So, with a renewed outlook, I began to do some simple beading , making stretchy bracelets with some wood beads I had. I really enjoyed combining wood with brass beads, and made several. I will be taking them to the boutique to sell, and I hope they all go together. As a stack they are quite striking in a casual sophisticated way.
Then, I turned my attention to some unusual wooden beads of grape wood that came together beautifully with a carved animal charm that had fallen of an old necklace, and some less than lovely rhinestone rondelle spacer beads, a few other odds and ends, and it seemed to me that grunge magic happened. I love this pair of bracelets and want to make a bunch more!
...And because I felt obligated...
I turned out a few Valentine hearts too.
As it turned out, January ended up leaving me feeling as if I had accomplished far more than I expected to and pushed me into February ready to hit the ground running again.
**MORAL OF THE STORY: When challenged with being stuck in the rut, do something simple and just get moving and it will all come back before I know it.