In my mailbox today was a small package with such a lovely surprise…five gorgeous lamp work beads by Ikuyo Yamanaka. I was notified by email last week by Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio that I was the winner of her blog give away. Me?! I almost didn’t enter the contest because I haven’t worked with any lamp work beads, but these little beauties will inspire me to stretch my creative muscles. Each one is different and they have such depth of colors and design. I am in awe of Ikuyo’s work. They may need to sit on my work table a bit to let the possibilities percolate, but I know something wonderful will result. Please take a minute to visit both Cindy and Ikuyo’s web sites. You’ll be glad you did.
Thank you so much, Cindy, for this wonderful opportunity to work with such a gift.