Secondly... (drum roll please) I give you my March "Temptation" EBW Challenge entry - Sunrise Temptation. Here is an excerpt from my listing description: "Give in to it, allow the radiant hues to wrap themselves around your neck! This OOAK (one of a kind) collar features mixes of reds, yellows, and purples/blues to create the image of a sunrise. Sunrise represents the beginning of a new day, and the promise of starting over. Sunrise tempts you to forget yesterday's mistakes, and tempts you to make today glorious."
For me, creating this necklace was also an exercise in resisting temptation. One temptation for me (and all who indulge in this type of creativity) is to collect fantastic one of a kind, handmade beads. Another temptation is to purchase new beads for every project. Well... that's all well and good when the budget allows. Right now, however, I am a grad student, my husband is an adjunct professor at a community college, we're not going to have an income over the summer, and we'll be doing a lot of traveling. We HAVE to stick to our budget in order to do that. So rather than giving in to the temptation to spend money, I pulled out some of my imperfect beads - the ones that I bought when I first started beadweaving and didn't know what to look for. The sizes are inconsistent, so I just don't use them much. But blending together different colors for this wide collar was a fantastic use. The only new component on the collar is the polymer clay button, which I created out of polymer clay already in my stash.
Now get ready, voting is coming up in just a few days! (I have never listed my challenge piece this close to the deadline before....)