choker above must have taken three months, though. Seed bead designs usually take much longer, especially if I run into unforeseen problems with the viability of the design, or need a kind of bead which of course I can only get at this one little shop, which is either not where my bus is stopping that day, or it's closed when I manage to get there...you know how these things can be sometimes.
Here's hoping the production of this year's entries will be more streamlined!