This is my Bead Journal piece for February, entitled "Winter Heart." I actually finished it last week, but with the good weather and being outside most of the time, I didn't get around to photographing and posting it until today.
It's ATC-sized, 2.5"x3.5", worked on Bead Backing from Sova Enterprises and backed with pale blue wool felt. The white beads are Delicas, creamy white with a gold flecking which doesn't show here; the blue background is Mill Hill seed beads from Michael's, I think, several years ago. The heart is a hank of mixed reds that I bought . . . somewhere . . . some while back . . . actually, I think they came from Chevron Trading Post here in Asheville, but I wouldn't swear to it. And the branch is brown matte beads that I'm sure did come from Chevron. Everything is 11's except the branch, and I think those are 10's, or maybe 8's. The original packaging is long gone, as usual. The polymer clay face is a freebie that came with some stuff I bought on eBay a couple of years ago.
I'm not as satisfied with this one as I am with January's—I see (and you do, too, don't you?) places where there ought to be more beads, because the thread is showing; and I'm not sure about the size of the brown beads. I used them because they were what I had (and, being snowed in yet again, I couldn't get anywhere to buy any more) and I wanted to use matte, but I think the branch might have been better if they'd been 11's like everything else. Or maybe not—but I do like the overall effect, and anyway, it's all about experimentation, right?