new inspiration

I never get tired of pondering inspiration and how it comes to us. It's always so surprising and also so expected when something new pops up. I've known for a long time that if I let the inspiration flow, there will always be more. I know there's not a limit on creativity, except for limits we put on ourselves. People who claim they don't have a creative bone in their bodies drive me nuts. We are creative beings who come from Divine Creativity, and each of us has our own form of creative expression. It's easier to spot in some people over others, but I believe in my bones that everybody, everybody is creative.

I've been looking at the curtains in our trailer for almost five months now, thinking how the crazy flowers in them might lend themselves to a good bead design.

It didn't go any further than the thinking phase until the other day, when my friend Deborah sent me a link to

I spent an entire wash and dry cycle in the park laundry room, immersed in this beautiful site. It spoke to me. I even have some of the same gypsy images on my beautiful Bead Chest, remember?

The next day, boom, there were new beads just pouring out of my hands. I can never take credit for new stuff when it happens. I know it doesn't come from me, but through me, and when it happens this way, it's a ridiculous amount of fun. Look at this bead. It's crazy! And it looks nothing like my curtains, but the curtains are in there too. That's what I'm talking about when I say Divine Inspiration. Hooo-La! It's such a romp to sit back and watch the sparks fly!

I used to teach beadmaking, but stopped a few years ago, although I wasn't sure why, except that it just didn't make me happy. I think I've finally figured it out. I think that when I teach someone how to do what I do, in the way that I do it, it hampers their own Divine Creative Connection. It doesn't serve their higher purpose to try to make beads just like mine, and my limitations as a teacher don't allow me to be vague enough to show them just the nuts and bolts and let them run from there. Teaching is not my talent, just like knitting or cooking might not be yours. We all have to go with our strengths, and let someone else take over where we're lacking. Isn't it lucky that we all have different talents and skills and interests? Together we all keep this big ball spinning, and it spins the best when we just relax and let the inspiration flow. I have more of these beads in the kiln this morning. I can't wait to see them, and I can't wait to make more. What a ride this is. What a ride.


  1. I always think of inspiration as a sort of stew.
    Not a very glamorous comparison.
    But ,both stews and art start with a variety of ingredients.
    Some we almost always add,some are new ingredients we want to try ,and some might things hidden away in the cabinets of our minds.
    Then we just stir it all together and see what happens. The process is nourishing ,even when the result isn't especially tasty.
    Whatever you added ,your new bead turned out to be Delicious looking!!! Love it!!!

  2. Wow, Kim. That is one gorgeous bead! I might have to get me one of those. It makes my day when things just seem to come togehter on their own. I made a bracelet yesterday out of pieces and parts that had been lying around. I just looked at the way they happened to distribute themselves on my bench and, voila! All I had to do was put it together.

  3. I recognised the picture on the girl's top as being on your bead chest immediately Kim ! I thought you were designing clothes as well now !! What an amazing site that is !!
    I love the new beads, can't wait to see more of them !!!
    Michelle xox


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