My friend, Leslie Wayment at AA Beads, participated in an interesting project last year through PrettyThingsBlog.com called Bead Soup Blog Party. I saw how the experience was a great way to kickstart any creative block and to help you move out of your comfort zone.
When she told me that the sign up is once a year and THIS WEEKEND is the time for this year, I knew that I wanted to do it. Read the details on their blog. Basically, two people pick a collection of beads/components and send them to each other. It is likely that you will receive items and/or colors that you don't usually work with. I love the idea of having to create something that way, so I'm off to sign up...I'll keep everyone posted on my progress with words and photos!