I'm not a very accomplished jewelry maker or beader, to say the least. But I'm a bit like a mockingbird -- ooh pretty, shiny, shiny. I love bead stores and all of the little compartments filled with sparkling, funky, unusual and lovely beads. I stumbled upon a new jewelry-making book, filled with fabulous layouts and beautiful projects. I've been inspired again. Here's what I've been up to the last few days.