No skiing for me today, though the sun is shining and the snow is sparkling. Since I'm just getting over the cold and flu, my lungs aren't ready for the cold, 10 degree air. Not to waste a beautiful day, I'm looking out the window watching flocks of birds at the feeders while beading. Liking to use a lot of Czech glass beads on my sculptures, I buy the seed beads in bulk, make a custommix of sea-like colors and "string" them onto reclaimed copper wire. I use wire because some of the artwork gets hung outdoors and is much durable than thread or fibers.
Not being a beader, like some of my other artists friends, this task became actually pleasurable a couple of years ago when I found my bead spinner at Alaska Bead Company. This is one of the coolest little (powerless)tools that I have! Here is a fun little YouTube demo I found that shows you how it works.