Choosing the first project to work on for the The Bead & Book Challenge was massively difficult. I have some lovely books to choose from (each with many, many, lovely projects contained within their covers.) Eventually, I settled on The Gabriella Necklace from Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence.
I've had the book in my collection now for a while but, because of the complexity of the tutorials (which I wasn't confident enough to attempt when I first started beading) and the expense of the materials required for many of the bracelets and necklaces (it is, after all, opulent) I haven't tried any of the tutorials before now. Exactly why I wanted to start this challenge.
In between managing the house move, I'm making slow progress on the necklace focal and, although I'm so busy, I'm being encouraged along by the lovely ladies who have joined the challenge on Instagram and Facebook. It's already a fantastic, friendly little community and I know that I'll be finished by the end of the month!