I've learned there can only be so many competing elements in a design. Many beads were tried and eliminated because what looked to be perfect in the beginning just didn't fit compatibly into the whole. I have found this to be true in other areas of design as well. When redecorating or renovating I might find a stone, some material, a fixture that I'm in love with and so begin the process of designing around it only to find that it doesn't fit with the other pieces. I find that if I have to try too hard to make it work, it eventually has to be abandoned because it just doesn't fit into the overall look I'm trying to achieve.
As I near the end of this project, I am not convinced that all of my choices have been wise. I'm not "in love" with it yet and I am left wondering if this year long project will end up falling short of my expectations.
I guess there are a lot of things in life that have in the past and probably will in the future fall into this category but this doesn't mean I have failed. Even though there was a time in my life I may have felt this was so, I don't feel this way anymore. I've learned a lot and will carry that knowledge with me to the next endeavor. Isn't this what it's all about anyway?
I'm left thinking that perhaps overreaching and falling short is the formula for creating results that will eventually land far beyond my expectations.