BUT, with the holidays put away, and so much time (or so it seems) left for other things, what else is there to do but sit and clay play!
So, as the calendar has a tendency to do and February coming up soon, thoughts turn to hearts and flowers. Here is my simple offering to that 14th day of the month. The beads are done in the Natasha style and then shaped into hearts. For the earrings I made one more slice into the heart to create mirror images for the matching pair.
The tutorials on making both these beads can be found on Cindy Lietz's website: http://www.beadsandbeading.com/.