Dee. Her work is sublime and I hope she doesn't mind that I borrowed a few techniques from her. The first being the size and the rounded corners and the second is using more seed stitches as opposed to back stitch. I love the way she uses the seed stitch to fill in the backgrounds of her designs. You can really tuck those little delicas in in a way the rounder seed beads cannot be. Of course, Dee's way with color and blending cannot be matched, but she has inspired me so much!
For a theme I thought I would just try and use metal clay in each piece. I love making small metal clay components. Usually when I get enough different sizes and shapes, I can then begin to play with the pieces in a variety of different designs.