Inspiration Station Jan 2012 – Second Opinions

January 20, 2012

Okay, I am back into the swing of things. The past few weeks were – interesting.  Work has picked up (yay!). Learning Quickbooks and helping my client prepare to have our accounting as well as medical billing in-house.

However, it kept me away from the beads for a bit.  On top of that, some components took almost two weeks to arrive. So now it’s scramble time to get the stores updated.

Which brings me to this month’s topic: the value of a second opinion. As some of you know, my mom is a valued customer. She is also a retired clothing designer, so she knows her way around material, clothes, and needle & thread. The other day she took a look at my revamped needle container:

Second attempt with different color


She picked it up. She looked at it. Put her (tiny) hand around it.

“’s too heavy for a needle tin. And the beads are getting too thick around it. I liked the first one you did better. It was flatter and lighter.”

She was right. I picked it up and it was too heavy for the intended purpose.  So, back to the loom. It’ll be two loomed segments, one for the front, one for the back. If Mom hadn’t tested it, a whole lot of beads would have been wasted. Same theory as obtaining a second medical opinion. Why go under the knife if you don’t need to?

If you have a chance by all means get that second opinion. An objective one is best, but a good friend who has your interests at heart can offer feedback too. Feedback is nothing to be ashamed of. Constructive feedback makes you better. It points out things you may not have noticed, or something that works well or not.  Feedback early in the game will save a lot of material and frustration.


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